While holidays should be a time for relaxation, adventure and great times, we cannot take all of the comforts of home away with us. Some things, however, should definitely make it into your suitcase before you head out the door on a trip.
First, separate your daily medication (usual treatments, contraception, malaria pills) from the emergency medical kit (used less frequently)
The medical kit is to be used in emergency situations. It should be small and compact so you can easily take it with you on all excursions.
Here are a few tips to help you put together an adequate medical kit:
- Verify its contents every year and update them if necessary: discard any medication or product for which the usage date has expired, or that was exposed to very high temperatures during a previous trip (particularly very hot or humid countries).
- Also take into account how long you will be gone and plan accordingly.
- Beware of carrying liquids when young children are around! Choose screw-capped, airtight bottles that will not leak during a long flight, or from changes in air pressure. Choose small solid plastic bottles, which you can find at your local pharmacy or in a sports store. Single-dose, one-time use bottles are always the best choice.
- Use zip lock plastic bags to protect your fragile articles and important documents from humidity (tablets, pills, capsules, but also your passport, medical prescriptions, vaccination booklet…).
First Aid Kit
This is the basic lists for the climbing groups, expeditions and trekkers who are going toisolated areas alone.
- Bandage for sprains.
- Iodine or water filter (optional).
- Moleskin/Second skin – for blisters.
- Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
- Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
- Aspirin/Paracetamol – general painkiller.
- Oral hydration salts.
- Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).
- Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
- Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional).
- Antibiotic for Guardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
- Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
- Gel hand cleaner.