At a glance: Packing health care for summer trips

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Posted: Jun 13, 2012 12:04 PM
At a glance: Packing health care for summer trips

Vacationers need to remember more than their bathing suits and flip-flops when packing for their summer trip.

The American College of Emergency Physicians offers several suggestions to help any traveler build a first aid kit for an upcoming vacation or road trip. Here are some of the highlights:

_ antacid tablets

_ antibiotic ointment

_ antiseptic wipes: To clean hands, wounds or equipment, such as a thermometer

_ aspirin: Have at least two tablets available at all times in case someone has a heart attack

_ bandages to cover minor cuts and scrapes

_ cold pack to reduce swelling from an injury

_ first-aid manual

_ personal medications: Bring enough for your trip and at least two or three extra days

_ thermometer, with carrying case

_ tweezers: To remove splinters, bee stingers or ticks from the skin

_ sunscreen