travel health kitTaking travel health seriously is of utmost importance, whether are travelling to the far reaches of a South American rainforest or taking the family on a holiday to a traditional Spanish destination.

Travelling abroad does have its dangers and amongst all the fun and excitement it’s all too easy to scrape a knee, cut your arm, sustain an injury or fall ill.

Taking a handy health kit on the road with you offers a quick and easy way to resolve life’s dramas without having to resort to Google translate to decipher the labels in a foreign pharmacy.

Here’s a quick and easy guide to building your own travel health kit so that first aid is always first hand when you need it.


What deserves a place in your travel health kit?

Packing a case that meets the weight and size regulations of your chosen airline is always tricky. So selecting the bare essentials is vital when space is at a premium?

With the right preparation, carrying your own travel kit doesn’t have to impact on the space in your case and packing travel-friendly miniatures can provide all you need, minus the extra weight.

Here are the core supplies you should think about taking with you:

– Antiseptic

– Plasters

– Bandages of different sizes

– Tweezers

– Swiss army knife

– Insect repellent

– Mosquito net (for camping and holidays outside of Europe particularly)

– Water purified/iodine tablets

– Needle and thread

– Thermometer

If you are a diabetic or have allergies, you will of course need needles or EpiPens and the appropriate medication within your supplies.

Remember, many items that are handy for medical treatments are also against the strict airline laws on hand luggage. To avoid arriving at your destination without a first aid kit, ensure you pack sharp implements such as scissors and a knife in your hold luggage.


Solving common holiday complaints

As well as basic medical supplies, medication forms a vital part of any travel health kit and can be particularly useful when solving the health complaints that affect many of us whilst travelling overseas.

Acute constipation and diarrhoea are particularly common and ensuring your travel kit is equipped with laxatives and rehydration salts will ensure you can put these problems behind you and enjoy the rest of your holiday. Painkillers should also form part of your health kit to provide relief for aches and pains, whilst skin disinfectant will help clean and promote the healing of sores that strike after a long day of sightseeing or trekking.


Planning ahead

Whilst carrying a first aid kit is always recommended, it is important to remember that there are some things you simply can’t take with you. Some destinations come with a health warning, and in many parts of the world you may not be protected against a selection of serious diseases.

Vaccinations against travel-related infections like yellow fever, hepatitis A and typhoid may be required so book an appointment with Express Travel Clinic today and get professional advice on the necessary immunisations for your trip to foreign shores.