First Aid Kit

16 Sep

As with all of our packing, our first aid kit is going to be minimal.  We are going to very few places without pharmacies, so we can re-stock as we go.  Almost everything fits into a bag the size of a hardback book.  This is what I am thinking of taking, any suggestions welcome…

  • Paracetamol for adults and children
  • Piriton for adults and children – useful for allergies and itchy stuff
  • Travel sick pills – I have car sick horror stories to make you shudder
  • Asthma stuff for me and Ned, including copy of prescription
  • Immodium
  • Rehydration salts
  • Temporary filling kit – we’ve used one before, it was invaluable
  • Glasses repair kit and Steve’s prescription
  • Assorted plasters, including blister plasters and that gel stuff that turns into a covering when it dries
  • Microporous tape and a few dressings – Steve got coral cuts staying on the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia, normal plasters were useless and it went all manky
  • Dry antiseptic spray – see above
  • Bandage
  • Tiger Balm – this can be used for everything, colds, headaches, muscle ache
  • Nitty Gritty comb – as suggested by my itchy friend, Paula
  • At home I use calendula and arnica creams, but they are repeats of things above really, so I’m not sure
  • Lavender oil – also an antiseptic and very useful for masking the smell of wee when you handwash.

What do you think?


18 Responses to “First Aid Kit”

  1. jfb57 16/09/2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Rescue remedy is a wonderful little bottle that seems to cure all ills!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/09/2010 at 2:30 pm #

      Good idea!

  2. TheMadHouse 16/09/2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I would add tea tree oil, anti hyst cream (invaluable for bites) and one of those little electric zappers, mini got a wasp sting when we were out and it did the trick.

    Also maybe a some steri-strips (plaster stictches) just in case.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/09/2010 at 2:30 pm #

      Yes, love tea tree. And steri strips v good idea. They’re tiny anyway.

  3. Vegemitevix 16/09/2010 at 3:15 pm #

    What about a small bottle of tea tree oil! Good for keeping away mozzies and nits, and as an antiseptic.

  4. Trish@ Mum's Gone to 16/09/2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Hubby always takes superglue. He does have some proper medical glue but superglue works just as well on cuts – honestly. I will show him your list later and ask him for suggestions.

    I’m also thinking worming tablets – you just never know.

  5. Karina Baigrie 16/09/2010 at 9:04 pm #

    We are adding splinter probes to our medical kit for next year. Very tiny addition but we have often used them when camping. Sounds like everything is coming together. Keep up the good work!

  6. andthenallithoughtaboutwasyou 16/09/2010 at 11:34 pm #

    I agree on the tea tree oil it is fab for everything xx

  7. MummyT 17/09/2010 at 11:27 am #

    I want to do a post on this at some point: i’ve got quite anal about medical stuff. I would scratch the antiseptic spray and carry iodine and/or surgical alcohol. It will hurt, but the littlies won’t get infections, which you can do easily in the tropics.

    I would get emergency antibiotics for severe tummy upsets prescribed before you leave, just in case you’re somewhere you can’t get to them.

    I’d also carry eye drops. I’m sitting on a conjunctivitis story to make you, well, er, weep. Plus pollution in Vietnam and sometimes BKK can make your eyes water horribly.

  8. Paula 17/09/2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Thanks for the mention 😉

    Sounds like you’ve got it covered, and tea tree is a very useful addition. I used tiger balm to ward off mosquitoes – very effective.

    Was going to say safety pins and needle and thread, but not sure of restrictions?


    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/09/2010 at 12:33 pm #

      Next time I might give you a non-nit related mention. If you’re lucky.

  9. Rachel 19/09/2010 at 8:36 am #

    I second the electric bite zapper and some antisan or similar- we had one hilarious train journey in India zapping all the people in our carriage!
    Get plaster strips as well (the type you can cut to size) so you can cover a big scratch and so you get lots of stick – sweat, sand and water make little cheap ones useless.
    I would maybe take eye drops but they only last a month once opened and only one of you can use each bottle. Anywhere except the UK you can buy chloramphenicol over the counter anyway.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/09/2010 at 12:32 pm #

      I’ve never found they work, but I’m willing to give them another try. I get eaten alive my mossies.

  10. Tracy Burns 20/09/2010 at 10:14 am #

    Have been meaning to write one of these posts as well talking about what we’ve used.

    Tea tree oil, Vicks and eucalyptus oil have been great – eucalyptus particularly as you can put it in with washing, smear it on bites and rub it on chests when the kids have a cold. Vicks for colds too. I miss having a vapouriser every time the kids have a cold but the chest rubs hurt.

    Antibiotics for emergencies are great. For kids just ask your doctor and local pharmacy to give you the powder (you just have to add water when you need it). That way it lasts for ages. If you explain your travelling the pharmacy should be fine with it.

    Don’t worry too much about stocking up on everything. The pharmacies over here are well stocked and hand things out over the counter. Bandaids though are worth stocking up on – the ones we’ve bought over here fall off after two minutes.

    Other suggestions – antifungal nappy rash cream or paw paw ointment. Even out of nappies our guys still get sore bottoms over here in the heat. An anti-urinary tract infection powder… just in case. A leave on spot remover for clothes – in Australia they have these sards sticks that you can just rub on clothes and it prevents stains until you get around to washing… which can be days. Zip lock bags! Useful for crayons, creams/medicines that have burst, food… you name it. Small needles & thread for buttons and emergency doll repairs. Tweezers and nail scissors.

    If there’s a particular deodorant or razor blade you love stock up on it, brands may be different.

    We’ve found it worthwhile to have two medical bags. One filled with the stuff we hardly ever need and want to keep away from the kids – antibiotics, hard core headache drugs etc. The other with the things we use every second day – bandaids, ointments, panadol etc. Otherwise you’re constantly digging through everything

    Happy packing.

    • Tracy Burns 20/09/2010 at 10:22 am #

      Sorry if I’ve just made your medical bag explode in size with the suggestions! That’s everything we’ve used in 7 months but most can be bought as you need it. The main ones I’d say are chest rub or eucalyptus, tea tree oil (good for mozzies and cuts), good quality bandaids and antibiotics.

      • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/09/2010 at 12:32 pm #

        They’re good suggestions, I was also thinking about some of them, but had forgotten!

  11. Rachel 20/09/2010 at 3:00 pm #

    re: the antibiotics….I wouldn’t take them. Your kids are pretty small like our’s were – I took the view that if they were that bad we should get to local medical help, esp. not knowing what the local flora and fauna might be. Having done it I can’t think of a time when I would have felt comfortable using them, as there were so many variables – was it something they had eaten, poison, virus, sunstroke, malaria etc – all can have such similar symptoms. The one time Fin was sick (in Laos) it never even occured to me – I was too busy trying to book flights back to Bangkok to get her to a hospital.
    My friend who lives in India takes the same stance.

    Ohhh and lots of little antibac handgels, but that’s not really first aid…

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/09/2010 at 5:44 pm #

      That’s good advice. I’m not sure about the wisdom of dosing out drugs without at least talking to a chemist. And I can remember chemists in Thailand for instance being excellent.

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