Traveling means leaving our comfort zone. And as much as we are psychologically prepared for it, our body may need some help! So whether it's a short or long trip, it's important to always carry a small pharmacy in your suitcase to ensure nothing stops you from making the most of your trip!
All trips are different so when preparing your medication kit you should consider the following factors:
- Your destination: Assess the hygiene and health conditions at your destination to determine what to include in your travel pharmacy.
- The duration of your trip: The more days you are traveling, the more medicines you will need to take.
- Pre-existing Conditions: Your state of health before traveling is also important in determining if there will be any specific medications that you will need to take to continue treating any pre-existing conditions.
- The activities they will do while traveling: If they are going boating, it will make sense to bring something to help with the seasickness. If you walk at very high altitudes, you should consider taking medication to prevent or treat altitude sickness.
- Time of year: Depending on the time of year, certain precautions may be necessary (such as bringing sunscreen in summer and insect repellent during the rainy season in a tropical country).
Regardless of these factors, there are always some essential medicines to include in your travel pharmacy, such as:
- Any medicine you are taking regularly. We recommend that you take a dose higher than necessary for your travel days so that you are always alert in case of an emergency or change of plans.
- Simple analgesics or antipyretics (such as Benuron and Brufen) are essential for dealing with fevers, colds and flu;
- Antidiarrheals, constipation medicines and intestinal flora normalizers (such as Imodium, Dulcolax and Ultralevur);
- Antacids to help with heartburn and indigestion (Rennie lozenges) and antispasmodic to help with abdominal pain (Buscopan);
- Antihistamines and antiallergics especially if they have a history of allergic reactions (such as insect bites);
- An ointment or analgesic and anti-inflammatory pills for muscle aches and sprains (we recommend Voltaren);
- disinfectant gel to maintain hand hygiene;
- Saline for irrigation or cleaning of the eyes, wounds and burns (it will also be useful to you on the plane!);
- A broad spectrum antibiotic for the treatment of infectious diseases, upon the recommendation of your doctor;
- A thermometer to measure fever.
In addition to this list, you should also consider the following drugs according to your destination:
- Insect repellent;
- water disinfectant;
- Eye drops (due to sand, dust, wind, salt water, etc.);
- medication for the prevention / treatment of altitude sickness;
- Antibiotics to treat infectious diseases such as traveler's diarrhea;
- Pills for motion sickness, such as Vomidrine.
You should always consult your GP or make an appointment with the traveler to make sure you have all the necessary medication for your trip.
Lastly, it is also important to be prepared with a small first aid kit that includes the following:
- Antiseptic (alcohol in bottle or wipes may serve);
- Scotch tape;
- quick dressings;
- Small sterile bandages or pads;
- small scissors;
- Ointment for sunburn.
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