Travel Carry-on First Aid Kit

Updated: Jul 15

Travel Carry-On First Aid Kit


As an avid traveller, and Paramedic with over 40 years of field experience, I carry a small first aid kit with me wherever I go to another country.

Caution: Before I begin, I am no way telling you to carry any or all of these items, this is only a suggestion based on my experience. If you are allergic to any of these medications, or are not comfortable having them in your kit, DO NOT ADD THEM TO YOUR KIT.

I purchased the small travel size of each item or get the foil pouch for each medication. These are all OTC (Over The Counter) medications and products and do not require a prescription. However, certain countries MAY get a little upset seeing all these medications. To be certain, check with your travel agent or ask your family physician for a note to carry the kit with you.

This is the equipment I take in a very small bag and fits in my carry-on or backpack. Do Not purchase the large bottles of pills, this kit is meant as a travel or carry-on. Extra stock can go in your checked luggage. I purchased a small bag from Sands www.sands.ca or just use a zip lock bag. My kit is 4 x 6 x 1 inches.

· ASA x 6: pain relief and anti-coagulant

· Tylenol or Acetaminophen x 6: pain relief and fever reducer

· Advil or Ibuprofen x 6: pain relief and anti-inflammatory

· Gravol x 6: for nausea (I use Gravol ginger, you don’t want to be fall asleep while travelling)

· Benadryl x 6: for minor allergic reactions

· Imodium x 4: Stop any sudden gut reactions while travelling

· Epi-Pen or Allerject x 1: for severe allergic reactions emergencies

· Robax x 4: for severe back pain

· Burn gel x 2: for minor burns (you can get burn relief gel in tiny ketchup travel sized packs)

· Superglue x 1: skin closure for severe lacerations (Practice before using it, don’t get any glue inside the wound) buy the tiny tubes not the big one. The dollar store brand works great.

· Butterfly strips x 6: skin closure for minor to severe lacerations

· 2 x 2 sterile gauze x 2: to clean the wound before you apply a skin closure

· Assortment of band-aids: for minor cuts and blisters

· Individual pouches of electrolyte powder x 2: for rehydration

· Individual foil pouches of hand sanitizer x 4: to sanitize hands and surfaces on planes, buses

· N-95 masks x 1: for airborne safety. Use one mask for each leg of the trip

NOTE: Always carry your prescription meds in their original bottles and to be safe, ask your physician for a letter listing your meds.

I hope you never have to use the kit.

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