PACKING A FIRST AID KIT AND WHAT TO INCLUDE
If you plan to travel anywhere one thing you need to plan about compulsorily is a first aid kit. A first aid kit as defined by Macmillan dictionary is “a small box or bag with the things that you would need to treat someone if they were injured or suddenly became ill”. Hence, these first aid kits come handy in the face of any unforeseen accident. Having all the necessary medical supplies for any sudden injury or accidental wounds, first aid kits are perfect savior providing emergency care. When you are going for holidays here we bring to you a brief guide how to pack a first aid kit and what all to include in it.
On how to pack a first aid kit, please keep the following points in mind while assembling one:
- A portable and small first aid kit that is easy to take along while travelling and roaming around should be packed. Remember that we have talked about an emergency medical supplies kit and not a complete doctor’s kit, so a small one would do.
- Take all your medical prescriptions and prescribed drugs along as you are going to travel and stay in another city/ country. Take that amount of quantity that could easily last during your travel and stay time.
- SOS medicines are good for treating illnesses on their first stage or when the signs of a disease appear. So check for any allergies that you could contract and take SOS medicines along.
- Check for diseases prevalent in the country/ city you are travelling. There are certain allergies rampant in some cities so you should be well prepared as regards the medicines and first aid you need for treating them.
- A doctor’s advice on emergency medical care and first aid would help greatly in packing the kit. You can contact your family doctor who would not just help in preparing a general kit but a kit suiting your specific requirements.
- Marking the compartments in the first aid kit box is a good idea. Since we mentioned that first aid kit is an emergency medical supplies box, so the faster you are able to find the required items for treatment the better it will be.
- Keep a small manual inside your first aid kit that tells about the items placed and their use. Even if you are well aware about the steps of carrying out first aid, you should then also keep the instructions manual for any unforeseen circumstance.
Now let us have a look at the items that should necessarily be kept inside a first aid kit:
- Adhesive bandages: Bandages having adhesive coating on one side should be kept in as many sizes as possible.
- Pain relievers: These are tablets for relieving pain such as headaches, body aches etc.
- Cotton swabs: (commonly used for cleaning ear wax) these can be used to put on medicine/Betardine to a specific target area.
- Hand Sanitizer: It come extremely handy when we have to sterilize our hands before giving any first aid.
- Pairs of non- latex gloves: These are sterilized disposable medical gloves which are worn to prevent contamination.
- A thermometer: Soaring body temperature is the first sign of an infection. A thermometer comes handy in monitoring temperature changes if an infection is suspected.
- Antiseptic creams: These creams when applied to wounds keep unwanted substances out and also prevent the chances of developing septic.
- Antibiotics for cough and other small ailments: Tablets or medicines for cold, cough, fever etc kept with the advice of a family doctor help a lot.
- Gauze pads: The uses of gauze pads include medical dressing, padding to plug bleeding etc.
- Sanitary pads: can be used sometimes to plug profuse bleeding from injury wounds
- A pair of scissors: Scissors are used to make the right size of dressing for wounds by cutting down the extra part.
- Band-aids: Small stick-on sterilized bandages for protecting tiny cuts, scraped skin etc.
- Tweezers: These are used to remove unwanted substances from the injury area.
- Bandage pins: These are used for securing the bandage so that it remains in place.
- First aid manual: Provides instructions on how to provide first aid and what is the use of items kept in the kit.
- Wipe packets: Used to wipe and clean up wounds without stinging.
- Instant cold compress: Used for relieving pain due to swelling, sore joints etc.
The above mentioned items are essential ones that every first aid kit should carry. Include other specific supplies that you might need depending upon the region like you are going on India tour and also upon any medical conditions that you have.
Wishing you a safe and happy travel!