What to pack in a travel kit

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When one goes on vacation to know what to pack in a travel kit is essential. We will be far from home, perhaps in another country, with another language, without access to those things or brands that we are used to.

Knowing how to prepare a first-aid kit is important so as not to carry too much and not forget the most important thing. A medical emergency can happen to anyone and can be anything from a usual headache to constipation, a protesting liver or diarrhea. For this reason, in our article today we will answer the question of what travelers should carry in a medical kit.

What to pack in a travel kit

travel medical kit

It is true that there are doctors and pharmacies all over the world, unless you go to the middle of the Amazon or into China or Africa and you have no idea whether or not you will see a brother of Galen. But the problems can start if you do not share the language or if you need a prescription or prescription to buy the remedies. There are countries where ibuprofen is even sold by prescription and you should start calling your insurance, find a doctor and all that simply for something that is over the counter in your country.

Anything can happen, so the general advice is that take simple medicines or those you take frequently from home. Make a list of what you take and always buy a little extra, in case your return is delayed for some unexpected reason. Imagine what happened to those who were surprised by the pandemic on a trip!

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Another detail to consider is what suits you leave medicines in their original containers, with their clear labels. This is advantageous for going through customs, but it is also advantageous if you have a chronic illness such as allergies or diabetes. In addition to the original labels, it is also a good idea to have the dosage written down and a bracelet or pendant that is always with you informing you of your condition.

Then, What type of medication should be carried in a travel kit? ibuprofen, aspirin or whatever it is that will cure your headache, waist pain and stuff. A antipyretic also (something that lowers the fever), such as paracetamol. Also antihistamines that relieve allergies or something concrete that is anti allergic. You never know how you might react to exotic food or a bug bite. Also antacids and dizziness. And today, more than ever, gel alcohol or alcohol wipes to thoroughly clean our hands of bacteria.

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A box of dressings (Banaid), is also a good choice. There are boxes with various sizes and it is a good idea to get one of those, so that we have all the occasions that may arise. Tape, One scissors small, some antiseptic more effective than alcohol (peroxide, for example) and small tweezers (those hair removal tweezers are great). A thermometer, day by day N95 masks anti Covid and, my advice and what I never forget, I always take Antibiotics for 10 days (a complete treatment recommended).

I especially take antibiotics because it is what is sold by prescription in many countries and I don't want to feel bad and have to call the insurance, explain, go to the doctor and stuff. And then you buy something without knowing the brand. So, I buy my antibiotics at home. I never know if I'll get sore throat or have an infection in my mouth. Luckily I always bring them back untouched, but I travel safely.

travel medicine

However, beyond these general items there are others that are valid only for men and others only for women. If you are a man I would take condoms (they can even be filled with water, frozen and used later as ice packs), and being a woman I always wear tampons.

later, too It is important where we are going on a trip as it will determine other items in our medicine cabinet. For example, if you go to the tropics, don't forget sunscreen, anti-allergy, water purifying tablets, aloe vera gel for burns, insect repellent and something to prevent diarrhea.

travel medicine

Basically it is about thinking of our medicine cabinet divided into first aid, destination related medicines and regular medicines, knowing what sites we are going to visit and what situations we know we can handle on our own. I would say that we can even buy the first aid part in a pack. They are sold in any pharmacy or supermarket and you forget to make a list. You have half the full list and just add your own stuff to it.

Having the emergency kit we move on to the following. If you go to a hot destination, the Amazon, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, you cannot forget antibacterial and antihistamine creams, water purification tablets, some malaria prophylaxis (in addition to the fact that you surely had to be vaccinated) , gauze and surgical tape, insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm, some anti-allergy such as Benadryl. 

travel medical kit

If, on the other hand, you go to the cold, it is advisable to bring something for the fever and antibiotics in case your throat gets sick, lip balm and some anti-flu with a good nasal decongestant... The longer the trip or the more varied the destinations, the more likely we are to get sick . Climate change, physical exertion, irregular schedules and such things can affect our health. Always talking about simple things that we can solve at home.

Finally, a great truth: as one grows the travel kit becomes thicker and thicker. In my case, in recent years I have taken more medicine than makeup and in my kit there is no lack of antibiotics, vaginal suppositories, a laxative and an anti-diarrheal medicine, ibupruen, anti-flu, a topical antibiotic for injuries, eye drops, an anti-allergy medicine and something for stomach spasms. And you, what is not missing in your travel kit?

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