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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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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…