What to pack to stay safe and healthy abroad, including first aid essentials.
Basic travel health kit
The exact contents of your travel kit will depend on your travel plans.
A basic kit can include:
First aid kit
A basic first aid kit includes:
- wound-cleaning gauze
- sterile dressings
- bandage tape
- sunburn treatment
- insect repellent
- insect bite treatment
- medication for pre-existing medical conditions
For more detailed information, read Your medicine cabinet.
The sunscreen label should have:
- the letters "UVA" in a circle logo and at least four-star UVA protection
- at least SPF15 sunscreen to protect against UVB
For more adventurous travel and depending on where you're going, you could consider:
- anti-diarrhoea medication
- rehydration sachets
- anti-malaria medication
- mosquito net
- water disinfectant
For country-specific health and safety advice, go to:
Sign up for email alerts from TravelHealthPro and the FCO to get the latest updates for that country.
Don't travel without health insurance. If you're travelling in the EU, also apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to cover costs of any essential treatment while you're abroad.
Article provided by NHS Choices