Whether we are old, young, new, blue, all travelers/tourist need to carry a Travel Medical Kit with them. Our mothers taught us to bring a jacket with us in case we get cold, just like that jacket you need a medical kit when traveling. This medical kit has one, maybe two India specific item but this is my general travel kit for any locale. So why don’t we just dive in!
Poop Meds -These are anti diarrhea pills. I use these pills and they do work. When you travel you will be eating a lot of new food. Not all of it will be what your body is used to.
Constipation Relief -Sometimes we have the opposite problems, hence we use a pill to get things moving. If you are having current problems click here, where I tell you all my secrets for diarrhea and constipation relief.
Gas Relief -This mainly is for countries with spicy food because it can cause crampy, nauseating gas. I want the pain to go away, therefore I carry this in my medical kit. This isn’t often used, but trust me it’s a life saver.
Ibprofen /Advil/Tylenol- anything you prefer for your headaches.
Motion sickness -You will be travelling by bus or train a lot. Make sure you have a pleasant experience, carry motion sickness pills.
Probiotic -If you are coming from a western country where our food is very clean and you go to another country, especially a 3rd world country you need to take these a month in advance. Probiotics balance the good and bad bacteria in your stomach, therefore you will be better able to handle dirtier/ different food than what your gut is used to digesting. I prefer the liquid form when I am home or staying in a place longer. In India, 1 probiotic is about 20 rupees, you could feasibly grab one everyday after breakfast at a local store, it taste nice and doesn’t make my tummy hurt like the pills do. The picture is of the EXACT probiotic I drink. If you are worried that a probiotic will upset you, buy it in advance, eat a full meal and then take the pill. Know how your body reacts to it before you take it traveling.
fungle cream -My Mother is a nurse and she told me in countries that are less clean, Fungus is a bigger problem. This one is optional but if you will be sharing showers with other people I still suggest it.
Sunscreen -Protect your skin from sun burn! The sun causes 90% of the wrinkles people get. Sunscreen stays on your skin and is literally baking on you. Normal sunscreen has a lot of cancer causing ingredients so I have linked a natural and BIODEGRADABLE sunscreen. If you are going reef diving, crave crawling/tubing, anything to do with nature, they will often require you to use biodegradable products. So protect yourself and this earth. There is only one you and one earth so let’s be respectful.
hand soap and hand Sanatizer – Save yourself the money and get these at the dollar store, or better yet, buy reusable bottles and steal some of your mom’s or roommate’s soap and hand san!
enzymes- these you can get really anywhere in the world however in India the lemon enzymes are very popular for upset stomachs. They cost around 5-10 rupees.
Bug bite Cream/Odomos- Odomos is what we use in India to keep the bugs off us, it smells nice, feels like a lotion and f*cking works! Seriously its the most amazing repellent so if you come to India, STALK UP! Odomos cost 20-40 (about 50 cents) rupees here while online it is about $30. However I have linked a natural bug repellent that is about $10. Gotta keep the budget in check while creating your medical kit!
Lastly and the most important thing you need ‘in’ your travel medical kit is TRAVEL INSURANCE. I use travel hound insurance. Our families travel agent, Kina, is the owner of Travel hound. I use her insurance opposed to the ever popular world nomad, because it is much cheaper (I have found in the past it is about half the price) and it has the same and, in some parts, double the coverage! If that is not a bargain, I don’t know what is! Email her about 1 month before your trip for insurance saying where you are going and for how long you need coverage. I do not get a penny from referring you to her, but it would be great if you mention you found her from me…. if you want…. no pressure.
Lastly if you have any medical conditions you have to pack those along (obviously). When packing double check to ensure you have a little more than you will need for the duration of your travels. Look at TSA rules as well if you are carrying any special medication to see if they need a doctors note. I know I am paranoid but prescriptions aren’t cheap!
Alright Ladies and Gents, that’s my travel medical kit! I don’t use it much while traveling (which is a good thing) but you never know what is going to happen. Please my lovelies tell me what is in your travel medical kit, I am I missing anything?