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Travel advanced first aid kit

Travel advanced first aid kit

Building an Advanced First Aid Kit

The specifics of a travel first aid kit will differ significantly depending on the activities planned during your travels. The advanced travel first aid kit might be used if you are travelling outside urban centres and readily available medical personnel are less available. We recommend that you either make your own advanced travel first aid kit or purchase a pre-made first aid kit and add (or remove/upgrade) to it as to your needs. Do not just purchase a travel first aid kit and never open it as it is good to familiarize yourself with the contents prior to actually needing it.

Advanced First Aid Kit Contents

What do you need to put in your advanced travel first aid kit? The contents of an advanced travel first aid kit are intended to assist in keeping you self sufficient when medical assistance is not readily available, such as travelling in underdeveloped countries, outside urban centres and while hiking or camping. 

We recommended enrolling in a basic first aid course prior to travel to familiarize yourself with the typical contents of a first aid kit and how to use them correctly.Build on the Basic Travel First Aid Kit (which includes items 1-6 in the photo below) by adding the following items and all of these items should be available at your local drug store or pharmacy:

  • 7. Gauze (rolled and squares).
    Available in different size squares or rolls serves to cover larger wounds, soak up drainage from a bleeding wound or when combined with a wound cleansing agent like saline or peroxide can be used as a sponge to cleanse wounds.
  • 8. Triangular Bandages.
    Simply a large triangular piece of fabric is a multi purpose tool. It can be shaped into a sling to support an injured arm, shaped into a doughnut to support stab wounds, tied as a tourniquet above severe bleeding wounds or together with a stick to create a splint.
  • 9. Tensor Bandages.
    Available in different widths, they can be wrapped around an injured joint to provide extra support. Remember when wrapping them to wrap tight enough to provide support but not so tight that circulation is compromised. Skin beyond the tensor should not change to white or blue and should not get colder — if it does then it is too tight. Tensors can also be wrapped around a gauze covered wound to hold that gauze in place.
  • 10. Cleansing solution (Saline or hydrogen peroxide).
    Hydrogen Peroxide or Saline are popular choices to discourage the growth of micro organisms in wounds. Soak a piece of gauze and apply over the wound, allow to air dry and apply a bandage over the wound. Whenever possible clean your hands as best as you can before and after wound care.
  • 11. Skin Closure tape, butterfly stitches, or paper stitches
    Used to hold together open lacerations.
  • 12. Medical Gloves
    In case you first aid kit is needed to help a stranger — it is important to protect yourself.
  • 13. Other items
    Assess where you are going and what you are likely going to be doing and your potential needs. This could include moleskin for blisters for hiking trips, tweezers and a small knife for pulling out thorns, slivers, or cutting items, and so on.

Common Traveller’s Complaints

When travelling, travelers quite often experience the same common complaints. Below is a list of the more common complains; click on any link to learn more about what causes it and how you can minimize the chances of it occurring during your travels.

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    • Abdominal Discomfort
    • Fatigue
    • Hangover
    • Headache
    • Jet Lag
    • Nausea and Vomiting
    • Sunburn
  • Travellers’ Diarrhea


Some Questions to Ask About Overseas Travel Insurance


Prior to obtaining overseas travel medical insurance, almost all companies will ask your age and if you have any pre-existing medical conditions (usually a series of Yes/No questions). If you are looking for travel insurance and have pre-existing medical conditions, you should declare them as failure to declare relevant history may void your insurance, so it is best to be truthful up front, even though it will likely increase your premium. They will also ask you where you are going (trips that transit through or are partially or wholly in the U.S.A. carry much higher premiums) and how long you will be away for.Some questions to inquire your overseas medical insurance:

  • Does the plan have a world-wide toll-free 24 hour/day seven day/week line available to access your insurance?
  • Does the plan pay for hospital and related medical costs on your behalf or do you have to pay the cost up front and then complete forms to recover the fees?
  • Does it provide medical evacuation for you and a companion back to your home city?
  • Does it pay for a doctor or nurse companion back home if needed?
  • Does it allow for cash advances in case the hospital you are being treated at will not accept any other payment?
  • Does it have a deductible that you will need to pay prior to the plan kicking in? (Some plans have the option of lower deductibles for a higher premium).
  • Does the plan exclude any activities that you plan on doing while away? (see below)

A word of caution — many employee benefit packages and credit cards include “travel insurance”, but this may be very limited in what it offers and may be subject to various terms and conditions plus caps on the coverage. Be sure to read the details of these “included” packages to make sure the critical points are covered or purchase your own insurance.


Overseas Travel Insurance and Questionable Activities

Many insurance policies have exclusions related to certain activities that you may consider while travelling. Two of the more common potential exclusions include races and SCUBA diving.
For races, make sure to read the fine print on what a “race” is defined as. This may include such events as cycling, marathons, triathlons, boats, and so on, but likely not car racing. The race may need to be sanctioned by an authoritative body and likely you are not a “professional” in the race.
SCUBA diving:
SCUBA is sometimes covered and sometimes not. Usually for SCUBA to be covered, a list of conditions must be met, including you having current recognized certification for the dive conditions you are doing, you must be with a divemaster or higher certification, and so on. Again read the fine print.Other exclusions may exist as well for “high risk” activities like Bungy Jumping, Sky Diving, and so on.