Traveling around the world is at an all time high, but that doesn’t mean your vacation will be an enjoyable one. If you don’t pack the right essentials, you can find yourself spending most of your time away from home in your hotel room (or a doctor’s office).
You know you need to pack a first aid kit, but you shouldn’t stop there. We’ve put together this guide to show you the top nine types of travel medicine you should have tucked in your bag before you walk out the door.
Make sure you keep reading to learn more so you’re prepared for your next long, short, or overseas trip!
1. Diarrhea Meds
This is, unfortunately, one of the most common sicknesses people get when they travel. You won’t enjoy your (probably expensive) vacation if you spend most of your time sitting on the toilet. To ensure this doesn’t happen, make sure you pack some diarrhea medication, such as Pepto-Bismol or other over-the-counter options.
While we’re talking about your personal business, you may also want to bring along a mild laxative as well. Constipation can be just as uncomfortable and annoying as the alternative, so throw some Dulcolax in your suitcase before you leave.
One of the most exciting parts about traveling is trying the local foods, but you won’t be able to do that with a stomachache. And sightseeing will be much more troublesome if you’re dealing with heartburn. Taking a TUMS after you eat can be enough to keep you on your feet so you can get the most out of your vacation.
3. Motion Sickness Meds
Traveling tends to involve a lot of time sitting in an airplane or driving your car. Once you get to your vacation destination, you may choose to take a tour or the city on a bus or ride a boat down the rivers.
No matter how good you feel when you get on these types of vehicles, things can go downhill fast if you don’t have any medication for motion sickness. Make sure you pack some Dramamine or Bonine, especially if you’re going on a cruise.
Allergies can happen anywhere at any time of the year. No matter where you’re going, make sure you bring along your allergy meds and antihistamines. These might include things like Zyrtec, Claritin, or your medicaiton of choice.
Don’t overlook these meds.
Allergies might not seem like a big deal, but if you’re asking, “Can allergies make you feel sick?”, the answer is YES! Don’t let something avoidable ruin your entire trip.
Even if you’ve never experienced any type of allergies before, it’s a good idea to bring these meds along just in case.
5. Cold Meds
Are you planning to travel during flu season? Make sure you pack all the essential meds that treat the common cold, such as:
- Cough drops
- Fever reducers
It’s especially important to put these meds in your first aid kit if you’ll be traveling with children. You may also want to add some packs of tea to help sooth a sore throat.
6. Pain Reducing Meds
Jet lag can give you lingering headaches. Walking around a new city can give you some sore feet. No matter what type of pain you’re experiencing, medications like Advil or Tylenol can reduce it so you don’t have to spend all your time in your hotel room bed.
These are also good to have around in case you injure yourself. While they shouldn’t replace medical attention, they can help hold you over until you get to the hospital or keep you going after your appointment.
7. Sleeping Pills
Need some help resetting your sleeping schedule after jumping through time zones? Have trouble falling to sleep in a noisy hotel room? Just have trouble sleeping in a new environment when you travel?
Pick up an over-the-counter sleeping aid. This may be enough to knock you out when you want to go to bed.
8. Hydrocortisone Cream
When you’re in a new place, you may end up touching plants, foods, or other things you aren’t used to. This can lead to rashes or itchy and irritated skin.
Hydrocortisone cream can help sooth the discomfort and heal the rash. This is also a good medication to bring along for mosquito bites. If you’re traveling to a place that gets a lot of bugs, you won’t want to forget this cream.
This type of medication will prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms. You should use this to clean cuts or other injuries so you don’t end up with an infection. If you aren’t sure where to find antiseptics, you can use alcohol or things like betadine.
Creating a Travel Medicine Checklist for Your Next Trip
Worried you’ll have trouble remembering all this medication? Write out a travel medicine checklist in advance so you know what you need to pack. This will also give you plenty of time to shop for any meds you don’t have before you leave for your trip.
And, of course, you should always bring extra prescription medications (in case you lose some). It’s also a good idea to keep a list of prescription medications on you at all times so you’re prepared if you have to buy more while you’re away from home.
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