Since the time I travel around the world, I always wanted to give my advice to prepare your travel first aid kit. The holiday first aid kit must be above all a first aid kit, a real travel survival kit. It must contain medicines, essential objects I will detail and important documents related to your health.

In short, I will tell you everything to help you stay comfortable and safe in your future travels. It is important even essential to properly prepare his travel first aid kit especially when you travel independent but also when we opt for a tour.


The names of the drugs listed in this article are given for information only. Before a trip, we advise you to contact your doctor for an update including vaccines.

Here are my tips to organize my travel pharmacy kit, and my list of essential drugs to counter the relatively common diseases or other ailments that can be contracted while traveling.

When organizing your travel pharmacy kit, here are the main points to remember:

  • Kit as compact as possible, wear-resistant and airtight.
  • You should know exactly what’s in your first aid kit and how to use it. Prepare a list of medications you take, they treat the symptoms, dosage, etc …
  • The content must be adapted to your needs, taking into account geographical considerations and planned activities.

See my list of useful links at the bottom of the article:

What you should absolutely take with you when traveling

Here are the essential elements to include in your first aid kit of voyage.

Zip bags are very useful!!!

  • Adhesive Bandages, bandages of several sizes
  • Scissors, tweezers (urchins, eg splinters)
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Spray cream or antibacterial and antifungal
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Thermometer

Remember that sharp objects such as scissors, should be stored in checked baggage when traveling by airplane. You will know almost everything ;) on the size of cabin baggage and hold baggage.

Drugs-away trip

Here is a list of some drugs that we always take with us during our long journeys.

The names of the medications are given for information only! Consult your doctor to determine which drugs are best suited to you (because of allergy, the other taking treatments, etc ….)

– Make sure to bring enough medicine for your entire trip.

  • Anti-diarrheal medications: Zithromax 
  • Intestinal dressings: Smecta
  • Anti-nausea drugs, anti vomiting: Vogalène
  • Fever and Pain / Anti-inflammatory Moderate:. Analgesic (reduces pain) Dafalgan(paracetamol) / Intense: Analgesic: Ibuprofen (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory). Caution: Do not combine with anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids.
  • Stomach ache: Spasfon
  • Itching: Diprosone (topical corticosteroid) for reactions to nasty insect bites
  • Allergies: Aerius, anti allergy without fatigue effect (works well for allergy jellyfish)
  • Eye infection: 1 Azyter dose. Antibiotic if infection of the eye, conjunctivitis.
  • Broad antibacterial spectrum antibiotic (tonsillitis, skin infections, ENT infections): Pyostacine

– Keep the packaging (containing original labeled)

– When traveling by plane, keep the medicines you really need in your hand luggage in case your main luggage in the hold, is lost.

To also take with you on a trip

You can also include other elements in your travel first aid kit, depending on your destination and the nature of your trip:

  • Solar cream
  • Cream, after sun lotion: Biaphine
  • Mosquito spray
  • Earplugs / Earplugs
  • Mosquito
  • Tablets water purification
  • Condoms

Important documents related to your health

Finally, here are some important documents you need to include in a medical emergency.

  • Local emergency phone numbers (nearest hospitals for example).
  • Proof of health insurance coverage.
  • A copy of your immunization records, including a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever if required by the country you are visiting.
  • A contact card with information about you: of the accommodation on your holiday, a family member of the embassy of your country in your destination country and the emergency number your health insurance.

You never know when you might need medical care during your trip, then, prevention is better than cure. A little preparation can help you avoid wasting precious time in case of health problems or accidents while traveling. Having a well prepared medical kit you tranquiliser mind in order to make the most of your trip. In conclusion, we hope that you will not usually need your travel first aid kit.

If you think it lacks an essential element or you have a suggestion, feel free to leave me a comment at the bottom of this page.