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First aid kit

Sufficient medical supplies should be carried to meet all foreseeable needs for the duration of the trip.20

Certain categories of prescription medicine should be carried together with a letter signed by a doctor, certifying that the traveller requires the medication for personal use. All medicines should be carried in hand luggage to minimise any risk of loss during the journey.20

Although the context may vary, a first aid kit (medical kit) is appropriate for almost all travellers, even those visiting low risk areas.

First-aid items:21

  • Adhesive dressings, sterile gauze, bandages, tape
  • Eye pad
  • Antiseptic wound cleanser, sterile solution
  • Thermometer
  • Emollient eye drops
  • Insect repellent
  • Insect bite treatment
  • Nasal decongestant
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Scissors, tweezers and safety pins
  • Simple analgesic (e.g. paracetamol/aspirin)
  • Sterile dressing
  • Sunscreen (at least SPF 15+)
  • Sterile syringes and needles; gloves

Plus any additional items according to destination and individual needs, such as:

  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Antifungal powder
  • Antimalarial medication
  • Condoms
  • Medication for any pre-existing medical condition
  • Short-medium acting sleeping tablet
  • Water disinfectant or filter
  • Usual health monitoring equipment (eg. blood glucose monitor, fingerprick device and testing strips, peak expiratory flow meter).

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