First-aid kit for Southeast Asia: tips and information

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Which medicines should you take with you on your journey? And where can you save money when you buy medicine? Here are my tips.

A few notes in advance:

  1. Do not let them make you crazy! Just because you're on another continent, you do not suddenly get a thousand diseases that you did not have before.
  2. Never take anything with me that I have listed here. Below is a general checklist that will help you to remember nothing. You know best what you really need.
  3. My tips here on the internet can not replace the advice of a knowledgeable doctor or pharmacist.
  4. Note the side effects mentioned on the package leaflet. They may be more affected by heat and blazing sun. Therefore, do not throw in mediocre drugs easily, just to enjoy every minute of the holiday carefree.

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First aid kit for Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia

Having a first-aid kit in your luggage helps you to be prepared for the most common diseases on the way and to react appropriately. It will save you the possibly time-consuming search for a suitable pharmacy and tedious discussions about your problem in a foreign >

Small aches and pains quickly occur when traveling. There are, for example, colds from air conditioning or stomach upset after bad or unfamiliar food. In addition, the climate can occasionally lead to malaise, headaches, etc. And even small wounds are common. Since it can be quite pleasant to have the usual first responders here.

Of course, the destination and the duration of the trip are crucial for the size of the first-aid kit. It makes a huge difference whether you're in one of Thailand's top tourist destinations, or play Robinson Crusoe on a remote Indonesian island where the next ship will pass in three days.

If you are already under treatment for illness or medication before starting your journey, you should discuss with your doctor what that means for you in relation to the journey (for example, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, risk of thrombosis, etc.).

In addition, you should deal a little more intensively with the subject first aid kit when traveling with (small) children.

Below are my recommendations. I am always more cautious by nature and usually have a few more medications than others.

Spicy food, unfamiliar dishes and drinks, rotten foods, lack of hygiene on toilets - the list of possible causes of stomach problems is long. But again, do not go crazy! I almost always eat on simple street stalls, order my drinks with ice cream and have rarely had any problems so far.

If you've got a bad diarrhea, that's the # 1 rule: Drink plenty of fluids to make up for the fluid loss. What also helps well, are electrolyte solutions. These are small bags of powder that you dissolve in a glass of water. This will give your body important nutrients, and you usually feel better quickly.

I would only take remedies that stop diarrhea if it is unavoidable. For example, if a longer bus ride without toilet is pending. Apart from that, the following applies: What has to be got out!

Attention: In case of combination of diarrhea and fever or blood in the stool always consult a doctor!

Another problem can be heartburn, usually caused by unfamiliar food.

Among others, the following medications help:

Dizziness, headache and nausea are symptoms that are sometimes triggered by unusual movements in transport.

Among others, the following medications help:

You should have a painkiller in any case. In addition, a antipyretic, which also helps against severe pain. However, in tropical countries abstain from aspirin. For example, the Association of German Internists (BDI) warns that its active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) may exacerbate the effects of certain tropical infectious diseases.

Among other things, the following medications / items help:

You enter the Skytrain, the shopping mall or the plane and immediately ask yourself why the air conditioners are cooling down to a sensed 0 degrees. Of course, you've been sweating until just before. This is how some of the cold stories from Southeast Asia start.

Therefore, I always have the following resources:

In addition, may help:

Depending on your destination and travel duration, it may be a good idea to get a prescription broadband antibiotic from your doctor first. But handle it responsibly. For no reason far too many drugs of this kind are swallowed.

Hardly any topic provides as much uncertainty as malaria. Prophylaxis? Stand-by? Neither? Of course, the decisive factor is the specific destination. In many places there is no risk at all, in others a high and in some places it depends on the season. Therefore speak with a tropical medicine! He can give you the best tips for your itinerary. If he recommends malaria protection, it should be worth your while to take the high cost of the tablets on you. These are prescription. Incidentally, they are much cheaper in the Netherlands. If you order there or buy, you can really save a lot of money (eg Malarone 12 pieces, about 60 euros in Germany, 35 euros in the Netherlands).

The sharp stone in the water, slipped when climbing, running bubbles because the feet are not used to flip-flops - you have little ratchets quickly. In addition there are insect bites, skin irritation, etc.

