You can never be sure what happens while you’re out there. And with barely any access to any hospitals and clinics, you have to do what it takes to remedy some kind of emergency that happens. This is why you need to not only bring a first aid kit, but also a bunch of over the counter medicines. It’s better than not taking action, after all.
Imagine suffering some kind of pain while on a plane. It isn’t as bad as, say, getting a finger cut off, but it still is enough to sort of cripple you in the meantime. As a temporary solution, you of course get you handy-dandy pain reliever out from you bag and drink that as if it juice. Only if the pain doesn’t go away do you seek help from the flight attendants.
A pain killer is one of the medicines you need to take with you. One of the 10 that should be in your bag right now if you’re out there in the world travelling away from home.
- Pain killers
- Mild laxative
- Antibiotic ointment
- Sleep aid
- Common-cold remedies
- Motion-sickness medication
- Electrolyte tablets
- Hydrocortisone cream
These are the needed medicines you should be taking with you. As for your fist aid kit:
- Wound-cleaning gauze
- Sterile dressings
- Bandage tape
- Sunburn treatment
- Insect repellent
- Insect bite treatment
Travelling is fun but unless your health is in peril, there is no way you’re going to enjoy it. Nothing is worse than being sick, ill or incapacitated during something fun like parties or travelling. Even the common-cold makes a huge difference. Trust me on that. It’s based on experience.
Before you decide to go travelling, make sure that you’re healthy and you stay that way. The first aid kit is just for emergencies just in case you DO come down with an illness or any kind. Still, assure yourself that you won’t fall into any kind of illness at all before going, just to be safe.
And in any case, there hopefully isn’t a likely chance of you getting hurt out there if you’re just careful. Still, since it’s being outside your literal comfort zone, you just need to be extra careful. Also, just to throw out there, don’t engage in weirdos. It’s usually “Don’t talk to strangers” but since you’re literally going to be somewhere that makes EVERYONE a stranger, it wouldn’t be a good idea to. Be friendly to the people you meet but if something feels awry, you book it.
That being said, if you’re too worried about your health, travel with someone you trust completely, so there’s someone that will take care of you if something happens.