Monday 19 August 2019

9 things to pack in your travel first aid kit

I'm that person when I go on holiday. Even when I know there'll be a pharmacy or supermarket nearby (and I'll definitely go into them at least 3 times to check out the local skincare brands) I still pack a mini first aid/medical kit. You just never know, alright? So without further ado, here's what I pack in my travel first aid kit...


I am SO clumsy. I'm prone to falling over and dropping glasses and stuff like that, so plasters are a must for me.

Blister plasters

While I could probably use normal plasters, I do pack blister plasters. The holidays I go on (city breaks, mostly) tend to be jam-packed with walking and sightseeing so I do often end up with blisters and normal plasters just don't work as well.


Kind of obvious, really, but you just need painkillers when travelling. You can usually buy them abroad, of course, but you might not be in a position to run to a shop or pharmacy and get them!

Emergency burn gel

I use this one from Boots and aside from if I accidentally burn myself on my straighteners or whatever, this is amazing for sunburn. I'm always covered in factor 50 if I'm sunbathing but sometimes accidents happen and this heals the burn so quickly.

Anti-bacterial gel

I always have one of these with me, but especially when travelling. I'm not massively worried abut germs but I do find public transport to be a bit gross and I'm also really sensitive to some bathroom soaps, so it helps to be able to clean my hands with this.


For bites, allergies and also if my eczema flares up. An absolute must for my travel first aid kit.

Suncream and aftersun

I'm as pale as anything, which you'll know if you know me. I have to wear suncream but like I mentioned earlier, accidents do happen. And while I do take the emergency burn gel for sunburn, I like to use this as well as it smells lush and provides a bit more nourishment to the skin. These ones are from Tropic and they're incredible as well as being a lot more eco-friendly than usual suncream.

Cold & flu medication/throat lozenges

A new one for me as I don't tend to suffer from colds - but flying back from GdaƄsk with a cold was one of the worst experiences of my LIFE. It made my ears so sore that I cried for most of the journey, and the throat lozenges I bought in Poland were disgusting. Plus I'm not sure that they actually were what I needed. So yeah, from now on I'll be packing my own...

Personal medication

This goes without saying but if you're on any specific medication, make sure you take it. For me that's my contraceptive pill - and then I have to pack all of my eczema creams too, just in case.

So that's about everything I pack in my travel first aid kit - anything else you'd add in? Let me know!


  1. I need blister plasters basically every time I leave the house! My feet are a size three so it's a struggle to find good fitting shoes! Love this post - it basically describes my handbag hahah!

  2. Antihistamines are a must! Especially in this hot weather we’re currently experiencing x

  3. I was thinking about this the other day! All I have in the house are plasters and germolene.

  4. I'm always packing plasterers because I'm the kind of person that will wear new shoes and then have blisters xx

  5. I don't have a travel first aid kit, I normally just pop into the local pharmacy but I should really create one x

    Joyce |

  6. I've never packed a travel first aid kit, I'm one of those that will just find a 24 hour shop in an emergency haha!

    Gemma Louise

  7. Such a helpful post, I'm going away Monday and this has reminded me of so many little bits! :)

    Kate |

  8. YES! I forgot mine the last holiday and of course I needed it!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  9. Some very useful tips here thank you x

  10. This is a bit of a wake up call as whenever I go away I never take any first aid kits or anything, the most I have is plasters.

    Amy x
    The July Rose