I traveled all over Asia for 10 years when I lived there. I was constantly missing my comfort over the counter USA medicines when I was there. You can't find Alka Seltzer or Pepto Bismo in most Asian countries, and that drove me nuts. Their equivalent did not compare, so I started to make a bag with me to bring on all my trips and on the plane.
My kit like most of the ones I see on Instructables, has evolved, and gotten bigger. It's at the point now where I can still throw it in the bottom of my backpack I bring on the plane, which is fine for me.
What I like most about my latest version of my Travel Med Kit is the bags I use. I found that heavy mill ziplocs on Amazon with the Eagle Creek shoe bag makes it very easy for me to get to any item in the bag. If I'm traveling and I need something from the bag, I just dump the whole thing out on the hotel bed. I can easily find what I need and throw it all back in the shoe bag, zip it up, and be done with it. I suggest the heavy mil ziplocs, the sizes are perfect and they won't degrade.
All the items I have in the Travel Med Kit are TSA approved sizes, even the scissors. I have been checked a few times, and one time they opened the kit up. I told them it's 4in and approved. They agreed and let me pass. I know when they see this kit, they MUST know I'm not a terrorist lol, what terrorist is going to carry meds that could possibly save a life on a plane!
About some of the drugs I carry: I have a prescription for Ambien, although I'm not a regular user of it, it does have it uses. I also have Celebrex and a couple Z Paks just in case I feel the need to self diagnose and start the meds early.
At the very least if you want to be prepared on a plane carry Sudafed and a Zyrtec Antacid. If someone is having a anaphylactic reaction, you could offer those two pills and possibly save a life. Most of the Airlines I fly on won't even have Aspirin, and if there is an emergency they go around asking if there are doctors, and unfortunately the doctors won't have meds on them. So you could really make a difference if you have a med kit on a plane.
I'll list out what the items are in each bag, some of them double up a bit.
I would love to hear suggestions on what to add!
Step 1: Use the Right Mil Ziplocs, Find the Travel Size Drugs
The hardest thing about assembling these med kits are trying to find the travel sizes at a good price. You can of course make your own travel size items, it's just nice to get a few. I've purchased the box of individual travel size from Amazon, and as gifts handed out smaller emergency kits to my friends, really makes a nice gift.
Step 2: Bag 1 - Creams
- Suntan Lotion
- Sting Relief
- Burn Gel
- Antifungal Cream
- Monistat Cream
- Personal Lube
- Vaseline Lip Therapy
Step 3: Bag 2 - Various Bandages and Skins
- Nasal Cease - excellent for nose bleeds
- Moleskin Plus
- Wound Seal
- Small Super Glue (not pictured)
- Cotton Swabs
- Wrap gauze
Step 4: Bag 3 - Handy Items
- Surgical Blade
- Nail Clippers
- Swiss Tech Multi Tool Light
- Disposable Thermometers
- 4in Scissors
- Shoe String
- Dental Floss
- Pen Light
- Baby Pins
- Water Purifier
Step 5: Bag 4 - Every Day OTC Drugs
- Tylenol Extra
- Iburprofen generic
- Vicks Vapor Rub
- Ear Medicine (prescription for swimmers ear)
Step 6: First Aid and Ready Made Kits
I felt a first aid book would be useful, but it's hard to find a small light weight useful one. Still looking for a better one.
The Splinter Out had great reviews on Amazon, makes it very easy to dig out deep ones.
The Dental Kit is basically same as my premade one, have not checked out what extra they might have.
Step 7: Bag 5 - Various Tools
- Super Glue
- Duct Tape
Step 8: Bag 6 - Swimming Plugs
- Swimming plugs
- Baby Pins again
Step 9: Bag 7 - Rehydration and Deet
- Some Rehydration Packets
- Nivea Cream
Step 10: Bag 8 - Various Individual Pack Meds
- Bayer Aspirin
- Insect Towel
- Nyquil Cold and Flu
- Antiseptic Wipes
- Tylenol Extra
- Imodium (not pictured)
- Motrin (not pictured)
- Pepto Bismol Tablets (not pictured)
- Cold Relief Tablets (not pictured)
Step 11: Bag 9 - Tooth Kit
- Filling Repair Kit
- Surgical Gloves
- Pain Nummer
- Extra Heavy Moleskin
Step 12: Bag 10 - Tapes and Magnify Glass
- Gauze Tape
- Sticky Tape
- Surgical Gloves
- Magnify Glass
Step 13: Bag 11 - Condoms
Never can have enough of these
Step 14: Bag 12 - My Favorite Med Mr. Alka
- Alka Seltzers - a few types, I throw more in before I leave. I can't live without these traveling
Step 15: Bag 13 - Prescription Meds
- Zpak - nice to have these if you are traveling and know something viral is hitting you
- Celebrex - best anti inflammatory for me
- Zovirax - for cold sores, I feel one coming on and this will stop it fast
- Various gout/inflamatory medicines for myself, you would put whatever ails you
Step 16: Airline Bag and Pills
- I carry one of the Airline Seatpocket bags, they are handy sometimes.. especially if you feel like you are going to heave
- Pill carrier - various pills in there that I cant find trial packets on
Step 17: Bag 14 - Misc
- New Skin
- Pepto Bismol Tablets
- Throat lozenges (not pictured)
Step 18: Bag 15 - Various Meds
- Pepcid AC
- Nighttime Sleep Aid
- Sedative / Anti Depressant