One of the great advantages of being
an unemployed bum a locum doctor is the ability take holidays whenever you want without having to worry about applying for leave, arranging cover or abandoning patients and colleagues. Mindful of taking full advantage of my situation, I’m packing up my bags and heading off to Europe this week. I fly through Doha into Geneva, spend a weekend snowboarding in the Italian Alps before travelling down to Barcelona and on to southern Spain for a reunion with some of my oldest and dearest friends.
When I am travelling alone or with non-medical friends, I generally feel that I aught to be able to provide some level of acute medical care if required. However, with packing space at a minimum, the medical kit has to be pretty succinct.
Here’s what I’m thinking of taking with me:
- Salbutamol puffer
- Antibiotics – maybe amoxycillin or cephalexin?
- Antihistamine eg promethazine
- PPI eg esomeprazole
- Antiseptic solution
- Antifungal / steroid cream
If I was going to a tropical area, my kit would generally also include:
- Oral rehydration solution
- Insect repellant
And of course I wont be leaving home without a tablet full of downloaded #FOAMed podcasts to listen to on the flight.
I would love to hear from other doctors about what they carry with them when travelling at home or abroad. Is there anything useful that I am missing?
Comment below or tweet @nomadicgp. Gracias amigos!
Thanks to everyone who commented. On your advice, I chose cephalexin as my poAb and also got some azithromycin. I also added aspirin, prednisolone, loratidine and mylanta. Here it is all fitting neatly into a sandwich sized zip-lock bag.