Travel & Transportation

What’s In Our Medicine Kit?

Written by Patrick

Let’s face it … when traveling you’re exposed to a lot of ailments you’re not when at home.  Don’t let them ruin your trip. When traveling I carry a well-stocked medicine kit with me in my backpack.  Medicines are not always conveniently accessible or even available when needed, so be sure to stock up on the medicines you require and keep your travel medicine kit stocked to deal with medical conditions when they arise during your trip.  The following products are what I use and keep in my travel medicine kit. 

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01 | Medicine Kit Case

I keep all my medicines neatly organized in the following case.  The transparency of the case makes it easy to locate medications quickly.

02 | Prescription Medications

I usually pack my prescription medication in a weekly organizer in my suitcase.  I also pack extra medication in my carry-on for use during my travel as well should my luggage get lost.

Prescription medicine

03 | Vitamins & Supplements

I try to limit the number of supplements I take and eat a healthy mixture of fruits, veggies, and meat.  Centrum Silver Multivitamin, Nature Made Triple Omega 3 6 9, and Bayer Aspirin Low Dose are the vitamins and supplements I consume daily.

04 | Probiotics

In addtion to the few supplements listed above, I also take probiotics to maintain a healthy digestive system.

05 | Pill Organizers

I use pill organizer to organize my pills each week.  The product is a must in your travel medicine kit to keep your vitamins, supplements, and prescription medications organized and help you take them at the scheduled time.

I also use pill organizer to store OTC medications more compactly rather than carry them in the original bottle or packing material. I label each compartment using a label maker.

06 | Headache Pain Reliever

I find Excedrin to be the best headache relief medicine whether you have a headache, migraine, or sinus pain.

07 | Sinus Pain Reliever

SUDAFED PE is the best sinus pain relief medicine especially when accompanied by nasal congestion.

08 | Medication for Cramps

Magnesium Citrate Complex is my favorite Magnesium supplement for sleep, muscle cramps, muscle relaxation & recovery.

09 | Body Ache Pain Reliever

Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen … your choice. I prefer Ibuprofen but will settle for Acetaminophen when Ibuprofen is not available.  I find Ibuprofen to reduce most swelling, inflammation, and pain.

10 | Immune Support Supplement

I take Emergen-C several days before and up to traveling on a plane as well as throughout my trip.  I also use it at the first signs of a cold, flu, or sore throat up to and through my recovery.

11 | Sore Throat Medicine

I find Robitussin Long-Acting CoughGels product to be the best medicine to relieve the pain from a sore throat as well as reduce the recovery time.  I usually use this product in combination with throat lozenges.

12 | Throat Lozenges & Cough Drops

Quickly relieve sore, scratchy throats from colds or allergies. Helps fight coughs, soothes sore throats, and cools nasal passages.

13 | Cold & Flu Medication

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine if you have the flu or a cold.  At times like this, I usually use Sambucol Black Elderberry.

When I am certain I am suffering from the flu, I find Boiron Oscillococcinum to be the most effective product to offer relief and expedite my recovery.

When I am certain I am suffering from a cold, I find Boiron ColdCalm Tablets to be the most effective product to offer relief and expedite my recovery.

14 | Allergy Medication

When suffering from common allergies I usually use Benadryl Allergy Ultra to provide relief.

When suffering more serious allergy symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose or nasal congestion, I find it more effective to use Allegra or Claritin or XYZAL or Zyrtec … depending on what’s available. 

15 | Motion Sickness Pills or Bands

I find that when experiencing motion sickness Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief Less Drowsey Formula and TOULIFLY Travel Wristbands offer relief.

16 | Altitude Sickness Pills

I find that Altitude RX OxyBoost Complex helps to reduce the effects of altitude sickness.

17 | Anxiety Medication

I find that Physician’s CHOICE Ashwagandha provides relief from anxiety.  It promotes a calm and positive mood.

18 | Upset Stomach Reliever

I use Pepto Bismol Caplets Ultra to relieve most upset stomach conditions.  I find it to be the most effective product to deal with all upset stomach conditions except for gas.

