Packing Overseas: Medical Supplies

In the coming weeks and months we’ll be traveling and putting down roots in a new country. I hope to document what I packed and what I wish I knew after the fact.

Here’s the first post on packing for overseas!


This may not look like much but I would argue that a well stocked medicine box is well worth a few focused minutes & brain power.


I know pictures are worth a thousand words but probably not so for this post. My box is full of the regular stuff plus a couple extras that may not be as typical.

For starters organize your medical bin.

1. Discard any expired medicine.
2. Ensure there are measuring cups or spoons for the required medicines.


Next, consider what would be useful for the overseas travel or move:

1. Would an otoscope be a good instrument to have on hand to check for childrens’ ear infections and throats?

2. Check that your thermometer is working well. And a good amount of band aids & gauze for cuts, scrapes and sprains.

3. Think about alternative or seasonal needs. Like benedryl for an unexpected allergic reaction? Swimmers ear drops? Calendula cream is good for eczema. Arnica cream is good for muscle pain or any aches.

4. Would stomach ailments be alleviated or helped using garlic & cayenne pills? (Ever had an Egyptian parasite? Weeks of running to the bathroom!) Consider buying shelf-stable probiotics too.

5. And of course the regular stuff like Childrens’ Tylenol, Advil, anti-bacterial cream, anti-fungus cream? Vitamin C packets?


I don’t like to overpack or accumulate a lot but with kids and traveling to foreign countries, a well-stocked medicine box may just alleviate a lot of stress!

What medical supply is a must for you?

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