Travel First Aid Kits

Domestic & International Travel Safety Emergency Kits: Illness or injury can ruin a trip, so whenever you travel away from home, it is essential that you have a Travel first aid kit. Make sure you have all the resources you need to stay healthy -- or in the case of a bump or bruise, to make sure you can administer self-care and get back to exploring. Too many travelers assume the over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies we find in any drug store will be available on their journeys - this is often not the case, so bring a first aid kit specifically designed for traveling! To enable you to cope if a more significant health problem interrupts your travels, your first aid kit should also contain items to help you treat injuries and reduce symptoms of illness for a period of time until you can get further medical attention. Don't miss the Dental Medic Kit (a must for travelers) and the Suture Syringe kit. Also see Travel Kits for Pets!

Travel First Aid Kits - For adventure into the jungle or across town: Be ready with your traveling first aid pack!

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First Aid Tips and Information for Travelers

Traveling Tips and General Info

When traveling abroad, always check the regulations of the country you are visiting to avoid packing anything in your first aid kit that is considered restricted or illegal at your destination.The exact contents of your kit may vary depending on your destination, travel plans and any health conditions you may have. Check the CDC website for the latest information about travel conditions.

An important step in preparing for international travel is for travelers to have a travel health kit. The contents of a travel health kit should be tailored to the traveler's needs, type of travel, length of travel, and destination. A travel health kit can help to ensure travelers have supplies they need to:

  • Manage preexisting medical conditions and treat any exacerbations of these conditions
  • Prevent illness related to traveling
  • Take care of minor health problems as they occur

Travelers should carry a contact card with the addresses and phone numbers of the following:

  • Family member or close contact remaining in the United States
  • Place of lodging at the destination
  • Health care provider(s) at home
  • Medical insurance information
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance information
  • Area hospitals or clinics, including emergency services
  • US embassy or consulate in the destination country or countries (See the Embassy finder Smartphone App!)



Although the following is not a comprehensive list, basic items that should be considered for a travel health kit are listed:


Medication to prevent or treat altitude illness
Pain or fever (one or more of the following, or an alternative)

  • Acetaminophen
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen

Stomach upset or diarrhea:

  • Over-the-counter antidiarrheal medication (such as loperamide [Imodium] or bismuth subsalicylate [Pepto-Bismol])
  • Antibiotic for self-treatment of moderate to severe diarrhea
  • Packets of oral rehydration salts for dehydration
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid

Upper respiratory tract discomfort:

  • Antihistamine
  • Decongestant, alone or in combination with antihistamine
  • Cough suppressant or expectorant
  • Cough drops
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