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A travellers’ first-aid kit

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Below are items you might want to take, especially if you’re planning to go trekking – all are available in India itself, at a fraction of what you might pay at home:

  • Antiseptic cream
  • Insect repellent and cream such as Anthisan for soothing bites
  • Plasters/Band-Aids
  • A course of Flagyl antibiotics
  • Water sterilization tablets or water purifier
  • Lint and sealed bandages
  • Knee supports
  • Imodium (Lomotil) for emergency diarrhoea treatment
  • A mild oral anesthetic such as Bonjela for soothing ulcers or mild toothache
  • Paracetamol/aspirin
  • Multi-vitamin and mineral tablets
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Hypodermic needles and sterilized skin wipes
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