Best Travel Medications List and Travel Medical Supplies Checklist

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Best Travel Medications List

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Everyone needs the Best Travel Medications List, Travel Medical Supply List, and Travel Medical Supplies Checklist when they go on holiday and travel aboard.

When you are going abroad, some medicines are available at the local pharmacies, and some travel locations don’t have drugstores. Some meds bought abroad are black-market drugs, and you won’t want to buy them from the local drug store when you are traveling. My best advice is to be careful when purchasing drugs when traveling.

Best Travel Medications List

To be prepared for your trip make an appointment with your doctor for a travel consultation. My advice is to see your doctor and ask for the medicines that you normally take and those you may need while you are on your journey. Maybe you will need a sleeping pill for the airplane ride. Perhaps you will need medicine for extreme food poisoning that occurs in the region you are visiting. Your doctor will have recommendations for you and will know what you should bring.

But, what ever you do while you are traveling, don’t take any drugs you are allergic to, or you will get sick and may end up in the hospital. Bring your prescription drugs from home. Take enough of your medications to last the whole trip.

Last but not least, and maybe one of the most importantly drink Water! Please, make sure you don’t get dehydrated. It’s so easy to do while you are running around in the heat. Be careful and stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle with you in your purse or backpack. Just don’t bring it into the museums.

Be Medically Prepared

Here is a General Travel Medical Check List and the Travel Medications I take when traveling alone, traveling aboard or while I am on holiday or vacation. Remember – always check with your doctor.

If you need an EpiPen – bring it with you. Your EpiPen at home won’t help you when you are traveling if it’s not with you. Please keep your EpiPen with you in your backpack or purse.

Travel medical supply list

Print this Travel Medical Supply List

Then check with your doctor or local pharmacist to get a travel medical kit from them that is perfect for you. Not everyone is the same, so you will need your medicines customized. Schedule with your doctor a “travel check-up” with your doctor but when you go bring this list. That way you can talk about the travel medical supplies you will need.

MedicineWhen to use itSecondary useCheck
Ace Band AidSnake bites– compressionCompression Wrap Sprains – compression
TylenolFor Fevers. It can treat minor aches and pains and reduces fever.AnalgesicAches & Pains
IbuprofenIt can treat fever and mild to severe pain.Nonsteroidal


Must use every 4 hours to work

every 4 hours

BenadrylIt can treat pain and itching caused by insect bites, minor cuts, burns, poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac when applied topically. In its oral form, it can treat hay fever, allergies, cold symptoms, and insomnia. In its injected form, it can treat severe allergic reactions, motion sickness, and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.Antihistamine
RICERest, Ice, Compress, ElevateTreatment

soft tissue injuries



Treats sun sores which I get. It can treat herpes virus infections, including shingles, and cold sores. It can also treat chickenpox. This medication does not cure sun sores or herpes but may prevent sores or blisters.Antiviral drug
CiproIt can treat infectionsAntibiotics
BactrimBroad Antibiotic General StaphAntibiotics Sulfamethoxazole / Trimethoprim
Imodium ADDiarrheaMild food poisoning
Loperamide 2mlDiarrheaFood poisoning
OndansetronNauseaFood poisoning1 pill every 12 hours




OintmentMinimal Antibiotic

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Kate started traveling for work. Now with grown children, who are travelers, she travels for pleasure looking for great travel experiences. Currently, her home is in Bellevue, WA, and lives with her cat Angelina Jolie. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Colorado, an MBA and Master of Arts, Management. Her favorite things are exploring new cultures, traveling the world, creating a painting and sour or spicy foods.


  1. Rhonda Brown

    August 19, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    So informative! Thanks for your tips from experience Kate.

    • Kate

      August 19, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      glad you like it. From your experience, would you add any thing more?

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