What to Pack

What to Pack
Keeping healthy while you're away will require some extra work and a few extra supplies. Make sure to bring the following items to protect yourself from the potentially dangerous germs you may encounter.

Antibiotics - Talk to your doctor or health care provider before you leave to get a 3- to 7 day supply of antibiotics to treat traveler's diarrhea. Sometimes over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medications will help, but an antibiotic can help if the diarrhea is caused by bacteria instead of just bad food.

Hand sanitizer - Use hand sanitize to ward off unsafe germs and prevent infection.

Condoms - If you are planning on having sex while you are away always practice safe sex to reduce the spread of HIV. To ensure that you are safe bring condoms with you. They may be harder to find while you're away and may not provide adequate protection if they are of a lesser quality than the condoms you usually use.

Insect repellant - Insect-borne diseases are a problem in many areas. Bring bug spray with at least 30% or less DEET to protect yourself against potentially harmful bug bites. Plan to sleep under a mosquito net in places where malaria and dengue fever are present.

Other important products to remember before you set off include:

* Antihistamines

* Sunscreen

* Pain relievers

* Fever reducers

* Anti-nausea medication