The Right First Aid Kit for your Holiday and Surf-Trip to Bali
You should always bring a first aid kit when you travel abroad. The specific contents of the health kit are based on destination, duration of travel, type of travel, and the traveler’s pre-existing medical conditions. If your destination is to Bali, this article might help you to assemble your own health kit.
The purpose of a Travel First Aid Kit is twofold: to allow the traveler to take care of minor health problems as they occur and to treat exacerbations of pre-existing medical conditions.
- At most major tourist spots, especially around Denpasar, Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua, qualified medical centres are available. For minor injuries which need suturing, they have sterile suture sets. The practice of re-used syringes is not a standard anymore. Disposable syringes are always available.
- You do not need to bring your own suture set or your own sterile syringes.
- At most major tourist spots, chemists are available.
- You can keep your OTC medical supplies to a minimum amount. However, if you have a specific preference of a branded medicine, you might consider bringing enough supply for your travel, because it might not be exactly the same brand as in your country.
- Bali is a tropical island, expect the hot sunlight.
- Sun protection is a necessity. Sunscreen formulas are available in local chemists or markets.
- Mosquitoes are everywhere. Dengue fever is an endemic disease transmitted by mosquitoes, but don’t worry about malaria. No cases of malaria are reported in Bali.
- Use mosquito repellent. Also available in local chemists and markets.
- You don’t need malaria prophylaxis for your travel to Bali.
- Indonesia has a strict law for certain drugs.
- Bring a certificate or statement from your doctor for your regular medicines. Bring the prescription and better to leave it in its original container.
- The most common health problems that end up in BIMC are diarrhea, fever, ear aches and injuries.
Your Bali First Aid Kit
The first aid kit to take with you should contain:
- Your prescription medicines in the containers they came in.
- Antibiotic ointment, adhesive bandages, and hydrocortisone cream for cuts and scrapes.
- Medicines for common problems. You should have supply for at least 1-2 days. If you still have the problem after your supply is out, you can get it from a near chemist or see a doctor.
- Diarrhea and upset stomach.
- Coughs and colds.
- Pain and fever.
- Medicine for motion sickness.
- Tools like scissors, tweezers, nail clippers, or a pocket knife. A mirror also may be helpful. But consider keeping them in a separate bag for your flight. Most airlines won’t allow sharp object in cabin baggage.
- Carry an extra day or two supplies of your regular medications.
- For prescription drugs, notify your pharmacist at least four days ahead of your travel plan so he or she can make appropriate arrangements for your unusual drug purchase.
- Carry all prescription medicines in their original, labeled containers. If you ask ahead, your pharmacist can provide smaller bottles with the appropriate labels so you don’t have to stow large containers in your carry-on luggage.
- Bring a copy of your prescriptions.
- Don’t forget to consult your doctor for your travel plans.
BIMC First Aid Kit
This is an example of a kit you might find helpful.
[note: Pls insert firstaidkit3.jpg] This kit includes:
- Sterile saline water
- Sterile gauze
- Adhesive tape and band-aid
- Cotton bud
- Scissor and tweezers
- Alcohol swab
- Triangular arm sling
- Paracetamol (acetaminophen)
- Motion sickness medicine
- Anti-inflammatory gel
By: BIMC Hospital
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