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First Aid Travel Kit

First Aid 1

I always travel light but I don’t compromise on a well-stocked first aid kit! Aside from the convenience of having the right meds anytime anywhere, I don’t wanna risk wasting precious vacation time going to a drugstore, asking about the medicines they have and then worrying if the medicine they’re giving me will have a negative reaction on my body or not.

Since I just reorganized our kit, let me share with you how I assembled ours and some tips you can use in case you wanna assemble your own!

First Aid 2


I’m sure our first aid travel kit will look slightly different from yours because aside from the usual (medicines for headache, diarrhea, etc.) you have to bring medicines for whatever preexisting conditions you have.

But to give you an idea, here’s a general list of what I included in ours:

  • Medicines

    • Diarrhea: include oral rehydration salts
    • Fever/Headache: Paracetamol
    • Cough
    • Colds
    • Allergies
    • Reflux
    • Indigestion
    • Motion sickness: chewables in case no access to water
    • Joint pain: in case of accidents
    • Vitamins
  • Ointments & Creams

    • Wounds: include Povidone-Iodine solution (a.k.a. Betadine)
    • Bruises
    • Body aches
  • Tools

    • Band-aids: different sizes
    • Thermometer
    • Gauze tape
    • Rubber gloves (multi-purpose; as hot/cold compress bags)

First Aid 4


Mor and I used to just dump all the medicine on a clear plastic pouch BUT I got so annoyed whenever I had to look for something that I decided to redo everything! Proper organization is very important: it saves time and lessens stress!

Here are tips based on how I made ours:

Sort by category

  • I arranged ours by illness. No need to dig through the whole kit! Just grab the bag you need

Separate in clear, resealable, plastic bags

  • You HAVE to separate especially the creams to avoid contamination in case they leak or spill! Clear bags help so that you can see the contents immediately.

Label clearly: use a bold, easy to read font

  • Illness / category
  • Names of the medicines inside
  • Dosage of each medicine
  • Other important info: Such as if you can’t take the meds on an empty stomach, or if you can’t take it for more than a certain number of days, etc.

I designed my own labels, printed it on board paper and stuck clear tape across them to make them waterproof. Another option is using a sticker label maker (but I wanted to put the little graphics, which is I why I made my own, hehe!)

First Aid 3

Assembling a first aid travel kit and putting them all together in one handy pouch is a good idea. You can store it in your cabinet so that it’s ready anytime. You can just throw it in your luggage whenever you’re packing and you don’t have to think about what to pack each time.

Other tips:

  • Don’t overpack: Bring just enough to last you a day or two until you find a convenient time to buy more at a drugstore (if needed). And don’t pack for everyone on your trip; just pack for one.
  • Check expiry: very important! You don’t wanna bring expired meds you can’t use on your trip!
  • Use a clear pouch so that you can easily see the contents. Make sure your pouch is also waterproof / plastic just in case some of your meds spill or leak, at least it won’t ruin your other things.

My kit is far from perfect and I’m always open to suggestions and ideas! Am I missing anything? Share with me your own tips and ideas by leaving a comment below!

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  • Reply
    July 8, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Based from experience, I recommend bringing eye drops for sore eyes as well! :)

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 11, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Such a good tip! Thanks for sharing!

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    July 27, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    You do not include any antibiotics. If you happen to know something about infectious disease you should include Ciprofloxacin which is used in respiratory tract infections and bacterial diarrhea. Augmentin – a broad spectrum antibiotic for anything from skin infections to urinary tract infections to respiratory tract infections + it is safe for children and pregnant women. If you are allergic to Penicillin substitute the Augmentin with Azithromycin.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      July 28, 2016 at 7:30 am

      Good tip, thanks for the suggestion! I thought about putting antibiotics as well, but I recently found out that you had to have doctor’s prescription to purchase them (at least that’s what they told me last time), but it’s good you mentioned it. Thank you!

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    March 8, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Thanks for this Sheens! I love reading your blog as they are always practical and useful!! :)

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      March 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks Dors!

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    January 4, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    so organized! I really like the design of your labels…. do you mind sharing it? :)

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 4, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Anna, the labels might not be applicable to all because we all use different meds. Unfortunately the files I have aren’t editable; they’re just jpg images I created. Sorry! :( Maybe next time I’ll create files that people can download and edit!! Keep an eye out on the blog. :)

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