first aid whilst travelling

There are many things I wish I'd known before I started travelling (for example, how much of a sh*tty impact Brits have had on the planet and other cultures in the past/now). But perhaps first aid should have been top of my list, after all, safety should come first, right? Ever one to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted (cause like, free horses and f*ck stables) here I am now, telling you all the medical accidents that happened to me on the road and what I wish I'd known back then. I hope you find it useful!

What to Do If Someone Faints (Whilst Travelling)

travel first aid

The year was 2016, my ex (Tanbay) and I were on a Jungle Safari, Crystal Pool and Hot Spring Tour in Krabi, Thailand. We visited a temple and had to walk up like a billion steps, but because it was a temple we covered our shoulders (#respect). We got about half way up and Tanbay looked really ill and then fainted. Luckily a dentist was there (#random) and he told us what to do if someone is feeling faint:

1. Lie down 
2. Put your legs up 

Apparently you can't faint like that. In general when trying to avoid fainting in the first place though - stay hydrated and keep the clothes to a minimum - in our case we should have brought a light shawl for our shoulders not a heavy towel. 

What to Do if You Cut Your Finger (Whilst Travelling)

I cut my finger a fair few times whilst cooking on my travels. I freaked out each time and had no idea what to do, but for some reason I never learnt what to do. One time the cut was so bad I went to A & E and got stitches. But I still didn't learn. It wasn't until I moved to Hungary and found Hungarian bf (Tamás) who finally taught me what to do with finger cuts:

1. Clean the wound 
2. Cover the wound 
3. Apply pressure
4. Elevate the finger

What to Do If You Get Traveller's Diarrhoea

Traveller's diarrhoea is kinda inevitable if you have a weak lil European (or USamerican) stomach. So inevitable that I even recommend that you set aside some money for a nice hotel you can go and die in for a few days when it happens. Other than wait for it to stop here are some other tips you can do:
1. Drink water
2. Eat BRAT (bananas, rice, apples, toast)

Take a First Aid Course

It's probably clear by now that I still don't know that much about first aid. So for you and myself I recommend taking a First Aid Course it might just be the perfect time to do it at the moment, during lockdown, so we can be first aid ready for travel later!

Wrap Up & Don't Forget About Your Travel Insurance!

Last but not least, first aid knowledge is important, but it can only go so far, and the longer you travel the more inevitable it is that you will need to go to the doctor or the hospital and for that you need travel insurance. I recommend SafetyWing and here is my review of them: safety wing review. It’s also important to make sure to get a Covid test before you fly internationally if your destination requires it. A PCR Covid test for Travel in San Diego can help you get the documentation you need and avoid travel disruptions.

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Travelling through the kyriarchy and weaselling our way out of the rat race - a female travel blogger writing about socially and politically conscious travelling.


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