Among others, the following medications help:

If you have an open wound, be careful so that it does not become contaminated and inflamed. A first-aid bag is a good choice. Of course, you can also put together the individual components yourself. With patches you should not necessarily take the cheapest.

Among other things, the following items / medicines can help:

  • Pavement (different sizes, some water repellent)
  • gauze bandage
  • plastering
  • sterile compresses
  • Association scissors
  • 1x Gloves
  • tweezers
  • safety pins
  • Dressing Spray
  • Often there are the things in the package to buy. For example in the DocCheck first aid kit

Whether condoms or anti-baby pill, these things I would bring from home. Also pay attention to the storage temperature here!

The sun has good power in Southeast Asia. Even when it is cloudy, there is a risk of sunburn. Accordingly, you should always cream yourself properly. Take special care with children. Sunscreen is usually much more expensive in Southeast Asia than ours.

Sunglasses are also recommended. You get thrown in there, but always pay attention to good quality. The counterfeit brand glasses are generally not anti-reflective and do not protect the eyes from UV radiation.

Among other things, the following means and objects help:

It's a pain with the fucking critters. Not only that it itches. Mosquitoes can transmit malaria and dengue fever. Both are not nice. Another problem: Malaria mosquitoes are nocturnal, Dengue mosquitoes are diurnal. Which areas are affected, reveals your tropical medicine.

It is therefore recommended that you protect yourself well against mosquito bites. Appropriate funds are available on the spot. These are proven and much cheaper than ours. Nevertheless, I always take at least a pack of home, if the little tormentors pick me up at the airport.

Attention: Deet remedies are not good for children. Best to take a suitable remedy from home.

Among others, the following medications help:

There are also a number of books on travel medicine. But you do not have to deal with that to 99 percent probability. This is more for someone who makes a multi-day tour deep into the jungle, climbs alone on a mountain, etc. The bibliography I have taken only to completeness.

Among others the following books are available:

Of course, you should take all the medications that you need to take regularly, in sufficient quantities.

For this I use a medicine bag , Since I have everything together beautifully and does not have to search long, if I need a drug quickly.

Where do I buy the medication?

In the list I usually linked the shop pharmacy . For about a year I order my free available drugs there. In comparison, it is much cheaper than the pharmacy around the corner. Even with a simple nasal spray, that can sometimes be up to three euros difference. For other items such as mosquito spray, etc., the difference was even greater. Also Bol.com, where the selection is also smaller, could not match my comparison for once.

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Exclusively for readers of Fascination Southeast Asia, there will be a whopping 10% discount on selected travel sets until 30.11.2019 . User for the coupon code: reiseset101019

The voucher is valid when ordering items on this page (only once per customer usable / no cash payment): /extern/reiseapotheke-sets

Buy medicines on the way

Of course, many medicines are also available on the spot. Although they are often cheaper in Southeast Asia, I do not like buying them there. This has the following reasons:

  • There are no leaflets in my >
  • The quality requirements are not comparable to those with us.
  • It happens every now and then that fake drugs or stretched drugs are sold.
  • It is often unclear whether the medications have not expired or been exposed to greater heat.

If I have to get medication there, I go to large pharmacies (for example, hospitals, shopping centers or airports). There, the advice is usually better, the supply and demand greater.

Storage of the medication

Medication should not be exposed to temperatures above 25 degrees. I know that's hard to keep when the rucksack is lashed to the car roof in the blazing sun. Possibly take medicines in your hand luggage. For important medications that you must always take, if necessary, consult with your doctor, if they tolerate the heat. You may be able to store them in the fridge. If there is an alternative to suppositories, prefer to resort to it (for example, tablets, drops).

Further sources of information

travel insurance

The costs of a doctor's treatment in Southeast Asia usually have to be paid immediately in cash or, if possible, by credit card . The amount will be refunded after the trip, if you have a health insurance. This practical and clear comparison calculator contains what I believe are the best travel insurances. After you have entered the age and duration of the trip, you can view the different rates in the overview.

Here I have put together more information on travel insurance for Southeast Asia .

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Better informed, experience more!

Whether classic or insider tip: find the most beautiful destinations and routes .
Keep up to date on how you can save money on the go and get useful tips and information for your trip .
Be inspired and collect new ideas . Get now with one click the best Southeast Asia news regularly in your mailbox!

Here you will find information on data protection, analysis, revocation.