Travel kit essentials

Travel kit essentials

Since no one is clairvoyant and able to predict the future, it’s very important to travel with a first-aid kit.

Essentials

  • Tensor bandages for sprains
  • Anti-itch cream for insect bites and poison ivy
  • Antibiotic ointment like Polysporin
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Gauze
  • Antiseptic wipes to disinfect wounds
  • Adhesive bandages of different sizes
  • Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks
  • Packets of oral rehydration salts
  • Thermometer

Medication

To be ready for anything, slip this medication into your first-aid kit.

  • Any prescription or over-the-counter medication your normally use
  • Allergy medication: antihistamine or epinephrine
  • Pain and fever medication: acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin
  • Prescription antibiotics
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Motion sickness medication like Gravol
  • Cold and flu medication: decongestants, cough suppressants or throat lozenges

Traveling with medication

Prescription or over-the-counter medication may not be authorized in the country you are visiting.To avoid arousing suspicion at customs and risk confiscation, follow these tips:

  • Keep them in their original packaging and in your carry-on bag
  • Bring a copy of your doctor’s prescription – make sure the generic and trade names of the medication are clearly indicated

For more information, check out the Government of Canada’s website.

Destination-specific items

  • Mosquito or insect repellent
  • Water purification filters or tablets
  • Blister cushions
  • Sunblock (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Aloe gel for sunburns
  • Malaria medication
  • Mountain sickness medication

A few extras

  • Ear plugs
  • Scissors
  • Hand disinfectant
  • Safety pin
  • Eye drops

Did we forget something?

What do you keep in your first-aid travel kit? Tell us!