Before going on a trip, it helps to see your physician first. This is especially important if you have some health conditions and you need to be checked if you are fit to travel or not. Also, you need to prepare prescription medications in addition to the regular first aid medicines, and the only way to get such medication is seeing your doctor.
So what are the specific medicines that you need to bring when you travel?
If you have maintenance medicines or special health conditions, be sure to bring your doctor’s prescription and a good supply of prescribed medicine. Keeping a copy of your doctor’s prescription allows you to buy additional medicine in case you run out of stock during your trip and to show proof for taking prescribed medicine.
Whether you have allergies or not, bring a couple of antihistamines, which effectively soothes and relieves itching, skin rashes and insect bites. If possible, buy non-drowse antihistamines so you will not feel sleepy and still enjoy your travel despite the medicine intake.
Bring medicine for constipation, diarrhea and hyperacidity. These medicines are important because you will likely sample new types of food when you visit places, and at times, you cannot be certain how your body reacts to certain types of food ingredients and preparations. For food allergies, take antihistamines. Always bring with you plenty of nutritious fluids like juices and water. If visiting places with little potable water supply, bring water purifiers.
Travels can cause headaches and body aches. Take painkillers to relieve yourself from the pains due to sleep loss, long walks, prolonged sitting, extreme activities and unusual weather conditions. Paracetamol is the best and most common painkiller you can buy and pack.
Bring medicine for skin sores, blisters, sunburns and even minor scrapes and cuts. Your skin is the most affected part when you go visit places, especially in tropical countries. Always apply sunblock with good SPF to avoid sunburns and damaging UV exposure.
Whether you are prone to motion sickness or not, it pays to have medication to prevent discomforts of prolonged travels. Balms and inhalers alone may work, though at times, you will require antihistamines.
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