How to Make a Travel Medicine Kit

A well stocked medicine kit can mean the difference between comfort and discomfort while traveling, and it can be a real lifesaver in emergency situations too. You should pack a medicine kit in addition to an emergency kit, and you should always carry one while traveling. This article will assist you in putting together a travel medicine kit specific to your needs.

Assembling Your Travel Medicine Kit

While there are a variety of first aid kits for travel, travel medical kits and medical emergency kits available for travelers, you may want to create a more personalized kit to meet any special medical needs of your own.

Where you are traveling to and how long you’ll be gone are also important factors to consider as you assemble your health kit. For example, specific conditions in a country could mean you’ll need to include items such as anti-malaria medicine, water purification tablets or altitude sickness medications.

Assemble your travel medical kit in a clear container (box, bag or pouch) so that you can travel with it in your carry on luggage, just remember that you cannot board the plane with sharp objects like clippers, scissors, etc. Those will need to be in your regular checked baggage.

Travel Medicine Kit Tips

A travel medicine kit allows you to feel more secure when traveling, knowing that you brought with you the supplies you need to care for any minor medical emergencies you have while traveling.

More than that, having your own ongoing medications with you will keep you from missing out on treating any existing conditions. Thinking ahead, your personalized travel medicine kit can also help you prevent illness on the road.

Use the tips that follow to help you get the most out of your travel medicine kit.

Example Of An Emergency First Aid Kit

Mark All Medications

Clearly mark all medications if you are putting them in another container. If possible though, carry all medicines in their original containers.

Controlled substances especially, along with some other prescription medications, can cause problems without official documentation.

In most cases, leaving the medication in its original container will be enough to provide any information required by officials or first responders.

It would still be a very good idea to request a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor (on his office letterhead) that describes any controlled substances you are taking, as well as dosage and any other instructions.

Use Plastic Containers

Glass can break so plastic containers whenever possible. When buying creams, get them in tubes rather than in jars.

The Transporation Safety Aministration (TSA) has issued guidelines for carrying plastic containers, liquids and gels.

Make it easy on yourself and carry liquids & gels as requested by the TSA and x-ray them separately from your carry on bag to save time.

Medical Identification

If you have allergies or other chronic medical conditions, carry a medical identification card, necklace or bracelet so that health care personnel will know how to treat you in case of an emergency.

This information can save your life if you run into problems.


If you take medications regularly, pack two times the amount you expect to use on a trip.This way, you’ll have a backup supply, in case your luggage gets lost.

Pack it in two different bags in case one bag gets lost or stolen. Carry some of your supply in your carry on bag and part in your checked luggage.

Immunization History

Where possible, you should carry a copy of your immunization history and your doctor’s name, address and telephone number in your travel medicine kit.

If you took the most recent flu shot, make sure it’s documented on your immunization history.

Letter From Doctor

If you have a more serious medical condition like diabetes or heart disease, it would probably be a good idea to carry a letter from your doctor explaining the nature of your medical condition along with the necessary prescriptions.

Emergency Medical Kit

Consider Including These Medical Supplies

Depending on your preferences, the medical supplies and medications below may be helpful while you’re traveling or at your destination.

Changes in altitude, time zones, food and water can make you feel miserable sometimes. Take along over the counter medications that will help you feel better and give you peace of mind.

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