First-Aid Essentials You Should Be Taking On Holiday



Making your way on holiday with the family over the festive season? Happy days! There is nothing like a relaxed vacation with all your nearest and dearest to recharge for the new year that lies ahead. If you’re leaving home for a week or two to go to the beach or enjoy an active adventure, it always helps to restock your first-aid kit before you hit the road.

Here are a few first-aid essentials you should be taking on holiday:

Miscellaneous dressings & anti-septic solutions

These are a must-have for minor cuts and grazes. Antiseptic sprays or wipes are very handy when you’re in the go. Also be sure to stock up on a variety of plasters, bandages and gauze dressings, as well as medical tape, surgical gloves and antiseptic cream. A gel burn dressing is another must-have for minor burns and scalds.

Cutting & securing tools

These are your scissors, tweezers and safety pins for cutting and bandages, removing splinters, etc. If you’ll be flying, remember to pack these items in your main luggage; it won’t be allowed in your carry-on.

Sun protection & rehydration options

If you’ll be spending time outside with your family (which you are more than likely to in sunny SA), you need to take along plenty of sunscreen – ideally with a sun protection factor of 30+. Add some soothing after-sun lotion or Aloe Vera to calm overexposed skins, as well as rehydration sachets or liquids to combat heat stroke.

Pain medication & antihistamines

Nothing ruins a holiday faster than a headache or sinus congestion. Be sure to pack plenty of paracetamol to combat general aches, pains and fever; as well as an over-the-counter antihistamine in tablet or syrup form to reduce itchiness and inflammation caused by insect bites, etc.

These are just a few of the essentials you should have in your first-aid kit this summer. For a full list, visit your closest pharmacy and ask your friendly local pharmacist to help you compile a full kit.

Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more helpful advice on keeping you and your family happy and healthy with Mediplus. DID YOU KNOW? Mediplus recently launched the brand-new Esprit Loyalty Club programme to reward medical aid members with all sorts of lifestyle benefits from a range of popular retail partners. This is our way to give our members recognition for pursuing a healthy, active lifestyle. Get in touch to find out more.