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What Do I Need in My Travel First-Aid Kit?


When you pack for a trip, especially a trip overseas, it’s easy to forget about medications and first-aid. That’s why you should always bring a basic first-aid kit with you on your travels.

I always keep a pre-packed first-aid kit ready to go so I don’t have to think twice about it when I’m packing. Of course, you may need additional items depending on where you’re going and what activities you have planned. But this first-aid kit packing list covers the basics.

First-Aid Kit Tips

  • Look in the school supply section of your local drugstore for a small container, or order a small tackle box from Amazon.
  • Only separate medication from its labeled bottle if you know you’ll be able to differentiate pills.
  • Keep prescription medications separate from your first-aid kit.
  • Include over-the-counter (OTC) medication based on your needs; i.e., if you’re traveling on a cruise and need motion sickness pills, make sure to include those.
  • Pack a natural balm like GREEN GOO First Aid, which can relieve symptoms for dry skin, insect bites, scrapes, rashes, chafing, cuts, sunburns, blisters, and poison ivy.
  • Include various-sized bandages; they double for blister protection if you plan on doing a lot of walking.
  • Hand sanitizer, a small tissue pack, lip balm, and sunscreen are also must-haves.
  • Be sure to fill out the Medical ID on your iPhone and list any allergies, emergency contacts, and your doctor’s information.
  • Keep a laminated copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card accessible during your travels as well as a photo of your card available on your phone.

Download and print this checklist to make your own travel first-aid kit.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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