1) Paracetamol: This baby does the trick, when it comes to aching joints, disabling headaches and loads of other mishaps. A definite must-have, regardless of gender or hypochondriac tendencies.
2) Savlon: Antiseptic cream that will leave you as clean as a baby’s bottom, should you suffer any cuts or bruises on your travels. Nifty little tube, too - light enough to keep in your shower bag at all times.
3) Plasters: Circular, rectangular, square - bring some. You will be able to get these abroad, though they might be pretty old school (pain to remove), not that waterproof (no one likes a bit of skin-coloured tape at the bottom of the swimming pool) or just not that cool (it seems only Blighty has the cool figurine ones you had as a kid). Compeed do the best when it comes to blister cures: adios, feet in pain, hello hiking boots.
4) A decent pair of scissors: In case you need to make two plasters out of that huge one, or to cut up some tablet packs...
5) Immodium: This is the godliest cure for a deli-belly. Countless travellers swear by it, and with good reason. Trust us, the day you won’t pack it is the day the bowels will go all-a-quiver. Make sure you bring at least one pack, if not two.
6) Rehydration sachets: These are really useful in case you, well, you get dehydrated...Either due to various wrenching sessions or, alternatively, they make a very good cure for hangovers. You heard it here first.
7) Canesten: It might seem like you can get this everywhere, but sometimes, you’ll need a prescription. Best to bring some out with you, just in case you get a little uncomfortable below the belt...
8) Avomine: For all types of travel sickness and nausea. Particularly useful if you’re heading somewhere quite high up, or with a pretty high level of pollution.
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