Staying healthy on the road

When researching what to pack for our RTW trip, one thing that came up again and again was a simple medical and first aid kit. You know, things like bandaids, alcohol swabs, sting relief and antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheals, motion sickness relievers, etc. A good amount of these we already had in the prepackaged medkit we had for our apartment, which was great!

And of course, we can’t forget about some prescription medications for more severe traveler’s diarrhea and malaria. Wouldn’t want to leave home without those babies! Below you will see our final list of what we are packing in our medkit. 

  • Medical gloves
  • Bandaids – various sizes
  • Gauze wrap – small
  • Gauze pad – various sizes
  • Triangular bandage
  • Q-tips
  • Butterfly closures – various sizes
  • Bandage tape
  • Survival rescue blanket
  • Electrolyte powders – DripDrop brand
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Plastic tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • SeaBands – motion sickness wrist bands (used these in the past and they worked great)
  • Motion sickness patches
  • Sting relief pads
  • Burn cream
  • Antibiotic ointment

Individual packets of: 

  •     Excedrin extra strength
  •     Aspirin
  •     Acetaminophen
  •     Ibuprofen
  •     Diotame – antidiarrheal for mild cases of travelers diarrhea, nausea, gas, indigestion 
  •     Diamode – another antidiarrheal
  •     Antacid – acid indigestion, heartburn, upset stomach
  •     Medi-Lyte – electrolyte replacement
  •     Meclizine – prevention and treatment of nausea, vomiting, dizziness due to motion sickness
  •     Diphen (Diphenhydramine) – antihistamine

Prescription Drugs (click here to learn more about what our doctors recommended for our RTW trip):

  • Cipro (Ciprofloxacin HCL) – antibiotic, antidiarrheal (for Peter)
  • Azithromycin – antibiotic, antidiarrheal (for Rachel)
  • Atovaquone-Proguanil – prevention and treatment of Malaria
  • Doxycycline – treatment of Malaria

Ok, so I may have gone a little over the top, but I am a medical professional by trade after all. I think our parents and healthcare worker friends/family would be very proud. The nice thing is that all of this fit into a very small packing cube!

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