6. Motion sickness medication.
7. Pain relievers like acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen.
8. Antifungal and antibacterial ointments. Your skin is often the first thing affected by atypical circumstances, such as traveling to exotic locales. Antifungal and antibacterial ointments can help fight skin irritations and infections. Antibacterial ointment is even great for ailments such as blisters and abrasions, which are commonly sustained during activities such as hiking and climbing.
9. Lubricating eye drops.
10. First-aid items like adhesive bandages, gauze, an elastic bandage, antiseptic, tweezers, scissors, cotton-tipped applicators, and a first-aid book.
Parents traveling with children should also carry:
• water and snacks
• alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• oral rehydration salt packets (for dehydration caused by diarrhea)
• diaper rash ointment
• baby formula
• any necessary medications.
Before deciding to use these or any non-prescription medication, remember to talk to your doctor first about how to adjust your current diabetes management plan, if necessary. It is important to be aware of any medications that may impact your blood sugar levels.
Harvard Health Publications. Healthy Travel. (Accessed 6/13/08)
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 8/08
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