Have inhaler, will travel…What’s in my travel med kit?

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A few of the travel meds

A few of the travel meds

No one wants to schlepp meds around while traveling, right? Who even wants to embrace the possibility of being sick on a holiday that’s taken months or even years to plan and execute. As an asthmatic with many allergies, I carry meds wherever I go. I ditch the outside packaging and make my own med kit that fit in pockets, tiny handbags and day packs. Even Benadryl (antihistamine) is a different formula outside of the US, so I carry my own everywhere I go. Depending on destination, your travel med kit may change (TIP: Always research laws & customs before carrying prescription meds [leave the labels on these]/over the counter meds through customs). Big cities often provide most of what you need (if you can handle a different brand or are not an allergic person) but remote destinations or places with minimal health care tend towards greater care and planning. (And no matter where you travel….pack TRAVEL INSURANCE!)

BENADRYL (FOR ALLERGIC REACTIONS)
IMMODIUM (ANTI-DIAHHREA MEDS)
GRAVOL/TUMS (ANTI-NAUSEAU TABLETS)
PANADOL/TYLENOL/PARACETAMOL
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PILLS
REHYDRATION SACHETS/PILLS
NEOSPORIN
CORTISONE OINTMENT/BENADRYL OINTMENT (ANTI-ITCH CREAM)
BANDAIDS
ALCOHOL WIPES
PUREL/HAND-SANITIZER
SAVLON (ANTISEPTIC CREAM)
EPI-PEN (FOR SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS)
ALLERGY EYE-DROPS
ALLERGY MEDS (CLARITIN)
MEDICAL TAPE (WORKS AS ACE BANDAGE OR TO HOLD BANDAIDS IN PLACE)
ONE PAIR OF SURGICAL GLOVES
SWISS ARMY KNIFE
ASTHMA INHLAERS

In more remote locations I often add:

ANTI-MALARIAL MEDICATIONS
PREDNISONE (By prescription-could calm bad bronchitis or asthma flair ups)
CIPRO (in case of traveler’s diahhrea/stomach upset that leads to fever)
Extra rescue inhaler & epi pen (in case one gets lost/doesn’t work)
ACIDOPHILUS tablets (increase good bacteria to get used to new foods)
THRUSH CREAM (no one enjoys a yeast infection ever!)

What’s in your travel med kit?

 

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2 responses »

  1. Thanks Stacey, there are some good ideas here. Timing is everything. Leaving May 23 rd for Eastern Europe [ Prague, Budapest, then down Danube through Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria into Romania and up north to Transylvania]. I will surely be preparedhope all is well with you. Jean

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    • Thanks, Jean. So glad you enjoyed the post and it gave you some good ideas for your med kit on your next adventure (and what an amazing one it sounds like you’ll have). If I can help you in any way let me know. Mat and I have been to Prague and Budapest but you’ll have to share your stories with us regarding the rest. Safe and happy travels. Cheers, Stacey

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