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And one more thing… First Aid Kit medication


Finally, I am going to talk about what medication I think you should have within your own bespoke first aid kit.

Prescription medication

If you are taking any prescription medication, then this should be at the top of your list. 

Are you taking any strong painkillers related to morphine or codeine? I would say try to get a letter from your Doctor, as regulations in some parts of the world can be very strict for these products. 

For most other medication, you would generally be ok providing you have a copy of your repeat prescription. In addition make sure the medication is in it’s original container with a dispensing label stuck on the pack showing it is for you. You don’t want to be caught off guard here…

With your prescription medication I will tell you one more thing, be sensible, know how long you are going to be away and make sure you have enough to see you though your trip and at least one week afterword.

If you are taking any regular prescription medication, do check if you will be ok to take anything from the list below.

Now for the rest of the meds…

Painkillers – Here you have a few options, most commonly paracetamol and ibuprofen. I’m sure you’ll have your own preference here, definitely do take something. 

Allergy tablets – In other words anti-histamines, such as loratadine. This will come in handy whether you have an allergy to something you’ve eaten, touched, or even an insect bite.

Allergy/bites cream – This is again an anti-histamine but in the cream form. If you have had a bite, then this may in fact be the better option

Antacids – My favourite here is Gaviscon double action, but whether you’ve over-eaten or you’ve gotten a bit too merry the night before, you won’t go wrong with antacids.

Anti-diarrhoea tablets – We’ve all heard of Delhi belly, but this doesn’t just happen in Delhi, it can happen anywhere, so to prevent yourself from being caught out, take some loperamide with you.

Anti-diarrhoea antibiotics – Now one thing that you may not be aware of, you can actually buy antibiotics from traveller’s diarrhoea, but there’s a catch. There are specific pharmacies that operate a scheme where if you meet certain criteria then you can buy a course of antibiotics in anticipation of having diarrhoea on your travels, this is worth looking into.

Anti-malaria tablets – Hopefully you’ve checked if you need these for your next trip, you don’t need to go to the Doctor to get these any more, a large number of pharmacies do travel clinics to much it much easier to get a hold of these.

Mosquito repellent – Even if malaria isn’t an issue at your destination, you may still need mosquito repellent. In today’s world Zika is the big one that everyone is talking about and is an example of other diseases carried by mosquitos, so beware! When buying mosquito repellent, ensure you go for something with at least 50% DEET, a good example is Jungle Formula. If, however you don’t want to use DEET based products, there are natural alternatives, such as Incognito, I would suggest do your research before buying.

Sunscreen – Now you may think this is no biggie, but sunscreen is very important, whether you plan to do sunbathing or just go outside in a sunny climate. With a sunscreen make sure it’s something that has a 5* rating and has an SPF of at least 30.

Do you normally take anything else with you? I’d love to hear about it…

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First Aid Kit? Oh yes there’s more… Keep reading!

In my last post I spoke about what ready-made First Aid kits commonly contain.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of buying ready-made First Aid kits as I feel there is a lot in there that I, as the average traveller do not need/use.


Here is a list of the items that I feel are essentials as part of a home-made First Aid kit.

Plasters/Band-aids – Yes number 1 on the list, in various shapes and sizes, you never know when you will need these, so it’s best to have at least a small number.

Sterile dressing – This is for the extra cautious traveller, maybe bring the odd one or two only, unless you’re planning to take part in some seriously hazardous work.

Micropore tape – To accompany the dressing

Scissors – In case you need to cut the dressing to size.

Bandage – Again for the more cautious traveller, a just in case item,

Safety pins – These can be used for fastening the bandage in place or even for various other problems, for example, a wardrobe malfunction, if you found yourself in the position where you ripped something, a safety pin can be a good short-term solution.

Antiseptic wipes/gel – It’s up to you what you prefer but you should have at least one or the other.

Condoms – Before you tell me this is not something to put in a first aid kit, we are talking about health and safety, and we want to make sure you are safe in all definitions of the word during your holiday. Don’t forget these.

These items are just some of the essentials, you may have others too but hold up, there’s still more. In my next post I will be talking about the medication that you should keep with you in your First Aid Kit.

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Travellers… You need a first aid kit!!!

With my next exciting adventure on the horizon, I have now started to think about what supplies I’ll need to take with me. One of these supplies will be a First Aid Kit, but there is so much to think about.

