How to Prevent Medical Emergencies

Travel First Aid KitAdd these items to your Home First Aid Kit when preparing your Travelers’ First Aid Kit:

  • Antihistamine/decongestant cough medicine.
  • Anti-nausea/motion sickness medication.
  • Aspirin (for chest pain/heart attack).
  • Antibiotic ointment.
  • Sunscreen: SPF number 15 or higher.
  • Insect repellent: Repellents appropriate for children should contain no more than 10 percent DEET and 20-30 percent DEET for adults. Some products use picaridin, a non-DEET product for people with allergies or sensitive skin.
  • Water purification supplies such as chlorine or iodine tablets (if traveling in wilderness areas or during evacuations) to eliminate bacteria and microbes from natural sources of water, including rivers and lakes. 
  • Anti-diarrhea medications: (e.g., Pepto-Bismol, Imodium A-D) tablets or liquid.
  • Steroidal cream (e.g., hydrocortisone cream) for insect bites. 
  • Safety pins to fasten splints and bandages.
  • Rubber (latex) gloves: To reduce risk of infection when treating wounds (unless someone in your family is known to be allergic to latex; in that case, substitute non-latex gloves).
  • Thermometer with case. For babies under age one, use a rectal thermometer.
  • Petroleum jelly: To lubricate a rectal thermometer.
  • Calamine lotion: To relieve itching from insect bites and poison ivy.


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