We are USA citizens often sitting in the UK where my wife is from. When we fly (often) for a sit, we generally pack a couple of bandaids and antiseptic cream, and hope for the best.
On our last two sits where we used only carry on luggage (LHR nightmare) I fell into barbed wire when our dog bolted on me, and my wife tripped and had rubbed her hands raw and needed many bandages. Thankfully it was for the same homeowners and for the second incident they had a complete first aid kit available for us. We laughed when we first saw it but were very thankful when it happened.
On my trip I was walking to the ER when I saw the next door neighbor (a nurse) coming home. She patched me up.
It would be REALLY beneficial if HOs had a first aid kit available, especially for housesitters flying in. At best we have a couple of bandaids and Neosporin. Not enough to cover two bleeding palms and several fingers rubbed raw!
Please think about this as you host us .
I thin there was another thread about this.
I tell sitters where to find first aid supplies in my bathroom drawers. I have a lot more than would fit in a first aid kit, and obviously I don’t mind them looking in my drawers (literally, not figuratively!!). I even have slings, compression bandages, and more because I am very accident prone
@Tarheel1 Yet another good reason why owners should complete a Welcome Guide. One of the questions in it is where is the first aid kit located. This should prompt owners to provide at least a basic kit, for the very reasons you’ve mentioned.
Agree- so it seems the welcome guide should not be optional for the HO. It should be part of the social contract and a small thing to ask for, maybe THS should emphasis this needs to be completed to go live and if need, updated prior to every site. Getting a welcome guide or clear instructions is like pulling teeth with some HO.
I have recently had my first sitter and I purchased a first aid kit before she arrived. I’m now thinking I should check it to see if anything has been used. It’s maybe something to always ask the sitter when they are leaving so items can be replaced.
We used the HO first aid kit on our last sit as they had very sharp kitchen knives and I managed to cut the top of 2 of my fingers quite badly. We carry our own first aid supplies but I was thankful for the HO having a well stocked first aid kit. I agree with @Snowbird about the benefits of HO using the Welcome Guide and not their own made up document. We are both sitters and new owners and recently completed our Welcome Guide for our sitters. It reminded me to include things that I would not have thought of. I agree with @Pets4me the WG should be mandatory. @Ben-ProductManager I suggest that a owner should not be able to invite or confirm a sitter without first completing their WG on THS.
If it became mandatory an upgrade should be done!
Like it is now it’s completely impractical.
I used it only a a guideline how to set up my own document, which I send to the sitters as soon as they like to have it. It’s also printed in the house in case there’s no Internet connection.
I have pictures of how certain things work and where to find them in the house, including the first aid kit.
In the THS welcome guide you can’t place the pictures right next to the text. Figuring out which picture belongs to what text is like playing memory for the sitters
Due to the reason that we are traveling a lot we always have an ER set with us. I can’t rely on other people on that topic.
Not because they are not willing to provide ER sets or help. It’s more about experience.
I know exactly what kind of material I need and what brand does the job. I know which medicine etc. is working fine. What band aid works as well when wet? Which wound disinfection does not raise allergy effects? I even have always superglue with me to close cuts.
As well we have stuff for pets with us. Special scissors for nails (They can easily break when hiking or playing)as an example or special tongs for ticks a.s.o.
As a sitter and traveler I want to be prepared and don’t rely on others. What do you do when it happens on your way to the sit? On a hike? It does not help you when you are not even there. And people will buy an ER set and forget to exchange it every year (They are getting old).
As a former soldier and specialist for emergency help I can tell you one thing for sure:
—> Most people start to think about that stuff when it happens and if you then start to figure out what you need it is mostly too late.
Don’t want to panic here but it is easy to prep a small ER Pack for you, your partner and take that with you.
sorry for the long post
Hi @KerstinAndFrank I agree with your approach, and also travel with my own basic first aid kit, small sewing kit, duct tape, scissors, and anything else I would rely on to be self-sufficient. So far I’ve been able to manage most scenarios quite well. I try to be self-reliant. Even though THS asks for a first-aid kit to be available, I don’t rely on it and have never used one that’s been provided. However, a homeowner also providing some in-home supplies to assist travellers, especially those who travel light, is certainly being considerate and caring. I think it’s heartwarming when people support each other in this manner.
I agree , it’s far better to have your own supplies . An effective first aid kit does not take up a lot of space when you know what you need and how to use it. I would much rather have my own supplies. Coming from an outdoor education/ sailing background with extensive first aid training.