Whilst out exploring, whether it be in Asia, America, Europe or some other wonderous land, there is a chance that you may take a tumble, resulting in bumps and bruises. To help heal these boo boos, you want to make sure you have supplies, things that get you back to full power, A.K.A a First Aid Kit.

You’re probably thinking, “I’m invincible, I can handle anything”. To this all I can say is there is no harm in being prepared.

Lets begin… There are several ready-made First Aid Kits on the market. These kits range in size and price, typically containing plasters/band-aids, bandages, gauze, sterile dressings, micropore tape, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, scissors, insect bite (antihistamine) cream, saline, and paracetamol (painkiller). 

This is all good and well for those of you who want something ready made, but one thing to bear in mind is that these kits are often expensive, and a lot of the items go to waste. Don’t get me wrong these kits are good for those who are going off the grid… are you planning to disappear? Some adventures do take you off the beaten path… Yes in this case you may find one of these kits useful, well maybe one of the more comprehensive kits.

Let me tell you what my favourite part of these kits is… any guesses? My favourite part is the bag/pouch that these supplies come in… Later I’ll tell you what I would take with me.

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Why must that seat recline?

Last September I went on holiday and yes you could be forgiven for thinking “What’s the big deal about going on holiday?”. This holiday was in fact my first solo trip… eeek! Today’s post isn’t about the holiday, you’ll hear about that shortly. Instead this post is related to the journey leading up to the first destination… Hope you agree with what you read…

My holiday involved going halfway across the world, taking two flights, and more than 18 hours to complete… Why oh why can planes not go any faster?? I do have a habit of going off on a tangent, but back to the point.

Seats and reclining! Don’t be that person… This is not a post for those of you in front, but for those of you behind, my sympathies…

Yes I know what you’re thinking… “What on earth is this guy talking about…”.

Give me a moment, you will soon know what I am talking about.

With flights being one of the most common forms of long haul travel, I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me you used one airline or another during your last holiday. Tell me something… Are you a celebrity having booked a luxurious first class seat? Did you go on a work trip and have quite comfy business seats? Or are you like me and did you book economy seats in one of the many millions of airlines that are available today?

I’ll keep the focus of this post on economy seats. There is a lot to think about when booking your flight in relation to the seats alone; width, pitch, and even the number of seats in each row. Tell me, how many of you actually looked at this stuff when you last booked a flight. The reality is, when most people book a flight, they look at the price of the ticket and nothing else. I would recommend doing this research before your next flight, in particular seat width, pitch, and airline rating, I always check out https://www.airlinequality.com, try doing the same, you’ll find a tonne of useful information on that website.

Now… Seats…

Let me tell you a story… As you already know I went on holiday last September. I took a flight. I did my research and ended up choosing Qatar as the airline that I travelled with, and of course, an economy seat. Anyone who has flown with any airline knows that there is a foldable mini table and a small LCD screen integrated into the back of the seat in front of you… Oh and the main topic of this post… these seats can recline.

I’m predicting two different responses from people who read this post. 

The first response will be “What’s the big deal?”, which will be from the following people:

1 – The recliners

2 – Those who don’t fly economy

3 – Those who don’t fly

The second response will be “OH HOW I HATE THOSE RECLINERS”, and this will be from:

1 – Everyone else in the economy cabin

You may be wondering whose perspective I’ll be coming from next, rest assured I belong to the “Everyone else in the economy cabin” group and I cannot stand reclined seats.

So back to last September… I generally opt for window seats as I enjoy looking outside the window and seeing the clouds go by, I don’t know I guess it appeals to the little kid in me.

All is fine and dandy until the guy in front of me decides to recline his seat… The only question I have here is “Why?”, I can not see why anyone would need to recline such seats. Imagine this scenario, you’re at work, sitting on a standard seat for hours on end, do you recline those seats? No, you wouldn’t, but you do on an aeroplane, purely because you can, and you want an experience that’s above the basic economy experience. You might think “Why shouldn’t I recline my seat? I want to be comfortable”, but I think you’ve forgotten something… There is someone sitting behind you!!!

