Currently volunteering with 12 community projects in 12 countries over the course of 12 months, The Global Citizen Project’s Charyn Pfeuffer explains how to pack a first aid kit when traveling and volunteering long term.

Photo by Robert Thomson.

From Charyn

People frequently ask me what I pack in my travel first aid kit. I tweak the contents of my kit depending upon the destination, availability of pharmaceutical supplies and foreseeable medical services.

Believe it or not, everything on this list fits into a fairly small zipped container, with the exception of prescription drugs, which I always put in my carry on luggage – just in case.

Since most of my volunteer projects for The Global Citizen Project are in impoverished places, I plan to take this locked and loaded version of my travel first aid kit to all the destinations.

Once there, I can pick and choose what I may need on a daily basis and stash a short list of items in my day pack (in a Ziplock bag to play it weather safe). So far, I haven’t run into a situation where I’ve needed something not on this grandmaster list.

Since I’m always eager to improve my Girl Scout-like packing and travel skills, please share any can’t-live-without first aid items I should add to my kit.

* Ace bandage

* American Red Cross Adult CPR with First Aid card

* Antifungal cream

* Aspirin

* Bandaids (various sizes)

* Benadryl (pill and cream form)

* Cloth tape

* Condoms (if sexually active)

* EpiPen

* First aid antiseptic

* Gauze All Purpose Dressings (4” x 4”)

* Hand sanitizer

* Ibuprofin

* Insect repellent (EcoSMART when malaria/dengue fever isn’t an issue; Ben’s Deet when it is)

* International Certificate of Vaccination (a.k.a. the “Yellow Card”)

* Latex gloves

* Lighter

* One size fits all cough/cold medicine

* Pearls Probiotics

* Prescriptions (Cipro for diarrhea, Ambien for insomnia, Doxycycline as a malaria preventative, altitude meds when necessary)

* Scissors

* Sunscreen (since I’m on Doxycycline for the year and sun sensitivity is a side effect, I pack SPF 50 and above)

* SteriPEN

* Superglue

* Syringes (various sizes, prescribed by travel doctor)

* Temparin One Step Lost Filling Repair

* Tweezers

* World Nomads travel insurance

Community Connection

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My first aid travel kit consists of a couple band aids, and maybe mosquito repellent if I remember. What’s in your first aid kit when you travel? Tell us below.

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