Costa Rica Travel Preparing like a Boy Scout


When traveling in Costa Rica you should have the basics with you in case of sudden unexpected ailments. Find out what you should bring along.

Be Prepared! Almost everyone will need to use a first aid kit at some time. Take the time to prepare a kit to have available for home and travel. First aid kits may be basic or comprehensive. What you need depends on your medical training and how far you are from professional medical help. Ready-made first aid kits are commercially available from chain stores or outdoor retailers. But you can make a simple and inexpensive first aid kit yourself. The point of this kit is to provide basic medical supplies to treat common ailments, either stabilizing before seeking more advanced care or managing the problem yourself. Hopefully, you’ll never have to open this kit after you make it!

Anyone on a Costa Rica vacation should have ready access to a minimum first aid kit containing the items mentioned in the video. Most of these items are probably in your medicine cabinet, and you don’t need a fancy multi-pocket nylon case. One of the best ways to carry your kit is in a double layer of one quart size zip-lock freezer bags. They are waterproof (preventing leaks in and out), transparent (you can see what you’re looking for), tough (get the freezer bags, they’re stronger), and disposable (if you do have a leak you can toss the bag and replace it). Make the kit compact, and light weight, and carry it everywhere (don’t forget to remove the sharp & pointy items and put them in your checked baggage when you fly)

Most craft stores have small resalable baggies used for carrying beads. These make excellent containers for individual medicines, not taken on a regular basis. The baggies are large enough to hold only a few days of medication, and can be written on with a sharpie. The point is only to deal with emergencies, not manage a problem that may require assistance.

The majority of traveler’s health problems, in larger cities or urban areas, consist of influenza like symptoms, diarrhea and fevers. I like to call them “nuisance illnesses”; just enough of problem to slow down a great trip but not requiring help. Bug bites, nausea, sun burn, diarrhea and the sniffles top the list.

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