It’s not a case of “I’ll pack it if there’s space”, space needs to be found for your first aid travel kit. If you like to travel light, then an ideal plan is to get a travel emergency kit that is not only light but can hitch onto the outside of your backpack, especially if you're needing the extra space inside your pack for other supplies.
Weight, size and contents are important aspects when considering a travel-sized first aid kit. I've found a few more important benefits that you maybe haven't considered but you'll be happy you have with you while traveling.
Traveling to 3rd world countries poses some health risks like food sanitation and undrinkable water. Be prepared for all possibilities by packing water purification tablets and a general antibiotic (Consult your doctor).
You want your kit to contain supplies to help you with anything from blisters and minor wounds to fractures and sprains. It should also include your own over-the-counter medication for nausea, diarrhea, pain, and fever.
No one travel medical kit will do it all for you, as there is no such thing as “one size fits all”. There are too many people in the world to please and each person has their own preference. You’ll feel confident and get what you genuinely want if you get a kit that has most of what you need with space to customize. Then make a list of your requirements and pack it how YOU want it.
Remember that it’s not always best to get a travel medical kit that already contains medication as this immediately places an expiry date on it. Not only that, but you may not use half of what is in that kit, which means valuable space will be wasted.
Why? Here are 6 reasons why:
1. COMPACT AND LIGHT
Weight: 1 pound
Size: 5.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 inches
2. MOLLE COMPATIBLE
Its MOLLE compatibility makes it a sought-after winner as it enables you to attach this kit easily to the outside of your backpack. It has loops and straps that give you the flexibility of attaching the kit to wherever you feel it'll be most convenient.
3. 100 SUPPLIES
It is compact but it has more than enough supplies to help you with everything you may need on your travels. As mentioned above, blisters (Adhesive bandages), fractures and sprains (different types of bandages) plus extras like:
- Hospital-grade bandage scissors (Trauma Shears)
- Splinter probes
- Safety pins
- CPR Kit (with instructions)
- Emergency Blanket
- Wound Closures
- Cotton gauze swabs
- Eye pads
- Alcohol prep wipes
- Antiseptic towelettes
- Sting Relief wipes
Organization brings a little extra comfort. It is comforting knowing you're able to find what you need quickly. Especially if it's accessible at the top of your backpack or attached to the outside. This organized travel medical kit has compartments and labels, which will help you find what you need without having to look for it.
5. WATER-RESISTANT & WATERPROOFED CONTENTS
If you are going to be traveling to areas where heavy rain is expected at any time, this kit is water-resistant. The inner contents are all housed in laminate bags (make sure they are zipped closed) which should keep your supplies bone-dry.
If you happen to be traveling to do any kind of watersports, it may be a better idea to invest in the waterproof version of this kit.
It has welded seams and a super-strong, watertight zipper. Nothing will get past that baby.
6. EXTRA SPACE FOR CUSTOMIZING
The front of the kit has a zipped pouch that contains small laminate bags for various medications. You really do not want to travel with bottles and boxes of medication. You’ll want to add meds that you know and prefer for ailments like:
- Nausea/motion sickness tablets
- Pain meds
- General stomach antibiotic
- Any personal medication you take daily.
You may also want to add:
Rehydration sachets (in the personal pouch)
There is enough space inside the kit to add:
- Water purification tablets (blister pack).
- EpiPen for severe allergic reactions.
- A few disposable strip thermometers.
- Small tube of Antibiotic ointment.