A travel first aid kit is an essential item, especially when you are travelling overseas. The content of the kit will be different depending on the area of this fabulous planet you are travelling to.

If you are going on a cruise to New Zealand you may not need water purifying tablets but if you are going to the central amazon then I’d probably take some with me!

It’s always best to discuss medication with your doctor as every case will be different. What follows is a suggestion of the key things a general first aid kit should contain to keep you out of trouble.


The four main first aid concerns that you might have to deal with are:

  • Wounds
    • Antihistamines for bites or allergies
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Antiseptic ointment
    • A few plastic ampoules of normal saline – can be used for wound irrigation or flushing an eye
    • Adhesive dressings
    • Bandage
    • Tweezers (not in your carry on)
  • Gastrointestinal issues
    • Diarrhoea medicine
    • Constipation medication
    • Electrolyte replacement tablets
    • Motion sickness tablets
  • Pain
    • Paracetamol or aspirin
  • Coughs and colds
    • Cold and flu tablets – remember that codeine is an illegal drug in some countries and can get you into a lot of trouble
    • Throat lozenges 

The other items your kit should contain are:

  • Any prescription drugs you may be on – make sure they are fully labelled by the pharmacist with your name and the drug.
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • Antibiotics
  • Malaria Medication if the area you are travelling to has an issue

All the items should fit snuggly into a lunchbox size container with a lid – mark it with a white cross on a green background which is the international symbol for first aid.

Safe and Happy Travels