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Summer First Aid Box

Taking a small First Aid Kit on your holiday can be especially handy, even for the simplest of accidents and illnesses including sun burn, upset stomachs and insect bites or stings.

While on your summer holiday, the last thing you want to worry about is putting together a First Aid Box and any of your fellow travellers having an accident or becoming unwell. That is why we have put together a handy list of things that should be in your First Aid Box and how to handle some of the most common minor holiday accidents.

Some of the items you might want to include in your Holiday First Aid Box

  • Prescription medicine
  • Spare glasses
  • A selection of plasters and sterile dressings
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Rolled crepe bandages
  • Disposable gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Small scissors
  • Bandage tape
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antihistamine cream and tablets
  • Digital thermometer
  • Safety pins
  • Pain killers – Paracetamol & Ibuprofen
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream
  • After sun
  • A list of emergency numbers

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Take a look below at some of our top summer holiday/ travel first aid tips:

Prescribed Medication

When travelling with prescribed medication it is advised to store medication in several locations. This way you will always have some of your medication even if some is lost or stolen.

Bee stings

If you happen to be stung by a bee follow the below tips:

  • Remove the sting from the affected area using a blunt object (do not use tweezers)
  • Clean the wound and then apply a cold compress to the skin
  • Apply an antihistamine cream and take painkillers to help reduce inflammation and pain
  • If any signs of an allergic reaction take place after the sting the individual should be taken to the emergency room for further evaluation

Sun Burn

Having so much fun you forgot the sun cream? Take a look below on how to get quick relief from sun burn:

  • If you notice you have sun burn, cover your skin and limit further sun exposure
  • To help reduce the pain apply a cold compress to the affected area for 10 minutes
  • Apply calamine or after sun cream to burnt and sore skin
  • Avoid dehydration and heatstroke by drinking water

Cuts and grazes

For smaller cuts and grazes which don’t require a visits to A&E follow the below steps:

  • Firstly, stop any bleeding by applying pressure to the affected area with an absorbent material.
  • Once the bleeding has stopped clean the cut or graze with water
  • Lightly dry the area and apply a sterile dressing of the correct size
     

Sources:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Bites-insect/Pages/Introduction.aspx
http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/476869/First-aid-for-summer

 

Don’t forget to send us your summer first aid tips to @QuestorIns

Getting ready to jet off on your summer holiday? Make sure your family are covered with great travel insurance. To find out more about our travel policy click here or contact us on 0333 323 0090

*This blog is for informational purposes only, please seek medical advice from a trained professional or your general health care practitioner

Date Created: 24 May 2016 by Kim Coppins

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