With all of the walking we’ve been doing around town, it appears that I’ve pulled, or at least irritated, my Achilles tendon. I know, woe is me…this is, after all, a by-product of being fortunate enough to live in Spain for two months! I can hear every single one of your tiny violins. But, it got me to thinking, what kind of first aid essentials are a good idea to have on hand when heading on a longer trip.
We typically bring some basic medications:
- a mild pain reliever like aspirin or Tylenol, because as fun as travel is, it can also be a real headache sometimes!
- an anti-inflammatory like Advil or Aleve for sore and achy muscles (or pulled tendons!)
- antihistamines, since I never know what in the world I’m going to be allergic to – and decongestants, in case of cold or flu (but knocking on wood that we don’t encounter either!)
- good immune-boosting vitamins like C, B Complex, extra B12, and Zinc
Plus, a few helpful supplies:
- band-aids for cuts, or blisters, but for blisters you should really have…
- Compeed blister cushions – WAY better than regular bandages for preventing and protecting blisters
- anti-itch cream since little bitey bugs just LOVE me
- antiseptic wipes for everything from personal care to wiping down airplane tray tables (gross!) to cleaning up cat messes
- mini sewing kit because even those cheesy little scissors can be helpful in many unexpected circumstances
But, my future “kit” will also include:
- freezable gel packs, which are not only great for icing pulled tendons, but can also be used to keep carry-on food (or medications) cool. Of course, you can always do what I’m doing right now and use a bag of frozen peas!
- a reusable heat pack, or heat patches, which are great for muscle aches. If you have access to a microwave on your journeys, you can also fill a sock with rice and heat it for a minute or so until warm.
- melatonin to help adjust sleeping patterns, especially when working odd hours
Do you have any special, unique, or even unusual travel first aid tips?