You fall ill or get injured while traveling: What do you do? There are travelers who frantically rifle through a first-aid kit that resembles a giant black hole - brimming with a mass of creams, salves, pills and bandages. Sure, it may be well stocked, but do you even know what's in it, especially since you didn't stock it yourself? Can you find what you need quickly? And how many of these kits cater to women's health or dental issues, or the less common ills, such as a jellyfish sting? Then there's the other type of traveler, the one that takes a minimalist approach, toting around no more than a bottle of ibuprofen. What would you do if you're a woman traveling in rural China and develop vaginitis in the middle of the night? Or you're cross-country skiing in Lapland, hit a tree and knock out a tooth?

Doc-in-a-Bag allows you to organize your first-aid supplies in a unique manner: by symptom and body system:

• bites, stings and rashes
• cuts and bruises
• tummy troubles
• eye, ear, nose, mouth
• women's issues

kids health

Doc-in-a-Bag consists of five individual, zipped, clear vinyl pouches (measuring 7" by 8") that display humorous, colorful icons (as seen in this press release), making it easy to know what should be in that pouch to treat your illness or injury.

And to take the thinking out of packing your kit, each pouch comes with a laminated list of recommended items, whether it's antihistamine eye drops for allergies, drying drops for swimmer's ear, MiraLax packets for constipation, or Imodium for the opposite intestinal problem.

The set of five (including the pouch for women) sells on-line for $14.99; the set of four (for men) is $11.99. 

Kids Doc-in-a-Bag

One zippered, transparent vinyl bag to organize your kid's first-aid supplies when your family travels. The bag is emblazoned with a cute but sick and injured teddy bear. The kit comes with a very complete laminated list with everything you need to pack to take care of everything from skin rashes to cuts and scrapes. It also includes one or two discount coupons on relevant products. Think of it as an sophisticated stuff sac for your kids first-aid supplies. And, should you also purchase the adult Doc-in-a-Bag with its five pouches, it's very easy to distinguish those from your kid's bag that has the cute, little bear.

Kids Doc-in-a-Bag sells singly for $3.99.

Jeanine Barone is a travel, medical and health writer (as well as a nutritionist and exercise physiologist) who has visited 60-some countries and has had to deal with everything from contracting Giardia in Morocco to suffering a sprained ankle while hiking the Japanese Alps. Whether she's backcountry skiing Colorado's Tenth Mountain Division trail, bicycling from Seattle to San Diego, or hiking Spain's Camino de Santiago, Jeanine has long carried her first-aid supplies (many of the same ones she recommends in Doc-in-a-Bag) in five individual pouches based on symptom and body system. She is noted for her savvy packing, and expert tips for staying healthy, safe and secure when traveling. Jeanine's travel articles appear in dozens of magazines and newspapers, from National Geographic Traveler to the Boston Globe. In her recently published travel tips e-book, “The Travel Authority: Essential Tips for Hassle-Free Travel,” she shares more than 200 secrets to help avoid all manner of unpleasant travel experiences. 

Jeanine Barone
Tel: 212-229-8363


Jan Polatschek said...

I was traveling in Ethiopia. I developed a sore inside my mouth.(from dirt?) A pharmacist recommended a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide. I dabbed it on and in a few days the sore disappeared. Maybe this liquid is good for other ailments?

Vera Marie said...

Jeanine: One of the things we never leave home without is Golden Seal Root capsules. We break them open and sprinkle the powder on cuts or abrasions of any kind, or dissolve in water and use as a mouthwash if there are sores in the mouth. A physician originally recommended Golden Seal to us and we have used it every since. It is both antiseptic and healing.