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Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Due to several requests from the Wanderers Compass community to make purchasing some items more accessible, I put together this Travel Medical Supply Shopping List. It has many items, medical devices, and even some medications we use for personal travel.

Regarding medications like Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Aspirin, I will not list those items below. Most people have their own sources for these medications, but all of these common medications are available and can be found on Amazon.

The items listed are the ones we used. However, this does not mean you have to make the same choice. There are many good pulse oximeters or BP wrist cuffs. Find what is best for you. Ask your physician if they have any favorite brands. Check out reviews, as quality can change over time.

As is always a good practice, please check with your physician before taking over-the-counter medications and supplements. They will know if these are contraindicated for your health.

All links below connect to Amazon.com. That is all we use; it is fast, reliable, and easy to gather necessary purchases before our trips. Of course, if you have your preferred place, you will likely find most of these items there.

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All reviews are honest and come from our own experience. Nonetheless, we encourage you to read the recent reviews of all our Travel Medical Supply Shopping List items, as the quality of a product can change over time. Please let us know if your experience differs from ours or if a product is no longer available. Click HERE or leave a comment at the bottom of the page. If you have a product you swear by, let us know; we would love to try it out!

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Our Travel Medical Supply Shopping List

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Travelon Set of 4 Mesh pouches, Gray

Price Point @ $12.00

This set of Mesh pouches is a fantastic container for prescription bottles, over-the-counter meds, masks, documents, and our medical devices kit.

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Spartan Industrial – 3” X 4” (1000 Count) 2 Mil Clear Reclosable Zip Plastic Poly Bags with Resealable Lock Seal

Price point @ $14.00

These fantastic little bags have so many purposes. In travel, medical supplies can hold your daily vitamins, over-the-counter meds, powered supplements, small Neosporin packets, safety pins, etc., 100% food-grade safe, thick, and resealable.

Medical Supply Shopping List

Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Silicon Cover, Batteries, and Lanyard (Royal Black)

Price point @ $23.00

I always have one in my carry-on. They have served me well when emergencies occur on flights. During the pandemic, most people learned what an essential element they are both during travel and at home. It could be the determining factor in when to seek medical care when on the road.

This is a well-reviewed pulse oximeter. It accurately determines your SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation levels), pulse rate, and pulse strength in 10 seconds and displays it on a large digital LED display. It is appropriate for ages 12 and above.

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Small Travel First Aid Kit

Price point @ $8.00

This is the perfect lightweight complete first aid kit you will ever find. I have tried many over the years, and this is the best one yet. It has everything you ever need, plus extra space for more gloves, Neosporin, and a mini hand sanitizer. I always take two with me, one in my backpack and one in my carry-on.

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Premium Elastic Bandage Wrap – 4 Pack – Durable Compression Bandage (2x – 3 inch, 2x – 4 inch Rolls) Stretches up to 15ft in Length

Price point @ $13.00

This is a must-have for injuries or to secure an ice pack. It provides a firm wrap, keeping your muscles tight. It is made of premium polyester and has safe closures.

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PEIPU Nitrile and Vinyl Blend Material Disposable Gloves, Powder Free, Latex Free, 100 PCS

Price point @ $17.00

These gloves fit the hand well, provide comfort, have a responsive grip, and are optimally sensitive. They are Latex—and powder-free, which is ideal for sensitive hands or foods. I pack a sandwich baggie full and place several pairs in my first aid kit.

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PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Variety Pack, Naturals and Refreshing Gel, 1 fl oz travel-size flip-cap bottle with JELLY WRAP Carrier (Pack of 8)

Price point @ $14.00

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer kills 99.99 percent of the most common germs that may cause illness without damaging the skin. Perfect for frequent use. They are refillable. I hang one off my backpack so for quick access.

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

EnerPlex 3-ply Reusable Black Face Mask

Price point @ $22.00

This has been our go-to mask when traveling and for day-to-day use. They are comfortable, do not overheat, or are rough on the skin. We wash them every night, and they are dry by morning.

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Potable Aqua Chlorine Dioxide Water Purification Tablets – 30 Count

Price point @ $14.00

One pack of 30 Potable Aqua Chlorine Dioxide Water Purification Tablets for Drinking. Water purifying tablets are effective against bacteria, viruses, and cysts, such as Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium, like a chlorine dioxide water treatment.

