Medication to Bring When Traveling Abroad

Medication to Bring When Traveling Abroad

Traveling abroad is something that requires lots of planning, quite a bit of narrowing down in regards to packing, and excitement. As you go about packing the essentials for your trip abroad, one of the things that you should pack is medicine. While it’s only going to be used in the worst case scenario, it’s definitely something that you want to be prepared for.

Given that there are so many different types of medication that you could set aside to bring on your trip, we wanted to take today and cover a few of the must-have medicines for your trip abroad. From headaches to an upset stomach, you should be prepared for it all. Here is a list of medications that you should start setting aside so that you’re ready for anything that comes your way while you’re traveling.

Diarrhea Medicine

Without a doubt, one of the worst things that can happen while you’re traveling abroad is a bad reaction to something that you ate. Often times, diarrhea happens when your body is exposed to something that it’s not used to digesting, or there was something wrong with the food. Whatever the case may be, the last thing that you want is for this one instance to ruin the rest of your travels. For that reason, we always suggest having some type of medicine that can help overcome diarrhea.

Some of the most common medications used for this are Pepto-Bismol and Imodium. Make sure that you have more than one dosage of this medication for your trip because while we hope it doesn’t happen on your trip, you want to be prepared for more than one occurrence of an upset stomach that leads to diarrhea.


Again, one of the things that you can count on while traveling abroad is enjoying foods that you’ve never had the chance to enjoy here in the states. While a majority of those times should be extremely enjoyable, there are times where your body isn’t going to react well. Even if it doesn’t lead to diarrhea or vomiting, you need to have something that settles that buildup of acid.

An antacid is another great medication to bring on your trip.  Prilosec, Alka-Seltzer, and Zantac are three great examples of antacid medications that are easy to take on the go.

Pain and Fever

One of the most common medications that people always have on hand is a pain and fever medication. A few examples of these medications are Ibuprofen, Motrin, and Advil. These are great to have when you get a bad headache or are suffering from some body aches.

When you travel abroad a good portion of your day is spent as a tourist. This means that you’re walking miles on end, hiking, swimming, and the like. When your body needs even the slightest relief from these aches and pains, you should have the right medication ready.

Allergy Medicine

Though it might not be a necessity for all, allergy medicine is one of those medications that can drastically change the experience that you have. If you have simple allergies like dust, cotton, hay fever or any allergies associated with animals, bringing allergy medicine is a must.

Even though not all allergies will be relevant during your travels and the experiences that you have planned for your trip, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You truly never have any idea what could come up during your travels, and in the case that you do cross paths with something that you are allergic to, you want to have the medication to move on from it and continue to enjoy all of your travels.

Motion Sickness

Traveling abroad comes with the opportunity to make the most of many modes of transportation. From the initial flight to any trains or ferries that you might take once you’ve reached your final destination, motion sickness medication can help you overcome some of the twists and turns that you’re sure to take.

Given that travel is often the reason that people purchase motion sickness medication, there is a pretty large selection that you’re able to choose from. From oral pills to hidden patches, motion sickness is the last thing that you need to worry about as you travel abroad.

Sedative or Sleep Aid

When you’re visiting someplace new, it can be difficult to relax and fall asleep. Given that you’re going to have days that are jam-packed with activities and adventures, the last thing that you want is to be tired when the sun comes up. If you are someone that struggles to get a full night of sleep regularly, packing a mild sedative or sleep aid is something that you should consider.

Not only are these great to have when you’re struggling with falling asleep while traveling, but they are also great medications to take advantage of when you have long flights or other travel plans that you might get nauseous during.

ParkDIA When You Go Abroad

If you’re looking for long term parking airport parking services for your trip abroad, ParkDIA has got you covered. While we may not be able to be there to physically take care of you when you’re not feeling your best, we hope that today’s blog helps you prepare for those times.

Browse our airport parking services and rates and reach out to our team if you need any help reserving your parking spot. We offer both covered and uncovered parking options for you to take advantage of!

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