DIY Travel Medical Kit

Having a travel medical kit full of basic supplies and necessities gave me so much peace of mind when moving abroad. We bring it on all our trips and it has come in handy many times. The one time we decided to leave it at home we wrecked our motorbike and ended up in the hospital (read the full story here). So speaking from experience, it is best to always be prepared!

Follow the steps below to make a travel medical kit with exactly what you need for your next trip!


1. Purchase a travel-sized first aid kit

Pick up a first aid kit in a durable container from any pharmacy near you. I recommend something large enough for the essentials but small enough to fit easily in a backpack. Our kit came with bandaids in various sizes, alcohol cleansing wipes, small packets of Neosporin and sterile pads.

A first aid kit like this should cost less than $10.



2. Buy plastic pill bags

These small bags allow you to store medications in as little space as possible and give you a place to label each bag with the type of medication and when to take it.

You can get 50 of these little bags for about $3.


3. Remove anything you don’t need from the kit and condense all supplies to a few of the compartments

Let’s be real, you probably won’t need 50 bandaids. This makes room for you to customize your kit with the supplies you’ll actually use while away from home.



4. Label pill bags and fill with medicine

Going to the pharmacy in a foreign country is the last things you want to deal with while traveling, so be sure to bring the medications you use regularly and any extras you may need.


Our kit includes the following:

  • Sleep aids
  • Allergy medication
  • Pain relievers
  • Fever reducer
  • Immune booster
  • Anti-nausea and diarrhea medication

Other medications to consider bringing:

  • General antibiotic
  • Cold and flu medication
  • Cough medication
  • Decongestants


5. Add additional supplies to the kit

Grab any other medical supplies you might need. Look for creams and gels in small sizes to save space. We travel with anti-itch ointment, which has saved me from many sleepless nights after getting bitten by mosquitos, and antibacterial gel (Neosporin).


Medical supplies you may need while traveling:

  • Anti-itch cream
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Aloevera gel
  • Tweezers
  • Hand-sanitizer
  • Lip balm with sunscreen


6. Pack it up!

With everything inside you might have to shove a little to get the lid to close, but thats okay!


Throw this little guy in your pack on every trip you take and know that you’re prepared for anything!


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