No checklist can cover every situation so the following list is provided only as a basis. No liability is accepted. You need to very carefully compile your own with the advice and assistance of your own doctor.
- Aspirin or paracetamol (acetaminophen in the USA) - for pain or fever
- Antihistamine - for allergies (e.g. hay fever); to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness
- Cold and flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant
- Multivitamins - consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate
- Antibiotics - consider including these if you’re travelling into the outback. See your doctor, as they must be prescribed!
- Loperamide or diphenoxylate - ‘blockers’ for diarrhoea
- Prochlorperazine or metoclopramide - for nausea and vomiting (Ginger may also be an alternative for nausea, particularly in relation to travel sickness)
- Re-hydration mixture - to prevent dehydration; which may occur during bouts of diarrhoea. This is particularly important when travelling with children
- Insect repellent
- Sunscreen, lip balm, ear drops, and eye drops
- Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or Aloe Vera - to ease irritation from sunburn, insect bites or stings
- Antifungal cream or powder- for fungal skin infections and thrush
- Antiseptic (such as povidone-iodine) - for cuts and grazes
- Bandages, Band-Aids (plasters) and other wound dressings
- Elastic or crepe bandages- for sprains or snake bite
- Water purification tablets or iodine
- Scissors, tweezers, rubber pointed eye probe, and a thermometer. Please note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines
- Pencil and note paper
- Indigestion tablets
- Vinegar- for jellyfish stings
- Temporary tooth-filling mix - to replace fillings and loose caps
- Toothache dropsBurn cream (Such as Savlon)
- Air splint- for broken limbs or immobilising limbs after snake bite
- A first-aid handbook
- An appropriate container or containers for the medical kit
MOST IMPORTANTLY make sure you carry with you a list of emergency numbers: Doctors, Hospitals, and Local Police Station.
Planning prevents disaster!!