Travel first aid kit essentials

Many of us take a first aid kit with us when we go on our travels but how many of us really know which essentials we should be carrying?

Wherever you’re planning to go, packing a travel first aid kid may save you the trouble of trying to find a pharmacy and deciphering what you need, especially in a language you’re not familiar with.  But what are the first aid essentials we should be taking?

GPs from AXA PPP healthcare’s [email protected] service have taken the guesswork out of that particular holiday packing chore and have compiled a list for us of the essential items they would include in their travel first aid kits:


Always useful as you never know when you may have a minor allergic reaction to something, especially when you are travelling abroad.


Over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen are essential for those headaches and mild aches and pains.

Antiseptic Wipes

These can be used for cleaning grazes or cuts and for making sure your hands are sterile

Antiseptic Creams

Applied to help treat infection or to stop it from spreading


Handy for covering grazes or cuts and for preventing infection.

Anti-itch cream

Good for soothing insect bites or stings and to give some relief from a rash or from itchy skin.

Bandages and gauze pads

No need to pack lots of bandages but a small roll and a handful of gauze pads can be useful for treating more serious cuts and wounds.

Small scissors

Can be useful for all sorts of things such as cutting a bandage to size, trimming a gauze pad or snipping hair from around a cut – just make sure to pack these in your checked luggage.


Handy for removing grit from a wound or removing a splinter.

Diarrhoea relief

Unfortunately an upset tummy can be all too common when you’re on holiday.

Have you ever needed to speak to a GP when you were away from home? Find out more about the [email protected] service.

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When my wife was still alive we traveled the length and breath of the continent. As we had children too I always had a complete travel case with me for adults and children.. I renewed that every year so to have good medications with me all the time. My family and I traveled in an estate so the children could sleep in the back when it became a bit tedious for them, I had bedding, pillows and blanks with me for them. Everything was used but the first aid kit. All those years we traveled around, not once was the seal broken from the kit. We had a good and extensive kit but every year I returned and unused git for a new one, which was my insurance worth for it.

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