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Things To Carry On Board

Imagine how frustrating it must be to have your check-in luggage reported missing or left stranded by flight delays. In case such misfortune befalls you. It's always best to err on the side of caution: stash valuables and basic "survival stuff" in your carry-on luggage. 

Important Stuff

  • Travel documents - passport, airline tickets, itinerary and so on.
  • Valuables, such as jewellery, electronic goods, credit cards, traveler's cheques.
  • A list of things in your check-in baggage, in case you need to fill out a claim form.
  • A copy of your credit card numbers and contact numbers of issuing companies.
  • Contact numbers of family/friends, travel agent, hotels, doctor (if you have a serious medical condition) - keep a printed copy of these even if they are saved in your mobile phone - in case you lose that as well!
  • Windbreaker or cardigan.
  • At least one change of clothing.
  • Medication
  • Spectacles
  • Toiletries

Optional Stuff

  • Travel pillow
  • Flashlight (to search for more items in your bag)
  • A small umbrella or poncho
  • A phrase book, if you are traveling to non-English-speaking country.

Carrying Medication

  • Note the generic names or optional brands of your medication as the ones you prescribed may not be available at your travel destinations.
  • To avoid arousing the suspicious of security personnel, carry medication in their original packaging; If you are carrying large amounts, bring along a letter from your doctor stating you have a legal right to use these drugs.

Medication For An Overseas Trip

For most modern travellers, packing for the year-end vacation does not just mean clothing, toiletries, maps and insurance anymore. Depending on the area and nature of travel, vaccination two to three weeks prior to the trip may be necessary. One should also consider making a stopover at a neighborhood pharmacy for essential medicines and other items.

There is no pill to prevent diarrhoea and the only way to ensure that one does not spend precious vacation time warming the hotel or coach toilet seat is not to consume contaminated food or water. If a heating facility is not available to boil tap water, water purification tablets can help in disinfection. Oral rehydration salts in the form of sachets for both adult and child use are also essential in the case of diarrhoea or vomiting. Anti-diarrhoea medicines such as loperamide may also help to reduce watery stools.

Other Essential Medication And Tips Are

  • If you are on long-term medication, always bring sufficient quantities with slight excess in case of unexpected delays. For insulin-dependent diabetics, always bring sufficient insulin and needles. The insulin should also be properly stored during travel. It would also be wise to carry a written list of the medication, stating the dose as well. Medication should be hand-carried. Other life-saving medication to bring along include nitroglycerin pills for heart patients and salbutamol inhalers for asthmatics.
  • Fever, headache and flu: Paracetamol, non-drowsy antihistamines and decongestants are readily available from pharmacies.
  • Motion sickness: Medication such as diphenhydramine can be obtained from your pharmacist. However, these may cause drowsiness and should not be used when driving long distances or diving.
  • Moisturisers for lip, face and body if travelling to cold countries.

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