Most first aid skills
are applicable in any emergency situation, whether at home, at work, or on the
road. But there are special measures you should take when traveling.
For instance, because
you’ll be away from your health-care provider, you should bring a record of
important health information. This should include your health conditions,
allergies, medications, doctor’s name and contact number, and insurance
Travelers also should
check with a physician to ensure that their vaccinations are up to date. Ask
about any special vaccinations or medications needed to travel to your destination.
It is also important
to pack enough prescription medication. Bring extra in case your plans change
unexpectedly. Be sure to stock up on pain relievers for muscle aches, sleep
aids to combat jetlag, and medications for an upset stomach and diarrhea, as
these are common traveler’s complaints.
Make sure all medications
are in their original bottles and labeled with the patient’s name, medication
name, prescribing physician information, pharmacy contact number, and
directions for use. Medications should be kept with the traveler, not checked
If you or anyone in
your group has a chronic or life-threatening condition, invest in a medical
identification bracelet. In the event of an emergency, it gives medical
personnel important information about the condition.
as you prepare first aid kits for your home and car, you should also create one
Your travel kit can be customized for every trip. You
will want to bring basic supplies found in your standard home emergency kit,
but you should also include other items. Consider the following:
How many people are going on the trip? You need to bring enough supplies for
the number of people traveling with you.
How long will you be gone? Prescription
and over-the-counter medications should be adequate to last for the duration of
the trip, plus a few days extra in case of travel delays.
Where are you going? For instance, on a wilderness trip, you’ll need special
gear, including a compass, a water-filtering bottle or water purification
tablets, and a whistle. An over-the-counter antihistamine should be included in
case of allergic reactions. And a first aid instruction manual, preferably for
wilderness travel, is desirable as you may be far from immediate medical help.
What will you be doing? If
you plan to hike, for example, you’ll want to include moleskin to protect your
heels from blisters. If you’re boating, motion sickness medication is a must.
Insect repellant, sunscreen, calamine lotion, and aloe or another burn gel are
essential for almost all outdoor adventures.