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1. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

What would you recommend taking to south america in a first aid kit? will be spending time in remote locations, so want to be prepared just in case.

2. Posted by deberina (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hola! I'm leaving for SA on Monday and have just been considering all this! SOme ideas:

Some plasters, a crepe bandage (versatile! sprains, slings, support etc!) antiseptic spray/solution, tweezers, rehydration salts, water purification tablets (for v remote areas!) pain-killers, anti-diarrhoea tablets, antihistamine, antibiotics (like ciprofloxacin -if likely to be in v remote places) STERILE NEEDLE KIT (usually includes a sterile blood giving set, gloves, various dressings and syringes -good to have if not likely to be near a reliable hospital) bite/sting relief cream (and sunburn too!)

This might be a bit extreme for most people and if you're near a city its not so important but I come from a medical family and carrying all this (and sometimes more! unbelievable but true!) is a condition of travel!

Good luck! deb.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Unless you're going into the wilds, WAY out of reach of civilisation, you can leave your needle kit at home, especially if you're unsure how to use them; wrong usage of intravenous medication is more likely to cause death than the possible condition you're trying to remedy.

On top of Deb's list, what is really indispensable is an isolation blanket, the ones you find in any regular first-aid kit. Take it; you'll thank yourself for doing so when waiting in the rain with a sprained ankle/broken leg, on top of some mountain :)

4. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

Yeah, my girlfriend wanted to take a needle kit, but I said the same thing. She also want to take a general anti-venom, covers some of the more common snakes, but i'm guessing that would need to be administered intravenously.

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

The chance of you having an encounter with a venomous snake is extremely low, unless you were to make your way into the Amazon. But in that case, you'd have a guide with you who should have all the necessary medication... :)

Btw, you probably thought of this yourself, but get your vaccinations up-to-date before going! At least Hep A and Typhoid, Hep B being a good addition for everybody in whatever situation. Yellow fever is only officially required in some countries.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 13, 2007, at 12:34 AM by bentivogli ]

6. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

The chance of you having an encounter with a venomous snake is extremely low, unless you were to make your way into the Amazon. But in that case, you'd have a guide with you who should have all the necessary medication...

Btw, you probably thought of this yourself, but get your vaccinations up-to-date before going! At least Hep A and Typhoid, Hep B being a good addition for everybody in whatever situation. Yellow fever is only officially required in some countries.

I'm not expecting to come across a venomous snake either, and if we do, odds are it will just slither away as all the ones i've come across in australia have, but I think she's planning on taking all she can, might even squeeze a doctor in her pack

have got all vaccinations, yellow fever certificate is required to get back into Australia after being in some places.

7. Posted by deberina (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

just wanted to add that most travellers carry sterile needles etc to give to a hospital or what ever rather than attempt anything themselves to insure they donĀ“t catch anything from unsafe medical equipment etc. anyway good luck! deb

8. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

I was looking at what I would take in terms of pain killers.
Was thinking of cocodimal which has codine in it.
I got thinking as to whether or not taking such tablets into SA would be ok. Is it legal for example? I don't want to go and get arrested for something I thought was ok.

any help on a list of things you are NOT allowed would be very useful (other than the completely obvious class A drugs).

cheers,
Richard.

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

The other thing to remember is that you can most of the same drugs over the counter in South America as you can in your home country. So, instead of dragging a lot of stuff with you, you could always just wait until you get over there and stock up at a pharmacy before heading off on your trip out into the wilds.

I would bring an antibiotic creams, a disinfectant of some kind, bandages (always a good idea) and some sticking plaster, eyedrops, an antihistamine (invaluable in all sorts of situations), Immodium (ESSENTIAL! ), strong act-fast painkillers, travel sickness tablets if you are not the best on a bumpy bus journey

That's about what I had in my travel kit. I hardly used any of it, though it was still a reassurance to know I had it with me.

But as I say unless you are really going off into the Patagonian wilderness or the Amazonian jungle or something, all towns and cities have pharmacies that stay open late and they have everything you will need. Plus you dont need a prescription for much in South America - you can more or less just walk in and get what you need over the counter. ;)

10. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y

"what is really indispensable is an isolation blanket"

I think what Bent means is an insulation blanket-something to keep you warm.;)