When it comes to not getting sick during your trip, it’s best to be over-prepared so you can quickly go to war on anything that could cause you to spend a day or more of your trip curled up in bed, feeling like crap.
Or worse, a sting, burn, cut or scrape that could develop into a nasty or life-threatening infection.
This is why you should always pack a portable medicine cabinet of items including diarrheal medicine, ibuprofen, cold and flu tablets, cough drops, motion sickness tablets, allergy pills (if applicable), etc.
Additionally, no matter the trip, you should always bring along a travel-sized first-aid kit with bandages, alcohol wipes, tweezers, ointments, et. al., because you never know when it will come in handy for injuries large or small. If road tripping, keep a full-sized one in your car. If hiking, put a small one in your backpack.
Check out our Health packing list for a full list of items you should bring along on your trip.
Some of the items are trip- or person-specific — like altitude sickness tablets (when journeying to high elevations) or contact lens solutions — so you can ignore accordingly.