FIRST AID ESSENTIALS
All you need to stay fit and well along the way
Things can go wrong on holidays, and it pays to be prepared. You don’t want to be in the middle of a Tuscan sunflower field and not have your allergy antihistamine, or run out of Insulin during a 14-day trek through Southeast Asia. Prepare and pack a first-aid kit and you’ll be ready for anything. Here are some things to include – but check with your family doctor or pharmacist if you have particular health needs, or are going somewhere remote.
STINGERS BE GONE
There’s nothing worse than having an itchy bite and no relief. Always pack Stingose as well as antihistamines if you react badly to mosquito or insect bites. Better still – throw in roll-on mozzie repellent to stop the cause.
BAND-AIDS AND BANDAGES
Put a few Band-Aids in your wallet or carry bag – especially if travelling with kids. A bandage is also useful to support strained limbs, reduce swelling and hold dressings in place.
Savlon or antiseptic cream is essential for cleaning wounds and easy to pop in your first-aid kit. It can be for a toddler’s scraped knee in Bali or a coral scratch after snorkelling in Fiji.
Sodium chloride 0.9% is good to wash out foreign objects from your eye, but a general Visine solution is handy for allergies or helping ease sore eyes after a big night at an Irish pub or after a sad farewell to family members.
An antibacterial gel is small, and can be used all day, every day. Trains, planes, churches and museums – full of people, and germs spread easily.
If you’ve got children and need to know temperatures in the middle of the night in a foreign city, pack your own thermometer for ease of mind. Digital ones, although pricey, are more accurate and easy to use.
COLD AND FLU TABLETS
Cold and flu tablets can help shake that runny nose, sore throat or foggy head right when you need it. The daytime tablets will give you the energy to keep going and the nighttime ones will help you get a good night’s sleep, ready for the next day.
Pointed tweezers help remove splinters. You can also try soaking the skin in warm water to ease the removal process. Some hotels will have these if you ask, but if travelling to remote areas, bring your own.
Travelling, especially by plane, can leave you dehydrated. Hydralyte or Gastrolyte sachets or dissolvable tablets can help keep your fluids up. Staying hydrated can help stave off illness, help you bounce back after a big night or replenish your body after physical activity.
Painkillers – Panadol, Aspirin, Nurofen – are essential. Headaches, period pain or joint pain can haunt you, and having a tab in reach can help you carry on sightseeing when your head is calling you to bed. If travelling with youngsters, don’t forget the children’s version.
If you feel a cold coming on, take two ArmaForce vitamins daily and you will wake up with a spring in your step. This BioCeuticals product is a powerful immunity booster that can get rid of any flu. Packed with echinacea, vitamin C, olive leaf and zinc, it’s a saviour in winter – and a must-take, wherever you go.
TRAVEL SICKNESS TABLETS
If you suffer motion sickness, planes, boats and fast cars can make you ill at the thought. Try Travacalm Natural tablets, Aquatabs or Nature’s Way ginger tablets to see what works best.
Think about things that happen to you – it might be Imodium for a weak stomach, or a strip of throat lozenges. Sunscreen, a prescription for antibiotics, contraception, a sachet of Ural if you suffer urinary tract infections – it’s always safe to have them on hand, wherever you are.
Antiseptic cream and a bandage for a child’s scraped knee can make all the difference.