I know that packing a first aid kit for that road trip is not one of the first things that come to your mind when getting ready especially if you want your backpack to be as small and light as possible. Being safe and cautious should also be high on your list of priorities especially road trips on our Nigerian roads.
You don’t know what can happen.
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What should be included in a first aid kit is not an absolute one as it depends on the health needs of the person who will be using it, the destination you are going, and the length of travel. But to just generalize if, for the sake of being safe, these are the most important things that should be included in order to take proper care of minor wounds and health emergencies.
- Personal/prescribed medications: See ehn this our country get as e be so carry more than the amount needed for the duration of your trip to account for possible stories which might include unexpected layovers or simply extra time getting to your destination.
- Paracetamol – This one as we know is for pain and fever reduction and we don’t know where the headache will hook you on the road. So please take a sachet, for you and anyone else that might need it.
- Ibuprofen – This one is a stronger pain and fever reducer or anti-inflammatory. Because sometimes ordinary paracetamol will not do it for some pains o and having this in your first aid box will certainly help.
- Antihistamine – This is basically for people who reacted to stuff easily or have allergies already known. Please if you don’t fit into this bracket, no need looking for it to buy o.
- Loperamide – You know how you are on a road trip and you are buying stuff to eat and drink and then before you know it, your tummy is using you to play and then sweat has covered you. This drug is needed. It is an anti-diarrheal.
- Cold & Flu Tablets – You are not very sure the weather of the destination you are headed. So for the sake of all, take these tablets with you to treat cold & flu symptoms.
- Antiseptic towelettes – This one is basically for cleaning hands and wounds as the name implies.
- Iodine Pads – In the instance where you do not have the antiseptic towelettes. This is also used to kill sensitive bacteria in minor wounds.
- Q-Tips or Cotton wool – This will help you clean the wound and also help in the use of applying medication to the wound.
- Band-aids – To cover minor cuts and scrapes.