OUR travel-light guide on what to pack for those minor emergencies.
First aid kit
Boots Pharmaceuticals’ handysized Travel First Aid Kit (£11.99) has all you need for dealing with the most common injuries including blisters, cuts and sprains.
Includes a guide providing advice on dealing with everything from minor injuries to more life-threatening conditions. Some useful extras for families such as tweezers (for removing stings or splinters) and eye wash.
To reduce inflammation and relieve pain for a host of minor ailments. Try Care Ibuprofen 200mg tablets (£0.99 for 16 tablets) which are suitable for over-12s. For younger children, sachets of Nurofen For Children Singles (£4.19 for 16) or Calpol (£4.99 for 20) are convenient for travelling and take up little space in your luggage.
Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream (£2.37 for a 60g tub) has a mild anaesthetic to soothe the pain and irritation of grazes, sunburn, bites, stings and nappy rash. The water-repellent base forms a protective barrier over skin.
Insect repellent spray
Boots Repel Tropical Strength Insect Repellent Spray (£7.29 for 125ml) contains 50 per cent Deet, giving effective protection against mosquitoes and midges. Suitable for tropical areas with a higher risk of malaria and insecttransmitted diseases. Boots also sells a range of repellents suitable for children or to use while pregnant.
Bite and sting cream
Anthisan Bite & Sting Cream (£3.66 for a 20g tube) contains the active ingredient mepyramine maleate, a topical antihistamine which blocks receptor sites in nerve endings, helping to reduce pain, swelling and skin irritation from insect stings, bites and nettle stings. Suitable from age two upwards.
Enterosgel is mixed with water (£19.70 for 10 sachets from Lloyds Pharmacies) and passes gently through the gut absorbing bacterial pathogens, allergens, viruses and toxins and helping towards removing them along with other body waste. Great for treating stomach upsets and diarrhoea. Suitable for children and adults.