Vacation First-Aid Kit: What to Include in Your Luggage

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When you go on vacation, whether it is a weekend getaway or a long trip, it is very important that you are prepared for any situation that might arise. A well-stocked travel first-aid kit is a must-have item in your luggage. Here is a list of essential items you should include in your travel first-aid kit to make sure you are prepared to treat the most common ailments that can occur while you are far from home. Enjoy your vacation!

Wound and injury care products

Make sure you have wound care supplies in your first-aid kit, such as assorted sizes of bandages, sterile gauze pads, an antiseptic solution, and antibiotic ointment. With these items, you will be able to clean, cover, and protect wounds to help prevent infection and aid in the healing process.

Sunscreen and insect repellent

Be sure to include sunscreen with the appropriate sun protection factor. Also, do not forget to bring an effective insect repellent. This will help prevent bites from mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects. Choose a repellent that contains active ingredients such as DEET or picaridin and follow the directions for use.

Essential medications

While you may be able to get them over the counter at your destination, it is very convenient to have some essential medications in your travel kit, as it can sometimes be difficult to find a pharmacy in an unfamiliar city, particularly at night or on a Sunday. These are some of the medications we recommend you take with you on any trip.

Analgesics and antipyretics

Pain and fever can interfere with any trip. Be sure to carry analgesics such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. These medications can help relieve headaches, muscle aches, or fever that may be associated with infections.


Allergies can flare up anywhere, anytime, so be sure to include antihistamines in your travel first-aid kit. These types of medications can help relieve symptoms caused by allergies, such as itchiness, sneezing, rashes, and nasal congestion.

Motion sickness medication

If you plan to travel by boat or are prone to motion sickness, include medication specifically for this purpose in your first aid kit. There are many options available to help with symptoms of motion sickness, such as upset stomach or nausea.

Medications for nasal congestion and sinus problems

Nasal congestion and sinus infections can be especially uncomfortable when you are on vacation. Decongestants and nasal sprays can help clear the airways and provide temporary relief.

Diarrhea medication

If you are traveling to exotic destinations or places with unsanitary conditions, it is essential to include medications such as loperamide or bismuth subsalicylate in your first-aid kit. These can help reduce the occurrence of diarrhea and relieve associated symptoms such as stomach cramps and general malaise.


It is very important to include medications that help relieve heartburn or mild indigestion, as it is common to experience an upset stomach while on vacation due to changes in diet and irregular mealtimes.

Traveling with children?

If you are traveling with children, it is even more important to be prepared. In addition to the items mentioned above, it is advisable to carry a first-aid kit that includes specific items for the smallest members of the house. If you are traveling with children, it is also convenient to bring:

  • A digital thermometer that is suitable for children is a great way to keep an eye on your child’s health in case of fever or discomfort.
  • Sunburn relief lotion or gel
  • Medication to relieve itching caused by insect bites.
  • A syringe or medicine cup to measure the correct dosage if you have to give medication orally.

Do not forget the most important thing

Remember to bring your daily medications (birth control, insulin injections, asthma inhalers, etc.). If you use prescription glasses, bring a spare pair or contact lens solution.

Finally, if you take a specific medication, make a note of its generic name, as it may be difficult to find the brand name you use in your country of destination.

Whether you are traveling with children or not, a well-equipped travel first-aid kit can give you peace of mind and help you manage common medical situations while on vacation. Remember to adapt the contents of your first-aid kit to your specific needs and the destinations you plan to visit. Before you travel, you can consult with a healthcare professional to get personalized advice and to make sure you are including the right medications. At Salus Clinic, we are happy to help you. Make your appointment today, either online or by calling 787.789.1996.

Travel with confidence and enjoy your vacation knowing you have everything you need to take care of yourself and your loved ones!

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