I use Gas-X Extra Strength Chewable when experiencing a bad case of gas.  I find it to be most effective in providing relief.

19 | Anti-Acid Pills

TUMS Tablets is a great product to have on hand when experiencing acid reflux.  They also taste great!  A teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water also is a natural alternative.   Do not use within several hours of drinking carbonated beverages or you will experience side effects worse than the acid reflux.  Trust me on this. 😉

20 | Anti-Diarrhea Pills

When diarrhea strikes … Imodium A-D Anti-Diarrheal Medicine Softgels is the product to use!  I find this product to be the most effective.

21 | Laxative

When constipated … Phillips’ Laxative Caplets is a good product to use.  Usually provides quick relief.

22 | Sleeping Aid

Puritan’s Pride Rapid Release Melatonin helps me fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.  I use in combination with ear plugs and an eye mask.

23 | Anti-Itch Lotion

Cortizone 10 offers fast-acting itch-relief allowing the condition to heal.  Enriched with healing aloe and vitamins A and E it soothes itchy, irritated skin quickly.  Great for skin irritations, inflammations, rashes, insect bites, and eczema.

24 | Anti-Bacterial Ointment

Great for treating minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. Prevents infection and nourishes skin to minimize the appearance of scars after healing.

25 | Foot Powder & Lotion + Tea Tree Oil

Ever have a case of athlete’s foot or any other fungal infection?  Lotrimin AF Athlete’s Foot Antifungal Powder and Lotrimin Ultra 1 Week Athlete’s Foot Treatment are the products I use to cure most fungal infections. A natural alternative which is very effective is Tea Tree Oil.

26 | Bandages

I carry an assortment of bandages in my travel medicine kit.  I prefer flexible fabric and waterproof bandages. I also carry a variety of bandages for fingertips, knuckles, and other body parts.

27 | Super Glue

I use super glue for serious cuts that require more than a bandage as well as cracks in my heals.  This is a great temporary solution in the case of a cut that requires stitches but immediate medical attention is not available.

28 | Eye Drops

I use Thera Tears to sooth and lubricate my irritated eyes.  This product usually offer immediate relief and aids in recovery.

29 | Moleskin

Using moleskin is the best way to deal with a blister.  This product is made of a fabric which can be cut and shaped to any size.  Thin design allows it to conform to the foot or any other part of the body and stay on all day.

30 | First Aid Kit

Although there are many great pre-packaged first-aid kits for purchase, like this kit, I prefer to build my own first-aid kit. 

31 | Other Supplements

Supplements for Urinary Tract Health, Red Blood Cell Production Support, Natural Liposomal Vitamin C, Fish Oil & Vitamin D3 for Kids.

The following are a few additional products I carry in my backpack along with my medicine kit.  I’m like a boy scout … I like to be prepared! =)

A | Tissue Paper

Tissue paper has many uses when traveling.  Many bathrooms do not provide toilet paper, therefore, it’s a good idea to carry a roll at all times.  Trust me … you’ll be glad you do.

B | Hand Sanitizer

To combat germs and clean-up when traveling, I attach a travel-sized container of hand sanitizer to my backpack.  These are great to have when running water and other such services aren’t available.

C | Baby Wipes

Baby wipes have so many uses.  I carry them at all times in my backpack and use them daily.

D | Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees is the product I use when I have sore chapped or cracked lips.  I find that it offers the best relief most quickly.

E | Sun Protection

When spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in the sun, at the beach, or on the ocean, it’s wise to use sun care products liberally and often BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER going outdoors.  Sun Bum Original SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion, Sun Bum Cool Down Aloe Vera Gel and Sun Bum Lip Balm are the products I prefer to use.

F | Gum & Breath Mints

When I am unable to brush my teeth after a meal or drink, I like to chew gum and then use a breath freshener

Important Notes

I am NOT a doctor and not recommending any medical advice.  I am simply sharing with you the products that I use and pack in my travel medicine kit.  Please consult your doctor for any medical advice.

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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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