With just a few more days left before I fly out, I’ve been frantically making sure I have everything ready to pack. Clothes – check, Shoes – check, Cameras – check, Memory Cards – check, Medicines – errrr BIG CHECK!
Whenever going somewhere for a few days or weeks I always make sure I have the right medicines just in case I start to feel sick but with me being a Pharmacist, I still rarely take medicines for things like headaches, colds, etc. since I know the side effects that come with it. Buuuuuut when worst comes to worst at least I know I’m prepared.
So here I’ve listed for you 5 of the must have medicines to keep handy when traveling:
1. Pain Meds
eg. Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin. These of course are a given. I usually like to bring at least 5 to 10 depending on how many days I’ll be gone.
2. Cough/Cold/Flu Meds
These medicines are also good to have although I rarely take them and usually just wait it out and drink a lot of water.
3. Stomach Meds
e.g.Anti-Diarrhea (Loperamide), Laxatives. What a horrible nightmare it would be if you were having stomach issues while on a bus with no toilet! :O
4. Anti-Motion Sickness Meds
If you’re like me and get car-sick, sea-sick, plane-sick really really easily better take some anti-motion sickness medicines with you. e.g. Meclizine HCl – one hour before traveling, CHEW the chewable tablet before swallowing, once a day (adult dose) as needed.
Travelling can really pull your immune system down and if you’re not getting enough vitamins from the food you’re eating, definitely bring some with you!
- Keep medicines in one place, labelled (to avoid mix-ups) and in your carry-on luggage/bag.
- Only take as much as you need since there are restrictions especially if you’re flying internationally.
- Take them AS NEEDED ONLY! You don’t wanna be popping pills and overdosing alrighttttt.
- STAY HYDRATED!!!!