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Step 6 - First Aid
First Aid Travel-Health Kit
MedToGo offers professional, Mexico-specific First-Aid Travel Kits from our online store. If you plan to assemble your own kit, we recommend you consult your physician. Below we list essential and non-essential items to include in your kit:
- Medical Records: Download and complete a copy of the Medical Summary and Information Document
Traveler’s Diarrhea Prevention: We recommend rifaximin (Xifaxan) or bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) to prevent TD when going to high-risk areas for trips under 3 weeks. Xifaxan is effective when taken either to prevent or treat TD. To prevent TD we recommend a dosage of 200 mg. Xifaxan twice a day while outside the U.S. in a high-risk country. Discontinue medication for treatment or prevention when returning to the U.S. Antibiotics other than Xifaxan are not recommended for the prevention of diarrhea. When Pepto-Bismol is used to prevent TD, the adult dose is 2 tablets chewed well with meals and at bedtime (8 tablets/day), continuing the drug while in a high-risk region. To treat TD if you did not take Xifaxan for prevention, take 200 mg (one pill) of rifaximin three times daily for three days. Other effective antibiotics for treating TD are ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin or azithromycin. Dosage of these antibiotics can be found on page 625. Take 500 mg Levaquin once a day for three to five days. Loperamide (immodium) may be used to control (but not cure) diarrhea. This medication slows down bowel action, so do not use it if you have been infected with a bug that causes fever or if you are passing bloody stools. Questionable water may be sterilized with water purification tablets or drops: 5 drops of 2% tincture of iodine or one 20 mg tablet of tetraglycine hydroperiodide may be added to 1 liter of water. Let stand for 1 hour prior to drinking. You may purchase water filtration devices at many sporting goods stores; if used properly, they can eliminate all infectious bacteria if you combine treatment with proper filtration. Note: Iodine use does not guarantee the elimination of cryptosporidium bacteria. Iodine is not recommended for people with previous history of allergy to iodine.
Sun Safety: Sunscreen with SPF 15 or above and waterproof formulations are preferred. We recommend aloe vera gel and/or 1% hydrocortisone cream for minor sunburns. Always use sunglasses with UV protection.
Wounds and Skin Care: Bring along tape, sterile bandages, and gauze. Pack 1% hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion for itchy rashes and bug bites. Include mupirocin (Bactroban) or Bacitracin ointment, and hydrogen peroxide to disinfect wounds.
Insect Repelants and Protection: Bring 0.5% Permetherin-based aerosols with you to repel insects from clothing and equipment. Apply DEET (N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide)-based repellents directly to the skin. Check strength of formulas: 30–35% DEET formulations are for adults, while children between ages 2 and 12 may use formulations with up to 30% DEET.
Helpful Additionals (Just in Case)
Motion Sickness Medication (for those sensitive to movement in cars, boats, or planes): Transdermal Scopolamine patches or Dramamine tablets can be helpful in preventing most forms of motion sickness.
Vaginal Yeast Infections: Bring Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin) or miconazole (Monistat) vaginal creams or fluconazole (Diflucan) tablets to ease yeast infections.
Poison Ivy Protection: Include Ivy Shield, Ivy Block or Stokogard Cream. Use as directed.
- Your Favorite Cold Remedy
- Tweezers (to remove ticks or thorns)
- Thermometer (especially if traveling with children)
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