When we travel, there are so many things we look forward to. There are the sights and there are the sounds. Don’t forget the local foods you’ve seen on TV or online. You probably have a mental checklist of all the exciting things you and going to taste or touch. What we rarely consider is random medical emergencies.
No, we are not jinxing it. Let’s try a bit of a reality check. Occasionally, things don’t always go as planned. And this also includes our health. Therefore we must plan for emergencies. In this article, we will be taking a look at some first aid tips you should keep in mind when traveling out of the country.
When talking about first aid, we usually think about what we can do at the moment of an emergency. How about the things we can do ahead of any emergency? This is where travel health insurance comes in. With the right travel health insurance policy, you can have your health expenses handled without any worry.
Keeping your policy within easy reach can advise passers-by and health officials on the right health approach, in case you can’t help yourself.
Having your medical information within easy reach is also an important first aid tip. Information like your blood type, allergies, medical condition, and history may help health officials know the best attention to give to you, and in time.
Besides this, have the numbers of reliable people that can be quickly reached in case of an emergency. If you can include the number of your doctor, that is even better. Your doctor may instruct passers-by on what they could do before local health officials arrive.
Now to the part you’ve been waiting for, pack a travel first aid kit when going on a trip, and go with it even on tours. Who knows where you may need first aid? Below are some of the things you should have in your travel first aid kit:
One of the most important parts of every first aid kit is the plaster/bandage. This is because one can expect minor injuries like a small cut or even a graze. This is why you should keep plasters in your first aid kit. A few blister plasters are also fine for long treks.
For bigger cuts, you may need some gauze. Gauze is so useful in medical emergencies. Beyond the basic dressing of wounds, they can also be used to clean the wound, apply pressure to it, and stop the bleeding.
While at it, have a small pair of scissors that you can use to cut your bandages and gauze into size. You don’t want to look bundled up. So, scissors come in handy to keep everything well-dressed.
Tweezers are really useful for picking out impurities in an open wound, like stones and splinters. Having a pair of these in your first aid kit is very important.
You should have some painkillers on your travel first aid kit. One or two sachets of simple paracetamol are fine. If you have your preferred brand of painkillers, that works too. The whole idea is to have something to treat any pain and discomfort either cursed because of a wound or maybe a slight headache.
Keeping an antiseptic ointment and soap in your first aid kit can help you keep germs away from open wounds while also keeping them clean before you dress them. Make sure you pack it along. By the way, antiseptic wipes work just as well.
Some of the most important things you should have in your first aid kits are topical creams prepared for different occasions. For example, you should have an antihistamine cream to fight rashes and insect bites. With this cream, you can control not just the itching, but also the swelling.
Also, have insect repellents and antibacterial creams on your travel. They may all come in handy.
This is not an exhaustive list of things you should have in your travel first aid kit. There are others like:
The ability to anticipate an emergency before it happens can save you a lot of pain and money. Make sure you take your first aid seriously, and your travel will be more fun.