Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Be Prepared: Carry a First Aid Kit

Traveling can be fun! But whether you are trekking to a remote country or just an hour from home, good times can quickly go downhill if someone gets sick or injured. It’s always good to be prepared for any type of minor emergency and having a first aid kit on hand may help you, your family, friends and fellow travelers stay safe.

First Aid Kit Essentials

  • Sunscreen and soothing aloe vera gel
  • Adhesive bandages in varying sizes
  • Pain/fever reducer
  • Allergy medicine
  • Gauze pads and tape
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Blister care
  • Bug repellant
  • Insect bite/sting relief
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Lubricating eye drops
  • Space heat blanket
  • Oral thermometer
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Instant cold compress
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Cotton balls
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Hand sanitizer or soap
  • Scissors/tweezers
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • First aid manual

 If anyone in your traveling party is prone to allergic reactions, be sure to pack injectable epinephrine as well. There may be additional first aid kit requirements, such as splints and prescription medications, depending on your medical condition, how far you are traveling and how remote the location.

Be sure to check the contents of the first aid kit regularly to replace any items that have been used or those that have expired, especially if you are planning a long trip outside San Francisco.

If you are planning a trip to a foreign country, you may need certain pre-trip vaccinations to keep you healthy. Dr. Marilyn Kutzscher in San Francisco helps patients learn the steps to take before, during and after trips. Contact her at 415-923-3560 or marilynkmd.com to schedule an appointment.

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