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First Aid Kits (cont.)

What to Put in Your Travel Kit

Travel kit: A travel first aid kit may contain these items:

  • Adhesive tape
  • 4" x 4" sterile gauze pads
  • Antacid - for indigestion
  • Antidiarrheal (Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, for example)
  • Antihistamine cream
  • Antiseptic agent (small bottle liquid soap) - for cleaning wounds and hands
  • Aspirin - for mild pain, heart attack
  • Adhesive bandages (all sizes)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) - oral antihistamine
  • Book on first aid
  • Cigarette lighter - to sterilize instruments and to be able to start a fire in the wilderness (to keep warm and to make smoke to signal for help, for examples)
  • Cough medication
  • Dental kit - for broken teeth, loss of crown or filling
  • Exam gloves
  • Small flashlight
  • Ibuprofen (Advil is one brand name); another good choice is naprosyn (Aleve is a brand name)
  • Insect repellant
  • Knife (small Swiss Army-type)
  • Moleskin - to apply to blisters or hot spots
  • Nasal spray decongestant - for nasal congestion from colds or allergies
  • Nonadhesive wound pads (Telfa)
  • Polysporin antibiotic ointment
  • Oral decongestant
  • Personal medications (enough for the trip duration and perhaps a couple of extra in case of delays) and items (for example, a cane or knee braces if needed)
  • Phone card with at least 60 minutes of time (and not a close expiration date) plus at least 10 quarters for pay phones and a list of important people to reach in an emergency; cell phone with charger (cell service is not available in may areas, especially remote areas)
  • Plastic resealable bags (oven and sandwich)
  • Pocket mask for CPR (although now, CPR does not have to be mouth to mouth)
  • Safety pins (large and small)
  • Scissors
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • A list of yours and other family member's medical history, medications, doctors, insurance company, and emergency contact persons (this can be accomplished easily with a flash drive; see for example, www.erinfocard.com

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