Essential medical travel kitc
Make a list of the regular medicines you are on and put them into your kit in numbers exceeding the number of days you are going to be away for.
- Make a list of the regular medicines you are on and put them into your kit in numbers exceeding the number of days you are going to be away for. This means if you have diabetes, blood pressure or hypothyroidism, you have your daily drugs with you.
- No matter where you are travelling to, it is important to take medicines for your tummy’s well-being, as changes in food and water can play havoc with your system. So take phsyllium husk for constipation, ORS and anti-diarrhoea drugs in case you get diarrhoea and a powder containing lactobacillus (the good bacteria in your intestines which get washed out with repeated loose motions).
- Take at least two antibiotics and multivitamins along. One antibiotic for colds, coughs and sore throats and another set for stomach infections. Ask your physician for the right dosage to be taken.
- If you plan to be outdoors a lot, it is a good idea to learn how to do a basic dressing from your family physician. Make sure you include sterile gauze pads, gauze bandages, adhesive tapes, an antiseptic ointment, an antibiotic ointment and small scissors and tweezers. Also include mosquito repellent creams and mosquito coils or netting if you plan to sleep outdoors. Another good idea is to buy antiseptic wipes.
- Remember to include a flashlight with working batteries and a thermometer in case you need to check your temperature if you contract an infection.
- If you have any food, skin or respiratory allergy (for e.g. hay fever, poison ivy), take adequate tablets to combat the specific allergy.
- Do not take any medical equipment that you don’t know how to use. The exception to this is syringes and needles.
- It is good to include disposable toilet seat covers, band-aid and hand sanitiser. Another must is sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Wear a cap or wide brimmed hat when outdoors a lot.
- Water purification tablets are also available. If you are unsure about the quality of drinking water, use these tablets in the water as directed or opt for mineral water.
- If you are going to a place where there is malaria for e.g. India or Africa, ask your doctor for a prescription of anti-malarial drugs. Also take anti-histamines for any allergies such as skin, food or respiratory types. Include tablets and anti-allergic creams to counter any rashes or severe allergies.
- Take painkiller tablets and a muscle relaxant gel with you. Choose whichever painkiller suits you for e.g. paracetamol or aspirin which also brings down fever and NSAID’s like naproxen or diclofenac.
- If you have diabetes or high blood pressure and your numbers fluctuate considerably, it may be a good idea to take your glucometer (a device that takes your blood sugar reading with a single drop of your blood from a finger prick) or a digital blood pressure instrument which is light.