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Medicines you might need while travelling

We know anything can happen at any time, and that’s why we are here to help you prepare as best you can. You know your body better than we do, so this list might not apply to you 100%, but having most of these meds can definitely be a good idea.

Please Note: We are not medical professionals and this list should not be taken as a prescription of any kind. Please consult your doctor before using any medication.

 

Medicines you might need while travelling

  • Prescription medication – always make sure you have the right amount for the duration of your trip, as well as your script or a copy thereof. Pro-tip – keep these in your hand-luggage, in case something happens to your checked luggage.
  • First-aid kit – including alcohol wipes, gauze, adhesive bandages and antibacterial ointment. Keep in your backpack.
  • Elastic plaster roll – ideal for blisters. Pro-tip – bring a small scissor, but don’t pack it in your hand luggage. It will be confiscated.
  • Flu/Cold medicine, throat lozenges and a decongestant – this is especially important if you go to a colder climate. Also, bugs flourish in enclosed areas like planes, busses and trains. Wash your hands regularly.
  • Liver supplement and heartburn medication – for those who like to indulge in the local cuisine, drinks and alcohol.
  • Diarrhoea meds or laxatives – it can go either way, you know. Pro-tip – only drink bottled water. When buying from a local market or stall, wash/wipe fresh fruit before enjoying it.
  • Pain and fever relievers.
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic – ask your doctor for this because it’s not always possible to see a medical doctor while touring.
  • Antihistamines and a topical ointment for rashes and stings.
  • Nausea tablets or motion sickness tablets.
  • Sunscreen and sunburn reliever – make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30, but preferably SPF 50 when travelling to sunny destinations.
  • Mosquito repellent – if the area you are visiting is prone to mosquitos.
  • Additional health-related items:

-Sanitizing wet wipes/waterless hand wash/hand sanitiser
-Energy/Immune system booster – long flights and full days are what gets you to the best views, but they can also make you tired. So, boost your energy!
-Eye-drops – air in the plane can be especially dry.
-Glasses and contact lenses – don’t forget your contact lens solution.
-Lip balm – your lips can get chapped from sunburn, wind or cold.
-Enough tampons/pads – you might not always find the brand you prefer.

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