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Getting sick while travelling is one of the least pleasant experiences. It is best to be prepared in case of illness and may help to implement preventative measures.

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Tips

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Check what are allowed in countries you visit. Items may be illegal or require documentation to import.

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Contraceptive

Stay safe. Reduce the chances of catching anything unwanted and having an unplanned someone. Check for damage and expiry.

Vitamins

Eating a balanced diet might not be easy on a trip, or you may have regular vitamins you take.

Allergy Medication

If you suffer from allergies, it can be a good idea to bring your own trusted weapon of choice to combat them.

Motion Sickness Remedy

People have different luck with these, but if you have found something that works for you then remember to bring it along.

Nausea & Diarrhea Remedy

Nobody wants to get sick, but being prepared can make a difference. Also useful if you are trekking in high altitude. Make sure you seek medical attention if you are in a bad way.

Laxative

A remedy for when you are suffering from constipation.

Pain Reliever

There are a few different pain relievers and some are better for certain pains than others. Also be aware if you need a prescription in the places you are travelling for the drugs you want to take.

Water Purification

Some places won't have easy access to drinking water and you may need to make your own.

Sleep Medication

If you have trouble sleeping, make sure anything you bring is legal and be careful not to end up drowsy and missing events or doing something you might regret.

Herbal Supplements

If you plan on using an herb based solutions, make sure they are legal where you are travelling.

Prescription Medication
Earplugs (Swimming)

Earplugs that can keep the water out of your eyes when underwater.

Nose Clip (Water)

A special clip designed to keep water out of your nose during aquatic activities.

Nose Clip (Snoring)

A clip used to prevent or reduce snoring noise.

Child's Pain Reliever

If you have small children, you may want to bring special pain relievers designed with children in mind.

Insect Spray

Chemical insecticide used for pest control to kill flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, etc.

Insect Repellent

Insects can be annoying, but also deadly. Mosquitoes and the diseases they carry kill are one of the biggest killers in the world. Research what you need to prevent getting bitten or stung. DEET based products seem to be the most effective, although there are some contrasting reports about how safe it is to use and it can damage some materials, like plastic. Some people prefer alternatives, like picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus based repellents.

Throat Lozenges

Typically a medicated tablet intended to be dissolved slowly in the mouth. Promotes relief from coughing, an irritated throat and symptoms of a cold or influenza.

Earplugs

Sometimes you just want some peace and quiet, or some sleep. You might not be able to totally block everything out, but sometimes some earplugs can be your savior.

Fungal Cream

When travelling, you might end up with some nasties turning up in places you don't want. Wearing footwear in showers may help reduce your chances of a fungal infection.

Cold/Flu Medication

Before bringing any medication, check to make sure it is allowed where you are travelling so you don't end up trying to explain it to the authorities. Check expiry dates before leaving.

Malaria Tablets

Maleria is one of the biggest killers in the world. Get advice from your doctor about whether you should take these as they have their downsides too.

First-Aid Kit

It is a good idea to have even a basic first-aid kit in case something goes wrong. Check the contents for expired products or any replacements you need before your trip. You can buy them pre-made, or make your own.

Swimming Cap

Tight fitting head gear that keeps your hair dry when underwater. Sometimes required in swimming pools to keep hair from entering filters.

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