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Should we add a "common sense" disclaimer that we're not qualified to give medical advice? -- Nils 06:53, 23 Jul 2004 (EDT)

I think so.

AndyCunningham 17:57, 19 Jul 2005 (EDT)

Format of Entries[edit]

I've tried to standardise on:

  • What it is: Generic Name (Common Brand Name) as the format.

AndyCunningham 17:57, 19 Jul 2005 (EDT)


I disagree with most of the medications listed in this kit. In many countries you need a prescription to posess some of these drugs, especially antibiotics and antiinflamatories. Drugs should not be taken without medical advice anyway.

Besides, when I did some first aid training, I was taught to improvise. A first aid kit can consist of Fingers to stop bleeding, Hankerchief or Rag for dressings or mask, Belt for a number of uses, a good pair of lungs, Common sense and anything else you can get your hands on that can help at the time. Does anyone have any other suggestions as to what should or should not be in a first aid kit for travellers? -- Huttite 20:50, 26 Mar 2005 (EST)

I agree with your statement about the medications listed. It`s probably OK to list anti-inflammatory or anti-diarrhea medication as they are really worth to be part of a first-aid kit, but antiobiotics should be prescribed by a doctor as they may cause allergy or induce resistance. As a matter of this I changed the listing a little bit and put the (in my opinion)critical parts to a section at the end. And instead of Vitamin C try some oranges! -- Tniehoff 23:06, 26 Mar 2005 (EST)
I think I both agree and disagree. Some stuff is worth listing and should be taken, other stuff is only worth it if you're going to be somewhere where medical help is not easily available. I've tried to split the list out a little based on this.
  • Sunscreen probably needs a section all of it's own.
  • We can probably add lots more links to Wikipedia to explain more about many of these things.
  • I'm not getting into an edit war about the spelling of diahorrea. I can't spell it anyways, so correct it however you like.

Stuff moved from the main page[edit]

Either because I don't know what they are, or don't think they're worth the effort of carrying.

  • Burns, sunburns : Biafine
  • Anti-inflammatory cream (bites, stings) : Parfenac
  • Cream against blows, twists, crowdings : Arnican
  • Pansements
  • Thermometer
  • Preventive treatment for intestinal problems : Carboyeast
  • Vitamin C
  • Alcohol, mercurochrome : Pharmadose (impregnated compresses)
  • Mouth and throat conditions : Lysopaïne (tablets)

Medications: some of these may only be available with a prescription from a doctor and may cause harm if used in an inappropriate way!

  • Analgesic - antipyretic : Paracetamol (Doliprane ou Efferalgan)
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic : Penglobe
  • Ophtalmic antibiotic : Ster-Dex (unidoses)
  • Aphtes, inflammations of mouth or gums : Borostyrol
  • Antihistaminic, antiallergic : Polaramine ou Hypostamine
  • Intestinal antiseptic : Ercéfuryl ou Intétrix
  • Non-infectious eye irritations : Cétylyre ou Sophtal (unidoses)