- Swiss Army knife
- sterile dressing
- safety pins
- tensor bandage
- triangular bandage (sling)
- sterile needles, suture supplies (ie., Steri Aid Kit)
- insect repellent (containing DEET)
mosquito net (preferably impregnated with permethrin)
- water purifier, iodine tablets
- toilet paper
- medical records and/or Medic Alert bracelet
P.S. If you can only
pack one item, make it your Swiss Army knife!
Never forget about
That's a big one. If you get sick abroad, you may want to
visit a doctor and buy some medications. Those are the cheap
things. You need adequate coverage so that if you are severely
ill or badly hurt and require hospitalization, these things
are covered. More so, if you need to return home for medical
care, better it be by air ambulance with a medical escort
and perhaps your mother by your side than by a slow boat.
Don't skimp on this item. Read the small print. Accidents
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you do have underlying medical problems such as diabetes,
epilepsy, heart disease or cancer, it is wise to carry a
letter from your doctor summarizing your medical problems.
A copy of your most recent electrocardiogram would be handy
for a doctor in Mongolia treating you for chest pain. For
those with allergies, pacemakers, artificial hips and other
bionic parts, a Medic Alert bracelet or some type of identification
Finally, you might anticipate
the need to access medical care while abroad. It is probably
best, if possible, to do your research before you leave.
There are several organizations that will help you find
good local medical care should you become ill while abroad.
One of these, the International Association for Medical
Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT), will not only provide
you with a list of English speaking doctors, but also with
a fair bit of medical information as well (http://www.sentex.net/~iamat/).
If you are travelling with a pre-existing medical problem,
it might be worthwhile to seek out the name of an appropriate
medical specialist at your destination before you go.
Rules for liquids
taken on a plane...
following rules apply to all liquids, gels, and aerosols
carried through security checkpoints.
1. All liquids,
gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers.
Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes
rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be three
ounces or smaller.
2. All liquids,
gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size,
zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that
are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not
allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top,
clear plastic bag.
3. Each traveler
must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from
their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor
belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow
security officers to more easily examine the declared items.
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