Medical Traveling Essentials
Author: be well™ with Big Y® Registered Dietitian Team
As you get ready for summer adventures, keep these medical must-haves on hand.
Underwear? Check. Toothbrush? Check. Bathing suit? Check. Snacks for the road? Check.
Sounds like you’re off to a great start for a fun, relaxing trip! But your suitcase is still missing some important things… Whether you are going on a quick day trip or as far as Timbuktu, be sure to pack these essential health materials:
Enough medication to last the duration of your trip—plus a few extra just in case!
List of current medications, doctors’ numbers and emergency contacts.
Your pharmacy’s phone number.
List of places where your insurance is accepted—especially if you’re going out of the country!
Heartburn medications—for eating different foods.
Diarrhea and constipation medications—when new foods don’t agree with you.
Allergy medications—new place, different allergens.
Motion sickness medication for car, bus, plane or boat rides.
Sleep aids and/or ear plugs.
EpiPen—pack two, and make sure your travel companions know how to use it, too.
First aid kit.
Bandages, ointments, lip balm, pain medication, etc.
Sick-day kit for diabetes.
Extra diabetes supplies, sugar-free medications, glucose tablets, etc.
Sunscreen, bug spray and protective clothing and hats.
Medical alert bracelet or necklace.
Get any vaccinations for where you are going ahead of time.
Stop by your local Big Y Pharmacy and let your pharmacist know you’re going on a trip! Your pharmacist can help you prepare kits, lists and necessary vaccinations.
For more information, speak to one of our knowledgeable Big Y pharmacists, and visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage travelers’ health section for tips on packing smart.