An emergency kit is not meant to save the dead but it will definitely save you a lot of trouble when on the road. Don’t even wanna get me started telling you how hard is it to get a packet of painkiller using sign language. !@£$$!@£@*
After many weeks of researching and asking friends. I packed my kit based on a few pointers;
– Common traveling illness / injuries
– On-site treatment to prevent further worsen of injuries
I use a shower bag to compartmentalize all the medications. You can get it cheaply at any army market.
1) Tiger Balm
This is one thing done right by a fellow Singaporean in the 1980s. If you have traveled Asia, you will know that it is one of the miracle balm that cures most of your worries. Its cures itchy mosquito bites, blocked nose, headaches, stomach upset, cold, muscles aches and even bladder pain. Do note that there are more than one variety these day so just buy the Tiger Balm Red (original).
2) Latex Barrier
A few shots of Tequlia in the bar of mexico, you meet the love of your life with half your brain working for you. You don’t want to end up screwing the chance up and furthermore go back home with more than just love from that night. Condoms should always be equip with you at all times in case of emergencies.
3) Plaster / Gauze / Bandage / Bacidin / Surgical Tape
Cuts and wounds should be attended to quickly so as to not caused a serious infection that may delay your trip. I use Bacidin as an antiseptic cream which also doubles for abrasions, burns and skin infection.
4) Vitamins C Pills
When you feel that you are about to fall sick, take a pill – prevention is better than cure. Vitamins is a water-soluble vitamins that is not stored in your body, so you need take it throughout the day. If you have the powder form, drink it slowly throughout the day or you could use time-release pills.
5) Panadol / Painkiller
Emergency migraine or fever. Or if there is any situation that you would need a painkiller.
6) Windproof Lighter
Use to sterilize needles or start a fire a will. There a whole notion of matches vs lighters saying that matches are full-proof but lighter actually gets the job done. Carry 2 lighters if you want to be sure.
7) Swiss army knife
This is a tools that packs a punch – its includes a toothpick, wood saw, tweezers (remove splinters), Can opener and more. I got mine in the national service or if you have a friend inside ask him to get it for you. If you are an idiot like me who is still discovering cool stuffs about your knife, this link will help you.
8) Small Mirror
Great for a facial injury or something that got into your eyes.
9) Vaseline / petroleum jelly
The pharmacist has introduced this wonderful product for cheaper replacement for lips balms. You can learn about other amazing uses of Vaseline in this over here and here.
10) Hydration salt
After long hours vomiting or diarrhea, your body needs to be rehydrated. Alternatively, you can mix 1 teaspoon of salt and 4 to 5 teaspoons of sugar into 1 Liter of purified water.
11) Safety Pin
Sterilized and use it to drain blister and remove splinters.
The perfect remedy for blisters.
13) Diarrhea medication
I brought a Chinese medicine which is highly recommended by my mum – Bao Qi Wan. Suffering from a diarrhea or stomach upset. You can buy this at your local Chinese herb store.
14) Qin chao yu
It stinks a bit when applied. This is one of the trusted medication since young for quick recovery from cuts.
*Btw, I took out the thermometer as I didn’t find it to be worth it to bring.
Total Weight of Kit: 640g
Happy travels 🙂