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What you pack in your first aid kit will depend on where and how long you plan to travel and the medical care available there. Here is a general list of items to include.
- Insect repellent
- Sunscreen (SPF 30 to 50) and lip screen
- Oral rehydration solution packets
- Basic first aid items (adhesive bandages, gauze, elastic bandage, antiseptic, tweezers)
- Antibacterial hand wipes
- Moleskin for blisters
- Extra pair of prescription glasses or contacts
Talk to your doctor about which of the following medicines to include and how to take them:
- Antibiotic for self-treatment of moderate to severe diarrhea
- Antihistamine, decongestant, and cough suppressant, alone or in combination
- Motion sickness medicine
- Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), aspirin, ibuprofen, or other medicine for pain or fever. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
- Antidiarrheal medicine, such as bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol)
- Mild laxative
- Antifungal ointment
- Antibacterial ointment
- 1% hydrocortisone ointment
- Medicine to prevent malaria, if you are going to a place where malaria is a problem
Other items that may be useful in certain circumstances:
- Mild sedative
- Antianxiety medicine
- High-altitude sickness preventive medicine
- Water purification tablets or water filtering system
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Current as ofMay 7, 2017
Current as of: May 7, 2017
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