Most people associate vacation with travel, relaxation, sun, sea and beautiful beaches. When going on a trip, be sure to take a first aid kit with you. Having the necessary medications at hand, you will not be confused in the event of unexpected health problems and will be able to provide first aid.
Why do I need a first aid kit at the resort
Not everyone pays due attention to their own health on vacation and approaches the collection of a first aid kit rather superficially. Unusual climate and exotic cuisine can provoke ailments and ruin a long-awaited vacation. Deterioration of health can come at the most unexpected moment. It is not always possible to get timely qualified medical care or purchase the necessary medicine, especially at night. Having a first aid kit close at hand will help you keep the negative effects to a minimum. It is especially important to take the necessary medicines with you if a person has chronic diseases or small children are traveling with you on vacation.
How to assemble a first aid kit for travel
Basic principles of collecting a traveler's first aid kit
- Be sure to bring a supply of medications for regular use. This applies to people with chronic and allergic diseases.
- Be guided by your own experience and take only proven drugs. Vacation is not a time to experiment with health, so don't use unfamiliar medications.
- Be sure to bring first aid supplies. For all medicines, check the expiration dates and the integrity of the packaging. Do not forget to include instructions for use.
- Collect the children's first aid kit separately, for babies you need certain children's medicines.
- If you are going on vacation to another country, find out in advance the list of prohibited medicines and, if necessary, purchase approved analogues.
- The first aid kit should be roomy, comfortable and hermetically closed.
Most Common Vacation Health Problems
One of the most frequent problems of a traveler is ailments and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract: poisoning, infections, bloating and others.
Most often this is due to food unusual for the stomach (exotic local food) or unsanitary conditions (stale food, dirt). It is no secret that during the high season at seaside resorts, intestinal-viral infections are frequent, from which young children suffer most.
To avoid or minimize these troubles, adhere to simple rules of conduct on vacation:
- Observe basic hygiene standards, wash your hands more often, use wet wipes and an antiseptic;
- Do not drink local tap water, it is better to play it safe and buy bottled drinking water, or boil tap water;
- Explain to the children not to swallow water: sea water and from the pool;
- Wash local fruits and vegetables thoroughly;
- Do not buy street food and do not taste specific local exotics if you are not sure about the quality of the cooking;
- Before traveling to a hot exotic country, get all the necessary vaccinations in advance.
In second place are sunburns. Many people still do not know the rules of being in the hot sun and, having "seized" on a sea holiday, they get burned in the very first days. For a safe sunburn, it is better to visit the beaches before 11-12 noon or after 16-17 hours. Be sure to wear protective equipment, wear hats, and drink plenty of water.
A must-have list of medications for an adult traveler
The first group of drugs is for the gastrointestinal tract. These remedies will relieve heartburn, bloating, and stomach discomfort from overeating or eating heavy foods:
- Mezim or Pancreatin;
- Gastal (Rennie);
- Activated carbon.
These drugs are necessary for poisoning and gastrointestinal disorders (vomiting, diarrhea, spasms). Rehydron will help restore the water-salt balance in the body:
The second group - means for first aid:
- Dressings and external antiseptics;
- Bactericidal plaster (several packages of different sizes);
- Zelenka pencil.
Pills for motion sickness in transport:
- Aviamore or analogs.
Buy a pack of natural candies, preferably peppermint or citrus, which can also help relieve nausea.
- Askofen or Andipal - for people suffering from low or high blood pressure.
Do not forget to put anti-allergic drugs (Telfast, Tavegil, Suprastin, ointments for external use). The same group includes insect bites (Fenistil).
On vacation, both children and adults walk a lot, swim, visit excursions and attractions, so injuries and sprains are not uncommon. In this case, put in the first aid kit:
1. Hydrogen peroxide;
2. Zelenka or iodine;
4. Ointments for bruises and sprains (Finalgon, Sustavit, Fastum-gel).
It will not be superfluous to put antibiotics and antipyretics in the first-aid kit:
On vacation, especially at sea, there is a risk of being overbought and catching a cold. Therefore, additionally put a thermometer, drops from a cold and a throat spray:
- Tantum Verde;
- Lazolvan or Gedelix (for cough).
Remember to include your main medications that you take regularly.
Be sure to bring sunscreen and burn medication:
- Aloe-based cooling ointments;
Overly impressionable people will need sedatives: Novopassit, Persen, or valerian tablets.
Young tourist's first aid kit
It is better to collect the children's first-aid kit separately, it will be much more convenient and you will not have to look for the necessary medicine for a long time. Not all drugs for adults are suitable for babies. Children's medicines were originally made and designed for a young organism, according to the age and weight of the young patient.
Colds can overtake even in the southern resort. The main reasons are hypothermia after a long stay in water, acclimatization, viral infection. It is better to take children's Efferalgan or Panadol as antipyretic drugs. Antiviral drugs: Anaferon, Arbidol, Umkalor.
If the child is very small, you will need a remedy for bloating - Espumisan. To reduce pain in the gums with cutting teeth, it is worth taking Kalgel or Kamistad.
After a long swim in the sea, babies can get sore ears, Otipax drops will help relieve inflammation. As an antihistamine, instead of Suprastin in tablets, it is better to take Zyrtec in drops. Antibiotics and other medications should also be taken in a more comfortable form for taking: suspension, syrup.
Be sure to include baby skin care products, wet wipes, cotton pads, and ear swabs.
Take sun protection products for babies (especially very small and light-skinned ones) with a high degree of protection (+35 or +50).
Just in case, put the Rescuer or Fenistil-gel ointment. They are indispensable for insect bites, abrasions and minor cuts.
Collecting a "traveler's first aid kit" is a serious matter, but keep in mind that this is not a panacea, but just an assistant. If the condition is serious and only getting worse, do not rely on your own strength, call a doctor or an ambulance. Sometimes delay only worsens the patient's condition.