First Aid Kit
- How many people is the kit for?
- How long will the trip be?
- Any activities with unique risks planned?
- How remote will you be - how far from doctors and
- Will there be kids on the trip? Take forms of
medications appropriate for kids.
- Any heart disease, diabetes, etc.?
- Going to a hot environment? Take forms
appropriate for heat - capsules and suppositories
anti-inflammatory: acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin.
Skin stuff: Band-Aids (1x3, extra large), antibiotic
ointment, Lotrimin for skin fungus. Gauze, non-stick
Moleskin for blisters, especially if you are planning on
GI: antacids (milk-of-magnesia serves for acid or
constipation), laxatives (constipation is the most common
health problem in travel!), immodium for diarrhea.
Antibiotic appropriate for diarrhea.
Eye/Ear: simple eyewash for dust, irritated eyes.
"Tobrex" eye drops for either eye infection or
in the ear for "swimmers' ear" infection
(characterized by pain when you tug on the earlobe).
Antihistamines: diphenhydramine ("Benadryl")
for allergies, itchy rash, nausea, or as a sleep aid.
"Claritin" - a good long-acting drug for
respiratory allergies or hives.
Tools: splinter forceps, 3" ace wrap, scissors.
For More Extensive Trips, Larger Groups
Ask your physician for advice and assistance in
preparing this kit.
Skin: steristrips, antibiotics for skin infection
("Duricef" or similar), mid-potency steroid
cream such as "Cutivate".
GI: "Tigan" or "Compazine"
suppositories for nausea and vomiting, metronidazole for
presumed giardia (yellow frothy diarrhea not improved by
Narcotic analgesics: "Vicodin" - a codeine
derivative good for pain or cough suppression.
Respiratory: Asthma inhaler such as
"Proventil"/"Ventolin" for asthma,
asthmatic bronchitis, or exercise-induced asthma.
Female health: Treatment for vaginal yeast infections
("Diflucan" 150mg tablets - 1 tablet =
Miscellaneous: Diazepam - "Valium" - useful for
muscle spasm, anxiety, or a sleep aid.
The above does not include personal first aid items such
as personal medications for illnesses or prevention.
Consider odd items like an eyeglass repair kit, temporary
dental filling kit, etc.