“Play is more than just fun.”
Dr. Stuart Brown
In Dr. Brown's TED Talk, which you can view at the end of this post, he makes an interesting historical observation. He suggests that adults five centuries ago played more than we do today.
I certainly understand the truth of this observation. Fortunately, through travel, I find opportunities to break this pattern and play.
Unhindered by the demands of daily life, presented with opportunities to try new activities, travel encourages me to stretch the boundaries of my life – especially the physical ones.
My Travel First Aid Kit
The mud of Wilhelmshaven is deep and thick and could have tripped me up – though it didn't.
The doors of the hutong in Beijing have an ancient kind of beauty and while there was no apparent danger in taking a photograph, I tripped over a short post resulting in serious injuries as you can see in the photo below.
Yes, city or country, accidents can happen and it's best to have the travel first aid kit to deal with them – but nothing too heavy so that my carry-on only packing strategy is not compromised. Here's what I carry:
- Hand sanitizer in travel-sized bottles.
- Face masks.
- Basic Band-Aids or more colorful bandages, if you prefer. They're essential.
- NEOSPORIN® NEO TO GO!® First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Spray is a compact antibiotic spray. It's perfect for travel.
- For blisters, I carry Dr. Frederick's blister plasters.
- Acetaminophen. I don't take Ibuprofen as I only have one kidney and it is harder on kidneys than Tylenol. Whichever you prefer will do.
- BENADRYL® Itch Relief Spray for insect bites. I used to use calamine lotion but it makes such a mess and stains everything. This spray is far easier to use and just as, if not more, effective.
- DEET-free Insect Repellent from Repel.
- Instant Cold Packs.
- Any medications recommended by my travel clinic.
For more information you might also want to check out:
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Pack Smart page.
- The Canadian government's Travel Health Kit.
- Johnson & Johnson's HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® website for more product information and how to incorporate more play into your life.
And now, Dr. Brown's TED Talk.