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 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 the post on your medicine cabinet at home.
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:
GOV.UK: foreign travel advice
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.