Travel First Aid Kit

By: Magnús Sigurðsson.

Photo: Bryndís Arnardóttir

Photo: Bryndís Arnardóttir

When going on a journey, it is important to take along some form of travel first aid kit or travel pharmacy. The kit’s content must take account of where you are going, for how long and your personal needs.

The first thing you need to do is to put all necessary medicinal products in your carry-on luggage – do NOT put them in your suitcase. Your suitcase might get lost, and it can be difficult to replace your medicines in time. You will, however, have to take care that you do not have too high a volume of liquids if your medicines are in liquid form.

Possible contents of a travel first aid kit:

  • Plasters
  • Heel blister plasters
  • Dressings
  • Disinfectant wipes for cuts
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Painkillers
  • Lozenges
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Diarrhoea medication
  • Anti-allergy tablets for any allergies
  • Nose drops for the flight
  • Eye drops
  • Salt and glucose for dehydration
  • Acid-binding medication for heartburn
  • Protection against insect bites
  • Creams for insects bites, “Afterbite” or other similar products

If you are travelling to a country where there is a risk of malaria, you will also need anti-malarial medication. Anti-malarials are prescription drugs, and therefore, it is best to contact your doctor; see also information on vaccinations on this website.

Magnús Sigurðsson is a pharmacologist and runs Apótek Garðabæjar (the Garðabær Pharmacy) and Apótek Hafnarfjarðar, (the Hafnarfjördur Pharmacy).

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