Do you really need to pack a first aid kit?
All this first aid stuff is pretty basic,but recently I’ve read a few article suggesting a few more creative and unusual items for a first aid kit. So crafty! And they make so much sense – why didn’t I think of this before? Like taking a package of jello with you – easy comfort food for a sick stomach. Easy to digest, adds hydration and sugar, bound to be wildly popular. Just like a package of instant chicken broth. Comfort in a cup, perfect for a recovering digestive track. Perfect for flavoring rice when you are so, so sick of it. Instant plain oatmeal – great for breakfast, even better if you have a rash that JUST. WON’T. QUIT. Oatmeal is so soothing to strained skin. And, tiniest of all, a package or two of fast food salt. Makes instant saline solution to clean out a cut or scrape. It’s not perfect, but if you have a bad abrasion, you can clean it as best you can, then take a warm, slightly salinic bath. Clean the wound well with soap, and gently pat dry. Great substitution for first aid ointment if you are in a pinch.
Unless you are doing extreme work in an extreme location, don’t let your first aid kit take up too much space or money in your travel life. Cover your basics to buy yourself an extra day before seeking assistance or save an extra $10 (or more!) in late night pharmacy fees. Pack light, but make sure you’re safe and comfortable on the road. And don’t forget to raid the kitchen cupboards for some inspiration!
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