Kenya Health Travel Packing List
Kenya Health Travel Packing List: Kenya is one of the top ranked destinations in the world famous for its excellent wildlife viewing safaris and many other Kenya safari activities, Kenya is located in East African region of African community. When traveling to Kenya for a safari many tourists ask themselves the items they should include in the their packing list, as health is a very significant aspect while travelling health items should be part of your packing list.
According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this article lists item which should not miss among your Kenya health travel packing list.
When travelling to Kenya for safari, prescribed medicines are important to carry with, these medicines are very significant at times of any emergency. Prescribed medicines may include
- Your doctor’s prescriptions
- Traveler’s diarrhea antibiotic
- Suture/syringe kit – to be used by local health care provider and this requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
- Altitude sickness medicine
- Malaria medicines
Medical supplies are also very important to be included among your health packing list, these supplies include
- Glasses – pack a spare glasses to act as substitute incase yours get damaged
- Contact lenses – pack a spare contacts just in case yours get damaged
- Needles or syringes most especially for diabetic travellers, needles and syringes requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery.
- Suture kit – this kit is for use by the local health care provider, this kit requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery.
- Diabetes testing supplies for diabetic travellers
- Medical alert bracelet or necklace
- Epinephrine auto-injections
Other medical supplies (over-the-counter medicines)
Other medical supplies to carry while on your safari to Kenya include
- Diarrhea medicine such as loperamide [Imodium] or bismuth subsalicylate [Pepto-Bismol]
- Motion sickness medicine
- Cough drops
- Cough suppression/expectorant
- Pain and fever medicines such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen
- Mild laxative
- Mild sedative or other sleep aid
- Saline nose spray
First aid kit
A first aid kit is very important while travelling to Kenya for a Kenya safari, your first aid kit must include the following items
- 1% hydrocortisone cream
- Antifungal ointments
- Antibacterial ointments
- Antiseptic wound cleanser
- Aloe gel – for sunburns
- Insect bite treatment (Anti-itch gel or cream) in case of any insect bite
- Bandages of Multiple sizes, gauze and adhesive tape
- Moleskin or Molefoam – for blisters
- Elastic/compression bandage wrap – for sprains and strains
- Disposable gloves
- Digital thermometer
- Scissors and safety pins
- Cotton swabs
- Eye drops
- Oral rehydration salts
Supplies to prevent illness or injury
Prevention is better than cure that is why it is safer to carry supplies which will help you prevent illness and injuries while going for a safari in Kenya, supplies which should not miss in travel bag include
- Latex condoms
- Personal safety equipment such as child safety seats, bicycle helmets and many more in case you are travelling with children and intend to do biking safaris in Kenya.
- Sunglasses and hats – to prevent you direct sunrays
- Sunscreen of SPF 15 and above with UVA and UVB protection to protect you from direct sun exposure
- Bed net – to protect you from mosquito bites and other insects while sleeping
- Water purification tablets – these tablets are important most especially if you are going for a camping safari in Kenya or visiting remote areas.
- Hand sanitizer and wipes – Hand sanitizers to carry while travelling to Kenya for a safari have to be Alcohol-based containing at least 60% and hand wipes has to be of antibacterial type.
When traveling to Kenya for a Kenya safari, carrying your health documents with is very important, these documents are very useful in case of any emergency as they show your health history, prescription you been taking and so on. Health documents to carry while visiting Kenya for a safari include
Health Insurance documents
Health Insurance documents are very important while travelling to Kenya for a safari as they indicate whether you are on a regular plan or supplemental travel health insurance plan, you are also required to carry all copies of claim forms.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination
A yellow fever vaccination card is very crucial while travelling to Kenya for a safari, carry your completed international Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis card or medical weaver with you.
Copies of all prescriptions
Make copies of all your prescriptions including generic names, ensure that you bring prescriptions for medicines, eye glasses/contacts and other medical supplies while travelling to Kenya for a safari.
When travelling to Kenya for a safari, a contact card is very important and it should contain street address, phone numbers and Email addresses. The contact card should also contain
- Contact of any close family
- Contact of your health care provide in your home country
- List of hospitals and clinics in your destination
- Contact of your lodge you staying at while on your safari in Kenya
- Contact of your consulate in the destination country