unexpected first aid: the one thing i will always carry with me

First aid! Something so important for travelers to carry! I personally stock a small pharmacy with me on the road, and it’s been used a countless amount of times.

If there’s ONE thing I’ll ALWAYS pack, it’s Cipro.

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I took this to Nepal with me when trekking a month in the Annapurna Region. It came in handy, as both my trekking partner and I came down with some nasty stomach bugs. When in the mountains, far from any doctors or pharmacies, Cipro is a lifesaver.

When on a 18 hour bus ride to Bardia National ParkBardia National Park, I was ‘blessed’ with a UTI. I spent two days camping and a total four days in the national park, in misery because of that damn infection. As soon as I got back to Kathmandu (after a 20 hour bus), where there was a real pharmacy (!!!!), I got Cipro. I was cleared up within 3 days.

Cipro, short for Ciprofloxacin, is a miracle antibiotic. It seriously clears up any bacterial infection you may have.

I wouldn’t use this drug as a first response to any funny stomach problems, however. It’s a serious antibiotic and I personally believe it should only be used when weaker antibiotics won’t be affective/ there aren’t any other options available.

I’ll always carry a pack of Cipro in my first aid kit JUST IN CASE I get stuck in a situation where I’m miserable and need treatment. I highly recommend carrying it when traveling; you never know when you’ll need it.

2 comments

  1. Agreed. Ciprofloxacin, as a broad spectrum antibiotic, is probably the most practical travel antibiotic to carry when access to medical facilities is limited. And really appreciate your cautionary warning about reserving it for those situations when OTC medications would do just as well.

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