Updated: Jul 20, 2019
Realised you are about to travel, and not prepared for if you become sick while abroad? What can you even take in your hand luggage? This post details the travel essentials, including medicines, creams, and other life-savers you may want to get from your local pharmacy before you jet off.
Allow me to portray a common scene in the pharmacy:
Man/Woman comes into pharmacy stressed. They are going on holidays in like 8 hours, and just remembered they do not speak the language of the place they are going to, or are not sure what medicines are available there, or if they would even be able to communicate with a pharmacist in their holiday destination, if they needed to. So they buy a random collection of medicines and creams etc and off they go, just as stressed leaving as when they came in. It does not have to be this way. Follow my DailyDoseofGinger guide to your Pharmacy Travel Pack – do not be stuck while abroad!
**NB – Please note: Any medications listed below must only be taken if they are suitable for the person taking them – if you, or someone else who may take the medicine listed, are taking any other medications or supplements (over the counter or otherwise), or have any underlying chronic/acute condition, please speak to your pharmacist about the suitability of the medicines for you/the person concerned. I also always recommend to read the package leaflet inside the box the medication comes in for further instructions/advice, and to ensure not to give medicine to someone who it is not suitable for (e.g. adult dose of medication to a child, or medication which is not suitable for u12 to a child etc).
All the items listed are available over the counter in pharmacies in the republic of Ireland, but different countries have different availability of medicines over the counter, just to be aware of that . :)