One of the more scary aspects of going out on the road and exploring is leaving behind your comfort zone. We have all come to understand how to get our basic medical needs met in our home countries. The more different the place you are exploring from your native lands, the more overwhelming it can be if a medical need arises. In many remote places, you will be the medical provider for your family. Realize that the more remote people are, the more open they are to you asking for help. It is ingrained in their culture to reach out to one another for support, supplies and information as that may be all that’s available. Also understand that what is considered an “emergency” in developed countries is often not life threatening and will run it’s course or allow you time to get to a bigger population center for help. That being said, you should have a basic medical kit and some basic medical knowledge to help care for your family if traveling remotely. Consider taking an advanced first aid class before you leave, just as good general knowledge about the human body, but also to be prepared for disasters.
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