The most important thing to pack for your next trip may not be those cute sandals or new bikini, but the less glamorous first aid kit. Best case scenario, it stays at the bottom of your suitcase and you never have to use it. Worst case scenario, it saves you from desperately trying to figure out how to ask a surly Moroccan pharmacist for Immodium in Arabic (been there, done that, never eat street meat). Since we are two detail obsessed, overplanning Virgos, we’ve compiled the ultimate travel first aid kit for your next adventure.
For Your Outsides:
A cute first aid case to stay organized
Hydrocortisone cream for any bug bites or itches
Insect Repellent (the one pictured is super heavy duty, we also like this Off unscented one)
Aquaphor to soothe chapped lips or dry skin
Lubricating Eye Drops (the individual minis are perfect for travel)
For Your Insides:
Benadryl for any rashes or allergic reactions
Imodium A-D for the flying poops
Pepto-Bismol Chewables saved my tummy while backpacking through India. On the advice of this travel writer from the New York Times, I took a chewable Pepto before every single meal and never got sick once.
Recoverors is a mixable electrolyte powder that can help you recover from nausea or a nasty hangover (think Pedialyte in a packet).
Probiotics taken a week before you leave can help your digestive system acclimate to a new host of bacteria abroad. Florastor is the most widely recommended, but this Dr. Jarrows does the job at a lower price.
Advil for the usual headaches and hangovers
Activated Charcoal can help with any tummy trouble
Steripen is a portable device that uses UV light to sterilize water. I used this in India to treat the water I used to brush my teeth. In some countries, even bottled water may be contaminated, so to be on the safe side, I would dip this pen into any bottle before drinking. It attracted some attention, but ended up being a good conversation starter with the locals!
Condoms for safe vacay hookups
Bon voyage and safe adventuring!