What To Put in a Travel First Aid Kit

What To Put in a Travel First Aid Kit

If you are a freak like me and you like to be prepared with have enough stuff to fill a new apartment, then a travel first aid kit might be for you or, if you’re heading to a country where you feel you need a few extra supplies then read on!  Hopefully you also like a good first aid kit but if this isn’t the case then read here.  This kit is great to chuck in your backpack when you go exploring and to have with you on long haul flights.


Firstly you need a little bag.  I have this little zip up bag that someone gave me from God knows when.  Anything small and compact will do!  Even better if it is waterproof.  Some people recommend a hard container but I like my little plastic one so if I don’t have much in it I can squash it down into my luggage. This is what’s in my first aid kit:

  • The obvious plasters.  For pesky blisters and cuts.  Waterproof plasters are great if you are going somewhere tropical not only because of water but also if you sweat a lot, they can be a good idea.
  • Imodium.  If you haven’t heard of it google it.  I don’t really fancy explaining it right now.  In short – they stop messy situations…
  • Nail scissors are a great little tool for everything but if you are going to take this travel first aid kit on your hand luggage, remember to take these out!  Little scissors are not allowed in your hand luggage when on a plane!

What To Put in a Travel First Aid Kit

  • Paracetamol for unexpected headaches , aches and pains!
  • A needle and thread are a great idea for sudden tearing in the crutch or boob region.  Yes, that has happened to me.  Great for sewing fingers back on… JOKES, DO NOT DO THAT!
  • Little safety pins.  Who knows, might come in handy!
  • Antiseptic wipes/antibiotic ointment are great to sterilize your wounds and keep them germ-free, a definite must.  If you can’t find wipes get some antibiotic cream instead.  It is a good idea to have either one.  For larger wounds it is a good idea to have cream as well to keep them clean.
  • Tweezers are a great little tool to have, not only for good looking eyebrows but for splinters and fishing out debris from your wounds.  Argghh that made me shiver a little bit.  I’m not good with that kind of stuff.  If you are a girl or travelling with a girl, they will usually pack these anyway so don’t you worry.

What To Put in a Travel First Aid Kit

  • Water purification tablets are great if you are unsure of drinking local water.  These are usually only necessary if you don’t have any access to bottled water where you are going, your immune system will not be used to the little extras in foreign water.
  • Ginger tablets if you suffer from any type of travel sickness.  I don’t really suffer from travel sickness but sometimes I can feel nausea randomly overseas so I always take a couple of ginger tablets just in case.
  • Anti-itch cream.  After my trip to Sardinia I always take this!  I got bitten so badly I had over 30 bites just on my legs.  Having this cream soothed my bites a lot!  Anti-histamine was also recommended to me for a big influx of bites.

Who else has a first aid kit they take travelling and what is in yours?  What else should I add to mine?  When travelling you SHOULD have travel insurance.  I can recommend World nomads as they have really reasonable prices and are very reliable.  They can help you when the situation goes past needing a first aid kit!  Check out Agoda for fantastic deals on accommodation (especially for Asia!).


What To Put in a Travel First Aid Kit

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  1. April 30, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    I’ve always asked myself that question, I’m often lost when I have to prepar my first aid kit. Plasters are a must do I agree. I like to have some high quality plasters (Like compeed), just in case you have blisters while hiking. Nice list !

  2. August 30, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    Yes, yes, yes, this is the best type of list there is 🙂 I would add ibuprofen, Aloe Vera gel (for sunburns, itches, bug bites, what not), self adhesive bandages and sports tape to support your joints in cases of minor accidents (use a folded newspaper as a splint and do not make the thing too tight), water proof plasters, thermometer and eye drops (not the medicated type but ones for just lubricating your eyes on a plane or in case you get a piece of trash or such in them). Add a note with your medical information in English (allergies, illnesses, prescription drugs you take, listed by their generic name etc) and you’re good to go.

    • September 6, 2016 / 5:27 am

      Thanks for adding to the list. I second Aloe Vera gel, the amount of times I have been caught out with sunburn!

  3. December 21, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Great list! I am so paranoid when I travel… I pack a load of meds just in case 🙂 Rehydration sachets are very useful for hiking in hot countries…

  4. July 11, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Great tips. I would add just a note. Some medications are illegal in some countries and other needs a prescription even if you don’t need it in your country. Always check it out on official channels before carrying medications abroad.

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