HEALTHY ON HOLIDAY: MUST-HAVES FOR THE FIRST-AID KIT


No one likes getting ill or injured – and certainly not on holiday. People who are well informed and we equipped before starting their journeys have little to worry about. A well-packed first-aid kit is an important companion, which can make life easier in case of emergency and save a holiday.


Checklist (basic equipment)
✓ First-aid kit ✓ Insect repellent
✓ Disinfectant ✓ Gel against itching
✓ Analgesic medication ✓ Anti-nausea medication
✓ Antpyretic medication ✓ Medication against diarrhoea/vomiting
✓ Cold-relieving medication  ✓ Medication against constipation
Face masks  

SAFE PREPARATIONS

Not all first-aid kits are the same: The medication and medical supplies to be included depend on the travellers and the destination. Are you travelling to a tropical country? Are you travelling with children? Are there known diseases which have already played a role on holiday (i.e. seasickness or sun allergy)? The answers to these questions determine what you should pay particular attention to when putting together your personal first-aid kit and how you can supplement your fundamental basics.

FIRST-AID

Pack a compact first-aid kit. Among other things, pre-packed kits contain plasters, alcohol swabs for disinfection, dressings and tweezers (for removing splinters). If you already know that you will be on your feet a lot on holiday (hello, hiking holidays and city trips!), you should also take good adhesive blister plasters. If sports activities have been planned, sport tapes are a good addition for any sprains, as well as steristrips for closing wounds and silver plasters.

STOMACH UPSETS

The more differences between the travel destination and your home country, the greater the risk of your body needing some time to adapt to the new circumstances. In this case, your first-aid kit can be a great help. Preparations for constipation, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting help if the body has to battle with unfamiliar food and changed hygienic conditions. Medication which replaces lost fluids is also a good choice in case of diarrhoea.

COLD SYMPTOMS

Many people know this phenomenon: When you finally have time to relax and no longer have to “function”, delayed illnesses suddenly come on. Another classic: Colds as a consequence of the temperature differences between the icy air conditioning and the hot outside temperature. In all these cases, it is worthwhile to have analgesic and cold-relieving medication to hand. A good combined preparation can fight multiple unpleasant symptoms.

INSECT AND SUN PROTECTION

Prevention is always better than after-care: Therefore, you should always have protection against insect bites, sun cream and disinfectant (in liquid form in your handbag or as disposable wipes). The quality of the water often causes problems in exotic regions. We recommend that you pack a water disinfection agent.
 

TIP FOR A HEALTHY HOLIDAY
Fill your first-aid kit directly at Vienna Airport. The airport pharmacy in Terminal 1 can help you with advice and putting together your entire personal first-aid kit, optimally adapted for your holiday destination.