Preparing Your Own Medical Travel Kits

Medical travel kits are very important for travel, especially for people with underlying medical illnesses. Having the right medical supplies with you on your travels can save your life, should any untoward circumstances arise.

Commercial travel health kits are readily available in the market, but they have been put together in a generic sort of way, and may not contain the precise medical supplies that you may need for your particular condition. It is best to assemble your own medical travel kit based on your destination, duration of stay, type of travel as well as any pre-existing medical conditions.

A medical travel kit should be able to function more than just a first aid kit which can provide preventive measures for certain illness/infections. Certain medications should be included in the kit especially if the traveler has pre-existing medical illnesses to prevent the exacerbation of the condition.

Travelers with pre-existing medical conditions should prepare sufficient medication for the duration of the trip and additional supply in case the need to extend the stay arises. It is always wise to bring along the original medication cover or label as certain medications have different commercial name in different countries while the pharmacological name would remain the same.

For example, the famous pain killer, Paracetamol, has various commercial names in different countries. At times, the officials on duty at the medical dispensers may need such documents or labels to identify those medications brought from overseas.

Travelers with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes or medication allergies, should be advised to wear an alert bracelet (or necklace with an inscribed tag) and include this information on a card kept in the wallet or with other travel documents.