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First aid kit for travellers

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While Wikitravel is not a medical encycopedia, the following topical article offers some suggestions for a First aid kit for travellers. You may not be able to purchase, or even require all the items on this list, and in some cases you may need a doctor's prescription to avoid having the items confiscated by border police or customs officers if your bags are inspected. If in doubt, consult a competent medical professional for advice.

  • Alcohol, mercurochrome : Pharmadose (impregnated compresses)
  • Mouth and throat conditions : Lysopaïne (tablets)
  • Antidiarrhea : Imodium
  • Anti-inflammatory : Ibuprofen (Nurofen)
  • Mosquito repellent : Mousticologne (lotion ou gel)
  • Bandages
  • Earplugs (Some places can be very noisy at night)
  • Burns, sunburns : Biafine
  • Anti-inflammatory cream (bites, stings) : Parfenac
  • Cream against blows, twists, crowdings : Arnican
  • Pansements
  • Condoms
  • Sunscreen : Anthélios de la Roche Posay
  • Feminine protections
  • Water purification : Hydroclonazone, but bottled water is available in many locales
  • Syringes
  • Thermometer
  • Preventive treatment for intestinal problems : Carboyeast
  • Vitamin C


Medications: some of these may only be available with a prescription from a doctor and may cause harm if used in an inappropriate way!

  • Analgesic - antipyretic : Paracetamol (Doliprane ou Efferalgan)
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic : Penglobe
  • Ophtalmic antibiotic : Ster-Dex (unidoses)
  • Aphtes, inflammations of mouth or gums : Borostyrol
  • Antihistaminic, antiallergic : Polaramine ou Hypostamine
  • Intestinal antiseptic : Ercéfuryl ou Intétrix
  • Non-infectious eye irritations : Cétylyre ou Sophtal (unidoses)

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