Vacation first aid essentials with pharmacist Jason Thomas

Vacation first aid essentials with pharmacist Jason Thomas

What to pack in your vacation first aid

Packing is one of the few downsides of going on vacation. Fitting everything you need into a compact bag can be stressful, especially if you don’t know what to expect on your trip.

Luckily, Jason Thomas, a pharmacist at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Retail Pharmacy is here to help. He’s taken the guesswork out of packing your vacation first aid kit with a handy list of must-have supplies.

What to pack in your vacation first aid kit:

  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Medical tape
  • Elastic bandages (to cover wounds and keep dressings in place)
  • Triangular bandages (to make an arm sling)
  • Adhesive bandages (e.g. Band-Aid, for minor cuts/scrapes)
  • Tweezers (to remove splinters or ticks)
  • Scissors (to cut clothing)
  • Disposable gloves (to keep hands clean)
  • Alcohol wipes (to clean wound area)
  • Instant cold packs (to reduce swelling)
  • Antibiotic ointment (to reduce the chance of infection and reduce scarring)
  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen (for relief of pain and fevers. Check for conflict with medications or medical conditions)*
  • Mosquito repellant*
  • Sunscreen (minimum SPF 30 with UVA/UVB protection)*
  • Antihistamine (e.g. Benadryl, to reduce allergic reactions)*
  • Gravol (for motion sickness)*
  • Anti-diarrheal (e.g. Imodium)*
  • Hand sanitizer*

* starred items expire and should be checked regularly for dates