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  • Analgesic (pain relief) medicine such as paracetamol or aspirin.
  • Antihistamine tablets for bites, stings or allergies. (eg. Fexofenadine 180mg)
  • Antiseptic solution for cleaning wounds or bites. (eg. Betadine or Chlorhexidine)
  • Antiseptic ointment to apply to a wound
  • Cold and flu tablets.
  • Diarrhoea medicine, e.g. Imodium (loperamide).
  • Eye lubricant drops.
  • Ear plugs.
  • Fluid and electrolyte replacement powder or tablets, e.g. Gastrolyte
  • Insect repellent containing DEET (diethyl toluamide).
  • Motion sickness tablets. (eg. Stemetil, Hyoscine (Kwells))
  • Safety pins, scissors and tweezers (you are not allowed to carry these in your cabin luggage).
  • Sunscreen (SPF50+ recommended).
  • Tape, medical adhesive e.g. Micropore.
  • Thermometer
  • Wound dressings, e.g. a crepe bandage, gauze swabs and OpSite, and Steristrips, which can often take the place of stitches.

Other items you should take, depending on your individual needs and your destination, include:

  • Regular prescription medicines, which should be kept in their original containers with clear labels and carried in your hand luggage when travelling. You should also take a letter from your doctor stating the names of the medicines, the dose and that they are for your personal use, plus a copy of your prescriptions, written using the generic name of the drug to avoid confusion with trade names in foreign countries.
  • Medical equipment you use regularly, such as sterile syringes and needles.
  • Spare pair of glasses or your eye prescription.
  • Condoms or other contraceptives.
  • Water purifying tablets.
  • Mosquito net – A mosquito-proof bed net – ideally permethrin impregnated.

Prescription medicines for travel-related conditions

Travel to developing countries, remote areas, tropical climates and high altitudes increases your risk of certain conditions that you would not encounter at home or during travel to developed temperate-climate countries. Many of these conditions are treated or avoided by taking prescription medicines. So, apart from taking your regular prescription medicines with you, as described above, your doctor may suggest some of the following:

  • Altitude sickness medicines.
  • Antibiotics for certain intestinal infections or for serious respiratory infection.
  • Malaria prevention tablets.

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