Pack a First Aid Kit!

  • Digital THERMOMETER in Fahrenheit & Celsius
  • Basic first aid items (band aids, gauze, ace wrap, antiseptic, tweezers)
  • First Aid quick reference guide
  • Anti-Diarrhea medication (Imodim or Pepto-Bismol)
  • Antihistamine (Benadryl)
  • Anti-Motion sickness medication (Dramamine)
  • Acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or other medications or pain or fever
  • Mild laxative
  • Cough suppressant/expectorant
  • Throat lozenges
  • Antacid (Tums)
  • Antifungal & antibacterial ointments or creams
  • 1% hydrocortisone cream (for rash or itch)
  • Insect repellent containing DEET (up to 50%)
  • Sunscreen (preferably SPF 30 or greater)
  • Oral rehydration solution packets and Water purification tablets (depending on area of travel)
  • Antibacterial hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Safer sex supplies, Plan B (emergency contraception used up to 5 days after unprotected sex)
  • Ear plugs
  • Personal prescription medications
  • Copy of Health Insurance card
  • Address and phone numbers of area hospitals or clinics

Keep in Your Carry-On Bag:

  •  Prescriptions in their original labeled bottle, any as needed medications (epi-pens, inhalers, etc)
  • change of clothes, hand sanitizer, extra contacts lenses or glasses.
  • Carry your passport, valuable papers, and money in an undergarment case or pocket
  • Make copies of your airline tickets, passport, and birth certificate, and keep in a separate place.
  • Address and phone numbers of your destination, emergency contacts and local clinic or hospital.
  • It is also a good idea to have your credit card information in a separate area. Keep your credit card in a safe place also, and know the 800 number for your credit card
  • These precautions are necessary in case you lose your travel documents and need to replace them. This may save a lot of precious time and lessen headaches for the American Embassy (and you!)