Having completed around 12 First Aid courses, 2 Wilderness First Aid Courses, 1 Advanced Wilderness First Aid course, 4 Anaphylaxis and 21 CPR courses, I know what’s useful and what’s not in a travelling first aid kit (for me).
If I’m travelling with a group of people, the contents of my kit will be different to what I’ll bring if I’m travelling on my own.
Here are some of the contents of a kit that I think are essential:
- Pain relief, usually paracetamol
- Bandaids – fabric ones not the plastic ones
- Medium gauze dressing
- Medium dressing pad
- Triangular bandage
- Crepe bandage
- Antiseptic swabs
- Resuscitation mask or face shield.
- Adhesive tape like Micropore around 2.5cm wide
- Disposable gloves
- Moleskin for any hot spots on my feet
- Broad spectrum antibiotic (if travelling remotely overseas)
- Long nosed tweezers
- Small, light but strong scissors for cutting bandages
- Two plastic bags (that you would put your fruit of veggies in from the market)
Sometimes I carry it in a Pelican case other times it might be in a small satchel, just depends on the contents that I’m taking.
I’ll always do a quick check of my kit before I travel and never assume it’s intact.
Now it’s your turn. What do you take that’s essential on your trips? Leave a comment below.