Finally, I am going to talk about what medication I think you should have within your own bespoke first aid kit.
If you are taking any prescription medication, then this should be at the top of your list.
Are you taking any strong painkillers related to morphine or codeine? I would say try to get a letter from your Doctor, as regulations in some parts of the world can be very strict for these products.
For most other medication, you would generally be ok providing you have a copy of your repeat prescription. In addition make sure the medication is in it’s original container with a dispensing label stuck on the pack showing it is for you. You don’t want to be caught off guard here…
With your prescription medication I will tell you one more thing, be sensible, know how long you are going to be away and make sure you have enough to see you though your trip and at least one week afterword.
If you are taking any regular prescription medication, do check if you will be ok to take anything from the list below.
Now for the rest of the meds…
Painkillers – Here you have a few options, most commonly paracetamol and ibuprofen. I’m sure you’ll have your own preference here, definitely do take something.
Allergy tablets – In other words anti-histamines, such as loratadine. This will come in handy whether you have an allergy to something you’ve eaten, touched, or even an insect bite.
Allergy/bites cream – This is again an anti-histamine but in the cream form. If you have had a bite, then this may in fact be the better option
Antacids – My favourite here is Gaviscon double action, but whether you’ve over-eaten or you’ve gotten a bit too merry the night before, you won’t go wrong with antacids.
Anti-diarrhoea tablets – We’ve all heard of Delhi belly, but this doesn’t just happen in Delhi, it can happen anywhere, so to prevent yourself from being caught out, take some loperamide with you.
Anti-diarrhoea antibiotics – Now one thing that you may not be aware of, you can actually buy antibiotics from traveller’s diarrhoea, but there’s a catch. There are specific pharmacies that operate a scheme where if you meet certain criteria then you can buy a course of antibiotics in anticipation of having diarrhoea on your travels, this is worth looking into.
Anti-malaria tablets – Hopefully you’ve checked if you need these for your next trip, you don’t need to go to the Doctor to get these any more, a large number of pharmacies do travel clinics to much it much easier to get a hold of these.
Mosquito repellent – Even if malaria isn’t an issue at your destination, you may still need mosquito repellent. In today’s world Zika is the big one that everyone is talking about and is an example of other diseases carried by mosquitos, so beware! When buying mosquito repellent, ensure you go for something with at least 50% DEET, a good example is Jungle Formula. If, however you don’t want to use DEET based products, there are natural alternatives, such as Incognito, I would suggest do your research before buying.
Sunscreen – Now you may think this is no biggie, but sunscreen is very important, whether you plan to do sunbathing or just go outside in a sunny climate. With a sunscreen make sure it’s something that has a 5* rating and has an SPF of at least 30.
Do you normally take anything else with you? I’d love to hear about it…