Do you know which medical supplies you should bring on holiday? Read our guide to find out what you should keep in your travel medicine bag.
Where you’re going on holiday and what’s in your travel medicine bag matters.
Did you know that nearly 65% of travellers to the developing world report a health-related problem during their trip?
Most of these health issues are small problems – such as skin disorders and respiratory infections. They might cause you a bit of inconvenience, but they won’t ruin your trip. That is of course if you have a travel medicine bag. For the major health issues you’ll have travel insurance, but for minor issues a travel medicine bag allows you to treat yourself without making a medical claim – or helps begin treatment before a medical professional arrives. Indeed, needing to seek medical care is still a real possibility, with 8% of travellers sick enough to do so.
Whenever you go on holiday, it is important to be prepared for all types of medical events. Combing your travel insurance with a travel medical bag is a great start!
These are your essentials. If you have pre-existing medical conditions and you are currently taking medication, you will need to bring along enough of your medication to last your entire trip. You may be able to refill your medication at a pharmacy abroad, but the exact same medication may not be available. Also, you might not be able to access it without a doctor’s prescription from that country – or you could have to pay more for it.
Which means it’s best to bring all of the medication that you will need so that you don’t have to worry about trying to find your specific medication in a foreign pharmacy.
Stocking up on basic first aid supplies is great for two reasons: they cover a broad range of treatments, and you won’t have to look around for them in an unfamiliar place.
It is also a good idea to have some supplies in your suitcase so that you can be prepared for the most common ailments that might strike when you travel; such as headaches, colds, or an upset stomach. You could even keep them in a small first aid case within your luggage.
It might be the case that your medical condition requires urgent attention. For example, if you have an allergy which causes anaphylaxis, or you’re susceptible to diabetic shock. In such circumstances where you are unaware of your surroundings, it is important that other people know how to treat you. If your pre-existing medical condition could cause this scenario, it is also worth keeping the following information in your travel medicine bag:
Keeping your travel insurance details in your travel medicine bag will remind you exactly which medical emergency assistance team to call in the event of an emergency. In addition, if you become incapacitated the details will also help avoid any confusion as to where you are brought for treatment. In fact, it’s a good idea to keep not only a printed copy in your travel medicine bag, but also a digital copy as a backup in your email.
A travel medicine bag is a great tool, but you still need specialist travel insurance as well. If you are planning a trip why not consider AlClear?
The information in this blog post is not intended to replace professional medical advice. It is a general overview of a broad medical care topic. Blog posts are not tailored to one person’s specific medical requirements, diagnosis or treatment. If you do notice symptoms or you require medical advice, you should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider to obtain professional medical help. Read through our disclaimer for more information.
Written by Lydia Crispin, MA Content Creator at AllClear
Edited by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear
Written by: Lydia Crispin | Travel Insurance ExpertLast Updated: 1 March 2022
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