It is always wise to pack a small medical kit with certain essentials that may be required during your trip.
Take the following with you
First aid supplies:
All medical supplies can be taken in a small case. It is probably a good idea of this is at least partly waterproof and made of a sturdy material so your medications don't get crushed in your backpack. It is generally not necessary to take a large first-aid kit as you mostly need it to handle emergencies and have on-hand a few commonly used medicines that will hold you over until you can resupply.
Keep in mind that you will probably be able to buy anything extra that you might need. There are pharmacy-type stores world wide with similar products to the ones listed above. A Swiss Army knife is a great addition to your first aid kit, and some of them come with tweezers too.
- Asprin - (Asprin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen...) for general relief of minor aches and pains or headache.
- Antihistamine - such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be used to treat allergic reactions and relive itching from insect bites.
- Antibiotics - Some additional antibiotic may be useful for travelers at risk for skin, respitory and other infections. Check with your doctor.
- Antibiotic Ointment - A topical antibiotic ointment (Neosporin or Bacatracin) is useful to prevent infection of minor wounds and abrasions.
- Antifungal powder - A powder or cream for travelers prone to athletes foot and/or other fungal skin problems. Women prone to yeast vaginitis should consider antifungal vaginal creams or troches.
- Anti-Itch Cream - A topical cream such as hydrocortisone 1% may be helpful for treating skin rashes or relieving sunburn.
- Diarrhea Medication - Traveler's diarrhea occurs frequently, you can take along some Pepto-Bismol liquid or tablets as a preventive measure along with Imodium AD to slow down the bowel movements. An antibiotic (Bactrim, Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin) may be prescribed for treatment. It is generally not recommended that antibiotics be used for prevention of diarrhea.
- Decongestant - A decongestant is useful for colds or sinus congestion especially during airplane travel where cabin pressurization can cause ear pain
- Malarial Medication - if appropriate (consult your health professional)