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The Essential Travel First Aid Kit

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Whether you are going on a jungle expedition or to a highly populated city in a foreign country, there may be problems getting medicines or first aid items that you need immediately in case of an emergency. Even if you do have access to a pharmacy, language differences and different international brands can make it hard to figure out exactly what you need.   It is a good idea to pack a kit of products that you are familiar with and tuck it away in your suitcase.  As my dad always said, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

The essential “Must Haves” in your first aid kit should include:

  • All your personal prescription medication in their original containers, as well as photocopies of your handwritten prescriptions from your doctor’s office.  Make sure to ask you doctor if you should take other applicable prescription medications or vaccinations to your specific destination, including an anti-malarial medicine.
  • Anti-diarrheal medicine
  • Antihistamine and Decongestant
  • Anti-motion sickness medicine
  • Antacid
  • Laxative
  • Cough drops
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Pain medication of choice (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen and Aloe gel for sunburns
  • Digital thermometer
  • Rehydration solution
  • Bandaids, gauze, or other bandaging material
  • Antibacterial hand cleaner
  • Eye drops
  • Water purification tablets
  • Latex condoms

You should also make sure that you keep a written list of local doctors, hospitals and pharmacies handy, and locate them within a day or two of your arrival just in case you need to get there quickly.

Most of the health problems that occur when traveling are small, treatable issues; but if they are not taken care of properly, they can develop into serious conditions.  When you’re in a foreign environment, make sure you take care of yourself by eating, sleeping, and drinking regularly and sufficiently.

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January 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Basic Travel Safety

Travel is usually not dangerous, depending of course on your destination.  But even the most tourist-friendly places hold some element of risk.  When you are in unfamiliar surroundings, it is much harder to identify potentially dangerous situations or untrustworthy people.  Knowing how to handle yourself when you are abroad, and keeping in mind a few safety tips can help keep you safe while you travel.

1.  Make sure that you have travel insurance.  This might seem like a hassle, but if anything happens to you or your possessions while you are on a trip, you will be glad you have it.

2.  Make sure you photocopy all your personal identification including passport and ticket so that if you lose the originals you still have all the information handy.  Store the copies in a separate place than where you keep the originals.

3.  Don’t take expensive items with you.  Leave your Rolex or your three carat diamond ring at home.  You don’t want to call attention to yourself.  If possible, try to wear clothing similar to what the locals are wearing to blend in.

4.  Don’t strike up conversations with strangers and then spill all the details of your trip or divulge personal information about your family, finances, or work.  You never know who could be listening.

5.  Stay alert.  Don’t overindulge in drinking or allow yourself to get too exhausted. Keep an eye out for anything that feels even remotely dangerous and trust you instincts.

6.  If you have brought valuables with you, keep them in the hotel safe.  Never carry large amounts of cash and flash it around for people to see.  Keep what you are carrying in a money belt or secured someplace that it can’t be snatched away.

7.  Never let your credit card out of your sight.  If you hand it to a vendor or a merchant, keep it within eyesight at all times.

8.  Be polite and courteous to locals and ask questions.  Show respect for their unique culture and customs.

9.  Know the location of the U.S. Embassy.  If you are in a country that may be hostile toward the U.S., go to the embassy and register with them, letting them know you are there, where you are staying, and for how long.

10.  Keep a small card handy with key phrases in the local language, even if many people speak English where you are visiting.

11.  Know the local emergency numbers.  Contact authorities immediately if anything happens, including theft.

Remember, even the most savvy travelers can become complacent, so no matter how many places you’ve been, or how many times you’ve visited a particular destination, always keep these safety tips in mind.

October 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment


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