Packing A Medical Travel Kit

Published on 03 October 2009 by in Senior Living

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The last thing on your mind when you’re getting ready to travel is the idea of getting together a medical travel kit. You have enough on your mind already, right? But being prepared with a medical kit on your travels could mean the difference between a good time and an unplanned side trip to a medical facility. A responsible traveler (like you) should always consider keeping a well-stocked medical traveling kit —whether you’re taking a short hiking trip on your favorite trail or an exotic vacation abroad. A medical travel kit doesn’t have to be bulky and heavy: all you need is some organizing magic, a checklist to make sure everything is stocked inside, and the discipline to keep it in your travel bag at all times.

Over Air and Sea: Traveling Abroad

When traveling abroad, always remember that some of the medication you take may not be available in other countries. Before traveling to another country, always remember to ask your doctor about any medical substitutes for your medication (in case you run out). If it’s a prescription, make sure you refill your prescription before you go and that you’ll have enough to cover the entire trip.

Consider packing these items when you’re traveling abroad:

* Travel medication. This typically includes medication for motion sickness.

* Allergy medication. If you are prone to allergic reactions, then antihistamine is a must-have in your medical kit, especially as you may encounter food or other things that irritate you. Keep a couple of antihistamine tablets (or your preferred allergy medication) with you when you travel. You may also want to pack some anti-allergy topical medicine (like Calamine lotion).

* Digestive medication. Let’s face it – one of the best things about traveling abroad includes sampling the local cuisine. In line with this challenge, you should keep in mind the food you ingest may not sit well in your stomach. So pack a trusted digestive medication. Keep a handful of oral hydration solutions and loperamide (anti-diarrheal) just in case diarrhea strikes. You may also want to keep antacids for when your stomach acid acts up, and a laxative for those uncomfortable constipated days. You may also want to ask your doctor for medication that can help with nausea and vomiting.

* Sunblock. A bottle of SPF 15-30 sunblock should be enough to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Closer to Home: Hiking

Hiking is an exhilarating activity loved by many, and if you have a well-stocked first aid kit, you should be good to go.

* Gauze, bandages and antiseptic. When you’re hiking, accidents may happen. Always keep a good stock of bandages, band-aids, antiseptic ointment, gauze, and tape.

* Insect repellent. Insect repellent is a must-have when you’re out in the woods. Look for insect repellent that can deter many different type of insects.

* Water. Okay, this isn’t really a medical kit supply, but if you’re hiking at high altitude, staying hydrated is a must. Plus water can be used to help clean an injury.

* Water purification tablets. Sometimes, looking for potable water while hiking may be a problem. Keep a couple of these purification tablets with you.

No matter what your destination, make sure that you pack all the necessary medical items. The last thing you want is an injury or illness ruining the entire vacation. Bring your well-stocked medical kit with you when you hit the road to help keep you safe and happy on your trip.

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