It’s not easy to pack like a minimalist, especially when you want to stick to a carry-on, but unless you are looking forward to experiencing what medical care looks like in an unfamiliar country, you need to make some room in your luggage for the basics to stay healthy on the road. Many travel ailments can be solved with a few pills and a little knowledge about how to use them effectively. So, take out a few pairs of leggings and couple of bikinis and pack some over-the-counter medications instead — many of which can’t be found in several countries around the world.
Emily Scott is a Registered Nurse of eight years with a diploma in Tropical Nursing from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She works as a labor and delivery nurse in Washington state and travels abroad frequently for humanitarian medical service. Emily has treated patients in seven countries, including Ebola patients during the outbreak in West Africa. She also deployed to Nepal after the devastating earthquake. She loves to travel off the beaten path — always with her trusty first-aid kit at her side.