The need is particularly pressing for families, because excited kids understandably go a bit wild on holiday and bumps and scrapes often result with swimming pools, sporty games and things to climb on offer.
The fact is, even a minor incident can throw a monkey wrench in your plans, especially on a foreign holiday. Suddenly, you have to drop everything and start looking for a local pharmacy.
Then you’ll have to deal with that lethal combination of language difficulties and the fact that most medications have different names.
TAKE A TRAVEL FIRST AID KIT
Perhaps worst of all, there’s that awful feeling of powerlessness when something goes wrong and you’re not equipped to help – particularly if it’s the kids who are suffering.
That’s why our travel first aid kit is designed to fit snugly in your suitcase – and it contains all the gear you’ll need to deal with most mini-emergencies.
But even if something happens and you don’t have a first aid kit, many everyday items can also be used in first aid emergencies.
You may not realise it, but tea towels, cling film, frozen vegetables and even credit cards can be very effective medical aids if you know how and when to use them.
First aid guide
Eye wash pod 20 ml
Five non-alcoholic wipes
Gauze swab (7.5 x 7.5 cm)
Small sachet of water gel for burns
Micropore tape 2.5 cm x 9.1 m
Pair of nitrile gloves
Six safety pins
Resuscitation face shield