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southmilfordsurgery Medical Kit for Travellers

If you are travelling to remote areas where access to medical care is limited we strongly advise you to carry a medical kit appropriate to the nature of your trip

We recommend your pack contains the following items:

SYRINGES                                                                            Printable version

  1. Syringes
  2. Needles
  3. IV giving set
  4. Sutures


  1. Compeed or similar - an adhesive dressing to protect areas prone to blistering on the foot
  2. Non-stick dressings (perforated film and paraffin gauze) - for application to open wounds
  3. Elastic cling bandages - to secure dressings to wounds
  4. Elastic bandage - to dress sprains
  5. Triangular bandage - to use as arm sling
  6. Steri-Strips - adhesive skin closures
  7. Adhesive tape

INSTRUMENTS (be aware of aircraft regulations that will not allow items such as these in carry-on baggage)

  1. Scissors
  2. Fine Tweezers
  3. Sharp knife
  4. Safety pins

A Swiss Army Knife is an ideal solution to items 1 to 3


  1. Oil of cloves
  2. Temporary filling


  1. Space blanket
  2. Sunscreen - minimum SPF15
  3. Waterproof matches (Be aware of aircraft regulations that will not allow items such as these in carry-on baggage)
  4. Pencil and paper
  5. Water purification tablets (Iodine tablets or tincture)
  6. Mosquito repellant


When using these follow the instructions carefully on the packet, and be aware that Customs regulations require that drugs must be kept in their original packaging so they can easily be identified. (Suggested quantities are only a guide)

  1. Decongestant - e.g. Sudafed tablets (12), or Otrivine nasal spray (1)
  2. Antihistamine - Chlorpheniramine maleate 4mg (20), or Cetirizine 10mg (20)
  3. Analgesia - Paracetamol or aspirin (also control fever) (30), Ibuprofen is also anti-inflammatory (good for sprains) (20)
  4. Anti-diarrhoeal - Loperamide Hydrochloride 2mg or Co-phenotrope (Lomotil) (both ant-motility / anti-spasmodic agents) (1 packet)
  5. Antifungal cream - Clotrimazole 1% cream (1 tube)
  6. Oral rehydration salts - e.g. Dioralyte (available as dissolving tablets) (1 packet)
  7. Anti-helminth (worm) - Mebendazole 100mg (6)
  8. Anti-malarials - see section lower down on malaria
  9. Antiseptic cream - e.g. Povidone iodine (cream or dry spray)
  10. Antacid tablets (1 packet)
  11. Throat lozenges (1 packet)
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