Travelers used to plan their trip for months or even years. They get information about the routes, stunning destinations, and delicious foods. Unfortunately, some people travel without consciously thinking of their safety, who expects an accident anyway? Newscast – that’s why it’s called an accident.
Aside from your passport and pocket money, a personal health kit should be on the top of your checklist regardless of your eyed destination.
There are a lot of reasons why you should make one. First, you do not want to ruin the trip by getting sick amid the road. Traveling includes excessive activities which you cannot do if you are not physically sound. Second, aid supplies may not always be the same or readily available in other countries. Lastly, bringing a health kit will make you certain and have a sense of emergency.
Ready-made kits can actually be purchased at local drugstores, but you can’t be too certain that they include everything you would need. The contents of the health kit must be assembled in accordance to your needs, destination, and length of travel.
To assemble your own personalized kit, here are the must-have items to help you prepare for unprecedented situations:
|8||500mg Paracetamol||Fever; Minor aches and pains||One tablet every four hours|
|3||Loperamide||Diarrhea||One or two initially|
|2||10mg Loratadine||Allergies||One tablet daily, if possible at night|
|4||500mg Mefenamic Acid||Moderate to severe pain||One capsule three times a day (Full stomach)|
|15||500mg Amoxicillin||Various infections||One capsule three times a day, taken for seven days|
|2||1.5mg Bromazepam||Anxiety or insomnia||Half a tablet|
|3||25 to 50mg Meclizine (Bonamine)||nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness||Once a day as needed ; should be administered one hour prior to travel|
Reminder: consult first with your doctor before taking any of the medications above.
|First Aid for Cuts and Wounds||Cotton balls / Cotton buds
Bandages and safety pins (to secure the bandages)
Plaster for minor cuts
|General dizziness||Embrocation Medicine Oil|
|Muscle Ache||Topical Analgesic (burn ointment , anti-itch ointment)
|General purpose (e.g. cleanse minor wounds or your hands )||70 % Rubbing Alcohol|
|Minor Bruises, insect bites, fever, swelling||Ice Bag|
What’s good is that you don’t need to drive all the way to your local pharmacy to get all the essential items above because they are readily available from an online pharmacy. Ordering online is a stress-free way to get your travel health kit in no time.
Aside from your health kit, prepare a list of emergency phone numbers, especially of your destination’s local hospitals and pharmacies. If possible, bring a first aid manual and educate yourself with the new and present-day techniques. It is also advisable that you undergo first-aid training on how to apply certain treatments. That way, you’ll be even more prepared in case of dire circumstances. In dealing with emergency situations, you must not panic and avoid making impulsive decisions for this could worsen the situation.
No one can predict the time and place of emergencies. They just happen unexpectedly. That is why you need to be ready at all times, whenever and wherever you are. Always remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Make memories in one piece. Happy Trip!