Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what medicines people should keep on hand during travel. There are certainly some specific items that I have all the time, and those are due to issues that I deal with. My most common complaints are headaches and stomach aches, or not being able to sleep. The Home Warrior’s main issues are heartburn and allergies. So while there are definitely a couple of things that all travelers should have, what you should keep on hand may be different from this list. I recommend thinking about what ailments bother you the most often and then packing meds those items. But, since I’ve been asked, here is my list.
- Ibuprofen. I have found that Advil gets rid of travel headaches faster (for me) than any other painkiller. It’s also good to have on hand in case of other pains or cramps.
- Pepto. Eating strange foods in strange places can lead to upset stomach pretty darn quickly. As can that glorious plane food. If I take a couple Pepto Bismol pills I will feel better and be able to keep working.
- Tylenol PM. Time changes, late night flights, and random caffeine can all make getting to sleep hard. I can take half a Tylenol PM and be out like a light.
Readers, what medicines do you have to have with you during travel?