The essential first aid kit for your trip
A basic travel first aid kit should include the following items:
Sun protection (SPF 50 is recommended).
Insect repellent suitable for tropical zones (>20% DEET is recommended).
Dressing materials for wounds (gauze, plasters, tape, scissors, tweezers and disinfectants such as povidone-iodine aqueous solution).
You are also advised to take:
In case of diarrhoea:
Oral rehydration salts.
Anti-diarrhoea tablets (racecadotril or loperamide).
Laxatives, in case of constipation when travelling.
Topical cream for bites.
Oral antihistamine in case of allergies.
Antimalarial treatment and antibiotics in some cases (as recommended by a medical professional).
Personal medication should be taken in your hand luggage, accompanied by relevant documentation, to keep it safe in the event that your luggage is lost. You should also take a medical report explaining your condition and its treatment, as well as prescriptions for “complex” medication. Likewise, the package insert of the drug should be taken, so you know how to take it and in which circumstances.
Take face masks with you.
Take hydroalcoholic solution with you.
Think about your destination, how long you will be there and how easy it might be to find a pharmacy or a shop where you can buy any drugs or medical items you may need.
Take insect repellent to prevent bites from poisonous animals.