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Emergency Travel Kits

We’re getting back to traveling and we’re heading to Europe in just a few days, so it’s time to pull out our travel packs and take inventory. Our trips are usually about two weeks to over a month and we always carry our emergency kits. Often the contents can seem trivial but experience has taught us some good lessons.

What To Take Along

Everybody has their own unique requirements but if you haven’t thought about what you might need while traveling here we offer some suggestions.

Eyeglass Repair Kit – Seems trivial but if you wear glasses and one of those tiny screws comes out and gets lost – you could have a big problem. A decent kit takes up no room and costs only a few dollars.

Anti-Bacterial and Bandaids – No brainer here. Again individual packets of Anti-Bacterial and a few bandaids take up no room and cost very little. Throw in a few packets of antiseptic wipes too.

A Miniature Tool Kit – There’s a whole world of pocket multi-tools out there to pick from. My favorite is a capped metal tube that holds a few screwdriver tips, a tweezer and a couple of allen wrench tips that mount on its end. It’s a little bigger that a fountain pen. Watch carrying those multi-tools through TSA as they often get confiscated if they have a cutting edge.

A Compact Flash Light – pick out a good one. I prefer one that has a white and a red bulb because it makes it easy to get around in the dark without waking your companion.

A Small Super Glue – You won’t appreciate this until you need it. Buy a multi-pack and carry one without opening it. If you need it this can be a lifesaver. Military medics understand this ones importance.

Odds & Ends – There’s a lot of ideas on add ons and I’ve got my favorites. A small magnifying glass, Q-tips, Single use eye drops, and a small pill bottle with an assortment of OTC meds*.

I keep a small plastic box ready all the time for a short trip and a larger zipper case for trips of several weeks. It helps to keep them up to date so you don’t have to think about what to take and where it is.

For meds I include several pills of each to include:

  • Imodium
  • Pepto Bismo
  • Asprin or ibupofin
  • A cough suppresent
  • Anti-acids
  • Decongestants

For longer trips we also carry a bigger selection of meds to get us through a flu or infection and for more information on this CLICK HERE.

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