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First Aid kit
The first aid kit is indispensable on most travels. The content will vary but the domestic first aid kit is a good starter.

The first aid kit is indispensable on most travels. The content will vary but the domestic first aid kit is a good starter.
  • Iodine or equivalent for disinfection of wounds and abra-sions is important. Wounds gets quickly infected by bacteria in a hot and humid climate.
  • Gauze compresses for larger wounds.
  • Elastic bandages in different sizes for supporting strained joints.
  • Elastic circular compressions for use on an arm or a leg.
  • Adhesives in different sizes. Adhesives can be used to cover wounds but can alkso be used to close a deep cut by pulling the two edges together in stead of stiching. Especially important when travelling with children.
  • Cotton
  • Scissor
  • Pincher
  • Safety pins
  • Thermometer, for instance an digital thermometer to use in the armpit is suited for children. In areas with malaria, a temperature measurement is rapid check on a possible infection, and it is important that a temperature measurement is not perceived as an un-pleasant experience.
  • Disinfecting ointments like chlorhexidine are good for treating burns.
  • Plaster of Paris. If you climb mountains in remote areas or travel by motor bike you must be prepared to treat fractures yourself.
  • Syringes and needles may be brought from back home in areas where it is difficult to be sure that procedures are perfomed with disposable syringes and needles.
    Disposable syringes are often available with payments in a convertible currency.
    Many tretments can be given as tablets just as well as by injection.

    Edited: 26 December 2008