Best Travel Medicines To Bring When Traveling
Best Travel Medicines – Last week my BFF gave me a re-cap of her Holiday family cruise vacation. As fun as the first few days were, it quickly turned into a traveling family’s nightmare when her 4 y.o. son got sick at sea.
Harboring a 103-degree fever, she immediately realized that she’d forgotten the children’s Tylenol and wanted to slap herself for doing so. After finding the ship’s infirmary and speaking with the onboard nurse. She knew that leaving the Tylenol was probably her biggest mistake. The nurse informed her that as soon as the doctor became available, he’d see her son and that the change would be $140! One hundred and forty dollars – just in case you thought that was a typo. When she asked the nurse for a pack of Tylenol, little did she know she was about to embark on an at-sea treasure hunt?
She was given the run around for well over an hour between the infirmary and the ship’s front desk until finally she raised her voice and got the attention she needed. That’s a nicer way of saying she “went Brooklyn on them.” Miraculously a packet of children’s Tylenol appeared at a whopping price of $9.00! “Huh? $9.00? For two pills?” That’s what I said when she told me. Of course, she griped at the price in retrospect – in the heat of the moment, her only concern was getting my godson medicated.
So what gives? Why is Tylenol or any other medicine so expensive at sea or overseas for that matter (if you can find it)? Dare I say it’s not important – just don’t leave home without it? Yup, I think it’s fair enough to cut to the chase and bypass the why’s with this simple recommendation.
Outside of your local CVS, RiteAid, Target or some other drugstore, medicines like ibuprofen, Tylenol, and aspirin are expensive. They’re definitely line items on my packing lists. Other things like laxatives aren’t the easiest medicines to find in some foreign countries either but if you’re smart. You’ll heed my advice – this is something else you don’t want to leave behind. My experience as an exchange student in Florence began with two tough weeks of my system adjusting to the drastic change in diet. Let’s just say, it wasn’t my best couple of weeks in all my travel escapades.
So! Here’s the deal. The following is a list of medicines you should strongly consider picking up trial sizes of and leaving in your luggage so that you don’t forget them on your next trip:
- Tylenol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen
- Cold/Allergy Medicine
- Eye Drops
- Calamine Lotion
- Happy Travels.
Tawanna Browne Smith is a Jill of many trades. She’s a travel writer, author, actress, entrepreneur, and community leader, amongst other things.
She has a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Stanford University and a Masters degree in International Economic Policy from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Her past work and her husband’s current work have kept her on the go.
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