Thursday, April 18, 2013

What's in my medicine bag?

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!

Throat Lozenges

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 

1 comment:

  1. And I thought MY dad traveled with a pharmacy. Traveling with you henceforth. Do you have anti-whining pills? I usually need a few of those.