as gehört in die Reiseapotheke? What belongs in the first aid kit? Again and again I ask myself the question and often get asked by readers. Meanwhile, I have put together a small standard pharmacy, which has proven to me often as workable and useful. After all, health is not only important at home, but especially when traveling. Time and again, I experience it, that in Germany hedges against all risks in life, be it with insurance or with expensive supplements, but as soon as you're abroad, you forget everything and take risks or dispensed with drugs that you immediately at home would take. Often it is the German holidaymakers who are in need of help abroad because they have overestimated themselves. Of course you do not have to exaggerate the precaution, but in case of an emergency, you should always have something with it, so that you can quickly self-medicate.

In this article, I introduce you to a few standard drugs, which I always have with me in my first-aid kit, especially during longer stays abroad. Of course, there are also some things for some countries, which should be considered in the health and belong in the first aid kit. Again, I give you tips.

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My standard first-aid kit *

* I am not a doctor or a physician. This travel pharmacy is based solely on my own experience. If you have questions or ambiguities, you should always ask your doctor or pharmacist. All of these standard medicines are available without prescription from any pharmacy.

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you should always have it with you, it helps against everything: headache, body aches, mild fever etc.

It has happened to me twice already that I got infected on the outward journey in the plane and got off sick. First, you can easily catch a cold on the plane, second, viruses and bacteria fly through the air more easily here. I always had paracetamol with me. But doctors have recommended Ibuprofen to me now. For lighter headaches, I always have Thomaparin painkillers in my hand luggage (pack something in your hand luggage so that you always have it ready to hand).

First aid kit: stomach and intestine problems when traveling

I've never had stomach bowel problems before, but people with sensitive stomachs should have pills for them, after all, not everyone can eat the food in other countries, which is seasoned differently or may not be cooked as hygienically. You should always pay attention to what you eat and where you eat it while traveling in countries with poorer hygienic standards. The principle is: cook it, peel it or forget it. All raw, uncooked and salads that have not been cleaned with hot water can cause bacterial problems in sensitive people. But the opposite can just as easily be the case: blockages when traveling. Our stomach and intestinal system is very sensitive and in many people it comes due to the climatic changes to blockages, which can also be very dangerous. For this I have as a stand-by always Laxoberal Abführropfen here. Also, I respect in some countries with less good hygienic standards always on the drinking water, ie for brushing I use mineral water from packaged bottles, I abstain from ice cubes in drinks mostly (about a day, then I forget it) and of course you should Wash your hands with every meal. In addition, I have Sagrotan hand disinfection lotion, which can be used without water.

First aid kit: Travel sickness circulation

Changing climatic conditions sometimes cause problems for the body. Extreme heat or strong temperature fluctuations can cause circulatory problems. On the other hand, I always have cardiovascular drops in my first-aid kit.

First-aid kit: for good sleep when traveling

For night flights, I always take a valerian tablet 2-3 hours before the flight. It makes you feel light-tired and relaxed, but it's not as heavy as a sleeping pill. This may make it easier to relax and sleep on the plane so that you arrive at the resort in a more relaxed atmosphere. Some also have trouble sleeping in strange surroundings, and Valerian dragees are also good for that.

First Aid Kit: Wounds Disinfection

This too can happen quickly, you slip out, knees open. Happened to me in Thailand. Or you catch a tick that you have to get out quickly, happened to a fellow traveler in South Africa. A thermometer is also important, here you can quickly determine if you have elevated temperature, this can be an indication that you have caught a disease and then it is as soon as possible to get to the nearest hospital. For this you should always have something with you, so that you can quickly treat the wounds yourself:

First aid kit: against mosquito bites

Mosquitoes are treacherous. Not only is the awful itching unpleasant, in many cases they can also transmit serious illnesses (like malaria, dengue fever, etc.). Therefore, it is particularly important in some countries to protect themselves very well against mosquito bites. As a mosquito repellent, many have always the popular Autan, but it is not the best, it also stinks in my opinion on the skin. In Europe, it may be enough against the mosquitoes, in tropical areas and on safaris I would resort to a better mosquito spray with a high Deet share. It is also a good protection against ticks. I have had good experiences with:

First aid kit: sunscreen

depending on the destination, sun protection is important. More and more I use a sunscreen with UV protection of at least 50. In African countries, for example, the sun is very strong and a UV filter of 50 is absolutely recommended. Of course it also depends on the destination and skin type.

Reiseapothken pouch

here you can pack everything: Travel Napkin Bag *

Extended first aid kit

Nose and throat sprays or eye drops

against the dry air in the plane helps a nasal spray that regulates the moisture and eye drops against dry eyes. This is also good for protecting yourself against colds.