Now back to my story… There I was sitting at my window seat, and a few hours in, I believe it was dark outside now, the person sitting in front of me decided to recline his seat. The first thought that went through my head was “Woah!!”. Within the “recliners there are a subset, those people who recline their seat slightly, and those who go all the way. I must admit I don’t mind those who recline their seat slightly, its tolerable. Those people who want to go all the way down are the people who I find very hard to tolerate. 

There are two main reasons why people behind don’t like reclined seats. The first reason is if the seat comes all the way down, the seat gets quite close to your face, into your personal space, and it can feel quite claustrophobic in this scenario. The second reason will affect the taller passengers more, but may have an impact on everyone, when the seat comes down you may find your knees feel the squeeze. For me both of these reasons had an equally large impact and it led to some drastic action on my part. Before I carry on, I have to say don’t judge, I’m sure you all have done something like this at some stage. So here I go, as the seat went beyond a tolerable level, I intentionally used my knees to stop it going any further. I know this may be controversial for some of you, and especially for the recliners themselves, but the recliners need to understand that they need to be considerate to the people behind them as they may face the same inconvenience from in front of them at some stage in the future.

So what has been the effect of this on me… I have stopped selecting window seats and have been opting for aisle seats going forward. I feel the advantage of this is that if the person in front of me does decide to fully recline, at least I can stick my head out into the aisle, thereby preventing that sense of claustrophobia and invasion of personal space.

Recliners…I tell you this, think of your fellow man and woman, don’t be that person… don’t recline!!!

If you’re a traveller you must have flown on at least some of your travels. Along the way I’m sure you  have used economy seats on the flight at some stage. Did you have anyone sitting in front of you? Did  that person recline their seat when you were trying to get comfortable in your seat? This is what my post is  about. Which group do you fall into???

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Wait… Stop… Who pays how much???

Have you ever found yourself asking this question “Who pays how much?”

Ok so picture this… You are on holiday with your friends, you pay for a cab to the hotel, one friend pays for snacks, while another pays for an activity that you do later in the day. You decide to “sort it out” later and when later comes you all end up faffing about with your calculators out trying to figure out who owes what to whom.

Let me tell you a story… On my last trip I found myself in a the following scenario. I was on holiday with two friends. We started off splitting costs evenly but found ourselves in the scenario where one person would cover the cost of an entire activity and then we would put our heads together at the end of the day to pay that person back. Now one day, we were at Soda Viquez, an unmissable restaurant in La Fortuna, and we were seated next to another small group having the same dilemma of how to split their costs. Thats when I heard one of them talk about Splitwise.

For those of you who have never heard of Splitwise, it’s an app that you can download to your phone. Once downloaded and set up, you can connect with friends, add expenses in various/multiple currencies, and Splitwise will do all the calculations for you saving that headache of doing the sums. The good thing about this app is not just that this app will do the maths, you can also tell it that only two out of three people contributed to a cost, then it’ll work out what the third person owes, quite handy if you ask me.

For all those accountants out there, yes you know who I mean, Splitwise also gives you a spreadsheet with a running tally of expenses, feel free to print and file this for your records….

I’m a fan of Splitwise and I’ll tell you one thing, you don’t have to wait until you go on holiday use this app, you can use it for any group activity… Are you planning to go to an escape room tomorrow? Are you due to go for drinks over the weekend? Have you bought a present and you need to share the cost with colleagues? Theres an endless number of uses to this app, how do you plan to make use of it? Let me know…

On that thought, I’m Today’s traveller and I’ll be back with another strange and entertaining post soon…

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“To backpack or not to backpack?” That really is the question

It’s that age old question isn’t it? Should you backpack or take a suitcase with you?

Some hail backpacking as the next big thing since sliced bread, ok maybe that’s taking it a bit too far, but you know what I mean, backpacking is very popular today, not just amongst avid travellers but also with the average joe of travellers. What would you do?

Don’t judge me, but I gave into the hype, and bought a backpack… I did this just before my last holiday thinking “let’s give this a go”. You know what… I actually enjoyed having a backpack instead of having a suitcase.

I did a fair bit of research before buying my backpack and decided to go for an Osprey backpack. Yes, I know some of you will say “I don’t want to spend that much money on a backpack”, sure there are a lot of different backpacks available in various sizes and dimensions but here’s why I bought this specific backpack. I know you’re probably thinking, “If I get a backpack, all my clothes will get creased up and everything will be everywhere” but there is one thing that I have to tell you… Not all backpacks were created equal!

