This week’s post is all about ‘What’s in my First-Aid kit’. I can’t say I’m much of a daredevil; all my holidays tend to be city breaks full of organised fun. Nevertheless, my fabulous auntie gifted me with this beautiful Travel-Kit from Stanford University Hospital (what a dream)! I thought it would be fun to explore its contents with you lovely readers and see what’s inside:
- First Aid to Go mini-kit – This is such a useful little kit to have, especially when travelling – whether you’re prone to tripping over your own feet or you’re testing out some new heels in the city, one can never have too many band-aids! This mini-kit contains: 2 hand cleansing wipes, 4 First-Aid Gauze pads and 6 Assorted Band-Aids.
- Elastic wrap – Elastic wraps are often used to relieve pain and reduce swellings from muscle strains or sprains. If you’re a keen sportsperson, would definitely recommend having one of these in your travel-kit (and remember not to wrap too tightly, we want to reduce blood flow, not cut it off!).
- Instant cold pack – This ties in with the elastic wrap, and is useful to apply directly to a muscle sprain or strain.
- Micropore tape – Adhesive tape is super useful, and the advantage of micropore tape is that it allows the skin to breathe whilst also protecting scars from infection, so definitely worth having in your first-aid kit.
- Gloves – A must. But if you want to go all out it’s probably better to keep a mini-box or sealed packet of gloves for infection control reasons.
- Insect repellent – It’s in the name! It’s also always a good idea to check in with a doctor or hospital if you’re bitten on holiday – just to be on the safe side.
- Eye drops – These are lifesavers on those long-haul flights!
- Sunscreen – Need I say anymore? I think we are all well aware of the importance of sunscreen (I actually wear it everyday!), and it’s always handy to pack a small bottle into your staple travel-kit just in case you forget to pack a larger one! You can never have too much UV protection 😉
- Hand sanitiser and hand wipes – Hand sanitiser is never as good as actually washing your hands, but is super useful when you’re in the middle of nowhere. Another use for hand-gel is as an antiseptic if you’re ever in an emergency situation with limited resources, which, hopefully won’t ever happen!
- Thermometer – Temperature is one of the body’s vital signs and are an essential part of any first-aid kit!
- Moleskin Foam padding – This is useful for all you hikers and climbers out there! Helpful for heel sores and not so comfy shoes. But remember not to use on open blisters or broken skin.
- Chapstick – Maintaining that pout is essential.
- Motion sickness relief
- Diarrhoea relief – If you’ve ever travelled East, ya get me!
- Anti-itch cream
- Athlete’s foot cream
- First Aid Antibiotic Ointment
- Pain relief/Fever relief
Granted, the contents seem to be oriented more towards the adventurous, thrill-seeking traveller rather than the basic, brunch-seeking diva that I am, but I suppose it’s still a really useful kit to have in the case of an emergency!
If you want to know where you can find any of the items I’ve talked about or have any more questions feel free to get in touch 🙂
Until next time,
P.S. I’ve just realised I use far too many exclamation marks in my posts….