Medications and Vaccinations



  • Asthma pump
  • Buscopan (stomach cramps)
  • Fluid and electrolyte replacement powder or tablets, e.g. Gastrolyte or Hydralyte.
  • Gastrostop (loperamide) – diarrhoea “Stopper”
  • Noroxin (norfloxacin) – antibiotic for diarrhoea (Doctor prescription needed)
  • Paracetamol (Panamax)–
  • Stemzine (prochloperazine) – nausea and vomiting (doctor prescription needed)


  • Anti-bacterial gels or wipes – for when hand-washing facilities are not available.
  • Anti-fungal powders and creams – especially in tropical areas.
  • Anti-itch creams – especially in tropical areas
  • Insect repellent containing DEET (diethyl toluamide).
  • Safety pins, scissors and tweezers (you may not be allowed to carry these in your cabin luggage).
  • Small first aid kit
  • Sunscreen (at least SPF 30+).




  • Analgesic (pain relief) medicine such as paracetamol or aspirin.
  • Antihistamine tablets for bites, stings or allergies.
  • Cold and flu tablets.
  • Malaria prevention tablets.
  • Motion sickness tablets.
  • Multivitamin/mineral tablets if travelling for long periods to places where your diet may lack essential nutrients.
  • Throat lozenges.
  • Water purification tablets


  • Antiseptic ointment to apply to a wound
  • Antiseptic solution for cleaning wounds or bites.
  • Blister and wound patches, such as sticking plasters.
  • Ear plugs.
  • Eye lubricant drops.
  • Medical adhesive tape, e.g. Micropore.
  • Sting relief solution, e.g. Stingose (aluminium sulfate).
  • Thermometer (a forehead thermometer is best for travel as it doesn’t break or run out of batteries
  • Wound dressings, e.g. a crepe bandage, gauze swabs and OpSite, and Steristrips, which can often take the place of stitches.

Medical prescriptions / possible banned substances in other nations –

Various nations overseas have strict regulations as to what medications and health products can be brought into the country. Possible consequences of not addressing this, could be facing large fines or time in jail – let alone the hassle of being stopped for a long period of time with the customs officers questioning you. As an example, in Dubai there is a government approved list of substances and medications which are clearly banned or if allowed, then doctors’ certification would be required to be provided. It varies from nation to nation.

The smart traveller website provides a good starting point on what may or may not be allowed:

Also you can contact the local country representative office where you are travelling to obtain clarification. This may be a consulate or embassy.

If in doubt, then always play it safe and pay a visit to your doctor to obtain a letter (with a doctor’s letter head and signed) on what the medications/health products are and also why you need to take them – with the daily dosage also mentioned on the letter.

In some cases, your medications may be confused with narcotics or other major illegal products, so a simple letter will alleviate potential issues at the airport.

Also important is to take enough of your medication to last your trip. From past own experiences, you would not want to run out of asthma puffer substances – so in that case I should have packed two or three in case. You can look at your past instances and usage frequency of your medication to indicate how much you should take.

On another related area, it’s important to check that your medications are not expired or spoiled. If you come to use the medication you have brought along, you would not want to be faced with running around finding supplies – just because you have neglected to check you stock. This happens quite often and can put you in a compromising situation. If you are in doubt about if the medication you have is still good, then its best to contact your doctor and request a fresh batch.

More information about travelling with medications overseas can be found here:

Country Specific Medication links:

United Arab Emirates – Medication restrictions –

Medication and vaccination information / Tips

Compare the market – Vaccinations –
Travel doctor – Medication information –

Taking medication overseas

Australian department of human services – Travelling with PBS medicine –


General vaccinations

Vaccination against hepatitis A, B, and typhoid are often advised

My Vaccination (Australian Government Vaccination portal) –
Immunize Australia program –

Yellow fever Vaccinations

Yellow fever vaccine is compulsory for parts of Africa and South America

Links last checked : / /2015

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