10 important medicines for travellers

In the first place, I do not, and can not, in any way, replace medical advice, nor assume any responsability at this level. Before traveling, I advise you to talk to your family doctor or to a specialist, if you have any special health conditions before the trip. What I will refer in this post is just my experience on my trip around the world. It is important to have some general medicines that can help if there is no possibility of immediate medical assistance:

1-Analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory

Paracetamol and ibuprofen should be the drugs used for a minor event. This type of medication should not be used for more than 3 days;

2-Antidiarrheal

Especially in destinations with strong foods, to help in cases of intestinal crisis;

3-Antacids

 For destinations with food different from usual, sometimes it is necessary to neutralize the acid produced by the stomach or difficult digestions;

4- Local disinfectant and bandages

For light superficial wounds, avoiding infection, which in some countries is very easy to happen. Physiological Serum for washing, a solution to disinfect. It is also advisable to take an antibiotic ointment to apply to the skin in case of wounds with greater danger of infection. Again, I advise you to ask for medical advice in this regard;

5-Broader Spectrum Antibiotic

I took it, and it was quite useful in India, but it was with advice and medical prescription. I advise you again to contact your doctor, especially in this case;

6-Sleeping medication Due to the Jet Lag, sometimes when travelling  we face great difficulty to sleep. Sleeping medication may be a precious help;

 7-Oral and topical antihistamine

In a trip, various allergy situations  can happen, from an allergy to the sun or to an insect bite that causes more reaction. You must be prepared;

 8-Insect repellent

There are several solutions, depending on age and other special situations, such as pregnancy. If you travel to areas where insects are plentiful and the danger of some diseases transmitted by them is greater, you should have a repellent;

 9-Laxative

Different foods sometimes causes changes in intestinal transit, and it is necessary to eat more fiber foods and more water, and if necessary, a laxative used in a punctual way;

10-Antiemetics

If you easily get motion seasickness, you should take medication to avoid the discomfort caused by this situation;

Other Advices:

• You must carry the medicines to be used in case of emergency in your carry-on bag;

• Take the medicines you take daily as a medical statement with the respective active principles and dosage, preferably in english;

• Take pictures of the information leaflets of each medicine, package the expiracy date if you want to save space and do not want to take medicine boxes;

• Solid medicines (such as tablets) and powdered medicines have no restrictions on their transport;

• For liquid medicines, they should be at the maximum in a bottle of not more than 100 ml. Otherwise, you must present a medical prescription or medical statement for it;

• Aerosols, should be accompanied by a prescription or other medical statement, whatever the quantity;

• With regard to injectable medicines (Ex-insulin), also whatever the quantity, you should bring prescription or medical statement. If it is necessary to bring a syringe, you will have to request authorization;

• Medical documents should preferably be translated into English;

• In total, each passenger can carry up to 1 liter of medicatons;

• It is recommended to keep the medicines in their original containers for easier identification (although it was not my travel strategy);

• Inhalers are allowed on the trip, but refills must go in the basement bag.

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