Pack your health

I tend to be a fairly well prepared traveller. My wife and I take trips without any outsider travel arrangements, and go to places with poor medical help, so I need to pack one mean medical box. Most of the things in the box never get used, but when you need something (whatever it may be), you sure don’t want to be left without it. So, this post is intended as a checklist for all those travellers that find themselves stranded and in the same predicament. I intend to use it as my checklist whenever needed. So here we go:

  • broad spectrum antibiotics
  • activated carbon
  • antifungal agents
  • antihistamines
  • antiseptics
  • bandages, band-aids, scissors, tweezers etc.
  • calamine lotion
  • cold/flu pills and lozenges
  • DEET based repellent
  • sunscreen/lip balm/sun glasses
  • eye drops (visine)
  • ear cleaning solutions and drops
  • rehydration mixtures
  • water purification pills
  • a digital thermometer
  • anti-inflammatory pills (ibuprofen)
  • pain killer
  • wet/dry tissues (as toilet paper)
  • nail cutter and shaving utensils
  • toothbrush and a toothpaste
  • citronella oil

That’s about it. There are a few more specialized items one might need (like an ear cleaning syringe), but the most important stuff is there. Pack it in a small container, as well as you can, and hopefully forget about it during your entire trip. Get your vaccinations and anti-malarics if needed and have a “Bon voyage”!

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