First Aid

You should always travel with a well-stocked first aid kit (or two).  We have used ours countless amounts of times.  It’s also important to know how and when to use your first aid supplies.  We recommend taking a first aid course before you travel.

See our Travel Checklists page for a printable First Aid Supplies list.

Basic First Aid Supplies

  • 0.5% hydrocortisone cream
  • adhesive bandages (multiple sizes) and adhesive tape
  • antibacterial and antifungal spray or cream
  • antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • antiseptic wipes (alcohol, iodine, etc.)
  • blister pads or moleskin
  • disposable gloves
  • gauze
  • packets of oral rehydration salts
  • scissors
  • tensor bandage
  • thermometer
  • tweezers


Always consult your healthcare provider before traveling, and follow their directions carefully.  Bring more than enough medication to last your entire trip.

  • anti-diarrhea medication
  • allergy medication (antihistamine, epinephrine pen, etc.)
  • any over-the-counter medication you normally use
  • cold and flu medication (cough suppressants, decongestants, lozenges, etc.)
  • destination-specific medication (malaria, motion sickness, etc.)
  • pain and fever medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • stomach and intestinal medication (antacids, laxatives)

Other Items

Depending on the destination and activities, we sometimes also bring:

  • condoms
  • ear plugs (for reducing noise or preventing swimmer’s ear)
  • extra pair of glasses or contacts, as well as a prescription for either
  • insect repellent
  • mosquito net
  • sunscreen

Contact Card

In case of a medical emergency, carry a card with the following info:

  • emergency contact number for your travel health insurance provider
  • name, address and phone number of your accommodations
  • name, address and phone number of your emergency contact at home
  • name and phone number of your health care provider at home

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