With winter break and vacation for many, a lot of us are going to be doing a lot of traveling. While there are a lot of things you should always pack (a passport and money for example), a lot of us forget about the things will help us stay healthy.
Remember that when traveling you can’t always get what you need close by, so it’s good to have a simple kit with some medicines and tools that will take care of most day to day problems we encounter when traveling. So without further ado, here’s my 7 Must Pack items this holiday traveling season:
- Imodium or other anti diarrhea medicine – between airline food, greasy pub food, and holiday meals, you may end up with what our Aussie friends call “Delhi Belly”. I’m an extremist but Amazon has great deals on 400 caplets of Costco brand for only $10.09. Note that for Traveler’s Diarrhea the CDC actually recommends Pepto Bismol as a preventive measure.
- Energy bars, like Clif Bars or power-bars, can keep you relatively nourished if the only food available is junk like airport food. Pack a few for when your flight is delayed or your car breaks down.
- Eye Masks and earplugs – sleep is essential to staying healthy and reducing the risk of illness. If you’re going to get any sleep then you need to be able to shut out distractions. The really intrepid will also include a small air mat so they can sleep pretty much anywhere, airports included.
- Over the counter pain killers and antibiotic creams, like Tylenol and Triple anti biotic ointment are essential to deal with most minor aches and scrapes while out of town. You should also consider a full, small first aid kit. I love the ones from Adventure Medical Kits, but any small kit will do.
- Condoms – not one that is talked about enough. We tend to drink more over the Holidays, and with New Year’s Eve just days away it’s imperative that we keep in mind STDs. This recommendation is for women too, just in case your partner didn’t read this article.
- Medical Bracelets – if you have any disease or condition you probably already wear something like this, but it’s easy enough to forget. So make sure to get one and wear it while traveling (and always, really)!
- Travel Insurance – while not exactly an item, make sure you are covered for medical care and evacuation wherever you are. This is less relevant if you’re staying in the USA, but if you’re traveling abroad, see what your policy covers when abroad and make sure that you buy insurance if you’re not covered.