What to pack . . .

August 13, 1991

Your basic first-aid kit should contain:

* Analgesics such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve headaches, muscle aches and joint pain.

* Antacids and anti-diarrhea medicines.

* Anti-fungal lotions or powders to relieve heat rash, athlete's foot, jock itch and other fungal infections.

* Antihistamines to relieve sneezing, running nose, watery eyes and itching.

* Adhesive bandages, tape and small scissors for cuts and scrapes.

* Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to relieve itching.

* Hydrogen peroxide and sterile cotton to clean wounds.

* Insect repellent.

* Sunscreen.

* Tweezers and petroleum jelly to remove splinters, insect stingers and ticks. Ticks first should be smothered with petroleum jelly to loosen their grip.

* Pack more prescription medicine than you think you will need in lTC case your return is delayed. Carry a list of all medications and copies of prescriptions for emergency refills.

* If your medication must be kept cool, use an ice pack. If it must be taken with food or a lot of water, keep a snack and bottled water handy. Never store medicine in the glove compartment or trunk of a car exposed to the sun or in a beach bag exposed to high intensity rays.

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