Travel Medical Kit – a complete guide
A medical emergency during your vacation trip can not be forecasted and it has to be catered seriously during the planning part of your trip itself. There are some famous travel destinations that are still untouched by the basic medical facilities. Destinations like the Cold desert of Leh and Ladakh and similarly placed locations have the very minimal medical infrastructure to cater for the medical need of yours during your vacation. Once started for such an isolated location for the vacations, you can not expect any medical team to reach timely if the need arises.
1. What is Travel Medical Kit
Travel medical kit is nothing but a small first aid box having basic required medicines to avoid discomfort during the vacations. This kit is of utmost necessity for you to carry along to avoid unnecessary mental harassment because of light medical issues en route. Sometimes normal medical problems like Headache, Cold and mild fever can create a problem for the travellers. It is frequent when the selected destination is not well equipped with the medical infrastructure and can not provide you timely help.
Through this blog, we will discuss some of the medicines which can be very helpful in such cases. The listed medicines are non-prescribed ones and hence can be purchase easily, but then also it is strongly suggested to have a consultation with the pharmacist if possible prior to buying to them.
2. Get idea about medical emergency
It is better that we, as a traveller must have sufficient knowledge about the medical emergencies we can encounter during trip, and accordingly, we should plan for the location. Because not having enough knowledge about these emergencies can further increase our problem once the trip started. We should be mentally and physically prepared to face those emergencies if the need arises. If not, we must abort our vacation and search for medical aid first place. Accordingly, we can select our vacation destinations and mark the places where we can have an access to medical aid during the trip.
3. Be sure about your Medical condition
These medicines we are carrying in our travel medical kit must be in addition to the regularly prescribed medicines for which we are currently under treatment. If you are under any treatment in the current then, in that case, you must carry your medical documents or prescription slip with you all the time. It will help the medical expert to suggest medical advice if any need arises in the trip.
Also, if you are under treatment for any illness, you must have the ready contact number of your doctor in case of any emergency. If you are under treatment and planning your trip to the locations where medical aid is not visible, I must suggest you change your destination immediately.
4. Know the Basic but helpful Medicines
There are some basic medicines we must carry within Travel Medical Kit and those medicines are listed here for your help. (Medicines must be checked and prescribed by the pharmacist if possible). The requirement of medicine depends on various factors like :
- the activities you are going to perform on the trip,
- location of the selected destination for the trip,
- availability of medical assistance there at destination etc.
- Your medical history
- Your present health condition
Very basic planning in terms of medical kit and all things it must include will surely save you from the problem, consumption of time, needless tension, and will make your vacation hassle-free. Carrying a travel medical kit will be extremely helpful when in transit or visiting a destination where no expert in the medical field can be fetched.
The scope of writing this blog is about the medicines that can be used for a particular medical issue. Moreover, I am not qualified to prescribe the medicine to anyone and the medicines listed below are general purpose and non prescribed in nature. So do consult any medical expert before buying all the medicines and surely he will help you in choosing the right medicine for you. There is a number of medicines available in the market with the same salt and of different companies but to treat a medical issue salt is the main ingredient that you should focus upon.
So your Travel medical kit may have medicines out of listed below and name indicated here are purely indicative and you can have other company product as well:
Common Fever : Paracetamol or Crocin
Cough : Phyto Releif Tablets and Glycodil Syrup
Cold : D-Cold total
Vomitting : Pepto-Bismol
Headache : Disprin
Stomach ache : Aspifast or Maharishi’s Amlant
Motion sickness : Meclizine
Dehydration : Electral powder or ORS
Loose Motion : Sporlac-DS
Pain Relief: Combiflam
Pain Relief spray : Volini or Moov
Anti Acid : Antacid
Anti Allergic : Citrazine
Throat Infections : Maliden
Insect Repellent : especially Mosquito
Antifungal Cream: Hiamalya Chiropex
Eye Drops: Tear Drops or Himalaya Opthcare
Ear Plugs or Defenders
Sunscreen : minimum SPF 30+
5. Pay for the medicines smartly
You should make payment in a smart way for the medicines purchased during your travel. Payment must be done only after receiving the lawful bill and slip off the pharma store. You should make use of Plastic Money like a Credit card to pay for the medicinal purchases, by this way you can save up to some percentage against the offers by the credit card companies. Also, it will retain a transaction history for your reference which be of use in the unknown case in future for you.