If you aren’t travelling, or planning family travel, this likely couldn’t be more boring…! BUT, if you are, and you are like me in planning mode and wanting answers about what other families take, then I hope this is useful.
Definitely note that I am not a medical professional, so I can’t give advice on specifics that YOU might need; but here is what WE took and what worked well for us.
- Paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets (adult)
- Liquid paracetamol (child) 100ml
- Digital thermometer
- Bandaids, plasters, gauze and knee-grazing-size wound covers
- Broad spectrum anti-biotic (adult – tablets)
- Broad spectrum anti-biotic (child – powder form)
- Betadine Antiseptic Ointment 25g
- Crystaderm First Aid Cream (Hydrogen Peroxide 1%) 10g
- Pimafucourt corticosteroid cream 15g
- Total Antiseptic Cream 40g
- Antifungal cream 15g
- Loperamide anti-diarrhoeal tablets
- Antihistamine (adult, and child chewable tablets)
- Lucas Pawpaw Ointment 25g
- Enerlyte Rehydration Sachets (6x sachets to make 200ml each)
This evolved a little bit as we travelled, and realised what we needed more and actually didn’t need at all… We ditched the plastic shampoo bottle in favour of a shampoo bar, spurred on by the far-too-visible challenges of recycling and plastic education in Southeast Asia, and decided that hair product aside from shampoo was pointless and not necessary in humidity anyway!
- Toothpastes and tooth brushes
- Insect repellant
- Ethique shampoo bar
- Light moisturiser
- Nail scissors, tweezers, and small penknife
- Razor (we are yet to find a non-disposable option!)
The rest is up to you!
- Camera – Canon 760D with Tamron 17-50mm lens
- 2x iPad mini [2nd hand; but with new Pepkoo Childproof Plastic Case]
- 1x 1TB Portable harddrive
- 1x MacBook Air Mini
- 2x Basic Batter Pack (+USB chargers)
- Camera charger and cords
- 1x Multiplug USB port with interchangeable international plugs
- 5x USB charging cables
- 1x International power adapter
- 1x MacBook power cord with multiple adapters
- 1x iPod (old; used by kids for camera)
- 1x Macpac padded storage case (used for electronics).
Reuseables and other things
Not technically essential, but we would definitely not now travel in Asia without our own cutlery. Seeing the plastic straws, chopsticks, cutlery and plastic bags handed out with drinks and food was scary, and we felt horribly responsible as travellers ourselves that we were part of the consumerism that was adding to their insurmountable challenges of waste management.
We found this small bag in Laos, a chopstick bag, and carry one each in our day packs – perfect for coconut-drinking-straws, morning-coffee-spoons, lunch-ready-chopsticks, and roadside-picnic-spreading-knives!
We carry 2x net laundry bags from Kathmandu, as well as a small container of laundry powder and our Scrubba wash bag. I am claiming to have become quite the professional at hand washing travel clothes in any sink or bucket, but we did also use our Scrubba for larger loads of hand washing (not essential, though will definitely take it again).
Have you tried a shampoo bar? We carry a soap bar and shampoo bar in two small reusable Sistema containers (old fashioned with bars instead of liquid; but they work!).
Reuseable shopping bags. This one is only from our local supermarket in New Zealand; it doesn’t have to be fancy, just reusable!
KeepCup: This is handy right from the first day you leave home to accept a hot drink on the first flight and refuse one more plastic cup! We use our KeepCup for hot drinks, cold drinks, even as a bowl for hot noodles if we are staying somewhere and need to be self sufficient. Its definitely worth it!