Travel First Aid Kit Checklist

A first aid kit checklist will help you to be prepared for anything on your next adventure. Having a well stocked first aid kit can help you stay happy and healthy and avoid unnecessary doctor’s fees. 

You will pack different items in your first aid kit depending on your travel plans. If you are heading off the beaten track where medical supplies are unavailable, you will need to pack more than if you are headed somewhere with easily accessible pharmacies or drug stores. You will obviously need to consider taking additional Band-Aids and bandages if you are off on a hiking adventure! 

We have used this list of first aid kit supplies in our many adventures overseas and around Australia. What we took was quite different when we flashpacked through Europe to when we hiked in the Himalayas or when we camped in Africa. 

The following first aid packing list will help you to stay fit and healthy and get the most from your holiday. 

General Travellers First Aid Kit Content

These are items that most travellers will take on any vacation. This could be on your summer holiday to Hawaii or you weekend getaway to Paris.

  • Prescribed Medications
  • Paracetamol / Aspirin
  • Anti-histamines / Hay-fever medication
  • Cold and Flu medication
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Band-Aids or sticking plasters - various sizes
  • Sunscreen / sun block
  • Alcohol Gel


Don’t forget to take your prescription medication with you. Make sure you have enough medication to last the length of your trip or have extra scripts for a longer trip. Some countries require you to take a list of medications from your doctor when you pass through customs. 

Adventure First Aid Kit Contents

When travelling overseas to a destination where medical supplies are not easily available, it is important to pack extra items off your first aid kit checklist. Also, if your destination has different food and water standards, think about packing these extra items. 

  • Electrolytes to avoid dehydration from an upset stomach
  • Anti-diarrhoea medication (such as Gastrostop)
  • Stomach settling medication / antacid tablets (such as Buscopan or Mylanta)
  • Anti-vomit medication
  • Stronger pain medication (something with codeine)
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic
  • Anti-malarial medication
  • Bandages - light elastic bandage and crepe bandage
  • Sterile gauze / wound dressings
  • Saline solution
  • Alcohol wipes / pads
  • Sports strapping tape
  • Triangular bandage - to make an arm sling
  • Safety Pins
  • Insect repellent / Mosquito repellent
  • Disposable gloves


Check to see if you need to take anti-malarial medication. You will need to ask your doctor if you are traveling to an area with Malaria. There are differing medications that you take once a day, or once a week.

Sporty / Adventure Travel 

If you are planning a very active holiday, these extra items on your first aid kit checklist will keep you walking 'pain-free' for days on end. Make sure your footwear is also worn in before you go. 

Your travel health is very important to your enjoyment of your vacation. Having the right contents from our travel first aid kit checklist will definitely help out if anything turns sour

Our travel packing lists and packing checklists will make sure you do not forget anything essential. Once you know what to take, our advice on packing your luggage will make sure you fit more in.

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