Your Medical Kit for Travel

 

Any time you are planning on travelling overseas (and particularly to either remote areas or third world countries), it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about medications that you may need during your trip.

If you are travelling often it may be smart to keep a travel medical kit for use during subsequent travel. Of course prior to traveling, I would advise you to check the expiry date of items in your medical travel kit and replace any expired medications.

Below are a list of medications that may be recommended for those of your traveling abroad. These medications would only be an addition to standard measures taken to prevent conditions such as traveller’s diarrhoea (e.g avoiding tap water where possible, appropriate food safety precautions), malaria (e.g using mosquito nets when sleeping in areas where malaria is prevalent) and also an addition to your travel vaccination.

For further holiday travel advice, see our earlier news article “Holiday Season Travel Advice

Please note this information is for general knowledge purposes only, and does not take into consideration your personal health. Any medications in your travel medical kit should only be used in the event that a doctor is not available or accessible, and treatment cannot be sought by a medical professional for at least two or more days away. You should seek the opinion of a doctor before taking any medication as this information is not meant to replace a travel consultation with your doctor.

 

Analgesia (Pain Relief):

Paracetamol  500 mg

Ibuprofen  200 mg

Allergies:

Non Sedating Anti-histamines – Loratidine 10 mg

EpiPen – if you have previously suffered from a serious anaphylactic reaction

Eyes and Ears:

Nasal Decongestant

Chloramphenicol ointment

Cold and Flu tablets

Digestive System:

Oral Rehydration tablet or sachets

Anti-diarrhoeal tablets – Loperamide 2 mg

Anti-nausea tablets – Prochlorperazine 5 mg

Anti-reflux medication – Pantoprazole

Prevention of diarrhoea – Travelan

Anti-motion Sickness – Hyoscine Hydrobromide; Prochlorperazine

Antibiotics for serious Diarrhoea – Ciprofloxacin 500 mg or Azithromycin 1 gm

Antibiotics:

Skin, urinary tract or serious general infections – Augmentin Duo Forte (or Cephalexin 500 mg if allergic to penicillin)

For Serious Traveller’s Diarrhoea – Ciprofloxacin or Azithromycin

Skin:

Topical Clotrimazole cream for Intertrigo and Tinea

Topical corticosteroids (such as Hydrocortisone) for insect bites

Dressings

Sterile gauze,

Steri strips, Waterproof film dressings

Tape

Antiseptic handwash (Povidone Iodide or Chlorhexidine)

Safety Pins

Prevention and personal protection:

Gloves

Alcohol handwash

Condoms

Sunscreen

DEET Insect repellent

Water Treatment tablets

Specific activities:

Altitude: Acetazolomide 250 mg

Malaria Prophylaxis:  Doxycycline or Atovaquone/Proguanil

 

Happy and safe travels!

Dr Jelena Radosavljevic

MBBS, FRACGP Practice Principal