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What’s In Our First Aid Kit: Essential Items in a First-Aid Kit

Written by Patrick

I’m often asked “What’s in your first-aid kit?”  Although I’ve purchased many first aid kits in the past, now-a-days I choose to build my own to ensure it contains both the products and brands I prefer and feel that are essential to have in such a kit.  The following are the items I ensure are packed in my first-aid kit.

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01 | Bandages in Several Sizes

I carry an assortment of bandages in my travel medicine kit.  I prefer flexible fabric and waterproof bandages. I also carry a variety of bandages for fingertips, knuckles, and other body parts.

02 | Sterile Gauze

I appreciate Band-Aid Flexible Rolled Gauze Sterile for its soft padding, offering immediate absorption and versatility as a primary dressing for wound care.

03 | Elastic Bandage

I like elastic bandages that strike a balance between thickness and comfortable compression, providing stability and support. Additionally, the fact that they are machine washable and reusable adds to their convenience.

04 | Super Glue

I use super glue for serious cuts that require more than a bandage as well as cracks in my heals.  This is a great temporary solution in the case of a cut that requires stitches but immediate medical attention is not available.

05 | Surgical Tape

My first-aid kit is incomplete without surgical tape. I prefer ones that offer effective protection for all types of wounds and are easy to pull off without ripping out hair.

06 | Small Medical Scissors

I like my medical scissors for its sharpness, comfort, and convenient size, making it a handy tool.

07 | Tweezers

Tweezers come in handy for a variety of uses. Most often I use tweezers for removing splinters.

08 | Antiseptic Wipes

I prefer using antiseptic wipes due to their easy and convenient application, effectively cleansing the skin and aiding in combating bacteria at the targeted site.

09 | Non-Latex Exam Gloves

I like these gloves because they are free from unpleasant odors, toxins, latex, or any allergic concerns. They boast remarkable strength and durability.

10 | Anti-Bacterial Ointment

Great for treating minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. Prevents infection and nourishes skin to minimize the appearance of scars after healing.

11 | Disposable Instant Cold Packs

This serves as my cold therapy solution for alleviating sprains, strains, bumps, bruises, and various other injuries.

12 | Pain Relief Medication

Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen … your choice. I prefer Ibuprofen but will settle for Acetaminophen when Ibuprofen is not available.  I find Ibuprofen to reduce most swelling, inflammation, and pain.

13 | Antihistamine Cream

Cortizone 10 offers fast-acting itch-relief allowing the condition to heal.  Enriched with healing aloe and vitamins A and E it soothes itchy, irritated skin quickly.  Great for skin irritations, inflammations, rashes, insect bites, and eczema.

14 | Loperamide Tablets

When diarrhea strikes … this is the product to use!  I find Imodium to be the most effective.

15 | Medical Thermometer

I prefer a thermometer with a flexible tip that’s soft, allowing for a secure grip in your teeth without slipping around. This design enables you to hold it precisely where you need it without causing discomfort to the tender areas under your tongue.

Important Notes

I am NOT a doctor and not recommending any medical advice.  I am simply sharing with you the products that I use and pack in my first-aid kit when traveling.  Please consult your doctor for any medical advice.

If you have never taken any of the above medications before, check with your physician, nurse, or pharmacist before you do, as you may have a specific medical history, condition, or allergy that general advice cannot cover.

When carrying any medication, it is essential that it is kept in its original packaging when you are traveling in case customs officials decide to check it. 

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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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