One of the first things to consider packing in your suitcase when you’re off on your travels are first aid kits. You never know when you might need one.
From touring Australia’s beaches to exploring the Outback, or even travelling around the world, there are risks to consider. With an appropriate kit, you’ll be on the safe side when it comes to cuts, grazes, insect bites, headaches or even a minor stomach bug.
As you never know when these incidents could take place, it’s important to be prepared. You may not be close to a pharmacy, health centre or hospital when the injury or illness strikes, making your on-the-go medical box an essential piece of equipment until you can seek additional help.
What should the kit contain?
First aid kits are easy to assemble. You can either purchase a pre-made one for ultimate time saving and ease, or, build your own. As a general guide, this is a good selection to start with, but feel free to add in any supplies you or your family rely on.
Adhesive dressings or band aids for cuts and scrapes.
Antihistamines for allergic reactions.
Antiseptic ointment for tending to wounds.
Bandages to support limbs or secure dressings.
Cold packs to reduce swelling.
Hand wash, to ensure clean hands when touching wounds or injuries.
Painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
Rehydration salts to rehydrate after strenuous activity in hot weather.
Safety pins to secure bandages.
Small scissors, to cut bandages or dressings to size.
Tissues, to clean up blood or bodily fluids.
Finally, you’ll need something to stash your supplies in. While some stores offer fancy dedicated first aid boxes, there’s really no need to blow your budget. As long as the storage is sturdy and the correct size, it will do – for example an old lunchbox or tupperware container.
Ideally, you should also ensure the kit can be easily carried wherever you go, even if you’re not driving. Most small kits can be easily placed in a backpack or rucksack ready to be taken on an activity filled day out.
In a real emergency…
If you find yourself in a real emergency where these items simply won’t suffice, remember the emergency services number in Australia is ‘000’. Through this, you can be instantly connected to the ambulance service who will be ready to deal with the incident quickly and professionally.
Whether you’re staying in Australia throughout your travels or are jetting off around the globe, safety should always come first. While it hopefully won’t be needed, a good kit should be a staple of your suitcase, ready to take on any minor accident or injury.