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Be Prepared To Explore The Great Outdoors

Be Prepared To Explore The Great Outdoors
31 August, 2021

Be Prepared To Explore The Great Outdoors

Be Prepared To Explore The Great Outdoors

- By Irene Vergos, Healthcare Pharmacist at Direct Chemist Outlet

The meaning of the word travel has certainly changed over the past two years. In amongst lockdowns and boarder restrictions, Australians have been looking at packing the car and exploring beautiful locations within their own State or Territory.

When travelling, it is always wise to pack a small, personal medical First Aid Kit. Minor scrapes, cuts and bruises can happen anywhere and anytime. It pays to be prepared. Whether you are choosing a pre-made kit or building your own, make sure you have supplies that match your travelling plans.

The following ‘Basic Travel First Aid Kit’ can always be customised to your and your family’s health needs, length of travel and destination. You may find it helpful to break up your First Aid Kit into 3 separate compartments. Please be mindful, if you have young children, to keep this pack secure and out of their reach.

Oral Medications

The most important medication to pack in your kit is your regular, prescription medication. You may also find it helpful to have a small quantity of the following basic oral medications:

  • A pain reliever, such as paracetamol, to help reduce pain and fever.
  • An anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, to help reduce pain, fever and inflammation.
  • An anti-histamine, such as fexofenadine, for hayfever and allergic skin conditions.
  • Electrolyte sachets, such as Hydrolyte, to replace glucose and electrolytes lost due to dehydration, vomiting or diarrhoea.

Wound Care Products

A basic first aid kit should consist of items required for minor injuries, such as cuts, grazes and blisters, and items required for more serious injuries, should they occur.

Items to include:

  • Tweezers
  • Pair of scissors
  • Crepe bandage
  • Non-adhesive dressing, such as Melolin®
  • Paper tape, such as Micropore®
  • Bandaids
  • A dressing for blisters
  • Butterfly stitches
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Cream for bites and stings
  • Triangular bandage
  • Latex-free gloves
  • Alcohol swabs

Other Requirements

The following items can be a bit bulky, so it may be best to look out for the ‘Travel Size’ option.

  • Salaine Nasal Spray, to safely clear and soothe nasal passages.
  • Broad-spectrum sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Wound or burn gel
  • Thermometer
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Masks
  • Water purification tablets, depending on location and type of travel
  • Small torch, with spare batteries
  • Matches


DISCLAIMER: This material contains general information about medical conditions and treatments and is intended for educational purposes only. It does not constitute medical or professional advice, nor should it be used for the purposes of diagnosing or treating any illness. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your local pharmacist or health provider to obtain professional advice relevant to your specific circumstances.





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