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The Traveller's Pharmacy

By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute

This is a suggestion of what you can bring when travelling abroad.

The traveller’s pharmacy is put together to match the travel and the family’s need. Seek advice at a pharmacy. Pay attention to medication with limited durability.


Medication you usually take

  • Painkillers and antipyretics (paracetamol)
  • Tablets for preventive and active treatment of diarrhoea
  • Remedies for constipation
  • Over the counter medication for allergies
  • An antipruritic or local anaesthetic crème (for example for bug bites)
  • An anti-anacidic
  • Sun screen (at least factor 15)
  • Remedies for transport sickness
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Contraceptives
  • A rich crème for dry and sensitive skin
  • Thermometer
  • Band aids, bandages and an antiseptic
  • Nose drops for a stuffy nose (especially when travelling by plane)
  • Support stockings for preventing blood clots and swelling in the plane

Exotic destinations – contact the doctor well in advance

  • Vaccinations (bring your updated International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (Yellow Card))
  • Preventive malaria medicationWaterproof mosquito net
  • Syringes and hypodermic needles (when travelling to countries with bad hygiene)
  • It can be appropriate to bring antibiotics (penicillin) for certain destinations

NB; Keep essential medication in your hand luggage