Snow-capped hills, blue skies, sunshine: in winter, it attracts many holidaymakers to the mountains. However, so that you can enjoy your winter holiday in peace and quiet, a good preparation is indispensable. Particularly important is a first aid kit, so you can treat minor or major complaints quickly on the spot. But what does everything belong in the travel pharmacy for the ski vacation? Find out here: With our first-aid kit for the winter, you can relax on the slopes.
The first-aid kit for the winter - what has to be done?
If you already own a first-aid kit, you should first of all check the expiration date of the existing medications. You should always keep in mind that for ointments, drops and sprays, the expiration date refers only to unopened products.
Then you can start packing the new first aid kit. In general, the first-aid kit only includes medicines that you know and that are well tolerated. A holiday is not a good opportunity to experiment with new medicines.
First, you should make sure that the medicines you need to take on a daily basis are in sufficient quantities. If you need to take certain medications daily at a certain time, you should consider whether this is compatible with your plans for your vacation. If this is not the case, you should consult with the responsible physician.
If you are more likely to experience certain conditions, such as cold sores or stomach aches, make sure that your first aid kit contains enough of these medicines. So you can save yourself the trip to the pharmacy on site.
First-aid kit: First aid for colds & Co.
Not only at home, but also on vacation you can get caught by a cold, a flu or a persistent cough. That's why certain basic ingredients should be part of every first aid kit. These include:
- Nose drops or nasal spray
- Cold ointment and cold bath
- Cough syrup, cough drops and cough remedy
- throat Tablets
- Vitamin tablets, calcium and magnesium tablets
- Medicines for stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation and nausea
Who travels with (small) children, should not forget special medicines for the children. These include, for example, suppositories for fever or pain and ear drops.
Dressing material for wounds and bruises
If you're on the slopes as a skier or snowboarder, something can happen at any time: you fall down quickly and have a sprain, a bruise or an open wound.
That's why patches (in different sizes!) And bandages are essential in the first-aid kit for the ski holiday, to be able to supply open wounds accordingly. To connect you should take gauze bandages, sterile wound compresses, tape and a small pair of scissors in the first-aid kit. You should also have an ointment or solution to disinfect the wound.
To treat blunt injuries such as bruises, your first aid kit should contain a heparin ointment. This ensures that the bruise abates faster. For the treatment of sprains a tape bandage is recommended with which the corresponding joint can be stabilized.
Finally, the first-aid kit should also contain special blister plaster for the winter. Because who is on the slopes all day, gets a bubble quickly. With a blister patch in the following days unpleasant chafing in the shoe can be prevented.
First Aid Kit: Sunscreen must with!
When it comes to the mountains, sunscreen is especially important. Because of the altitude, the UV radiation in the mountains is particularly intense. In addition, since the snow reflects the sun, it is much faster to a sunburn than in the lowlands.
Therefore, a sunscreen with a sufficiently high SPF (at least SPF 20) in the first aid kit for the winter may not be missing. For particularly sensitive areas such as lips, ears or nose, an even higher sun protection factor can be selected.
When choosing the sunscreen you should make sure that it has a high fat content. Because fat-containing sun creams protect the skin not only from the sun, but also from drying out by the cold. Especially practical are small sunscreen tubes, which you can always carry with you when skiing.
In addition to sunscreen, it is also recommended to get a cold protection. This can protect sensitive parts of the body such as the nose, ears or cheeks. The cold cream lays on the skin like a water-impermeable veil and protects it from drying out.