The time is nigh, you are setting off on a world-class adventure to a far corner of the world, or maybe just your grandmother’s for a holiday. Either way, you pack and pack and pack, trying to cover every option for weather change, recreational opportunity, or social function. You have thought through everything; the hair dryer is packed, the curling iron is tucked away, makeup, check, personal items, check, extra underwear in case you are in a car accident, so you have clean underwear for the emergency room, check. The last thing you think of is: what if I am attacked by an alligator or catch Ebola while you are in your aunt’s backyard or pick up a head cold on the plane. How do you build a medical kit that can carry through minor illness or injury while you are traveling?
Take care of your regular needs first
You should be aware of the prescriptions you need, and hopefully, you have a pretty good grasp on the needs of your family. It’s a good idea to review how many doses are left for each prescription you have to deal with. If you are low or will be on the road for some time, it’s a good idea to refill all of your prescriptions. You may have to call your family physician and make arrangements for the trip. You may also have to contact your insurance for an override, so you don’t have to pay out of pocket expenses.
Pack the medicine cabinet
Not really, but you could take a pretty good sample from it. If you pack an array of comfort medications, it could save you some discomfort as you travel. Intestinal meds, antacids, pain aids. Be careful packing prescription pain-killers because of concerns about transporting these types of meds. Make sure your prescription names match up with you or your family, or you could end up in a little bit of trouble. If you have access to a course of antibiotics, pack those along, this can do wonders when you feel truly miserable. Again, if you have a good relationship with your family doctor, you can ask for a prophylactic prescription of antibiotics, to be tucked away in the case of emergency.
In case of amputation
How about just a non-stitch needing minor cut or wound. Packing along some bandages or gauze and tape can get you through some minor injuries. Eye drops can help you with more than just irritated eyes; it can help you if you have to flush out a foreign object. Pack along an ace wrap or two, some coagulant, or maybe a butterfly bandage or two.
Really, the goal is to think through the environment you will be in, will you be able to get anything you need or not, will you be near help that is easy to get, and how much can you carry? You always feel like you are over packing till you need what you have, but if you pack with reason, and you do use it, it will be worth it.