Following is a list of
items you should consider including
in your medical kit - consult your
pharmacist for brands available in
Aspirin or paracetamol
- for pain or fever
Antihistamine - for allergies,
eg hay fever; to ease the itch from
insect bites or stings; and to prevent
Antibiotics consider including
these if you¡¯re traveling
well off the beaten track¡¯
see your doctor, as they must be prescribed,
and carry the prescription with you.
Loperamides or Diphenoxylate
for diarrhea¡¯ Prochlorperazine
or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
Rehydration mixture to
prevent dehydration, eg due to severe
diarrhea; particularly important when
traveling with children.
Insect repellent, sunscreen,
lip balm and eye drops.
Calamine lotion, sting
relief spray or aloe vera-to ease
irritation from sunburn and insect
bites or stings.
Antifungal cream or powder
- for fungal skin infections and thrush.
Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine
for cuts and grazes.
Bandages, band-aids or
plasters and other would dressings.
Scissors, tweezers and
a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers
are prohibited by airlines)
Syringes and needles in
case you need injections in a country
with medical hygine problems. Ask
your doctor for a note explaining
why you have them.
Cold and Flu tablets,
throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
Multivitamines - consider
for long trips, when dietary vitamin
intake may be inadequate.