Travel Medical Kit

Did you know falling coconuts kill more people than shark attacks?

We try to keep that in mind when packing a medical kit to take along on our adventures. As a pharmacist and a volunteer for rehabs near me for drugs, Lisa knows what drugs do; but as travelers, we need to keep them in as small of a package as possible.

Much of what we bring along depends on where we’re going. The kit for 3 months in remote South Africa is quite different from a week in Florida Keys. However, for travel basics here are a few we don’t leave the country without:

Travel Medicine Kit

*Imodium (loperamide) – for stomach upsets that threaten to upset the entire trip

*Hydrocortisone cream – because itchy mango rashes can creep up anywhere

*Aleve (naproxen sodium) – sometimes we still think we’re 20

*Pepto-Bismol – strange foods sometimes equate to upset tummies

*Benadryl (diphenhydramine) – doubles for allergy relief and a sleep aid in noisy hostels

*Wet wipes – so many uses; cleaning scrapes, wiping down airplane trays, sticky hands, a refreshing treat after a long trip

*Bandaids (assorted sizes) – because Lisa falls down a LOT!

*Neosporin (triple antibiotic) first aid cream – see above

Your own kit doesn’t have to be very large, just a few of the basics. It’s often much cheaper and convenient to have a small over-the-counter medicine supply with you than to be searching for a store in an unfamiliar place. Be sure to check expiration dates between trips (as I’ve been known to forget).


What essentials do you keep in your Travel Medical Kit?

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