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Travel Tip Tuesday | First Aid Travel Kits

What to Pack in Your First Aid Kit

When deciding what you need for your next guided tour, whether it is by air or by motor-coach, it is always smart to pack for common medical emergencies. The American College of Emergency Physicians and the CDC encourages travelers to pack a number of items to keep with them at all times. These items can easily be stored in a special pouch or case in a carry-on, backpack, or pocketbook. 

You might want to use this checklist to pack for your next trip whether it is a day trip, overnight or international guided group tour.

1) Prescription Medications

Always keep your prescription medications with you. Depending on your destination you might also want to take along an antibiotic,  traveler’s diarrhea antibiotic, and malaria medication.

2) Over the Counter Medicine

Our motto is to pack for every contingency in order to avoid stress and feeling sick while on the go. In a ToD first aid kit we always have:

  • Imodium or Pepto-bismal 
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine/Decongestant
  • Cough drops and cough expectorant or suppressant
  • Aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen
  • Mild laxative
  • Antibacterial and antifungal ointments
  • Antiseptic wound cleaner
  • Aloe gel for sunburns

3) Medical Supplements

If you use certain medical items daily, it is good to make sure that they are packed and easily accessible.

  • Glasses and contacts plus cleaners
  • Medical alert bracelet
  • Testing supplies for diabetes and other conditions
  • Insulin, eye drops, inhalers, EpiPens
  • Digital thermometer
  • Bandages, cotton swabs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Face masks

4) Preventative Supplies

We believe that it is better to be safe than sorry so we always include these items on our list depending on our destination.

  • Hand Sanitizer and anti-bacterial hand wipes
  • Insect repellent (in material areas make sure it has DEET in it)
  • Sunscreen UVA and UVB  30 or higher
  • Sunglasses and a hat

We hope that this list comes in handy when you are packing for your next guided group trip with Tours of Distinction.