“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”- Buddha
Imagine you are on a relaxing vacation with your partner at a beautiful location, somewhere at a couple-friendly hotel in Bangalore. This was the trip you have been planning for a year and when it finally happened, you got sick with traveler’s diarrhea on the second day of your vacation. The entire trip went with your frequent visits to the loo. Many hotels in Bangalore give excellent services in the matter of any health issues. But, by the time the doctor arrives you might get extremely sick. What was supposed to be a fun-filled romantic getaway, ended up at the hospital.
Well, it is difficult to imagine, isn’t it?
But situations like these can’t be neglected. Nowadays, health has become one of the fragile entities. Falling sick due to an infection or due to any accidents are bound to happen when you travel. When situations like these happen, it not only kills the mood of the couple, but also causes huge money loss and lots of time go waste. Whether you are healthy or having some ailments like diabetes or Blood sugar, always make it a rule to go for a health checkup before you start with your trip. Nobody understands your body other than your regular physician. Hence, make sure to get a list of emergency medicines prescribed from your physician which you can carry. It is known that the medical sector has been spreading its branches like never before. There are doctors, clinics, hospitals available wherever you go. But it is always in your best interest to carry some medicines with you for your good. Before anything serious happens, they might prove to be a boon for you.
Let's look into some must-have medications that you should carry while you travel.
Traveler’s diarrhea is one of the most common illnesses occurring to people while traveling. Even though it is not a serious one, but it will surely leave you unpleasant and weak. It is a gastrointestinal tract infection caused due to consumption of contaminated food and drinks. When you visit a new place, you are exposed to a new climate, new temperature, and an entirely new habitat. Your body is not accustomed to this new environment. Hence, you have a bowel infection which will last for 2-3 days. Generally, it subsides on its own, but the medicines that can give you some relief during this time are Ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin. Whenever you are suffering from traveler’s diarrhea, make sure to take an ample amount of rest. Book hotels on an hourly basis and give your body the rest that it needed.
2-Medicines for Cold and Cough
Visiting a new place means your body has to face the effects of difference in the climatic conditions. If you visit a city that has a low temperature, then you tend to get cold allergies. A runny red nose, hoarse voice, cough with headache and body pain will make you irritated and clumsy. Keep with you some decongestants and anti-allergy drugs. Anti-histamines like Cetrizine is a must-have. Decongestants- Oral Phenylephrine and Nasal Oxymetazoline.
3-Medicines for Fever
A rise in body temperature, chills, and headache is not a pleasant feeling when you are chilling at a hotel in Delhi for your family vacation. Situations like these can be controlled if you have some paracetamol with you. It will immediately give you some relief.
When you are on a food journey, you are bound to eat the aromatic lunch at a hotel at Hyderabad, or that long paper masala dosa at a hotel at Bengaluru or gorge into that raj kachori chat at a hotel at Delhi. Eating out while traveling and not taking rest will imbalance your system causing acidity. A pack of antacid tablets will surely give you relief. These are available over the counter.
5-Your prescribed medicines
People who are having a history of diseases like Diabetes, Heart Diseases, Hypothyroidism, or High Blood Pressure are bound to take their daily dose of life-saving medicines. Make sure to properly pack your medicines with the prescription during your travel plan.
6-Motion sickness medications
It is a common sight in a flight, car, or train that, some or the other people feel nauseated and start vomiting suddenly. This is due to a condition called as Motion Sickness. It is a very common condition happening to people during their travel. Due to repetitive movements, the inner ear sends signals to the brain due to which one feels nauseated. Keeping some medicines like Cyclizine/ Dimenhydrinate/ Meclizine can give you some relief.
Long hours of walking, waiting, and traveling will cause you a good headache and much undesirable body pain. Keeping some common pain killers with you is a must like Diclofenac sodium, Ibuprofen, etc. you can get them over the counter as well.
Adventurous water sports, trekking, rock climbing, or scuba diving will cause some minor injury in your body how much ever you be alert. A small scratch here and there is bound to happen. Keep a good stack of Band-Aids with you to attend these kinds of situations.
An injury might be infected during your traveling days. Hence, make sure to carry a good antibacterial cream containing Bacitracin to heal your wound faster
In case you suffer from traveler’s diarrhea or fever, you tend to become weak and your body becomes fatigue. It takes days to get your energy and charm back, keep some electrolyte packets with you to get the instant energy and balance.
11-Alcohol and iodine swabs
Applying the antibacterial gel or band-aids to an unclean wound will attract more infection. Hence, cleaning it thoroughly with alcohol/iodine is a must. During your travel, getting such swabs is thinly possible, hence pack a stack of swabs soaked with alcohol and iodine in a small airtight plastic container. You never know when you end up needing it.
12-A bottle of hand sanitizer
In the current scenario of the covid19 pandemic, carrying sanitizers with you has become a rule. Pandemic or no pandemic, make it a habit of carrying a small plastic bottle of sanitizer with you wherever you go. Use it whenever u feel it is necessary. All the airports, malls, train stations, and hotels nearby are installing sanitizer bottles at frequent corners as well.
“Love is not as important as good health. You cannot be in love if you are not healthy. You can,t appreciate it.”- Bryan Cranston
As said, everything else in the world is secondary to health. Health always comes first. Whenever you are traveling, make sure to give the utmost importance to your well-being. Keep all the required medications with you including your physician’s contact number. Illness does not come with a signal, it just comes. Hence, if you want to make that long-planned vacation at a hotel at Bangalore memorable, do keep these 12 medications with you. Also, do not forget to take appropriate rest in between by booking hotel rooms in hourly basis.
“Stay Healthy, Stay safe”