Travel Carry-On First Aid Kit
As an avid traveler, and paramedic with 40 years of field experience, I carry a small first aid kit with me wherever I go when I go to another country.
Before I begin, I am in no way telling you to carry any or all of these items, this is only a suggestion based on my experience. If you are allergic to any of these medications or are not comfortable having them in your kit, DO NOT ADD THEM TO YOUR KIT.
I purchase the small travel size of each item or get the foil pouch for each medication. These are all OTC (Over The Counter) medications and products and do not require a prescription. However, certain countries MAY get a little upset seeing all these medications. To be certain, check with your travel agent or ask your family physician for a note to carry the kit with you.
This is the equipment I take in a very small bag and fits in my carry-on or backpack. Do not purchase large bottles of pills, this kit is meant as a travel or carry-on. Extra stock can go in your checked luggage. I purchased a small bag from Sands or just use a zip lock bag. My kit is 4 x 6 x 1 inches.
ASA x 6: pain relief and anti-coagulant
Tylenol or Acetaminophen x 6: pain relief and fever reducer
Advil or Ibuprofen x 6: pain relief and anti-inflammatory
Gravol x 6: for nausea (I use Gravol ginger, you don’t want to be falling asleep while traveling)
Benadryl x 6: for minor allergic reactions
Immodium x 4: Stop any sudden gut reactions while traveling
Epi-Pen or Allerject x 1: for severe allergic reactions emergencies
Robaxacet x 4: for severe back pain
Burn gel x 2: for minor burns (you can get burn relief gel in tiny travel-sized packets)
Superglue x 1: skin closure for severe lacerations (Practice before using it, don’t get any glue inside the wound) buy the tiny tubes, not the big ones.
Butterfly strips x 6: skin closure for minor to severe lacerations
2 x 2 sterile gauze x 2: to clean the wound before you apply a skin closure
Assortment of band-aids: for minor cuts and blisters
Individual pouches of electrolyte powder x 2: for rehydration
Individual foil pouches of hand sanitizer x 4: to sanitize hands and surfaces on planes, buses
N95 masks x 1: for airborne safety
NOTE: always carry your prescription meds in their original bottles and to be safe, ask your physician for a letter listing your meds.
I hope you never have to use the kit.