When we travel, we all know it is a good idea to remember our medications and pack some basic first aid supplies. For many popular destinations in Europe and North America this is all you need to look after yourself – the local hospitals can take care of any big problems. But what happens if you face more serious medical issues while visiting a place without a modern health service?
If you plan to travel in very remote areas, crisis zones or economically less developed countries, you need to think carefully about what medical needs you may have in the event of illness or injury. Even if local facilities exist, you cannot rely on them to have clean and safe equipment. In many places, the most basic of lifesaving items, such as sterile needles, can be difficult to get. If you require even routine treatment such as an injection, a drip or stitches, the local doctors may not perform these procedures using clean, sterile equipment. In this case, you risk exposure to potentially fatal infections.
The solution is to travel with your own supply of sterile medical disposables such as needles, syringes, sutures and cannulas. A simple medical pack containing a good range of the basics is small, light and cheap – so there is no excuse for not taking one. All you need to do is hand the pack to the person treating you and ask them to use it. That way, you know they will use sterile, trustworthy equipment.
A variety of sterile medical packs for travellers are available on the UK market. Currently Physical Sports First Aid offers two types of pack:
This pack weighs in at less than 200g and measures only 10 x 13 x 8cm – so it’s tiny. Even the most spartan of travellers will find room for it in their backpack. Despite its size, the traveller’s medical pack contains sufficient sterile disposables for basic medical and dental treatment. The kit contains:
- 5 x Sterile Syringes, assorted
- 10 x Sterile Needles, assorted
- 1 x Sterile Dental Needle
- 2 x Sterile Cannulas, (for drips)
- 1 x Sterile Suture Pack (for stiches)
- 8 x Sterile Wound Closure Strips (also for stitches)
- 4 x Medical Disinfectant Wipes
- 10 x Alcohol Swabs
Price: £17.28 inc VAT. BUY NOW.
This more comprehensive kit contains everything in the traveller’s medical pack, plus extra first aid gear for dealing with minor accidents like bumps, scrapes and sprains. It’s a good choice for travellers who don’t want to carry separate first aid kits and sterile packs. The additional contents include dressings, bandages, plasters, tape, scissors and even a face shield for mouth-to-mouth.
The traveller’s complete first aid pack weighs under 350g and measures approximately 9 x 16 x 9cm.
Price: £24.00 inc VAT. BUY NOW.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about either of these medical kits. We’re happy to help. In the meantime, here are a few final points to bear in mind:
- These are single person kits, everyone in the party should carry their own
- Do not put these kits in your carry-on baggage – they contain sharps and airport security will confiscate them
- These kits are not a substitute for common sense or adequate travel insurance