  • nasal spray
  • ear spray
  • eye drop

disposable syringes

For some countries, where the hygienic supply is less good, it is recommended to take disposable syringes. They are clean and not infected eg with HIV (eg for countries in Africa, Asia, South America, etc.).

Malaria prophylaxis

If you travel to a malarial region, I recommend you to have at least malaria prophylaxis with you. In any case, you should also discuss this with a tropical medicine doctor or your family doctor. Malaria Prophlaxe is not available without a prescription anyway. Learn more about malaria, how to protect yourself, and how to transmit it here.


It can be a bit nasty when going on a boat trip. What have I seen people puke there. If you are prone to it, then you can, for example, with a plaster to prevent seasickness.

mountain sickness

Should you climb the high mountains, Mount Kilimanjaro or be at other heights, it does not hurt to have something for this.

Individual medicines

If you should be taking medication in everyday life due to health problems, you should of course also pack them into your first-aid kit so that you are always well looked after on holiday.

Sex traveling

If you're interested in sex, do not forget to pack condoms.

Travel Health: What should I look for in the first aid kit?

  • Make sure that the best before date has not expired
  • only use medications that you tolerate well (because you know them or have taken them before)
  • You can save space, for example, if you take the tablets with leaflet from the box
  • Take medicines that you might need during the journey, such as painkillers, valerian, nose and ear spray, eye drops, etc. (please note hand luggage regulations)
  • buy a light and handy medical bag , which is waterproof and closes the medication well, examples can be found here: Reiseapothken-Täschchen *

Travel Health: Can I buy my first aid kit locally?

In some countries, medical care is very good and you will find pharmacies everywhere. Of course, you can also buy medicines locally. In the case of malaria prophylaxis, they are often even cheaper. However, I save the time when traveling with the search for pharmacies and who knows if everything is in stock or if I know the medication at all and tolerate (some are not allowed in Germany for distribution, for example, I would be skeptical). Personally, therefore, I always take with me the standard first-aid kit (see above) from home.

Travel Health: What if I have to go to the doctor on vacation?

As well as at home, something can always happen on vacation. Fortunately, I have been spared this fortunately so far. It is best to inquire in advance how the medical care in your country is and whether you may need vaccinations. If you have to go to the doctor or to a hospital on holiday, you always have to pay the costs yourself. That can be expensive and hit the travel budget. I also recommend you to conclude a travel health insurance.

Is a travel health insurance really worth it?

I can not say that, if you never get sick, it's not worth it. But if you have to go to a doctor or to a hospital abroad, if you are in an accident and your lifeless body is to be returned to Germany (oh god, hopefully you never need it), then it's definitely worth it. Because the treatment costs abroad go first to your personal account. That means you have to pay for everything yourself. If you have a travel health insurance, you can file the costs and get everything reimbursed. These are available from about 10 to 15 euros and it is valid all year round. You can file the cost of the treatment and get everything reimbursed. In some countries such as Cuba but also by some tour operators, it is even explicitly required to complete a travel health insurance. As I said, luckily I have never needed it myself. Here you can, for example, conclude a cheap travel health insurance:

I recommend you the DKB credit card with which you can withdraw cash for free worldwide and even pay for free. The card also has many advantages, especially abroad.

Travel Health: Which vaccinations do I need for traveling?

That depends on the respective travel destination. There are countries where special vaccinations are even explicitly required, eg a yellow fever vaccine. If you can not prove it in your vaccination record, you must not enter. Inquire in advance, which vaccinations are necessary for you in your travel country. You will find out for example

Also note that some vaccines, such as Hepatitis A + B or TBE, must be taken three times at different times to ensure complete vaccination coverage (however, basic immunization is still possible shortly before travel). So vaccinations should not be done until one week before the trip. However, it always depends on the individual case. In some vaccinations, the vaccine is not in stock, so you should already say at the appointment to the doctor that you may need vaccinations and which. Some vaccinations (eg yellow fever can only be done by a tropical medicine or by the health department).

Standard vaccinations recommended by the Robert Koch Institute are:

  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • Polio (polio)
  • Diptheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella

Recommended standard travel vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis A + B (Twinrix vaccine)
  • TBE (tick vaccination - required 3 times)

Travel vaccinations depending on the destination

  • Yellow fever (valid for 10 years, entry in the vaccination certificate even for life)
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • rabies
  • Cholera (oral vaccination)

You can not get vaccinated against malaria and dengue. Here there is only prophylaxis.

Check with your health insurance if the costs for the vaccinations are reimbursed. Many statutory health insurance companies reimburse the costs such as the IKK and TKK.

Further travel tips for travel planning

I have many other travel planning tips that may interest you:

I hope these travel health travel pharmacy tips were helpful to you. I wish you a safe and healthy journey in any case. Wishing you all the best! Your Nicole.

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