Preparing the pharmacy for the trip

We are taking advantage of the winter to prepare the pharmacy in advance. We will be 5 on board, 6 for short periods, including 3 teens.

Information gathering

We consulted our family doctor, our pharmacist and friends who have made the same type of trip. We will also take an emergency care course shortly, I am sure we will get more information from the emergency class instruction.

What to put in the travel pharmacy / emergency kit?

Since we will travel down the United States East Coast most of the time, we are not too stressed. We will be able to find the usual basic products almost everywhere. Our pharmacy will be rather small, but we will have an emergency kit for large cuts, burns and other mishaps, once in the Bahamas, where products are more difficult to find when traveling off the beaten path.

Here is a list of the medicine we will take with us

Skin, cuts and deeper wounds

  • Water and soap: shallow cuts
  • Polysporin: shallow, uninfected cuts
  • Bacitin: more powerful than the polysporin
  • Alcohol: to clean a dirty wound
  • Topical aqueous solution: to clean a dirty wound
  • Proviodine: to disinfect
  • Hydrocortisone cream: for skin reactions
  • Telfa dressings: for burns
  • Glaxal based hydrating cream: for burns
  • Aloes: for burns
  • Solar cream
  • Gauze
  • Dressings of all kinds
  • Liquid band-aid
  • Steri-strips (3M are water resistant)
  • Field dressing : pour arrêter les saignements abondants
  • Powder to stop bleeding
  • Healing gel
  • White vinegar

Broken bones

  • Fabric triangles
  • Inflatable splints: emergency immobilizations


  • Prescription for conjunctivitis
  • Allergy medication
  • Tears and eye shell
  • Prescription for glasses
  • Pair of emergency glasses


  • Prescriptions for ear infections
  • Plugs for sensitive ears


  • Transderm
  • Ginger Gravol
  • Bonine
  • Meclizine
  • Sturgeron


  • Anti-histaminiques

Urinary tract infections

  • Prescription for urinary tract infections
  • Cranberry juice


  • Pain reliever
  • Abscess (prescription)

Significant dehydration and diarrhea

  • Dry rehydration pouches
  • Rehydration tablets
  • Cipro


  • Laxative
  • Suppository


  • Lice comb
  • Lavender and special shampoo

Feminine hygiene

  • Canesten: for vaginitis or skin fungus
  • Prescription for vaginitis


  • Ear infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginitis (unique dose, pill)
  • Bacterial infections
  • Abscess
  • Fever
  • Eye infections (conjunctivitis)
  • Cream for skin infections
  • Coral wounds
  • Teeth ache
  • Diarrhea and dehydration
  • Strong pain reliever (for broken bone, per example)

Regular pharmacy

  • Muscle relaxant
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine
  • Flu medicine
  • Sun screen
  • Moisturizer
  • Vaseline (in a tube)
  • Lipsil
  • Deodorant
  • Bar shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap for sea water
  • Mosquito repellent and baby oil (for Noo-see-em)
  • Benadryl for skin relief
  • Condoms

The list is exhaustive, and what we will use the most will certainly be band aids.

“Shoes or sores” – Ali, sailor

Prescriptions will be made in the spring and we will leave with the medication in the fall. A copy of each prescription must accompany each drug.

Are we missing anything?

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