Travel Medicine Kit
Even when traveling to a familiar location, packing a travel health kit can help you avoid inconvenience and discomfort should you need medications while on the road. What you choose to include in your travel medications kit depends to some extent upon your destination. If you're traveling abroad, be sure to inform yourself about the quality and extent of health care facilities in every country you're visiting. The U.S. State Department Web site (http://travel.state.gov/) contains a wealth of information for those traveling abroad, including information about finding medical services abroad.
Even if you'll be staying in the U.S., you may not feel like searching for a 24-hour pharmacy in a strange city at midnight should the need arise. To cover the basic minor illnesses and injuries, we recommend including the following items in your travel kit:
Depending on your travel plans, you may also want to consider adding some of the following items to your kit:
Unless you're traveling in an area without access to pharmacies, taking small amounts of everything should suffice. Many pharmacies sell travel-sized packages of common over-the-counter medications as well as small travel first aid kits. If you have any special medical needs, be sure to check with your doctor's office about other items you may need to include in your travel kit.
Last Editorial Review: 11/13/2008