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Fruit Of The Earth 100% Aloe Vera 2 oz. Gel

Price point @ $3.00

For those days you forget to put on sunscreen, this will provide relief for your sunburn. Its small size will hold out until you can get to a store. It absorbs quickly and does not stain.

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Bonine Motion Sickness Tablets-Raspberry-16 ct.

Price point @ $3.00

Meclizine Hydrochloride treats nausea & vomiting due to motion sickness, seasickness, and air sickness. Minimal drowsiness. The chewable tablet is easy to ingest. Take one hour before travel for up to 24 hours of protection. If you are okayed to take a prescription level strength, Amazon has larger volumes of generic meclizine.

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Imodium A-D Diarrhea Relief Caplets with Loperamide HCI, 24 ct.

Price point @ $11.00

This anti-diarrheal medicine’s proven formula works with your body to slow down your system and help restore its natural rhythm and balance. Each anti-diarrhea medicine caplet contains 2 milligrams of loperamide hydrochloride to help control acute, active, and traveler’s diarrhea symptoms.

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Kirkland Signature Mucus Relief Chest Guaifenesin 400 mg Expectorant – 200 Immediate-Release Tablets

Price point @ $9.00

Relieves chest congestion. Thins and loosens mucus. It keeps coughs looser. This is a generic form of Mucinex and Robitussin.

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Emergen-C Immune+ 1000mg Vitamin C Powder, with Vitamin D, Zinc, Antioxidants Raspberry

Price point @ $ 12.00

An Enhanced Immune Support Formula with 1,000 mg of Vitamin C, plus Vitamin D and Zinc. Mix dissolves quickly in water. I always take some days before and during the trip if I feel a sore throat or a cold.

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Vicks Vaporub Ointment Cream Cough Suppressant and Topical Analgesic of 0.45 Oz JAR – 8 Packs

Price point @ $18.00

Relieves cough due to common cold. For minor aches and pains. It can be used on the chest, throat, and muscles. There are a lot of alternative uses as well, such as insect repellant.

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Electrolyte Mix Super Hydration Formula + Trace Minerals | NEW! Lemon-Lime Flavor (30 powder packets) Sports Drink Mix | Dr. Price’s Vitamins | No Sugar, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free & Vegan

Price point @ $20.00

Dr. Price’s Electrolyte Mix has a blend of over 72 Trace Minerals and Electrolytes created to benefit your personal hydration needs. Convenient to-go packets that you can take anywhere. Powdered water-soluble sports drink formula mixes with liquid for FAST and EASY absorption.

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Thermometer for Adults Fever Measurements Oral, rectal, and armpit
Memory Recall, C/F Switchable

Price point @ $7.00

Fast and Accurate Reading: Fast measurement, usually, is 0.5-1 minute. This thermometer is clinically accurate with high precision. Works orally, rectally, and in the armpit. It is suitable for measuring temperature for all ages: babies, children, adults, and pets. The waterproof tip allows you to clean the thermometer simply and hygienically. 

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

PARAMED Automatic Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor: Blood-Pressure Kit of Bp Cuff + 2AAA and Carrying case – Irregular Heartbeat Detector & 90 Readings Memory Function & Large Display

Price point @ $26.00

This blood pressure cuff features a large LCD that allows for readings in less than 30 seconds. It is easy to use and lightweight. The ultra-large storage capacity holds 90 measurements, allowing you to track your blood pressure. Batteries are included.

Medical Supply Shopping List, Medical Supply Shopping List for Travel

Dual Head Stethoscope for Medical and Home by FriCARE, Classic Lightweight Design, Stethoscope

Price point @ $25.00

Turntable chest pieces and flexible tubing provide you the flexibility to hear a full range of sounds and reliable acoustic performance. Latex-free, matte finish tubing can resist sweat, stains, and oil and is very easy to keep clean.

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Medical Supply Shopping List

I hope this medical supply shopping list will help you gather the necessary components to ensure you stay healthy during your adventures.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of these items or have favorite items you wish to share. Of course, I welcome you sharing your health and travel stories.

May your travel be extraordinary and your health excellent!

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