Preparing a Traveler's Medical Kit

  Preparing a Travelers Medical Kit
Depending on your destination and the duration of your travel, you may wish to prepare a basic medical kit to use in the event of minor injuries or illnesses.


  • 1 percent hydrocortisone cream
  • Acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen for pain or fever
  • Antacids
  • Antibiotic for self-treatment of moderate to severe diarrhea
  • Antifungal and antibacterial ointments or creams
  • Antihistamine (loratadine or cetirizine)
  • Antimalarial medications, if applicable
  • Antimotion sickness medication
  • Contraceptives (if appropriate)
  • Cough suppressant/expectorant
  • Decongestant
  • Epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen), especially if history of severe allergic reaction
  • Mild laxative
  • Over-the-counter antidiarrheal medication (e.g., bismuth subsalicylate [Pepto-Bismol® or loperamide])
  • Throat lozenges

Other Important Items

  • Aloe gel for sunburns
  • Antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60 percent alcohol)
  • Basic first-aid items (adhesive bandages, gauze, ACE wrap, antiseptic, tweezers, scissors)
  • Digital thermometer
  • First aid quick-reference card
  • High-altitude illness preventive medication (Acetazolamide Rx)
  • Insect repellent containing DEET (up to 50 percent)
  • Lubricating eye drops
  • Mild sedative or other sleep aid
  • Moleskin for blisters
  • Oral rehydration solution packets
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Water purification tablets or filter