Medication Management Tips for Travel

As the summer holiday season swiftly approaches, it’s time to start planning where to go and what to take with you. Unfortunately, the joy of vacation time can be easily spoiled with a bout of food poisoning, jet lag or other bodily-related symptoms, especially in countries and climates that you are unfamiliar with.

It is wise to take a few essentials with you by preparing your medication management beforehand. In this article, we’ll outline some of the over the counter medications you should pack for your travels to ensure you have a healthy and enjoyable trip.

Diarrhea Medicine

Nothing spoils a trip faster than having to locate your nearest toilet as a matter of urgency. Unfortunately, it is all too common for traveler’s diarrhea to strike and is especially prevalent in certain countries where the food and water may affect your system.

Be prepared by packing some antidiarrheals with you in your suitcase to ensure to treat any such symptoms and consider taking some probiotics before your trip which will help your body to digest food and support your overall gut health.

Medication Management Tips for Travel

Viagra 

If you or your partner suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED), your sex life does not need to suffer. You can safely purchase over the counter medication such as Viagra before you take off on your trip allows you to enjoy moments of intimacy whether it be on your honeymoon or your ten year anniversary.

Sleeping Pills

Traveling can play havoc with your internal body clock and sense of time, especially when you are traveling internationally across different time zones. Jet lag can disrupt your holiday by keeping you wide awake when you should be asleep, leaving you tired and lethargic during the day. If you don’t have the time to shake off your jet lag naturally. Consider taking some sleeping pills with you. This will help to regulate your sleep patterns, giving you a good night’s sleep and leaving you ready and recharged for the day ahead.

Mild Laxative

Some people suffer from travel constipation which can last for a couple of days or longer. This can be due to a change in diet, routine as well as dehydration caused by air travel. The discomfort associated with constipation can come in the form of gas, bloatedness as well as stomach cramps. Along with staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating a high fiber diet, taking a mild laxative can help relieve temporary constipation.

Pain Medication

An early flight, heavy luggage and lack of sleep can all be par for the course when it comes to traveling. Unfortunately, these factors also contribute to aches, pains and headaches. Taking time to rest and recover may be a luxury you don’t have, especially if you have a packed itinerary and a list of things to see. It is always a good idea to take some pain medication with you just in case you need it on your travels.

Now that you have your medical essentials packed, you can feel confident taking off on your trip knowing you are prepared for any eventuality.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, wen she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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