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15 must-haves for your holiday first-aid kit

Rather safe than sorry!
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When packing for your summer holiday it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of packing your new sarong, those books you’ve been meaning to read and the special bottle of bubbly you’re saving for New Year’s Eve. You’ll probably also remember some essentials like sunscreen, cellphone chargers and your passport (if you’re travelling overseas), but the one thing many people forget to pack is a travel first-aid kit. 

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If you’re worried that emergency blankets and bandages will take up precious packing space in your suitcase, you can relax. We’ve compiled a list of 15 basic essentials for a convenient ‘ouch pouch’ to take on your road trip, whether you’re heading to the mountains or the beach. 

15 things you need in your travel first-aid kit:

1. Bandages (in various sizes)

2. Gauze pads (and safety pins)

3. Cotton balls or swabs

4. Scissors

5. Rubbing alcohol

6. Thermometer

7. Hand sanitiser

8. Non-latex gloves

9. Tweezers

10. Antibiotic ointment

11. Ointment for itches, bug bites, rashes or other skin irritations

12. Pain-killer tablets

13. Antihistamine tablets

14. Tablets for nausea and/or motion sickness

15. Eyedrops

AND DON’T FORGET: The sunscreen, after-sun lotion, bug spray and a torch – you should always have a mini torch in your handbag or cubbyhole when travelling. Stay safe, everyone!

PHOTO: iStock/adventtr


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