When traveling internationally it’s important to have your own first aid kit. Most of these things will be available (depending on where you go) but tracking down a roll of gauze could take all day in a city where you don’t speak the language. Be like a boy scout.
If you are going backpacking, or into the wild, please either invest in a hardcore first aid travel kit, or do some locations-specific research.
Disclaimer: There’s no way to be prepared for everything, especially when traveling internationally. Please get medical help when you need it and plan ahead and purchase Travel Insurance.
When you travel to Mexico or anywhere that prescriptions aren’t too much of a problem, pick some of this up. Or get a script from your doc when you visit. It might save your life.
If you are traveling to a third- world country, or just one that has questionably clean water, this is a must. Try to get < 1 micron filter like this one . They are cheap and SO worth it. It’s incredibly helpful to get this (and / or a water purifier), that’s why it’s included under first aid. If you don’t have it, chances that you will need first aid will be higher!
This and the water filter are both important if you are traveling to a place that is known to have unsafe tap water. It’s available in a lot of places over the counter but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s unimportant. A bad case of the runs can dangerously dehydrate you.
This ayurvedic tonic can be taken prophylactically or in response to a bout of sickness. It really saved me when I was in India. Highly recommended.
Bandaids/ Gauze/ Athletic tape
Bring a few gauze pads and some athletic tape. You wouldn’t think a bandaid is that important but keeping a wound from getting dirty is very important.
If you are going to a place where cooking is done over fires, this is a must. Burns are some of the most painful minor injuries, so a tiny packet of burn creme totally deserves a place in your bag.
Besides helping with pain, ibuprofen prevents swelling. In case of a sprain or other injury, it can prevent damage from swelling. Plus it’s great for headaches.
Even if you don’t have any allergies, you could save someones’ life with this.
This is up to you. If mosquitos don’t like you, you might be okay with sesame oil , citronella, neem or lemongrass oil. If they love you and you’re going to the tropics, get DDT. We are not fans but also not fans of malaria.
Any of your personal medications
Of course, anything prescribed by your doctor is a must, especially anything prescribed at your pre-travel appointment.
Remember that this is a general purpose list! If you are going on an outdoor adventure, you will have a bigger list!