Every traveler needs to be prepared for those eventual times you get hurt, bumped, scraped, hit, side wiped, face plant, crash a moto or generally mess your self up. Hopefully these activities won’t happen on one day or even in one month. Most likely, you’ll just have to worry about an occasional bump or scrape……
……Unless you are accident prone like me. During one 8 hour jungle trek, I managed to cut myself on grass (who does that), get attacked by leeches, hit my head on a stick while jumping off a waterfall, scrape my legs to kingdom come and face plant while jumping off a one foot ledge. These are the necessary things for everyone to carry, no matter where you are in the world.
Antibiotic is great for those scrapes. Anti-fungal is necessary, unfortunately, when you play as much in the wild as I seem to. Or apparently just play with a dog in Phnom Penh. It’s great to slap some of that one those random skin conditions you may have.
After carrying a heavy backpack or walking long distances, this stuff SAVES your LIFE!
Just a fact of life, as you travel, your stomach will get messed up. You’re going to eat things that will run right through you! After a few days, a week or even a month… Imodium will stop you up.
Day and Night cold medicine
Why is it that as soon as you go on vacation, you get sick? Like clockwork! Its never a fun time to be exploring a new city or trekking through the jungle or riding a camel and sneezing like crazy, coughing and generally feeling miserable. Day and night cold medicine will make all the difference and help you get through it faster and easier.
I wasn’t sure about carrying a thermometer, my mom made me take one. And then I got a fever. Since I travel solo, it was hard to check how warm I really was. Fevers are the one thing you shouldn’t mess around with, so being able to tell if you are 100 degrees versus 104 degrees is NECESSARY!
Ugh, when you are stuffed up, you snore. Snoring is akin to being the devil while staying in a dorm. Take these to clear you right up!
While I’m a fan of listening to your body when it hurts, there are times when you need to take the edge off hurting feet or a blistering sun burn (or a bad hangover). Some light ibuprofen will help. Also, good anti-inflammatory!
Having an unsettled stomach is the name of the game when you first get to a new country (especially Asia). Taking something to kill the rumbling or settle the acid reflux that might happen makes for a happy traveler.
After handling tarantulas, monkeys, Cambodia bathrooms or Roman catacombs, you need to clean your hands up a bit. Hot water and soap is king but not always available. Hand sanitizer is the next best thing.
Anti-itch cream is what I dream about sometimes… damn mosquitoes! After a year in Asia, I have learned the power of being able to sleep without scratching myself to death. Tooth numbing gel is good too, especially after you travel for a long time. You never know when you might have a tooth issue. Make sure you go to the dentist but this will carry you through til you can get to one.
I have never had allergies but when I moved to Asia, I started with the scratchy eyes and snuffly nose. These babies saved my butt!
All sizes are necessary, although I’m not sure what those little square ones are for. I prefer the anti-bacterial ones for the scrapes I get while hopping through the forest but all are good. Carry them, you’ll appreciate having good ones after you see what you might find in backwater Laos.
And last but not least, if you ever have to help someone else, use a glove. While I’ll never say no to helping someone in need, I need to watch out for my own health too. Glove up! 🙂
It should go without saying but these are just my recommendations and you should always consult a doctor before taking any medication or stuff!
Stay safe out there and let me know if you think anything is missing from this list!