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.
- Tensor bandages for sprains
- Anti-itch cream for insect bites and poison ivy
- Antibiotic ointment like Polysporin
- Disposable latex gloves
- Antiseptic wipes to disinfect wounds
- Adhesive bandages of different sizes
- Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks
- Packets of oral rehydration salts
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.
- 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
- Hand disinfectant
- Safety pin
- Eye drops
Did we forget something?
What do you keep in your first-aid travel kit? Tell us!