Gofamgo participates in affiliate programs. We earn fees by linking to our advertisers at no extra cost to you. We would appreciate it if you use our links to buy these recommended products! You can read more in our disclosure page. Thanks for your support!
Travel health problems could put a stopper to your dream vacation. Fortunately, many of them can be solved with some pills or remedies that you don’t need a prescription for. Make room in your luggage for these essentials to stay fit for travel. Unless you want to add unfamiliar medical care in other countries to your itinerary, you would want to have these over-the-counter remedies to common travel ailments in your medical kit. Many of which, are not available or are substituted for something else abroad.
Mild pain reliever
It will be nice to have either Tylenol or Motrin handy. Both are great at killing pain and reducing swelling and inflammation.
Tylenol can be taken on an empty stomach. Motrin needs to be taken with a meal unless you want an upset stomach. Both can cover you for 4-6 hours. Be mindful how much you take in a day. Taking too much of their intended daily doses can affect your liver and kidneys.
No matter what mode of public transportation you prefer for travel, suffering from motion sickness is just as devastating.
Be sure to have either Dramamine or Bonine handy. Dramamine, however, tend to cause dizziness as a side effect. It will be wise to not use it if you intend to do activities that require your alertness like driving. Bonine has a less drowsier effect than Dramamine and has been our personal choice for addressing motion sickness.
Trying different cuisines is part of experiencing the local scene when traveling. Unfamiliar ingredients and cooking techniques may lead to a common traveler dilemma–diarrhea.
You don’t want to be running to the pharmacy or the bathroom with traveler’s diarrhea. Better be ready to avoid ‘such mess’.
Remember, diarrhea resolves itself in a couple of days. Just rest and drink lots of fluids.
You can take anti-diarrhea medicine like Imodium. This will stop your bowels from moving for about 2 days. Although not treating the cause, such as possible parasites or inflammation, this should give you ample time to do things like comfortably taking a flight.
Vacation constipation is the other side of the coin for travelers.
It can be prevented by staying active, eating plenty of fiber-rich foods, and drinking plenty of water. If those interventions fail after a few days and you’re uncomfortable, you can always use stool softeners or fiber supplements from your medical kit.
An antibiotic ointment can speed up the healing process and prevent infection. Just keep the cut covered and clean. Be wary for signs of infection like redness, swelling, or pus.
Unfamiliar surroundings can trigger allergies, so it’s always a good idea to have a dose of antihistamines on hand. Some antihistamines, such as Benadryl, are very effective but will make you drowsy. That won’t be ideal if you were planning a day of activities that require your alertness.
Brands like Claritin, which does not have the drowsiness side effect, might be a better choice to relief your symptoms in the day.
Topical cream for rashes
Aside from the systemic allergic reaction, traveling could expose you in direct contact with skin irritants. If you like to hike or if you are traveling to a tropical country, a cream containing hydrocortisone is essential. Hydrocortisone cream can treat and reduce itching from insect bites, poison ivy, sunburns, and a variety of rashes.
Jet lag is another common traveler issue. The best way of adjusting to a new time zone is to acclimate yourself to sunlight, as appropriate, and avoiding overloading yourself with caffeine.
However, if you still find yourself wide awake when you’re supposedly sleeping, over-the-counter sleeping aids can help with reorienting your body clock. Some of the antihistamines we have mentioned have a drowsiness effect to it like Diphenhydramine and they are available in doses that is not habit-forming. Another supplement you can try is Melatonin, which is a hormone that our bodies naturally produce to induce sleep.
The cold is caused by a virus and is usually gone by 3-5 days. So, antibiotics are not the first-line treatment for this. Along with rest and hydration, you could use some over-the-counter medications to help manage the symptoms. This way, you can still enjoy your trip.
There are several types of common-cold medications. Each of them can be helpful depending on what symptoms you’re having. Decongestants open up clogged airways by dilating them. Cough suppresants stop the reflex of coughing. Expectorants promotes the expulsion of sputum. Mucolytics dissolve and help with the viscosity of phlegm, which clears up your airway.
For a natural way of treating the first signs of cold, such as a sore throat, you can also drink some hot tea with honey in it or take some honey flavored cough drops. Honey has a good healing and antibiotic characteristic to it.
You might not notice but dehydration could be an issue when you travel. Clean water might be hard to come by (in which, a water bottle that filters your water can be useful) or you could be distracted with sightseeing and all the activities you have planned.
Signs that you could be dehydrated include feeling sleepy, having a dry mouth, a headache, or less frequent and darker-colored pee breaks.
Don’t forget to drink. An electrolyte tab in your water bottle can be a boost too from another issue: diarrhea. They are available in several flavors that would encourage you to take more sips in your busy day.