Talking First Aid

You must take into account:

  1. How long you will be on the road
  2. Where you are travelling, i.e. Mainly Outback or mainly Coastal
  3. Do you, your partner or dependants have special needs? Generally the older you are the more pills you have to take. Always carry spare prescriptions and calculate that your prescriptions will last the trip.

Always use sunscreen when outdoors, and wear a hat.

If driving long distances, get out regularly and have a ‘stretch’ by walking around. Always allow time for walking exercises, as the older you get, the more likely blood clots can form in your legs and walking helps prevent this. Walk. Walk. Walk!

The List

  • Gauze pads
  • Cotton balls
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Thermometer
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Upset-stomach remedy
  • Bandages in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin pain & fever
  • Antihistamine to relive allergies and inflammation
  • Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
  • Hydrocortisone cream to relieve skin irritation
  • Hydrogen peroxide to disinfect and clean wounds
  • Bee-sting kit (especially if you are allergic)
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Safety pins for fastening splints and bandages
  • Disposable gloves
  • Sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher

It is best to carry a list of your medications with you in your wallet, so it is always available. Due to the possibility of harmful drug interactions, a Doctor will want to know what drugs you’re currently taking before prescribing you with any new ones. In addition, it’s a good idea to carry a document listing your medical history and any allergies. Get an annual flu shot as well.

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