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Why a First Aid Kit is Essential for Your Next Trip

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Why a First Aid Kit is Essential for Your Next Trip

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Dec 14, 2015 —  Having a first aid kit among your possessions when travelling means that you’ll be able to deal with most minor accidents and patch yourself up. Whether you’re miles away from the nearest doctor or just visiting a beauty spot in the UK, a first aid kit will help you deal with the unexpected.

Essential to pack in your first aid kit

It’s no use taking a first aid kit if it isn’t well stocked. You should always include some gauze and plasters to dress wounds. If you visit the website www.broschdirect.com you’ll also be able to source sterile gloves and antibacterial handwashes as well as other first aid essentials. When you have an accident you need to be able to dress a wound in order to cut down on any future infection. The longer that an open wound is exposed to the atmosphere, the more likely that you will end up with a septic injury that will take longer to heal and may even end up as a poisonous abscess.

Saving money

A first aid kit can save you money. Many Accident and Emergency departments in UK hospitals are often packed to the rafters with patients suffering from medical problems that can be treated at home. If you have a minor injury overseas, you’re suffering from a tummy bug or enduring burst blisters it’s far simpler to treat these ailments yourself rather than make a claim on your insurance, or have to pay local medical fees. Obviously, if your injury doesn’t show any signs of healing after a couple of days, then you must go and see a local doctor.

Expect the unexpected

If you come from a part of the world where well-stocked and cheap pharmacies are a way of life, don’t expect this situation to be the case when you travel to certain parts of the globe, or even, for that matter certain remote places in the British Isles. You should be confident that the contents of your first aid kit will be able to protect you wherever you’re travelling.

The NHS website has some useful suggestions about what to include in your first aid kit; this advice includes the importance of rehydration sachets as well as mosquito nets. The NHS also advises that if you are travelling to a region where hospitals might not be very well equipped you should try and include some sterile syringes and sutures in your kit.

A first aid kit could save your life

A recent article in The Daily Mail revealed that '80% of us are not equipped to deal with a minor medical emergency.’ A well-stocked first aid kit means that you might be able to prevent a minor injury from turning into a major medical emergency. In fact if you are thinking of travelling to the jungles of India or the temples of Cambodia, for example, why not go on a short first aid course? This will ensure that you’ll be competent and confident should you or a travelling companion have a small injury and also be able to continue on your journey once the wound has healed.

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