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You don’t have to be a doctor to help yourself, or others, in an emergency. If you have the first aid skills and tools to administer the care required, you will able to fasten recovery time, minimise the risk of infection, and in some situations, save a life.
Before you embark on your upcoming holiday, use this check-list as a guide to things you may need in your travel first aid kit. You may need less or more, depending on your travel destination (don’t forget to take into account the remoteness of your visit). Check with your family doctor or local pharmacist if you aren’t sure what items are best for you while travelling.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used in place of advice from qualified health professionals.
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Storing your first aid kit:
A dry, cool location is the best storage environment for your travel first aid kit. Make sure it is easily accessible in your suitcase/backpack and that everyone you are travelling with knows where the first aid kit is located. Before embarking on your travel journey, check the contents of your kit to ensure creams are in date, bandages are properly sealed and the torch is working with spare batteries. If an item is used from your First Aid Kit, don’t forget to promptly replace it.
Tip: If you are travelling internationally by air, be sure to pack your first aid kit in the checked luggage of your flight. Many of the items will not be permitted in your carry-on bag.
Be prepared in an emergency. Australia Wide First Aid strongly recommends taking a one-day first aid course to learn how to best utilise every item in your First Aid Kit.
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