I loved going travelling on my gap yeaaaarr (sorry had to) but in all honesty when it came to putting a first aid kit together I had no idea. Now to some the idea of a first aid kit sounds a bit lame bit I can assure you of two things. Firstly when you are abroad getting destroyed by mosquitos and you pull out insect repellent you will be heightened to a godly status amongst your travel buddies. Secondly there is nothing more attractive than a night in shinning armour who comes to save the day with a plaster, just saying.
First aid kit must haves!
Insect repellent - there are few things more irritating than being eaten my mosquitos on holiday. Generally products containing DEET are most effective and once sprayed should last 6-8 hours. Always check with your pharmacist if the product is suitable for you.
Anti-histamines- Well worth bringing with, as well as helping with hay fever they are useful for any minor skin allergies while abroad, especially if you do end up reacting to a few mosquito bites.
Anti-diarrheals- Getting the runs on holiday can really spoil your trip. In addition to drinking bottled water and eating fresh food only it is alway worth bringing anti-diarrheal medication. Loperamide is often effective and can reduce the frequency of trips to the loo.
Pain relief- definitely bring some over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. It can be really difficult if there is a language barrier abroad and you are trying to purchase even the simplest medication. Best to have this at hand, especially for those morning after headaches.
Antiseptic wipes, plasters, bandage tape and scissors- You will be surprised how many cuts and scrapes you may get even on the most unlikely of holidays, better to be safe than sorry!
Condoms- don't leave it to your mum to sneakily slide them in your suitcase, stock up and take with. There is no shame in being safe.
Oh and don't forget your suncream!
This should be a good basis to your first aid kit, you can taylor your equipment depending on your destination.
Please visit your doctor if you have any symptoms or concerns and always consult your pharmacist before starting any new medication. Safe travels!