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What’s In Your Travel First Aid Kit?

Disclosure: This post is written by me on behalf of Amwell. All opinions are mine.

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When you are traveling, nothing is more important to pack than your travel first aid kit. The farther from medical services/civilization your adventures take you the more items you should bring. There is a big difference between how you should pack if you are going hiking in the Himalayas or on a family trip to Disney World. While it is important to be prepared for emergency situations you certainly don’t want to lug around unnecessary items. When making a travel first aid kit, think smart. How long is your trip? Where are you going? What are you going to do?
For most trips, your travel first aid kit should fit easily inside your carry-on. A gallon size freezer bag is an excellent container for your travel health kit. You can package individual items with smaller sized bags and store them all in the larger one. Plastic bags are inexpensive, water resistant, take up very little space, and are really all you will ever need. For extended trips to remote locations, you may want to think about a using a backpack or something more rugged. Hard plastic tackle and tool boxes make excellent containers for first aid kits but take up a lot of space and are less convenient to carry around. When choosing a container for your travel first aid kit, think compact. The less room your kit takes up the better.
For those with pre-existing medical conditions packing an adequate supply of medication is extremely important. If your trip is 3 weeks, pack 4 weeks of medication. Always bring a little extra medication but not your entire supply. You want to bring just enough to account for any minor delay in your travel plan. Packing your medication with your travel first aid kit in a container small enough to fit in your carry-on is ideal. It is also a good idea to pack copies of all your prescriptions including their generic names somewhere else just in case they are lost or stolen. Some countries don’t let visitors bring certain medications into the country so it’s a good idea to do a little research beforehand.
Some other items you may want to pack in your travel first aid kit are:
• Pain relievers/fever reducers
• Cold medications
Cough suppressant
• Allergy medications
Hydrocortisone cream
• Antacids
• Antidiarrheals
• Laxatives
• Gas relievers
• Band-aids
Blister care/moleskin
• Hand sanitizer
• Water purification tablets
• Thermometer
• Gauze
• Tape
• Tweezers
• Scissors
• Quick clot
• Antiseptic wipes
• Antibiotic ointment
• Sunscreen
• Sunburn lotion
• Lubricating eye drops
• Insect repellant
Whatever you pack in your travel first aid kit be mindful of space and consolidate when possible. Use small water-resistant pill holders and labeled bags. Bring items that may not be readily accessible. If you are traveling to big cities with drug stores and hospitals everywhere you may not need to bring very many items. If you are going to be out in the middle of nowhere bring more.

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Your phone can also be considered part of your travel health kit. Just about everywhere in the US, a doctor is only a call away. Available in 46 states, Amwell brings healthcare right to you. Their board certified doctors with an average of 15 years in practice are available 24/7, there is no appointment needed, and you can access them conveniently from you iPad or iPhone. Not too long ago, while I was on vacation, I came down with an upper respiratory infection. Rather than fly back home, I called Amwell, consulted a doctor, and received treatment from the convenience of my hotel room. Amwell is there for you anytime you need them and is one of the most important items in my travel health kit, it’s kind of like I have a doctor in my pocket. It’s no wonder moms love Amwell!

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If you have a question for the doctor and need care quickly Amwell can really save the day. Some of the issues Amwell can help you with include:

• Bronchitis
• Sinus infection
• Sore throat
• Urinary tract infection
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Fever
• Pinkeye
• Flu
• Sprains and strains
• Cold
• Respiratory infection
• Headache
• Depression & Anxiety
• Weight concerns
• Smoking cessation
Amwell is one of the most popular telehealth apps in the world and is accepted by many major insurers. Depending on your issue, a doctor is always available to diagnose, suggest follow-up, and prescribe whenever appropriate. Using Amwell can save you both time and money. With 24/7/365 access to a doctor, healthcare has never been more convenient. Having a medical doctor just a phone call away gives a peace of mind I have never enjoyed before. Wouldn’t you rather call your doctor or have a video visit rather than spend hours in traffic and waiting rooms? I don’t know about you but I am always looking for a faster appointment. Whether you are accessing a doctor from the road or the comfort of your own home, Amwell really makes life easier. Amwell is not only a part of my travel first aid kit, it’s a part of my life.

To learn more check out Amwell.com and download the app from the app store. You can also follow Amwell on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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