I am one of those guys that wants to be prepared for like, everything. This is why I have always some essential „First Aid“-things with me when I go on a trip. You‘re anything like me? Well, here is my list for my First-Aid-Kit!
Iberogast is a natural antinauseant, made of 9 herbs. It tastes really bitter, but it helps really good! The ingredients are candytuft (Iberis Amara, this is where the name comes from), angelica root, milk thistle fruit, celandine herb, caraway fruit, licorice root, peppermint herb, balm leaf and chamomile flower. It is originally from Germany, but it is available in other countries, too. And it‘s without prescription! I always have that in reach when I travel by bus. You never know what the driver is like 🙈🤷🏼♀️
Aspirin plus C
I react to painkillers close to „not at all“, but this is my cure for bad headaches, hangovers and colds. I carry at least 2 of those in my First-Aid-Kit, as they take away, like, no space.
Again, something against nausea. When I went to London in January, I managed to get myself food poisoned just 4 days before. As I had A LOT of food plans there, I needed something to settle my stomach. Riopan did that (most times). For me a little downside: it tastes like marzipan, and I really hate that stuff. But most people like it, so I might be with the minority on disliking the taste…
I always carry some with me. I like to have the elastic-type by Hansaplast, I experienced they work best for me and my uses. When I have my normal First-Aid-Kit, I always have two types with me: the pre-cut ones and the ones you have to cut yourself. There might be a wound that is a little larger than the pre-cut ones or on your fingertip etc., so I like to be prepared on that as well 🤓 (Don‘t forget mini scissors when you take uncut ones with you!)
Betaisodona is iodine. It is used to disinfect open wounds. By now I use it for nearly every wound I have, as I made the experience that they heal much quicker then. So it is definitely a must for me!
When I get a cold, the first thing I lose is my voice. And I mean, totally. No sound. Mucoangin are cough tablets which have a numbing effect. They work really great for me, I have my voice back in a few hours to a day. I always get the ones with wild berry flavor, so they don‘t even really taste like medicine 😊
Herpes Creme & Herpes Patches
It is really annoying, but I always get herpes on my lower lip when I am really stressed out (and biting my lip…), when I was really grossed out by something or when I get too much sun, like when I am snowboarding (reflecting snow does not help me here…). So I always have a Creme and Patches with me, to get rid of it really soon. I am currently using Aciclovir by Ratiopharm and patches by a German drugstore (DM). Both work really great for me.
Nux Vomica is a homeopathic remedy against nausea (after heavy drinking or eating) or when you threw up. I use D6 as potency. It is super easy to use: In the first 1-2 hours, you‘ll take 5 globules every 15 minutes, then only 3 times per day 5 globules. So, for example when you start using it in the morning around 8, you take 5 globules every 15 minutes until 10, then 5 around 12 or so and 5 around 6 pm.
As I wear glasses the most times, I don‘t have this problem as often anymore: conjunctivitis. When I wore/wear contact lenses and I get too much air condition in my face (for example in the car), my eyes show that really quick. They turn red, start to itch, and are watering a lot. Euphrasia is also a homeopathic remedy, I use it – just as Nux Vomica – as D6 potency. The intake is the same 😊
I don‘t have these with me as often as I had when I still wore contact lenses a lot. But when I am snowboarding, I always have one or two of the ones for single use with me.
Prospan is a natural remedy against a cough. No alcohol involved here (or at least, near to zero), so you won‘t feel wasted. I always buy the one for children, it is thick and sweet and helps me in just one day SO much. I always start to use it when I feel that I really need to cough but can‘t do it already, so that it‘s loosening.
This is definitely one of the things in my First-Aid-Kit that I don‘t bring on every trip. But as I have knee problems, I always have a roll with me when I know that I will walk a lot or do a lot of exercise (or snowboard.). I can definitely recommend trying taping, it really helps me when my knees are getting worse. There are some great videos on YouTube that teach you different techniques, too!👩🏼⚕️
Again, I don‘t carry these ones always, but you never know when you‘re walking around a lot. Even the most comfortable shoes can hurt when your sock is just working against you (yes, I have been there 🙄). So: city trips or a lot of exercise, always blistering plasters with me.
Against mosquito bites I use Azaron. Of course, this is mostly relevant in summer or tropic areas. But then, I always have it with me, as mosquitos like me wayyy too much…🙄
This post is NOT sponsored in any way, these are all recommendations of products that I am using. Some are always with me, some are not – but this also depends on the kind of adventure I am on 😊 These are the German versions of the remedies I use, but I am sure, the most of them are available in your country, too. I try not to take too many chemicals when I don‘t have to, so on my list is often a natural remedy. And remember: this is only what works for me, there is no guarantee that it will work for you, too. And if your symptoms last longer than a week and you just don‘t feel better at all, you really should go and see a doctor! 🤒
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