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Preparing a travel first aid kit for your summer holidays may well seem rather strange and perhaps a pessimistic view.

  • In a foreign country
  • Have limited communication
  • With a strange currency

An already stressful situation only gets increasingly worse! Certainly not fun! It's not pleasant looking at the boxes in the pharmacy, trying to decipher the items, hoping that you remember a grain of your schooling's languages!

So being forewarned, is being forearmed, and lets hope you return home without the need to open your travel first aid kit!

So to start with make sure that you have an easy portable travel first aid kit. Take a look at our refill page for the types of things that you would need to include or our homemade first aid kit, if you wish to put together your own.

Now take a look at your destination. What ailments are you most likely to suffer with whilst there, that you need to have a solution in your travel first aid kit; for instance:

  • Runny tummy - may want some tablets to help cope with that
  • Headaches - some sort of pain relief
  • In ability to 'go' - a laxative of some sort could help you here
  • Stubbed toes? - a family favourite of ours, so a pack of plasters is essential for us

There are also those medicines that you may need to function every day, whether these are prescription or herbal.

Make sure you pack these safely. For those that are diabetic, do make sure you have sufficient insulin to survive your trip, and that you have somewhere suitable at your destination to store your spares!

Finally, don't forgot anything along the lines of birth control medication or prevention! It is nice having memento's to bring home, but those ones are lifetime choices!


For many, we seek warmer climes for our vacationing periods, and despite all warnings about the sun, we don't always adhere to them.

For many years I myself would seek the coolest darkest place on our holiday's as I only had to look at the sun to get burnt. The thoughts of travelling to far flung (hot) places, did not appeal due to the heat. As my years have gone by, I find that I am quite easy to tan on my arms and chest. I am forever supported by lily-white legs, and my tummy has not seen daylight since I was about 12! But I have dealt with my fair share of sunburn and here is howÖ

  1. Move out of the sun - Might be obvious, but do not treat sunburn in the sun! Get out of it and seek somewhere cool, bright, where the extent of the damage can be assessed.
  2. Assess the damage - Check yourself / your patient for the extent of the sunburn. If the skin is just reddened, with potentially some small blistering, this can be administered safely, by you. Should there be extensive blistering, or other skin damage, you best bet would be to seek medical advice.
  3. Initial Self Treatments - I have found a flannel (or small towel) soaked in cold water has worked wonders for me, extracting the heat from the skin. This is soothing for the person burnt. An alternative is to get into a cold bath, don't stay there too long mind, a 10 minute stint is all you should receive.
  4. Further treatments - once you have applied the cold water, and pat dried, if necessary (Do not rub - it WILL hurt) then you can seek to apply any after-sun preparations that you may have. I prefer those with the aloe gel type, as I find them far superior; but you may be able to get calamine lotion, which would also protect the skin.
  5. Water - and plenty of it, not to apply to the skin but to drink. Sunburn, will mean over-exposure to the water, and therefore can usually go hand in hand with heat exhaustion. For whoever has been sunburnt the loss of fluids from your body must be replaced, therefore drinking water (bottled is fine, but still not fizzy), as frequent sips initially, should be used as part of the treatment.
  6. The day after - Take it easy. Your joints and the skins that were burnt will be tender, and likely to be stiff. Keep them covered with with light weight clothing. Seek shade for the day, reapplying your aftersun / and highest protection suncream that you have. You must rest this skin.


Sunburn is one element that you may not be able to wholly prevent (ever been sunburnt on a cloudy day!), but you can at least forearm yourself for the situation.

The most effective way is to research your holiday destination, check out the heat on expected for the time of year for travelling. With this information you can either head to your local drugstore, or shop online, to purchase your suncream or aftersun. Here are a selection of products available to you through Amazon, including my highly recommended Banana Boat Aloe Vera gel, I will not use any other after sun!

Armed with your sun protection, don't forget your sun hat, sun glasses, and of course that you use the sun protection you should be set to have a whale of a time.

Remember these aren't just fashion accessories, their use can mean the difference between a fun holiday and one that is filled with pain; not really what you want on vacation eh?

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