Travel Medical Kits

Most travellers will need to carry a basic medical kit. This should include:

  • Basic dressings and antiseptic,
  • an anti nausea/motion sickness medication,
  • antidiarrheal medication,
  • an antihistamine,
  • a broad spectrum antibiotic,
  • antibiotic ointment, and
  • simple pain relief.

Depending on destination and availability of medical services, medications such as traveller’s diarrhea antibiotics, antimalarial medication, and altitude sickness medication may be needed. Remote travellers may need to take sterile needles and syringes and suture kits, and standby treatments for disease such as malaria if access to medical services is poor.

All routine medications and travel medications should be clearly labeled and preferably kept in the original containers. A Doctors letter detailing all the medications you are carrying should be kept with your medications. Carrying your prescriptions as well is helpful.

Very good information on travel kits for your destination is available at cdc.gov/travel.