How to Pack a Travel Medicine Kit

August 11, 2015
How to Pack a Travel Medicine Kit

This summer was absolutely crazy for me as I took trips to two different climatic zones within a span of two weeks. One was hot and rainy Tennessee; while the other was cold and windy Illinois. The trips were fine–until I sampled a delicious fried octopus during my last night in Tennessee.

It was almost 2am when I returned to my hotel room. At around 4 am, I realized that my whole body was covered in itchy red spots. It was an odd hour to go out and get myself some medicine, especially because I didn’t understand what was wrong with me.

Finally, when the clock struck 7, I woke my friend, who brought me to the nearby Walgreens. At the pharmacy, I learned that I was allergic to octopus. He gave me some heavy dose of anti-allergy tablets and told me to sleep on my way back to Houston.

Then, while waiting for a morning flight from Chicago to Houston, I suddenly found myself with a severe migraine! I realized that both of these instances would have gotten better quicker if I had a travel medicine kit with me.

Here’s a list of what I recommend packing in your travel medicine kit:

How to Pack a Travel Medicine Kit

1. Sunscreen

While this isn’t exactly medicine, it’s very important to pack with you in order to protect against strong UVA & B rays.

2. Ibuprofen

Otherwise known as Advil or Motrin, this is my number one go-to medication for any kind of pain–toothache, headache , back ache, cramps….anything!

3. Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia (in tablet form):

People tend to have a weak stomach during travel, and one of the problems they face is being stopped up. Milk of Magnesia will help with this. For gas/indigestion issues, carry a few Omeprazole tablets and you will be fine.

4. Benadryl

Even if you do not have any known allergies, I would recommend bringing along a few tablets or capsules of Benadryl. You never know when you might need it.

5. Sudafed (single-action pseudo ephedrine):

This can be a lifesaver for a sinus headache. Cetrizine is also helpful.

6. Bug spray

Especially when camping, this is essential to bring.

7. Volini Spray

Just in case you find yourself with a muscle sprain, pack Volini. It works wonders.

Pack all of these items in a Ziplock bag, and you’ll be prepared for any mishaps along the way.


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About Bidisha Goswami

Bidisha is from Assam. She was born to travel. Traveling and meeting new people makes her feel joyful. She studied at Florida State University and is presently working in Houston, Texas. Next on her agenda includes travels to rest of the USA, South America and the rest of Europe!

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