How to Make Your Own Travel First Aid Kit

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Skipping on your itineraries because you have to find good doctors or drug stores in a foreign city can ruin your experience. Not to mention that finding an open pharmacy on weekends can be a real challenge in a country you have never visited before. So make your own travel first aid kit!

This will help not only you, but also any people you might potentially find in distress.

​Let’s start with the annoying part first:

1. Do Your Research

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Keep in mind that in some countries you are not allowed to bring some specific meds.
For example, in UK you are not allowed to bring Metamizole (painkiller and fever reliever).

​Do a little research about the country’s regulations about what medication you can bring with you. Usually, I search this kind of information directly from the official sources by looking up a Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website or so. They update their Travel Advisories section often, so you can always check the latest changes.

Also, have a list ready with the alternative names of the most important drugs you will need during your trip. For instance, what is internationally known as Cipralex, in the U.S you can find under the name of Lexapro.

TIP! Look for a good dentist in the cities you will spend most of the time. If something unexpected happens, you will know where to go since you have already checked the reviews and the pricing (if displayed).

2. Destination-Specific Meds

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Again, you will need to research this a little bit.

Will you need a vaccine before leaving the country for diseases such as Diphteria, Typhoid fever or Yellow fever?

Also, take into account the meds for high-altitudine sickness or Malaria.

3. Anti-Motion Sickness Meds

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In some cases, traveling by bus is budget-wiser than taking the plane or the train.

But are you prepared to spend many hours (5-6, sometimes more)  on the road? If so, don’t forget your anti-motion sickness meds.

4. Anti-Diarrhea Meds

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If you have a sensible stomach or bowl issues, or you are worried that you will eat something that won’t sit well with you, take anti-diarrhea drugs with you.

5. Your Usual Meds Prescribed by the Doctor

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To avoid any unnecessary complications, don’t forget to take the prescription your doctor gave you in case you have to show it to Customs Security. Also, bring those meds in their original packaging.

6. Sunscreen

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Not only will you protect your skin from premature aging, but you will have to worry less about those harmful UV rays, sunburns, or red veins eruptions.

Even if you go to a sea resort or take a hike through the mountains, don’t forget to pack this with you.

Don’t make the same mistake I did in Spain.

In July (one of the hottest months in Spain), we traveled for 2 weeks around the country. I had sunscreen with us but I did not use it. Why? I thought my skin could handle the sunlight.

Spoiler: It didn’t.

7. Insect Repellent

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Being in a foreign country also implies that, sometimes, you will come across different bugs – especially when the climate is more different than back home. This means that if you get bitten by an insect, your body will react differently since it is not accustomed to such insects.

I never knew how important this item is until we explored Italy and I’ve been bitten by bugs so many times. My left leg was almost twice as big as the right leg.

If you don’t think it’s useful, then this is what you have to look forward to:

  • itchiness
  • discomfort
  • pain
  • swelling
  • fever
  • sometimes even death

8. Usual Medical Supplies

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Don’t forget to pack a decent amount of waterproof bandages , sterile bandages, medical tape, and elastic gauze. To make sure you are prepared for any situation, take a small bag and put a little bit of every necessary item in it so you can take them with you everywhere. 
TIP! If you are out all the time on a hot summer day, you should wrap your meds in a foil before taking them with you. This way, you can prevent them from warming up. 

9. Hydration Tablets and Salts

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This is a useful tip that came from these guys – AdrenalineRomance!

If you ask us, exploring the streets of Madrid in full summer, in a temperature that easily reaches 42°C should be considered an adrenaline activity. You never know how much you will have to endure – especially when having to deal with the lack of shadow at noon.

Although hydration tablets and salts are usually used by elite athlete, if you put your body at work in unfriendly climate conditions (humid or hot and dry climates) or hard terrain conditions (long hikes on mountains), you risk getting dehydrated much easier.

Nevertheles, you should not forget that this article should not substitute the advice of your doctor! So please talk with them about your health concerns regarding a certain travel destination. 
 
If you feel that I omitted something important when it comes to packing items for a safer trip, feel free to mention it in the comments! I will definitely insert your ideas in the article along with giving you credit for it too! 
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and may you never have to put most of this advice into practice during your travels! 

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7 Comments

  • Christina

    We do this kind of research on our big trips across the globe for sure. We found out we needed 5 shots for our trip to Africa! The anti-diarrhea is very smart. Often times we have found out that the food in another country may not sit well with us. Insect repellant is a huge plus! Hydration tablets will be big for us on our trip to Macchu Picchu. Thank you for the advice!

  • Becca Talbot

    Such a helpful article! I have a few of these things in my travel medical kit, but not all of them. I definitely need to pack a few more in, just in case x

  • Adrenaline Romance

    We would also like to add hydration tablets and salts in the kit. They can easily be dissolved in water or juice. Hydration tablets/salts are very important as they replace the ions you lost when you sweat. We always carry them during our hikes.

  • Kristie

    This is a super handy article! I had not thought about researching dentists and names of medicines in advance. Also, I too have had nightmare experiences with bug bites in Europe. 🙁

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