You would not believe the amount of medication I have accumulated in my home in Goa.
Most travellers come to the far east with a full bag of medicines. Hoping, in most cases, all drugs remain closed until the end of the trip. If the end of the trip happens to be in Goa – they find their way to me, and I pass them on as needed.
It is important to know that in most places in the far east you can buy drugs without a doctor’s prescription, so there is no reason to bring all drugs from your home country. Everything can be easily and cheaply obtained in case of need.
So what do I recommend bringing with you?
- Before going on a trip you should go to a travel clinic and get advice on vaccinations – depending on what you had in the past and where you plan to travel.
- Fever and pain relief drugs: can be easily obtained anywhere without prescription, just bring a single box of the drugs you normally use (paracetamol or ibuprofen tablets for adults, one bottle of syrup for children).
- Burns: One of the most common injuries on trips: sunburns, jellyfish stings, burns from motorcycle exhaust. I recommended you have a soothing substance like aloe vera, and for more severe cases also burn ointment and gauze. A small amount is enough, and if necessary, buy more.
- Plasters: a pack of gauze and bandages, a tape suitable for bandaging and disinfectant in case it’s needed.
- Antibiotics – In my opinion, there is no need to stock up in advance. If necessary, consult a doctor and buy the appropriate antibiotics. women who have a tendency to urinary tract infections, it makes sense to have appropriate antibiotics with you.
- Antibiotic ointment: wounds tend to get infected while travelling. Take one tube with you to have a first aid when necessary.
- Diarrhoea: usually you will not need any drugs. If you are travelling with children, have an oral rehydration powder with you (a mixture of salts to prevent dehydration). Drugs that stop diarrhoea, like Loperamide, should be taken only in extreme situations, or if you are just about to take a long drive. When you suspect bacterial diarrhoea (high fever, bloody diarrhoea or mucus in your stool) you should consult a doctor before taking antibiotics.
- Allergies: antihistamine drops for children, tablets for adults are effective in many cases of itchy rash, or swollen bites.
- Earaches: In small children with fever and earaches, a doctor’s examination is recommended. In older children and adults, an internal ear infection is not common, and the pain will usually be a part of URTI (with running nose and sore throat) or inflammation of the outer ear (a common condition in places with a sea/pool). You can try analgesic ear drops if in pain or paracetamol/ibuprofen if very painful. See a doctor if there is no relief.
- Travel sickness: a common problem while travelling, especially in underdeveloped countries. a lot of long trips on bad roads. Tremain tablets should be provided (dosage for children according to doctors instructions).
- Mosquitoes: It is best to buy local mosquito repellents, and of course, to avoid getting bitten as much as possible (wear long clothes in the evening and use mosquito nets). Do not underestimate! Some of the Mosquito transmitted diseases can be severe.
- Lice: if your kids meet other kids while travelling – they might get infected. Bring good lice comb with you!!
- Chronic medications according to your medical condition should be brought with you.
If you have any additional recommendations from your experience? I will be happy to hear!