Cruise Tips and Tricks 24: Bring your own personalised first-aid kit

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In episode 24 I discuss why you should bring along your own personalised first-aid kit.




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Bring your own personalised first-aid kit

Take a personal first-aid kit to deal with everyday medical issues while cruising.

The on-board medical center is expensive and the ship’s stores only open when you are at sea. They usually cannot sell over-the-counter medicines you can buy in your local chemist or drugstore. It may be hard to find or communicate with a pharmacist in the ports of call. So be ready to self treat small medical-related issues yourself.

Things you should include are your favourite remedies for common ailments like seasickness, headaches and diarrhoea. Add in items for issues you are prone to suffering from like mouth ulcers or hay fever. Also bring treatments and preventions for problems you think you may encounter in the region you are cruising to like insects, mosquitos and sunburn. Finally, include a pack of various sized Band-Aid plasters, antiseptic cream and bandages. These have proven valuable to me in the past, for example, when I have stubbed my toe and needed to strap it up.

Check your bathroom before heading off on a cruise and stock up on all the first aid items you and your family regularly use.

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Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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2 Responses

  1. me says:

    Waste of 60 seconds!!!!
    Why wouldn’t you create a List of things from the Chemist to Take on a cruise.
    Belly bug, Sea sickness, cold/flue, toothache, sunburn etc.

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