Table 2—

General travel supplies

Eyes, skin, lips protectionGastrointestinal, genitourinary infectionsRespiratory symptomsPainVaccinationsOther
UV protection (used prophylactically)Oral rehydration salts (e.g., Gastrolyte)Cough drops (sugar-free)Tylenol 2Diphtheria, polio, and tetanusAll other medications normally taken
Bandages (a variety of sizes)Bismuth subsalicylate (e.g., Peptobismol; used prophylactically)Cough suppressant (sugar-free)Tylenol 3Hepatitis A and BAntinausea (e.g. Gravol, oral or suppository; as necessary)
“Second skin” blister padsLoperamide hydrochloride (Imodium)AntihistaminesAnkle braces, knee braces and/or elastic bandageEncephalitis, Meningococcal, Typhoid, Yellow Fever (where required or if advisable; as determined by geographic location)Sleep aid (sleeping pills or hypnotics, as advised by physician; as necessary)
Antibiotic ointmentBroad spectrum antibiotic (e.g., a quinolone)Rabies (only if bitten)Water purification tablets/iodine (as necessary)
Fluconazole/topicalMetronidazoleAcetazolamide (for altitude; used prophylactically)
Antimalarial (used prophylactically as required for side-trips and/or for jungle travel to remote mountain locations; as determined by geographic location)
  • All medications should be in appropriately labeled (e.g. dose information, patient’s name), waterproof, and unbreakable containers, when possible.