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Personal items for your health and safety.

  • You may not be able to purchase and pack all of these items, and some may not be relevant to you and your travel plans. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

This list is general and may not include all the items you need. Check our Traveler Information Center for more information if you are a traveler with specific health needs, such as travelers who are pregnant, immune compromised, or traveling for a specific purpose like humanitarian aid work.

  • Remember to pack extras of important health supplies in case of travel delays.

Prescription medicines

Your prescriptions

Travelers’ diarrhea antibiotic

Suture/syringe kit
Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery

Altitude sickness medicine – (if needed)

Medicine to prevent malaria – (if needed)

Medical supplies

Consider packing spare glasses in case yours are damaged

Contact lenses
Consider packing spare contacts in case yours are damaged

Needles or syringes (for diabetes, for example)
Requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery

Suture kit
Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery

Diabetes testing supplies


Inhalers – (if needed)

Epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens)

Medical alert bracelet or necklace

Over-the-counter medicines


Diarrhea medicine
Examples: loperamide [Imodium] or bismuth subsalicylate [Pepto-Bismol]


Motion sickness medicine

Cough drops

Cough suppression/expectorant


Medicine for pain and fever
Examples: acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen

Mild laxative

Mild sedative or other sleep aid

Saline nose spray

Supplies to prevent illness or injury

Hand sanitizer or wipes
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol or antibacterial hand wipes

Water purification tablets
See CDC recommendations: Water Disinfection.

Water purification tablets
May be needed if camping or visiting remote areas

Insect repellent
Select an insect repellent based on CDC recommendations: Avoid Bug Bites

Permethrin is insect repellent for clothing. It may be needed if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Clothing can also be treated at home in advance.

Bed net . (if needed)
For protection against insect bites while sleeping

(SPF 15 or greater) with UVA and UVB protection.

Sunglasses and hat
Wear for additional sun protection. A wide brim hat is preferred.

Personal safety equipment
Examples: child safety seats, bicycle helmets


First-aid kit

1% hydrocortisone cream

Antifungal ointments

Antibacterial ointments

Antiseptic wound cleanser

Aloe gel
For sunburns

Insect bite treatment
Anti-itch gel or cream

Multiple sizes, gauze, and adhesive tape

Moleskin or molefoam for blisters

Elastic/compression bandage wrap
For sprains and strains

Disposable gloves

Digital thermometer

Scissors and safety pins

Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)


Eye drops

Oral rehydration salts


Health insurance documents

Health insurance card (your regular plan and/or supplemental travel health insurance plan) and copies of claim forms

Proof of yellow fever vaccination

If required for your trip, take your completed International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis card or medical waiver

Copies of all prescriptions

Make sure prescriptions include generic names. Bring prescriptions for medicines, eyeglasses/contacts, and other medical supplies.

Contact card

Carry a contact card containing the street addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of the following..

Family member or close contact remaining in the United States

  • Health care provider(s) at home
  • Lodging at your destination
  • Hospitals or clinics (including emergency services) in your destination
  • US embassy or consulate in the destination country or countries

Also we recommend you check with us for specific details because we alos provide some of the items above.

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