Healthy Travel Packing List for 2021

Healthy Travel Packing List

Luggage on bed Healthy Travel Packing List

Planning your next trip? Before you pack your bags, you’ll want to consider the healthy travel packing list below, recommended by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Taking the time to make a packing list will help you to feel more prepared, which will ensure a relaxing and fun vacation.

When putting together your healthy travel packing list, you’ll want to consider your destination, the length of your trip, and your mode of transportation.


Various medications healthy travel

What medications to bring:

  • Prescription medications (take enough to last your entire trip including some extra just in case) in original, labeled containers
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Cough drops, cough suppressant, or expectorant
  • Decongestant
  • Pain and fever medicine
  • Mild laxative
  • Mild sedative or sleep aid
  • Medicines to prevent Malaria (if needed)


Woman with backpack medical supplies healthy travel

Medical supplies specific to you and your family:


Hand Sanitizer prevent illness healthy travel

Prepare, prevent, protect:

  • Hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) or antibacterial hand wipes
  • Mask
  • Water purification tablets
  • Insect repellent (with an active ingredient like DEET or picaridin)
  • Sunscreen (with UVA and UVB protection, SPF 15 or higher)
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Condoms
  • Earplugs


First Aid Kit healthy travel

Just in case – first aid kit:

  • 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • Antibacterial or antifungal ointments
  • Digital thermometer
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Antiseptic wound cleaner
  • Aloe gel for sunburns
  • Insect bite anti-itch gel or cream
  • Bandages
  • Disposable gloves
  • Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
  • Tweezers
  • Eye drops


Passport travel documents healthy travel

What documents to bring:

  • Copies of your passport or travel documents
  • Copies of all prescriptions (medications, glasses, or medical supplies)
  • Health insurance card and documents
  • Proof of vaccines (if needed)
  • Contact card with the street addresses, phones numbers, and email addresses of Family members or close contacts and health care providers
  • Lodging at your destination
  • Hospitals or clinics near your destination (including emergency services)
  • US embassy or consulate in the destination county or countries

Airplane Carry On Healthy Travel

What you should bring on the plane:

  • Location appropriate change of clothes
  • Decompression socks
  • Neck pillow
  • Face wipes
  • Healthy snacks
  • Sweater
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • Noise-canceling headphones

Key in door before you go

Before you go:

  • Refill your prescription medications
  • Make sure you’re up to date on vaccinations
  • Arrange a ride to the airport ahead of time
  • Share your itinerary with a family member or friend in case of emergency
  • Throw out perishable food in your fridge so you don’t return to a mess
  • Research the weather in your destination so you can pack accordingly
  • Unplug electronics in your house to prevent fires
  • Research the airline’s baggage restrictions