What to Pack in Your amazing Medical Kit – The Basics
- Travel insurance information
- Small pack of tissues
- Cold/Flu medication
- Allergy medication, such as an antihistamine and eye drops – especially if you’re going to a new place, you never know what kind of previously unknown allergy will say hi! (e.g., Benadryl)
- Pain and fever medication, such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol), acetylsalicylic acid (e.g., Aspirin), or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil).
- Anti-nausea medication (e.g., Gravol – pink [drowsy] and green ones [non-drowsy])
- Anti-diarrheal medication (e.g., Imodium)
- 1% Hydrocortisone cream/ointment to treat skin irritations and itchiness caused by bug bites, etc.
- Standard strip bandages in various sizes (e.g., Band-Aids)
- Antibiotic ointment/cream to prevent infections (e.g., Polysporin)
- Any prescription or over-the-counter medication you normally use
- Destination-specific medication: anti-malarial medication, high-altitude sickness medication, etc.
- Medications if your body has certain…shall we say, “habits” (e.g., laxatives, antacids, antifungals, anti-motion sickness, sleep-aids, prophylactics, aloe vera gel [for sunburns], etc)
- If an active holiday, take a small first aid kit Basic first-aid items (antiseptic, bandages, gauze, ace bandage and safety pins, scissors. tweezers)
- Nail care travel kit (clean, short nails are very important for a happy stomach)
Tips to Prepare your amazing Travel Medical Kit
- Your medication bag should be durable so that it can be jammed into your backpack or luggage without fear of breakage. It should also be leak/water proof.
- To pack all of this into a small bag, buy the medication in pill form as well as remove them from their respective cardboard boxes.
- If medication comes in little bottles AND the pills are easily recognizable, consider putting them into a little pill box to conserve more space.
- To remember the dosage of a particular medication, write it on the blister pack itself. Please note that this only applies to over the counter medication – prescription medications should remain in the bottle that has your doctor’s information as well as dosage information on it.
- To keep costs down, look for the no-name brand or store brand for all the listed medications
This is my medical kit in a waterproof bag. It has lasted for years so far and has come in handy almost every time!