12 Travel First Aid Kit Essentials You Need

 When you are packing for your travel – be it leisure or for professional purposes, along with your essentials and identity documents like passport, visa, and other essential stuff, you shouldn't miss packing your first aid kit. A compact yet a well-equipped kit is a must-have. Of course, you can buy a pre-made first aid kit from a medical store - However, we would recommend building your first aid kit with the essential medicine as per your requirements. 


  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cream for rashes/ Neosporin
  • Antiseptic liquid
  • Cough syrup
  • Digestive Medicines or Aids
  • Pain killers 
  • Antacids
  • Medicine for allergies
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Medical tapes/bandage
  • Alcohol wipes

If you have any pre-existing health conditions, make sure you carry a copy of the medical report along with, which might come in handy in case of a health situation while traveling. 

While traveling abroad, ensure you have:

  • Travel insurance - A comprehensive travel insurance may come in handy if a challenging situation arises while traveling. 
  • Medical Insurance - A comprehensive medical insurance to cover you financially as well as medically in case of emergencies while traveling. E.g., If you are traveling from India to Canada, and if an emergency arises, managing finances for your treatment may drain your pockets due to higher treatment costs and exchange rates, so it is best to take insurance from your home country.
  • Antibiotics: Ask your doctor for a prescription that will address upset stomach, nausea, traveler's diarrhea, and bacterial infections, or any other diseases that may arise. 
  • Medicines for Cold, fever - If you are traveling with family, especially with your children, pack medication for cold and fever in your luggage during cold and flu season. 
  • Digital Thermometer - Ensure to buy one and have that in your first aid kit. Make sure you check for the battery before you leave home. 
  • Spare Eyeglasses – If you use eyeglasses, a lost or broken eyeglass will make you more vulnerable in an unfamiliar place, so make sure to carry an extra pair of eyeglasses. 
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Medical Tape, it fixes everything.
  • You can have bandaids or foot soles that help blister protection and keep your feet comfortable for all that walking.
  • Flexible adhesive bandages 
  • Antiseptic pain-relieving spray 
  • Gauze squares for larger scrapes
  • Burn Relief Gel 
  • Rehydration salts, in case you find yourself recovering from food poisoning.
  • Sleep aid, if you struggle with jet lag, you might want to bring OTC sleeping pills with you.
  • Vitamins, bring your favorite multivitamins or vitamin gummies.
  • Activated Charcoal tablets are also a great item to pack if you THINK you might issue the food or water.

Please note the above tips are based on personal experience or based on expert opinions. However, ensure you consult your family doctor before you prepare your kit. For whatever medicines you are carrying, ensure that you always carry a prescription – it is easily accessible, as it may come in handy during transit.

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