Safety First – Preparing a First Aid Kit for Your Trip

We all go on a vacation to have fun and relax, so it would be such a downer if something spoiled your trip. It’s even more frustrating when you know that these little things could have been avoided if you just planned your trip carefully and made sure that you had all bases covered. Whenever planning something big, like a vacation or time away from home, always remember Murphy’s Law; anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

We’ve all heard stories from friends about an elaborate trip they were planning, only to have it get ruined by a cold or a cut or some other minor sickness or injury. Vacations are meant for fun activities, not hanging out in your hotel room with a fever.  So one way to make sure that you’re prepared for anything is with a first aid kit.

Cuts, Wounds, and Other Injuries

Best First Aid KitYou never know what can happen while you’re on vacation. I was on a trip to the island of Kauai (in Hawaii), and the moment I saw the ocean, I ran towards it without water shoes. You may have also had this impulse in a place of paradise where the water looks so inviting. This spur of the moment decision had some consequences. In the excitement of the moment, I didn’t notice a sign that said shallow reef. As I ran to the ocean, the bottom of my foot began to throb in pain. A coral bed cut it around 2-3 inches long and it was bleeding. I didn’t have a first aid kit, so I had to return to the hotel and get ask for some bandages and hydrogen peroxide.  What I learned from that experience is that you should have a good First Aid Kit with adhesive bandages like band-aids and gauze (with tape) if you really want to make sure that you can handle any minor cuts.  Also bring a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to treat your cuts and wounds.


allergiesIf you have allergies (like I do), keeping something with you to help relieve sneezing attacks, runny noses and watery eyes. Whether it’s nasal spray, drops, or ointments, make sure to store them in your first aid kit. You might say that you can avoid these things, but you never know if the area you are visiting has an abundance of pollen, ragweed or many of the other common allergic triggers many people deal with. Also, make sure that if you pack antihistamines, they are non-drowsy (especially if you are planning a tour during the day or time away from the hotel or bed and breakfast). You wouldn’t want to spend your time half-awake and so drowsy that going anywhere will feel like a chore.

Safety should always be your number one priority when it comes to protecting yourself and loved one on a journey. You can worry about packing your first aid kit before leaving so that you won’t have to stress about anything else during your vacation.