Category Archives: First Aid

Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits 29 November 2008

First Aid Kit for the Traveler


This is a collection of items that I keep in my First Aid Kit when I travel for pleasure and business.  It’s just regular things that you can pick up at any drug store.  They don’t get used often but when I do happen to need something, I’m glad I have it packed.

Pepcid Complete
The drug eases heartburn by combining a stomach-acid reducer with an antacid. Please note, if you are taking an antibiotic, antacids may reduce their effectiveness.

Band-Aids & Antibiotic Ointment
I choose a variety of band-aid sizes to cover all situations, from a paper cut to a scraped limb. An antibiotic ointment like Polysporin comes in handy to help prevent infection.

The ibuprofen in Advil not only reduces pain and fevers, it can also relieve inflammation of the muscles and tendons after a strenuous day of shopping, day tripping, etc.

Insect Repellent
Repellents with higher concentrations of deet protect longer against bugs. Look for something with at least 30 percent deet. Some brands also feature a time-release formula for protection from 8 to 12 hours.

Dramamine helps prevent motion sickness.  It’s supposed to be taken at least 30 minutes before traveling. Be mindful of it’s affect on you and the length of your flight.  Dramamine makes you drowsy and it may impact your ability to drive when you reach your destination.

Imodium A-D
When diarrhea strikes, Imodium can help stop the symptoms quickly. Pepto Bismol is another option but does take abit longer to take affect.

This helps to alleviate hay fever symptoms and can also be used to treat hives and an itchy nose or throat caused by food allergies.

I prefer Neutrogena sunscreens which are made with a formula called Helioplex.  The company claims that it helps stop UVA absorbers from degrading too quickly, this makes the sunscreen last longer.

Cortaid Maximum Strength anti-inflammatory cream contains 1 percent hydrocortisone.  This is the highest concentration available without a prescription. The cream soothes rashes and bug bites.