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Travel medical kit checklist

Packing the Essentials

Use this handy checklist to review what you have at home already for your trip – then pop into us to fill in any gaps and to ask advice for any specific needs you have depending on your destination

Analgesic (pain relief) medicine such as paracetamol or aspirin.

Antihistamine tablets for bites, stings or allergies.

Motion sickness tablets.

Throat lozenges or drops.

Antiseptic solution for cleaning wounds or bites.

Antiseptic ointment to apply to a wound.

PlastersBlister patches, Eg Compeed

Medical adhesive tape, e.g. Micropore.

Insect repellent containing DEET (diethyl toluamide).

Sting relief solution, .

Diarrhoea medicine, e.g. Imodium (loperamide).

Mild laxative, for constipation.

Antacid for indigestion.

Antifungal or antibacterial cream.Hydrocortisone 1% cream.

Fluid and electrolyte replacement powder or tablets, e.g. Dioralyte

Hand Sanitiser

Eye lubricant drops.

Sunscreen (at least SPF 30+).

Thermometer (a forehead thermometer is best for travel as it doesn’t break or run out of batteries).

Wound dressings, e.g. a crepe bandage, gauze swabs and OpSite, and Steristrips, which can often take the place of stitches.

Safety pins, scissors and tweezers (you may not be allowed to carry these in your cabin luggage).

Ear plugs.

European Health insurance card.

Other items you should think about taking, depending on your individual needs and your destination, include:

Regular prescription medicines, which should be kept in their original containers with clear labels and carried in your hand luggage when travelling. You should also take a letter from your doctor stating the names of the medicines, the dose and that they are for your personal use, plus a copy of your prescriptions, written using the generic name of the drug to avoid confusion with trade names in foreign countries. Some countries may not let visitors bring in certain medicines, so you may wish to check first with the embassy or consulate in Ireland, before you go

Medical equipment you use regularly, such as sterile syringes and needles.

Spare pair of glasses or your eye prescription.

Cold and Flu tablets

Water purifying tablets.

A mosquito-proof bed net.

Digital thermometer.

Sterile syringes.

First aid reference.


Prescription medicines for travel-related conditions

Travel to developing countries, remote areas, tropical climates and high altitudes increases your risk of certain conditions that you would not encounter at home or during travel to developed temperate-climate countries. Many of these conditions are treated or avoided by taking prescription medicines. So, apart from taking your regular prescription medicines with you, as described above, your doctor or travel clinic may suggest some of the following:

Altitude sickness medicines.

Antibiotics for certain intestinal infections or for serious respiratory infection.

Malaria prevention tablets.

Use this checklist as a guide to things you may need in your medical kit when travelling - you may need less or more, depending on the activities you may undertake, and the remoteness of the area you visit.

Think about the area you are visiting and what may or may not be available there. Some careful planning and packing before your trip can avoid any wasted time, inconvenience or worse while you're away.

Pop in for a chat with us and we can advise you if you aren't sure what you may need to keep your travels safe and healthy.

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