How to Pack a Travel First Aid Kit

Whether you’re traveling for business or going on a city adventure, it’s a good idea to carry a handy first aid kit with you, just in case. This doesn’t have to be bulky or cumbersome, but you’ll be glad to have it if the need arises.

Travel first aid kit

To put together a simple pocket first aid kit, consider the following:

Bandages: Bandages are convenient to have for all kinds of nicks and cuts. Grab a few different sizes if you can, so you’re better prepared for different small injuries.

Gauze: Gauze is more efficient for dressing slightly larger wounds than a normal bandage will. You can get gauze in sheets and cut it to be the size you want.

Sterile Alcohol Pads: Alcohol pads can be useful for  cleaning wounds and can help prevent infection.

Cotton Swabs: Also helpful for cleaning and dressing small wounds.

Tweezers: In case you get a splinter, tick, or other small invasive extraneous object, tweezers are convenient tools to have on hand.

Pain Reliever: Knock out headaches, sores, cramps, and other bodily discomforts with your pain reliever of choice. These ailments can be mild, but slow you down pretty fast. You might also want to consider packing cold or allergy medicine depending on where you are headed or if you are concerned you treatment of choice won’t be available at your destination.

Shoestring: A shoestring can be used, among other things, to secure gauze, help make a sling, or even tie off a tourniquet should it be necessary.

Small Pocket Knife: This tool can come in handy often, and not just in first aid. Cutting gauze, shoestring, and opening tightly packaged accessories and souvenirs are just a few uses for a knife. Remember – If you’re flying, stow your pocket knife in your checked luggage so it won’t be confiscated at security.

You can probably fit this compact kit in a breath mint container or a small zip-top bag. Carry it with you while touring a city, traveling for business, or even going on a road trip to be better prepared for unexpected bumps and scrapes. Forgot to pack something? Check with the front desk at our Carlson Rezidor properties and we may have it or be able to help you locate what you are looking for.

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