“What should I take?” is a common question we ask ourselves while planning a trip abroad. The contents of the travel health kit depend on which country we’re traveling to and the state of our health. To preserve our health it is important to pack remedies that will help us handle minor medical issues, simple accidents, and illness symptoms that are easy to treat. This will keep us from hunting for a doctor with every single cut on the finger rather than enjoying our vacation. It is also just as important that we keep in mind medications and pack the necessary amount, and possibly a little more, just in case. It might be best to split your supply so you don’t store everything in the same place, if one piece of luggage gets lost or delayed.
The following is a simple list of medical supplies which are recommended for foreign travel.
- Hand sanitizer
- Remedies to treat superficial skin damages, disinfectants (Betadine)
- Gauze, roll and triangular bandages
- Band aids
- Scissors and tweezers (tick tweezers if traveling in a tick zone)
- Analgesics, antipyretics (Nurofen, Panadol / Ibuprofen, Tylenol)
- Anti-nausea pills (Daedalon)
- Salt mixture against desiccation (in case of diarrhea) (Sodioral)
- Antidiarrheal agents (Probioticum, Smecta)
- Anti-allergy medicine, ointment (Fenistyl gel, Fenistyl or Zyrtec drops)
- Sunscreen (Derrmazin)
- Rubber gloves
- Sterilized safety pins
General health advice:
Where tap water is not potable make sure you only consume bottled and /or boiled water. Contaminated water is the source of most illnesses, like Hepatitis A, camp fever, cholera, or salmonella. It is also advisable to take water treatment agents to places where even bottled water is difficult to obtain. Don’t have drinks with ice cubes as that water could harbor contamination!
- Do not buy food or drinks from street vendors, and make sure that what you consume is well done (roasted, fried, cooked)
- Drink only pasteurized milk.
- Protect yourself from insect bites (use insect repellents, put up nets on your windows, wear long-sleeved clothing, hat, closed shoes. Wear something on your feet even on the beach.)
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and use disinfectant.
- Do not touch animals, especially dogs, monkeys, or cats (this advice is given to avoid being bitten by a rabid animal).
- Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays by wearing a hat and applying sunscreen. Don’t forget your sunglasses either 🙂
- Sunscreen is useful in the mountains, too, as the danger of getting a sunburn is even higher there than closer to the ground.
- Finally, do not leave your travel health kit at home!
Don’t have time to put together your complete pre-packed travel kits? FirstMed has already done the work and put them together for you. For more information about our travel, or first aid, kits please ask at reception.