My idea of travel preparedness doesn’t always take into account the many accidents that could potentially occur on an adventure away from home. Because of this, I often find myself scrambling to find items locally, while cursing myself in the process. If that sounds like you, listen up, because we’ve peeked into doctors’ suitcases to see what vital items they keep close at hand when they go on vacation.
It might go without saying, but according to Dr. Sterling N. Ransone Jr., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and full-time family physician in Deltaville, Virginia, having a very good understanding of your medical conditions or allergies specific drugs and the medications needed to treat them are absolutely essential for a safe vacation.
“It’s important to include a one to two day supply of medication taken for chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Things happen. You never know when your luggage may be lost or stolen. A small amount in your first aid kit will ease worries until your doctor’s office can arrange a refill near you,” Ransone told HuffPost.
He said that list can include things like epipens, inhalers, glucose kits or aids used to treat coronary problems.
Outside of medicine, Ransone also said he packs copies of IDs, passports and health insurance cards for each person traveling. “You never know when you might need care due to an accident or illness. It’s also good to have extra copies on hand in case you are robbed,” he said.
You can continue unpacking Ransone’s luggage in the list below, in addition to also checking out travel recommendations from a few other doctors. This comprehensive line of travel-friendly products and gadgets account for every drop, scrape, sprain and cough you might encounter, whether you’re on the beaches of Tahiti or climbing the Rocky Mountains.
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