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Posted by Ilham Ellison on

Pack for a Healthy Trip

Prescription medicines

  • Your prescriptions
  • Travelers’ diarrhea antibiotic
  • Medicines to prevent malaria

Medical supplies

  • Glasses and contacts
  • Medical alert bracelet or necklace
  • Diabetes testing supplies
  • Insulin
  • Inhalers
  • EpiPens

Over-the-counter medicines

  • Diarrhea medicine (Imodium or Pepto-Bismol)
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Cough drops, cough suppressant, or expectorant
  • Decongestant
  • Pain and fever medicine (acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen)
  • Mild laxative
  • Mild sedative or sleep aid

Supplies to prevent illness or injury

  • Hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) or antibacterial hand wipes
  • Water purification tablets
  • Insect repellent (with an active ingredient like DEET or picaridin)
  • Sunscreen (with UVA and UVB protection, SPF 15 or higher)
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Condoms
  • Earplugs

First-aid kit

  • 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • Antibacterial or antifungal ointments
  • Digital thermometer
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Antiseptic wound cleaner
  • Aloe gel for sunburns
  • Insect bite anti-itch gel or cream
  • Bandages
  • Disposable gloves
  • Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
  • Tweezers
  • Eye drops

Documents

  • Copies of your passport and travel documents
  • Copies of all prescriptions (medications, glasses, or medical supplies)
  • Health insurance card and documents
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination (if required for your trip)
  • Contact card with the street addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of: Family member or close contact in the United States
  • Health care provider(s) at home
  • Lodging at your destination
  • Hospitals or clinics (including emergency services) in your destination
  • US embassy or consulate in the destination country or countries

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