How To Pack The Ultimate Travel First-Aid Kit

Future you will thank you.

You know the old saying... hope for the best, plan for the worst? That’s our motto when it comes to travel first-aid kits. So while they may not be on the level of, say, underwear when it comes to packing priorities, they’re still worth talking about—especially if you’re heading to a foreign country or expect to be partaking in physical activities (or both).

We rounded up a list of the most common items everyone should include, as well as a few add-ons for tropical and adventure trips. But remember—it’s by no means comprehensive, and everyone is different. Feel free to personalize to your heart’s content and #GoJourny in style… and safety.

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First Aid Essentials

1. Prescription medications

Plus a list (translated, if necessary) of the brand and generic names and dosage amounts. To avoid speculation in the case of a custom inspection, it’s best to avoid mixing various pills in a single bottle. Instead, keep them in their original containers.

2. Any contacts, inhalers and/or epipens

3. Ibuprofen (i.e. Motrin or Advil) and/or aspirin

To relieve headaches, fevers and simple sprains or strains

4. Cough drops

5. Decongestants

6. Antihistamines

In the case of an allergic reaction

7. Antacids (i.e. Tums or Pepto Bismal)

For heartburn and stomach/digestion-related troubles

8. Antibacterial hand wipes

9. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Recommended 60% alcohol or more

10. Bandaids

11. Antibiotic ointment

To prevent infection in cuts, scrapes and burns

12. Melatonin

If you have trouble sleeping

Add-Ons If You're Going Somewhere Warm

Like Greece, Cuba or Guatemala


1. Aloe gel or lotion

To relieve sunburns

2. Sunscreen

with UVA/UVB protection

3. Insect repellent

Recommended 30-50% DEET

4. Anti-nausea medicine

To relieve motion sickness if you’ll be on a boat

Add-Ons If You're Going On An Adventure Vacation

Like these day hikes outside of major cities or epic trekking destinations around the world

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1. Tweezers

To remove bee stingers, ticks and minor splinters

2. ACE or elastic bandages

To wrap wrists, ankles or elbow injuries

3. 2 and 4-inch gauze rolls wrapped in individual sterile squares

To dress larger cuts and scrapes

4. Adhesive tape

To keep gauze in place

5. Scissors with rounded tips

To easily cut tape and gauze. (These must go in a checked bag!)

6. Safety pins

To fasten splints and bandages

7. Calamine lotion and/or antihistamine creams (i.e. Benadryl cream)

To relieve itching and irritation from bites and poison ivy

Now that you're prepped are ready to go, the only question is... where to? 

Feel free to schedule a call with one of our expert trip designers. They'd be happy to give you advice on where to go and how long to spend in each place.  

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