A Traveler’s Medical Checklist And First Aid
Medical Checklist – A few weeks before you are scheduled to travel, you should think about the medical supplies and first aid you need. This supply depends on your health and your goals. In addition to your passport, you must carry the immunization record with you and photocopy this note.
It’s also a good idea to bring a list of medications that you take and the dosage. Then, if you are injured and need medical treatment, your doctor can cross-check your medicines to find out adverse reactions.
Your prescription medication must be in an original bottle so that customs officials can identify the medicine. DO NOT repackage the pill in another container or zippered plastic bag. If you have a heart condition and need to take antibiotics before dental treatment, take a heart condition card with you. Also, take note of any allergies you might have.
- Medical alert bracelet if you wear it
- Glasses and case. Bring a photocopy of your glasses
to prescribe with you if your glasses are damaged and you have to replace it.
- Glasses repair kit (the small type with screwdriver and screw)
- Lens cleaning
- Sun hat or hat with a visor
- Band-aids and Moleskin if you experience blisters on your feet
- Interval support if your doctor has prescribed compression therapy. If you wear retaining stockings, bring a pair of rubber gloves. Reducing stockings with rubber gloves helps prevent holes.
- If you use a hearing aid or hearing aid, bring a small case
- You and many extra batteries.
- CPAP breathing machine if you suffer from sleep apnea. Place name tags on the case and machine.
- Antibiotics (In many countries, antibiotics are not available.)
- Nasal spray. (Follow the instructions and don’t take more than the label recommends.)
- Pain relievers, such as Ibuprofen
- Prescription drugs in original bottles
- Drunk pills or patches
- Antacid tablets such as Tums or Gas-X
- Cough drops
- Sunscreen (15 ratings or higher)
- Antibiotic cream for wounds
- Itchy creme for bites and rashes
Check the prescription date of all medications before you package them. Dated drugs may be ineffective or dangerous. Then, ask your doctor for prescription refills if you need it. Travelers with special health needs should consult their doctor several weeks before departure. Have a nice trip!
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