I’m kind of a walking medicine bag when I travel, and I’ve never regretted hauling all of these items with me. I’d rather have a slightly heavier bag, rather than scramble around a new city looking for a pharmacy during a crisis. These items should cover common illnesses requiring antibiotics or over the counter treatment. I am not a medical professional, so consult a travel specialist or physician before taking any of the listed medications.
Azithromycin (Z pack)—This can be used for all sorts of ailments. Just to name a few: respiratory infections, infectious diarrhea, pink eye, chlamydia. Whenever I’m traveling I like to have at least two Z packs with me because you just never know.
Ciproflaxacin—infectious diarrhea (does not work on some strains in SE Asia), urinary tract infections, skin infections
Penicillin- strep throat, skin infections
Doxycycline—can be used as an antimalaria when used before and after exposure, sinus infections, skin infections
Dramamine—motion sickness, available over the counter
Scopolamine patches—prescription strength motion sickness patches. Worn behind the ear for up to three days, this is the only way I can make it through a rocky boat ride.
Monistat—any generic or over the counter yeast infection medication
Tylenol, Advil, Aleve—for basic aches and pains, head aches, etc.
Immodium—cannot stress the importance of this!
Vitamins—a multi-vitamin should be enough
Birth control pills (if you use them, bring several packs in case your brand isn’t available overseas)
Alcohol wipes—for cleaning cuts
Antiseptic cream—Neosporin or something similar
Hydrocortisone cream—for insect bites or other skin infections
Antihistamine—or other over the counter allergy tablets
Electrolyte powder—it’s so easy to get dehydrated when traveling and sometimes water isn’t enough