Travel Medications

Which Medications are Vital for Travel?

After endless hours of planning and months of saving up, you finally go on your dream vacation. Then suddenly, BOOM, you end up coming down with a terrible cold, travelers’ diarrhea, weight gain, or worse. All of which put a massive damper on your vacation time, and unfortunately, are extremely common. This is because traveling can expose you to numerous germs and viruses, while also disrupting your healthy diet and exercise routine. As a Family Nurse Practitioner and an avid world traveler, I am here to tell you that there are small travel health steps you can take to decrease your risk of illness while traveling. I have put together a list of the best medications to travel with to prevent travel-related illness and ensure that you come away from your travels with nothing but fond memories!



Your routine prescriptions

Antibiotic for Travelers’ diarrhea 

Medication to prevent malaria if needed

Medication for high altitude: Diamox (acetazolamide )

Medication for frequent yeast infections: Diflucan (fluconazole)


Diarrhea medicine: Imodium, Pepto-Bismol

Antacids: Tums, Pepcid

Antihistamines: Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra 

Motion sickness medicine: Dramamine, Meclizine

Cough drops, cough suppressant, or expectorant

Decongestant: Sudafed

Pain and fever medicine: acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen

Mild laxative: Docusate Sodium, MiraLAX

Mild sedative or sleep aid: Benadryl, Zzzquil, Tylenol PM, Melatonin

Baby Aspirin 81mg 


1% hydrocortisone cream

Antibacterial ointment


Oral rehydration salts

Antiseptic wound cleaner

Aloe gel for sunburns

Insect bite anti-itch gel or cream

Bandages of varying sizes

Disposable gloves

Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)



Travel medications are vital, especially when travelling abroad or for extended periods of time. You never know when an illness or injury might occur. Furthermore, you never know what sort of medications, medical care, or even cost of medical treatment might be in a different country.

Thank you for reading our guide on the best medications to travel with! We encourage you to learn even more about travel health by visiting the health topics on our Tips & Tricks page!

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