Assembling a Travel First Aid Kit

Regardless of how long your trip or vacation will be, having a good travel first aid kit with  you is essential to maintaining piece of mind and ensuring that you're prepared for dealing with minor injuries. A good travel first aid kit will contain a variety of different helpful items that can be useful in a number of different injuries and medical situations. It will also be small enough that it's easy to transport and carry with you. Read on for a brief guide on how to assemble a proper travel first aid kit to take with you on your trip.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Small heavy plastic zipper pouch or small hard plastic case
  • Miscellaneous first aid supplies

Step 1 - Determine the Appropriate Size of the Kit

The size of the kit will depend upon a number of factors. Consider how many people will be traveling with you. The more people that you have, the more of certain items you'll need. Bandaids, for instance, are easy to transport, and it makes sense to take more of them if you have additional people traveling with you. The size of the kit should also depend upon how you plan to carry it and how heavy it can safely be. Work to minimize the size and weight of the kit by catering it to exactly the type of situations that you expect to be the most common.

Step 2 - Build the Standard Kit

It's always a good idea to begin with a standard first aid kit. This kit will be useful in virtually every situation, as it helps to address the most basic and likely health issues that you may see while traveling.

It's a good idea to stock your basic kit with bandaids, pain relief medicine like Tylenol or Advil, antibiotic ointment, gauze, antiseptic wipes and non-latex gloves.

Step 3 - Add More Basic Items if there is Room

If you have additional room in the kit, add in tweezers, first aid tape, larger bandages, small scissors, and cream for burns as well. These are still likely to be useful but are less likely to come into play than the standard kit items from the previous step.

Step 4 - Add Trip-Specific Items

Consider items that may be useful based on your trip in particular. For instance, if you're visiting a beach or other place where the sun may be hot, bring sunscreen and other protective items. If there are particular medicines that you'll need for your trip, bring those in the first aid kit as well.

It's also a good idea to include a guidebook that describes basic first aid protocol with your first aid kit too. This is especially helpful if no one that you'll be traveling with has emergency response training, as it can help you to deal with minor injuries on your own and also help you to care for a person suffering from more serious injuries until they can receive proper treatment.