14 days to go! WOW- didn't that week just fly by! Are you ready to start burning rubber yet? Today, we're talking about what to do if you actually do come across rubber burning (aka an accident) and what the European First Aid Kit requirements are.
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Why are there European First Aid Kit requirements?
Across Europe, many countries uphold the ‘Good Samaritan Law', which makes it mandatory for you to stop and help someone in the event of an accident. This is a REALLY touchy subject, especially in these fun days of excessive litigation, but as the law stands right now, especially in France, you can be prosecuted for NOT stopping to help. Apparently, according to Motoring in Europe, the current fine for NOT helping could extend to 5 YEARS imprisonment and 50,000€!!!!
So let's just agree that you need to take a first aid kit, which primarily (hopefully!) will be in the event of someone else's accident.
What is the essential kit to cover the European First Aid requirements?
Here's where it gets really fun- there is NO exact requirements on what you need to carry. You just need to carry a first aid kit which complies with EU regulations. Having said that, most of the European approved first aid kits have near enough the same contents. The contents are regulated by an EU number called DIN13164- make sure your kit complies to this. For motorcyclists, the kit is DIN13167- I have no idea what the difference is- both kits seem to contain very similar things.
What kit do I need to carry in my first aid kit?
This is the list from the AA First Aid Kit, which is DIN13164 compliant. As I said previously, all other varieties are very similar. If you're making up your own kit, this is what they have included:
- 6 x wound dressings (10cm x 10cm)
- 2 x triangular badges (136cm x 96cm x 96 cm)
- 2 x first aid dressings (40cm x 60cm)
- 1 x first aid dressing (60cm x 80cm)
- 3 x first aid compress (8cm x 10cm)
- 2 x bandages (4m x 6cm)
- 3 x bandages (4m x 8cm)
- 1 x emergency blanket (160cm x 210cm)
- 8 x adhesive plasters (10cm x 6cm)
- 1 x pair of scissors
- 1 x adhesive tape (5m x 2.5cm)
A couple of days ago, I included some links to Amazon where you can buy your hi-vis jackets, GB stickers, warning triangle and first-aid kit all as one package. Here's the link to that post if you need it:
If you don't want or need to do that, here are some first-aid kits which comply with EU regulations and come in a handy box to keep everything neatly together.
Other things which we include in our Motorhome medical kit:
- antiseptic (we have individual wipes and a tube of Savlon)
- painkillers (nurofen & paracetamol)
- wound-cleaning gauze
- plasters of various sizes
- Spray plaster
- nail clippers
- thermometer (if you have kids- we haven't used ours for years!)
- Child-friendly medicines, like Calpol
- Bonjela for mouth ulcers
- antihistamines/ hayfever tablets
- Suntan lotion (include different strengths as required)
- Aftersun treatment
- Voltarol or similar for pain relief
- Deep heat spray (miracle worker!)
- insect repellent- if you find one which works, please let me know!!
- insect bite treatment – ditto above!
- Safety pins
- Eye-wash kit
- Anti-blister kits or stuff to put in shoes which are rubbing- so useful if you're doing a lot of hiking
- medication for pre-existing medical conditions
- Cough medicine
- Antiseptic throat spray
- Throat Lozenges
- SPARE GLASSES- especially if you need them for driving
No, not all of these need to be stored in your first-aid kit pack, but make sure they're stored securely so they don't rattle around. We use little tubs like these which fit perfectly in the lockers in the motorhome and don't move around.
Check your medication
Now is also the perfect time to check you have enough medication for your trip. If you don't, you still have time to contact your doctor and get it re-ordered. If you take large amounts of medication overseas, make sure you have a letter explaining what it is and why you need it.
- create/ buy your European First Aid kit.
- Add other items as required
- Ensure you have enough medicine for the duration of your trip
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