It never fails if you’re going to get sick while away from home, it’ll happen at night when the stores are closed or somewhere when you’re a distance from a town with a drug store, and the worst scenario is it happens in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language. So be prepared to alleviate your symptoms or cure your ills by always packing a few key medications in travel sizes. I personally keep them in my toiletry bag and never take them out so they are always on hand for my next trip. The trick so that you’re not packing your whole medicine chest or liquids is to look for travel-sized packages of tablets as they are light and take up minimal space in your luggage. Make sure you check the expiration date on the individual packages each time you go.
Should you contact your doctor before travel?
If you’re going to a more exotic destination visit a travel clinic first. The clinic doctor can help with vaccines and prescription travel medications. Contact your physician if you need to travel with prescriptions or medical devices. Take photos with your phone or photocopies of your prescription bottles and scripts in case of loss while you’re traveling. Having your exact dose, physician’s name and contact information available can help facilitate getting replacements in another location.
Here are our top picks for over the counter medications smart travelers keep handy
Anti Diarrheal and Heartburn Medication
Diarrhea is usually brought on by contaminated food or water or by bacteria that your system is not used to. Whatever the cause you want relief as soon as you feel bad. Select tablets or capsules as these forms won’t leak and make a mess inside your bags. Tablets and capsules are also lightweight which is another advantage over the liquid form of relief.
Pack Imodium or Nexium
Pain and Fever Medication
These medicines can help with achy feet, sore muscles, headaches brought on by high altitude or jet lag and so much more. One of the most typical complaints of travelers is general aches and pain caused by walking. You can easily log a lot more miles walking in urban settings in a day than you do at home. Too much walking can cause achy feet, a sore back and overusing of muscles. Make sure you select a medication that doesn’t interfere with any other medications you’re taking. If you’re unsure as t which type of pain reliever is best for you a quick call or email to your doctor will clarify your choice.
Pack Advil or Tylenol
Over the Counter Mild Laxative
Here we go with more tummy ailments… Sometimes when you’re on the go it is tough “to go” Different foods, water and getting used to any time changes can have an unpleasant effect on your digestive system. We recommend looking for products that again are tablets or capsules that can’t accidentally spill in your luggage. When looking for a travel laxative look for a mild formula, one maybe you have already tried. You don’t want any uncomfortable surprises.
Pack Miralax or Senokot
Over the Counter Antihistamine
Allergies can spring up in a new climate, don’t suffer the misery of a stuffy or a runny nose, itchy eyes or sneezing. Different locations even just a couple of hours away from home can be a new micro-climate. A new micro-climate or location can encourage different grasses, flora, and other allergy-triggering plants to create a miserable experience for you. And don’t think that an urban or city location is exempt from triggering allergies.
Pack Claritin or Zyrtec
Over the Counter Sleep Aid
These can come in handy to help overcome jet lag, noisy sleeping conditions, and uncomfortable sleeping conditions while en route. Frequent flyers keep a sleep aid handy in their carry-on for longer overnight flights. Read the packaging so you don’t inadvertently find yourself groggy upon arrival at your destination. You certainly don’t want to drive in a sleepy state. Consider using eyeshades and earplugs to also assist in getting the rest you want.
Pack Unisom or Melatonin
Travel confidently that you’re thinking ahead and have solutions in your bag for any minor inconveniences and symptoms that travel may throw your way.
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