When you think of a backpack, you probably think of one big sack that you fill in from the top. When I did my research I found two major types of backpack, first there is the kind that opens at the top (and also at the bottom), secondly there is the kind of backpack that I have where a zip allows the backpack to open the whole way around. A lot of backpacks also come with a mini day-bag attachment to help you in your daytime exploration.

Below I’m putting one link for one of each type of backpack to aid you in your research.

Why does a backpack appeal to me?

            A backpack is easier to transport being strapped to my back and therefore easier to move from place to place.

            There is a limited amount of space in the backpack, which means I also limit the amount of “essentials” that with me.

The fact that the entire backpack will go onto my back, I will only take as much as I can carry thereby guaranteeing I don’t go over the airline’s weight limit (No I don’t mean me, I mean the luggage!).

Why do I feel a backpack may not be right for you?

            A backpack is definitely heavy, if you aren’t keen on carrying a tonne on your back, this may not be the option for you.

            If you plan to stay at one resort throughout your trip, a backpack may not be ideal.

            Are you going to travel mainly on flat terrain? (i.e. on roads when moving from cab to hotel) then a suitcase may be a better idea as a lot of suitcases have wheels these days.

            Do you like to have a slightly larger amount of “essentials” with you on holiday? Then a suitcase may be better than a backpack for you.

The time has come for me to leave the decision in your hands, good luck…

Let me know if you decide to take a backpack with you on your next adventure 😉

To backpack? or not to backpack? That really is the question.
Today's modern traveller is either a solo or group traveller, but either way will be looking for an adventure, does this sound like you?
If it does, you will want to know if a backpack is right for you, and that's what you'll read about in this post.
Tell me if you agree, looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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I might bring a book with me…

I’m going to stop you right here.

Flights can be very boring, especially if you don’t enjoy any of the movies that are playing on the in-flight entertainment system…. “Hmm… I wonder if the latest Marvel movie will be playing on my next flight?”… There he goes getting distracted again…

I’ts not just the flight that you may be getting concerned with, maybe you’re a solo traveller, maybe you have a significant amount of travel planned between destinations on your adventure, and yes you probably like to read, I myself quite enjoy a good book.

There is one thing that I want you to think about here, well two things. First you want to think about how much space you actually have, do you have enough space for one or more books, are you bringing hand luggage only or check-in luggage as well. The second factor is weight, books can be quite heavy so you want to think about whether you are both able and willing to carry the weight the the book(s) add to your remaining luggage.

We will come to the debate around backpacks and suitcases on the next entry of this blog…. I know this will be on your mind at this stage.

If you read my last post then you may have seen the attachment, and from that also the fact that I have got a Kindle (Disclaimer: other brands of e-reader are also available). I don’t use the Kindle very much, I prefer reading physical books but while travelling, I just can’t justify bringing a big book when a small e-reader is available….

The links below will show you all the information you need to decide whether you want a Kindle or not….

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Shhh, dont tell anyone, I’m also adding links for a couple of books that I like, just in case…

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What do I need with me on my next adventure?

This question isn’t aimed at you “frequent flyers”, I know you will be able to answer this question in a flash. This question is for the rest of us who go on our adventures once in a blue moon, ok maybe twice…

So tell me something, how many times do you find yourself in this position? You’ve decided on a destination, you’ve managed to book time off work and you’ve booked your flights. Then comes the hard bit, trying to put pen to paper (or finger to tablet/phone) to jot down the A, B, C and all the rest of the essentials that you plan to fill into your backpack… no wait your suitcase… hang on hang on, I’ll come back to this point. So yeah, don’t you wish you had a ready made list so you knew you weren’t forgetting anything?

Worry not, I have the answer, well, maybe not the only answer but an answer.

While preparing for my last trip I had the same thought going through my head, as until recently I would go on holidays very infrequently, so by the time my next holiday arrived, I’d forgotten what I’d taken with me on the previous trip.

I set up this spreadsheet with four columns (yes a bit OTT I know, but it does do the job). So my four sections are clothes, accessories, documents, and electronics. Now before I go any further I have to say sorry girls, if you’re hoping for a ready made packing list I’ll have to disappoint you. I’ve made this list for myself and being a guy there may be things that I have not got on this list that you would like to have with you…