It’s summer time and many patients are traveling. We receive many requests at Alta Health Group for medication refills to carry them through a trip. Travelers should consider taking some additional medical supplies such as the basics of suntan lotion, Band-Aids, etc.
We have come up with a more comprehensive list of medical supplies for patients traveling. This can remain packed and ready to go. You need only supplement it with fresh medications.
Here is our list:
Alcohol pads, individually wrapped (eight is a good amount)
Band-Aids (about a dozen in various sizes)
Blister Pads (Band-Aid Advanced Healing work great both regular and finger/toe)
Gauze pads (2” X 3” about six)
Ibuprofen 400 mg (pain reliever inflammation and minor fever)
Tweezers, fine-point (Dozens of uses)
Ondansetron 8 mg (great for nausea and vomiting)
Cipro 500mg (best remedy for traveler’s diarrhea)
Z Pack (good multipurpose antibiotic)
Steroid dose pack for asthma patients
Pepto Bismol chewable tablets (many uses)
Antihistamine (a non-drowsy type like Zyrtec or Clartin used for hives, itching, rash, allergies or common cold)
Chapstick get decent SPF (Obvious use but also good for stubborn zippers)
Iodine tablets (use in any suspect water)
Epi-Pen (if you have potentially threatening allergies)
Most important- adequate supply of your normal medication
Be sure to include your primary and specialist physician’s telephone numbers in event of an emergency. Also, prepare a list of medications you are currently taking to include dosage and frequency. Keep the list in your wallet or purse and give a copy to your traveling partner. If you are seriously injured, this will be one of the first questions you’re asked. Finally, be sure your regular medications are in your carryon. Do not put them in checked baggage.
Have a safe trip!