Essential Medical Items to Bring on a Trip

After long months of saving and planning, the last thing you’d want on your dream getaway is for it to be ruined by a stomach trouble or a surprise cold. We’ve listed several travel essentials that will help you manage the most common health problems while you enjoy your journey.


  1. Saline Nasal Spray

Being stressed out while travelling is one of the many things that can mess your immune system—as well as your vacation plans. This is especially true if you are going on to travel by air. Add the dry air in the plane and it won’t surprise anyone if you get sick mid-flight. However, having a saline nasal spray at hand could spare you from all that. Carrying one with you will help in keeping your mucus membrane moist, making it less susceptible to germs.

  1. Nail Clipper

Long nails and a perfectly done manicure will keep your nails and hands looking lovely, but that might not be the case if you get sick because of it. Studies show that long nails contain more bacteria, increasing the risk of bacteria spreading on the skin and even inside the body through exposed food. So do keep your nails trimmed even during your trip by always having a nail clipper at hand.

  1. Bandage Strips

Accidental cuts are common during adventurous trips, and keeping some bandage strips in your luggage will definitely keep simple cuts from getting worse. Just clean your cut using a bottled water and soap, plaster the strip and you’re good to go.

  1. Pain Relievers

If you’re the active and adventurous type, then bringing a packet of pain reliever will surely make you enjoy your vacation more. Ibuprofen has been proven as the best choice for relieving inflammation and soreness from arthritis, sprains and similar issues.


  1. Aloe Vera Gel

Aside from soothing sunburns, this gel is also great for calming blisters and itchy insect bites after a tiring day of sightseeing. Plus, this cool gel is also great for zapping unexpected blemishes during your trip.

  1. Antihistamine

Not only will this alleviate your allergies, it will also save you a trip to the doctor in case a rash pops up. If you’re jet-lagged after a long flight, pop some tablet a couple of minutes before heading to bed to help you get a good snooze.

  1. Stomach Soother

The worst way to ruin all your sightseeing plans is by getting an upset stomach. Prevent that from happening by packing a stomach soother, such as Pepto-Bismol, in your bag. This med is great for easing an upset stomach, diarrhoea, nausea and even heartburn.

Travelling can be really fun, especially if you’ve packed all the right items in your luggage. So whether you’re headed for the Caribbean or just to a simple weekend road trip near your area in Singapore, make the most of it with this expert-approved travel kit.


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