It's a good idea to pack diarrhea medications in travel first aid kits. unfamiliar organisms in food and water will often result in travelers developing some gastric upset. Indeed, it's so common it has been dubbed "Traveler's Diarrhea."
The most important way to prevent Traveler's Diarrhea is to avoid it. Don't drink the water
is the most common recommendation travelers hear when heading to an unfamiliar destination, and that's a good start. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) recommends several steps to avoid Traveler's Diarrhea
from water and uncooked food.
Loperamide is the active ingredient in almost all diarrhea medications on the market.
Other Tummy Troubles
Besides Traveler's Diarrhea, strange germs or changes in diet can lead to stomach upset and heartburn. Antacids are also a good idea for a travel first aid kit or suitcase.
Page 1 - Stocking the First Aid Kit
Page 2 - Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers
Page 3 - Allergy Medications
Page 4 - Nausea Medications
Page 5 - Diarrhea Medications