Due to several requests from the Wanderers Compass community to make purchasing some of the items simpler, I put together this Travel Medical Supply Shopping List. It has many of the items, medical devices, and even some of the medications we use for our own personal travel.
In the case of medications like Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Aspirin, I will not list those items on the list 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. It does not mean they have to be a choice you make. 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 overtime quality can change.
As it is always a good practice, please check with your physician before taking over-the-counter meds and supplements. They will know if these would be 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 own 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. If your experience was different than ours or a product is no longer available, please let us know. 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
Travelon Set of 4 Mesh pouches, Gray
Price Point @ $12.00
This set of Mesh pouches is fantastic and a great container for prescription bottles, over-the-counter meds, masks, documents, and our medical devices kit.
Spartan Industrial – 3” X 4” (1000 Count) 2 Mil Clear Reclosable Zip Plastic Poly Bags with Resealable Lock Seal
Price point @ $14.00
These amazing little bags have so many purposes. In the travel medical supplies, they can hold your daily vitamins, over-the-counter meds, powered supplements, small Neosporin packets, safety pins, etc., 100% food-grade safe, thick, and resealable.
Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with Silicon Cover, Batteries, and Lanyard (Royal Black)
Price point @ $23.00
I have one of these in my carry-on at all times. 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 of 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. Appropriate for ages 12 and above.
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.
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
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 comes with safe closures.
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 have optimal sensitivity. They are Latex and powder-free for sensitive hands or foods. I pack a sandwich baggie full and place several pairs in my first aid kit.
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.
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.
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.
Fruit Of The Earth 100% Aloe Vera 2 oz. Gel
Price point @ $3.00
For those days you forget to put that sunscreen on, this will provide relief for your sunburn. The small size will hold out until you can get to a store. It absorbs quickly and does not stain.
Bonine Motion Sickness Tablets-Raspberry-16 ct.
Price point @ $3.00
Meclizine Hydrochloride treats nausea & vomiting due to motion sickness, seasickness, and airsickness. 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 volume bottles of generic meclizine.
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 diarrhea symptoms due to acute, active, and Traveler’s diarrhea.
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.
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 travel, and during the trip, if I feel a sore throat or a cold.
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 minors, aches, and pains. It can be used on the chest, throat, and muscles. There is a lot of alternative uses as well, such as insect repellant.
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 that mixes with liquid for FAST and EASY absorption.
Thermometer for Adults Fever Measurements Oral, rectal, and armpit
Memory Recall, C/F Switchable
Price point @ $7.00
Fast and Accurate Reading: Fast measurement, normally is 0.5-1 minute. This thermometer is clinically accurate with high precision. Works for orally, rectally, and in the armpit. It is suitable for all ages, babies, children, adults, and pets to measure temperature. The waterproof tip allows you to clean the thermometer in a simple and hygienic way.
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 to allow for readings in less than 30 seconds. Easy to use and lightweight. The ultra-large storage capacity holds 90 measurements which allows you to keep track of your blood pressure. Batteries included.
Dual Head Stethoscope for Medical and Home by FriCARE, Classic Lightweight Design, Stethoscope
Price point @ $25.00
Turntable chest piece 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 sweats, stains, and oil, very easy to keep clean.
I hope this medical supply shopping list will help you gather the necessary components to ensure that 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 to share your stories related to health and travel.
May your travel be amazing and your health excellent!
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