When traveling abroad, not only swimsuits, mosquito repellent and sunscreen belong in the luggage. Fever, diarrhea and other ailments can also occur on vacation and should then not only be treated at home. With the right first-aid kit, you are well prepared for the worst case scenario. It makes sense to get the medication before the trip in the home country.
What to look for before traveling?
When the next vacation is due and it goes to faraway places, the regulations and recommendations of the Foreign Office should be observed. A dangerous virus may be circulating in the destination country or life-threatening diseases may be widespread. If the vacation takes place mainly in the hotel, which is not left due to an all-inclusive offer, the travel pharmacy does not have to be particularly large. A basic equipment is nevertheless meaningful and better to take along. Globetrotters who want to visit the jungles of Brazil or go on a safari in Africa should equip themselves more extensively. Early vaccinations can also be advisable.
Those who suffer from chronic diseases and have to take medication permanently, prefer to pack certificates and medical documents in their luggage. The documents serve as proof that the preparations taken are also necessary. In addition, in an emergency, the local doctors can arrange treatment accordingly. In addition, it must be clarified whether the health insurance in the destination country pays for doctor’s visits. If this is not the case, an international health insurance can be taken out for the trip.
What belongs in the first-aid kit?
In the basic equipment of a first-aid kit belong primarily drugs against pain, fever and inflammation. Aspirin is considered a panacea. The drug for a variety of symptoms. However, aspirin thins the blood, so for travel to countries where yellow fever or dengue fever is rampant, the drug is not the best choice. The ingredients can worsen the effects of infectious diseases. Yellow fever can cause bleeding in a second bout of the disease.
Medicines for diarrhea also belong in your luggage. Contaminated water or food often leads to intestinal problems. Also for journeys within Europe such means are not nonsensical. Dressing material such as plasters, compresses and gauze bandages should not be missing. With a suitable means for disinfecting you are at least somewhat prepared for accidents. An ointment against allergic skin reactions and sun and insect protection are essential for trips to the south. For all cases, packed travel pharmacies and other products are available in the shop pharmacy. If medications must be taken regularly, they should end up in the suitcase in sufficient quantity. Possibly, an emergency ration is also carried in the hand luggage, in case the suitcase times delayed Nachreist.
Differences between countries
Each country poses its own dangers. Especially in exotic areas, risks lurk in every corner. When choosing medications for your first-aid kit, the destination of the trip is crucial. Countries in Southeast Asia sometimes have to contend with different infectious diseases than states in South America. In general, the more remote the destination, the more intensively you need to think about a sensible first-aid kit. There are also some differences between countries when it comes to counterfeit medications. While the purchase of means in the store or in a pharmacy on site can be made in some states without hesitation, this is in exotic areas by no means the case.
Why should you take your own medication from Germany?
The advantages of equipping a first-aid kit with medicines from Germany before a vacation are obvious. The danger of acquiring counterfeit or expired medicines abroad should not be underestimated. In Asia and Africa in particular, there are major problems with counterfeits or outdated preparations that are only partially effective or not effective at all. Who buys such medicines and takes home again, makes himself punishable, because the import is forbidden.
Furthermore, it makes sense to organize painkillers and Co. still at home, because not in every country can be obtained urgently needed drugs quickly. With the travel pharmacy from known and trustworthy sources one is on the safe side and can enjoy the spare time abroad carefree. Bargain hunting for medicines should be refrained from in any case. The risk of being cheated is relatively high, especially if the price seems unbeatably cheap.
What quantity is allowed to carry?
Medicines for private use can generally be taken across the border without any problems. This applies to both import and export, provided that the means are not counterfeit. The quantity should only cover personal needs.Whoever takes 20 packages of each preparation can create the suspicion that they are intended for trade. Chronically ill people can prove their need with certificates from the doctor.
Where does the first-aid kit belong in your luggage?
All medications should be kept in a sealable container. A plastic bag with a stand-up bottom and zipper is sufficient. Anti-nausea medications are better kept in carry-on luggage. In airplanes and coaches, the way to the suitcase is not possible. Furthermore, it should be noted that some medicines can lose their effectiveness in extreme heat. These preparations are better stowed refrigerated or replaced by other means. Those who depend on medicines on a daily basis prefer to pack some emergency rations of them in their hand luggage.