What Should You Pack in Your Holiday First Aid Kit?
The ideal contents of a first aid kit for travel
If you are about to set off on holiday wherever you are
going you should always think very carefully about what first aid kit you pack.
A first aid kit is essential and coupled with the right first aid knowledge can
make a huge difference in an emergency.
The first aid kit should be kept in a convenient location,
easy to find and well stocked. There are first aid kits designed for travel
however it is always a good idea to think about the specific items that you
will need for each holiday.
Things to think about when compiling the perfect holiday first aid kit
The contents that you should have in your holiday first aid
kit include plasters (waterproof or fabric), eyewash, dressings, a foil
blanket, some strong scissors and some disposable gloves. Painkillers are useful as well as support
bandages for sprains and strains. A resuscitation shield is also a good idea.
Don't forget to pack your suncream! If you do get burnt then
burns dressings are essential. They cool the burn and prevent blistering and
If you are travelling further afield you may want to
consider an overseas first aid kit with syringes, sutures and needles.
If you are flying - don't forget to pop on your flight socks
before you set off. These prevent DVT as well as swollen legs and ankles. A DVT
is a deep vein thrombosis and this occurs when blood clots develop in the deep
veins of the legs: a piece can break off and go to the lungs, leading to a
potentially life-threatening condition.
If you take prescription medicines it is a good idea to take
extra medication just in case of unforseen delays or in case you loose your
medicine. Think about packing extra medication in your hand luggage just in
case your hold luggage is lost. You should keep your medication in their orginal
packaging and it is worth translating your prescriptions into the language
spoken in the country that you are visiting. Keep the details of your
medication with you in a very safe place - I always email a copy to myself.
If you would like any help with choosing your first aid kit
please give us a call on 01234 356980 and we would be delighted to help. All of
the above first aid equipment is available to purchase on our web site.