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Monday, November 12, 2012

Planning your Travel First Aid Kit

As a thumb rule, all travelers carry a first aid kit. Some of us carry full fledged ones while others carry light ones. Below is a list that makes up my first aid kit. This has evolved over a long period of travel and includes the essential medical care for backpacking and remote trips that don’t have easy access to hospitals and medical facilities. I pack my medicines in a small medicine pouch and the rest of the stuff in zip loc bags and prefer not to include anything that breaks. 

Travel First Aid Kit
Do note that the below medicines have been procured from India. They may or may not be available in your country. You can refer your doctor or pharmacist for the closest match. I have also mentioned their medical composition to help you search it in your country.

Medicines
This list includes tablets, capsules and chewable tablets that can be consumed and external application products like skin creams, ointments and spray.

Common Name Medical Composition Use
Tiger Balm A Herbal Balm (manufactured in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and India) Magic Balm and a must in all first aid kits. Useful for pain relief, flatulence, headache, insect bites and more.
Gelusil Activated Dimethicone, Magnesium Hydroxide, Dried Aluminium Hyrdoxise Gel Acidity, Heartburn, Gas
Pudin Hara Herbal compoisiton Stomach Ache, Indigestion
Eldoper Loperamide Hydrochrolide Loose Motion (Weak Stools)
Vicks Vaporub   Cold, Cough, Blocked Nose
Diamox Acetazolamide Acute Mountain Sickness (to help lungs adjust to low oxygen levels; has side effects that vary from person to person)
Zetlog Ranitidine Hydrochrolide Stomach Ulcers and heartburn – to be had before food while on an antibiotic course
Penicillin, Erythromycin, Amoxycillin or any antibiotic that works for you   To prevent infection from spreading before you reach a hospital
Domstal Domperidone Prevents vomiting. Especially handy for those who are prone to motion sickness either on land or on sea
Crocin Paracetamol Fever, high body temperature
Laridox Pyrimethamine and Suplhadoxine Anti-malarial tablet (double check this with your doctor and the country you are visiting as the mosquitoes there might be immune to this drug)
New Probisa Probiotic Aids in improving digestion and in regenerating digestive enzymes
Painkillers Aceclofenac or Diclofenac or Ibubrufen Reduces pain. Use in moderation
Odomos Mosquito repellant spray N,N- Diethyl benzamide and Isopropyl alcohol Prevents mosquito and other insect bites
Refresh Tears Carboxy-Methylcellulose Sodium Lubricant Eye drops to help in eye dryness and irritation
Soframycin Skin Cream Framycetin Burns, Scalds, Wounds, Cuts, Ulcers, Boils, Impetigo, Furunculosis, Sycosis Barbae, Otitis Externa, Paronychia and secondary infections in Scabies and Lice
Tiger Balm Herbal Muscular Aches, Pains and Sprains
RingGuard Miconazole Nitrate, Neomycin Sulphate Ringworm and skin infections
Betadine Providone Iodine Germicide Gargle to protect from throat infection
Relispray Herbal products Joint pain, sprain, backache, muscle pain or bodyache
Cough Syrup such as Benadryl/DUCOF, etc. (Check with your doctor for what works for you)   Cough, Dry throat
Candid Powder Clotrimazole Prevention or treatment of fungal infections such as ringworm, dhobie itch, athlete’s foot and infections resulting from excessive sweating
Betadine Microbicidal solution Povidone – Iodine Solution To clean wounds
Dettol/Savlon Antiseptic Liquid Chlorhexidine Gluconate, Strong Cetrimide To clean wounds
Himalaya Lip Balm Herbal composition Prevents drying and chapping of lips
Smyle Herbal composition Mouth Ulcers

how to plan your first aid kit for travel trips
Miscellaneous
1) Thermometer – to measure your temperature
2) Bandages – To cover a wound
3) Cotton Roll – to clean a wound properly
4) Adhesive Tape – to ensure bandage doesn’t fall off
5) Cotton Crepe Bandage – to cover body part/joint that has sprained or is in pain
6) Tweezers – To remove splinters or other foreign objects stuck in skin
7) Scissors – to aid in cutting
8) Nail Cutter – to clean nails and to ensure broken nails can be cut effortlessly



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