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What's in Your Medicine Kit?

For as long as I can remember, we have always traveled with a medicine kit of some kind. After we first got married, starting out, it included such things a few adhesive bandages, a small package of facial tissues, a tampon or two and a safety pin. We packed it all in a plastic produce bag we got at the grocery store.

As trips got longer, and as we got older, we added more items. The items change depending on where we are going, how much time we will be gone and the seasons we travel in. Here is a short list to get you started for your own medicine kit.

If you are traveling overseas in areas like India, Thailand or Viet Nam, you might want to ask your doctor for a prescription of Zithromax. This is a heavy duty antibiotic used for viral infections and stubborn diarrhea. The Z-Pack, as it is known, comes with 6 tablets and for most uses, you would start with two tablets the first day and one tablet for the next four days. For super diarrhea I have read that some people take three tabs with Imodium and get quick results. Before I would take that dose, I would check with an MD to be sure about the correct does for you.

A couple of other items you could add to your list might be tampons, a little sewing kit like you get in fancy hotels, a book of matches, a few Q-Tips and dental floss.

Until next time, let me know what is on your mind, and how you are doing, O.K.? You can send me your questions or comments on my bio page. My next article will be out shortly.

Jim Fortune - the BellaOnline Budget Travel Guy

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