Essential Travel First Aid Checklist

A quick guide to some of the main things that you should be packing in your First Aid Kit before you head off travelling!

A basic First Aid Kit is essential for any intrepid traveller. Hopefully it will do just the job for any minor injuries or illnesses you may experience when you are away. Unfortunately its about knowing WHAT To pack and WHAT NOT to pack.

An ‘off the shelf’ First Aid Kit is absolutely fine and there is no need to add ridiculous amounts/items to it that you probably won’t use or don’t really know what they do. Hopefully, this guide will help you make up a useful but BALANCED medical kit.

First Aid Kit Essentials:

  • Plasters and Bandages
  • Small Surgical Scissors + Tweezers
  • Gauze
  • Pain Relief (Paracetamol)
  • Anti-Inflammatory (Ibuprofen)
  • Anti-Diarrhea Tablets (Imodium)
  • Oral Rehydration Sachets
  • Prescription Medication (Malaria Tablets also if needed)
  • Constipation Tablets
  • Antihistamine Tablets
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sting Relief/Cream
  • Suncream + Lip Balm
  • Water Purifying Tablets
  • Motion Sickness Tablets
  • Antiseptic Wipes/Cream/Spray/Liquid
  • Safety Pins
  • Blister Plasters
  • Mosquito Net
  • Fungal Cream
  • Eye Drops
  • Condom/Contraceptives


Plasters and Bandages

Pretty obvious that you should have some of these in your kit. We suggest that you take a variety or sizes and shapes and waterproofness. You don’t need thousands, just enough to get you buy a few bumps and scrapes as you can always get more in most general shops abroad.

Small Surgical Scissors + Tweezers

Make sure they are lightweight ad compact. Surgical Scissors especially useful to aid the removal of clothing or to cut up bandages to size. Tweezers are helpful for removing splinters or dangerous objects. Tweezers were especially useful after our Jungle Trek in Peru!

Gauze + Surgical Tape

Essentials for any kit. Gauze can be used to clean injuries, apply pressure to cuts and even wipe up/soak up blood. Surgical Tape of course will aid your use of Gauze to keep it fixed down and in position. We suggest you buy packets of square Gauze as it will avoid the need for cutting to size.

Pain Relief (Paracetamol)

As it suggests, a small selection of Pain Relief of high strength for when you need it most!

Anti-Inflammatory (Ibuprofen)

As above. You don’t need to buy the most expensive brands for the best relief. Just check the strength given in mg.

Anti-Diarrhea Tablets (Imodium)

The most famous option is Imodium. These tablets act fast so be aware. One of our friends can vouch for the effectiveness of Imodium on a 16 hour bus journey from Mumbai to Goa in India.

Oral Rehydration Sachets

To help your body replenish its natural fluids and sugars after a stomach ailment. Diarrhoea, vomiting or excess sweating can cause your body to lose vital electrolytes and if not addressed can lead to serious health issues!

Prescription Medication (Malaria Tablets also if needed)

If you are diabetic or have an allergy to nuts, make sure you carry your prescribed medication with you at ALL TIMES! Also, if you are in a place that requires you to take malaria tablets, make sure you keep them somewhere dry and accsessible.

Antihistamine Tablets

Allergic reactions can come from lots of things, especially in foreign countries where you body is not used to certain foods or conditions.

Motion Sickness Tablets

The last thing you want when you are on a packed island crossing is to feel motion/sea sick. A small pack of these may be worth their weight in gold if you ever need them!

Antiseptic Wipes/Cream/Spray/Liquid

Essential if you get any cuts or scrapes. Yes it will sting but cleaning a wound is hugely important! Anti bacterial wipes are good but TCP or liquid Iodine is easy to get hold of.

Safety Pins

Often forgotten about, these little things are so useful as part of a First Aid Kit but also in everyday life. Useful for holding bandages or slings in place but also great to keeping mosquito nets up or even if you get a tear in your clothing.

Blister Plasters

If you plan to do a lot of trekking, these are essential for your physical but also mental wellbeing. Pack a range of sizes and shapes and know that with blister plaseters, you buy what you pay for…

Mosquito Net

Really important! They can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so there is no excuse.


Other than the obvious uses, condoms are also excellent waterproofing devices in emergencies. We have had to stuff cash inside a condom to keep it dry after we had to cross a river on a jungle trek in Thailand.

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