Medical and Toiletries

We have a variety of items in our med kit because Ashley likes to be over-prepared.  We keep the medicine in snack baggies and then it’s all jammed into a small packing cube.  We realize we can get most of this stuff abroad, but getting sick at 4am and not even having a starter pack of meds sucks…we know from experience.   With the exception of the Malarone, of which we brought 3 months worth, we have just a few doses of each thing, and we’ll replenish as needed.



Ibuprofin and Naproxin

Cold medicine

Cough drops

Immodium and Pepto  tablets

Nose spray



Band aids (including blister and burn bandages)

Athletic tape

Dehydration salts

Small scissors


Other Toiletries – most of these are travel size and we’ll just buy more along the way.  

Sunscreen – SPF 15 and 30.  We are almost out of both and bought more, SPF 50 in Argentina…big ozone hole over part of South America makes quality sunscreen easy to find, and it’s about the same cost as in the States

Off Deep-Woods bug spray.  Ashley is delicious to all kinds of biting bugs so this was a must-have.

Travel size refillable shampoo/conditioner.  We used this all up and now we just carry a regular bottle of shampoo and conditioner.

Bar of soap.

Shaving oil (tiny little bottle for Justin, amazing stuff!)

Antibac wipes and small gel bottle of anti-bac



Tissue or tp.  We have some in every bag we carry as tp can be scarce in some places.

Safety pins


Small baggie of q-tips


Sink stopper (have used countless times on previous trips, but not as much this time despite having to wash clothes regularly in sinks)

Assorted hair ties

Nail clippers and mini file

Tiny sewing kit.

Tube of mascara and powder compact for Ashley.


Small tube Lotion

Eye cream (for Ashley…tiny jar)

Miniature bottle of nail polish (for Ashley, clearly)

Razors and a few refill blades each.

Mooncup and other lady things (also clearly for Ashley…this is a new experience for me, but word on the street is that feminine products are hard to come by in many places…so I thought I’d give it a shot.  Feel free to send me an email if you’d like more info on what I think of this.)


2 Responses to “Medical and Toiletries”

  1. nod 'n' smile February 4, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    I really appreciate your packing lists.. there are definitely a couple of things on here that I hadn’t considered but perhaps should (like the mooncup). I’m also still getting used to the idea of getting medications overseas- I know it’ll save me tons, but having never had to do it (because I usually only got on shorter trips), I have some anxiety about being able to find the right stuff when I need it.

    • Ashley February 9, 2012 at 9:15 am #

      Thanks, glad you find them useful! I too have some anxiety about finding certain things overseas, and I imagine some places it will be more difficult than others to find a well-stocked pharmacy. Antibiotics seem readily available everywhere, but it certainly is nice to have a small supply of ‘just-in-case’ items.

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