03.Travel medical kits
Regardless of which vaccinations you get, you’ll need to take some medicines with you.
Customise your kit
Deborah Mills, spokesperson for the Travel Medicine Alliance, a travel clinic network “owned and run by doctors”, advises your personal medical kit should be customised for each destination. But you should always have the following essentials. You should also consult a doctor if you have any question about which medications are appropriate to your circumstances.
- Anti-nausea medication and diarrhea treatment such as loperamide
- Minor wound dressings
- Germ-killing antiseptics such as Betadine (povidine-iodine)
- Painkillers such as paracetamol and cold/sinus medication (paracetamol plus pseudoephedrine)
- Insect repellent
- Respiratory medicine if you are prone to respiratory problems
Before you leave
- Seek medical advice at least eight weeks before departure
- If you are travelling with prescription medications, needles or syringes, check with the country’s Australian embassy or mission to make sure they are legal in the countries you are visiting
- If you’re carrying prescription medicine, also carry a letter from your doctor stating it is for personal use only – particularly if it involves needles. Keep medications in the original packaging. Don’t combine them to save space.
- Get your vaccinations before you go and remember that overseas medical costs are not covered by Medicare
- Don’t forget to start taking your anti-malaria pills (if directed by your doctor) and continue taking them while travelling
- Pack your yellow fever vaccination certificate in a safe place