Medical service – travel first aid kit


 

When you are travelling you should always be prepared for medical problems. A sniffle or cough may seem innocuous enough initially but it may develop into something quite nasty, especially in developing countries where chemists are few and far between. The check list below was prepared in preparation for a trip to Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and was re-checked after trip to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. For us it is complete for long haul journeys but if you are going away for city-break weekend trip your criteria may differ. Even so, always double-check your first-aid kit before you fly.

 

Basics:

  • sunscreen
  • ears plugs
  • body lotion
  • lipstick

 

Medicines:

  • prescription medicines you usually take
  • analgesics (pain)
  • antipyretic (fever)
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-diarrhoeal
  • antihistamine and calcium (for allergies and mosquitos bites, bees etc.)
  • antiemetic (nausea and vomiting)
  • anti-motion sickness (which also doubles as an antiemetic)
  • antitussive (cough)
  • throat lozenge (anti-cough drops)
  • activated charcoal
  • runny nose medicine
  • probiotics (when taking antibiotics or during trips to countries with different bacterial flora)

 

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Toiletries and injuries:

  • antibacterial wipes (alcohol based)
  • antibacterial liquid (alcohol based)
  • eye drops (very good in airplane or when dry, dusty air)
  • hydrogen peroxide or similar
  • anti-blisters
  • plasters
  • sterile gauze
  • bandages
  • tissues

 

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Extras:

  • antibiotic prescribed by your doctor (for example: for self-treatment diarrhoea)
  • mosquito repellent
  • medicines to prevent malaria
  • altitude sickness medicines
  • water purification tablets
  • condoms

 

Is good to carry medical leaflets about your person – in some countries medicines can have different names (will be easier when you have an ingredients list from a leaflet).

Make sure that your medicine is legal in country of your destination.

 

Moreover you must know that until now (October 2015) there are no vaccinations against malaria and dengue. Before your trip click here to check where malaria can occur. The best option is prevention so remember – wear long trousers, long sleeves and repellent (especially from dusk to dawn). It is recommended to contact travel medicine doctor for more details.

 

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It is always advisable to take out health insurance – Unless the country you are travelling to has a reciprocal agreement with yours, it will not be valid abroad. Being in the hospital can be very expensive. Invariably you will have to pay in advance and your health insurance company will only refund the money upon your return home.




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