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Do you take a first aid / medical kit?

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Early on in my traveling life I bought a wonderful book called The Travelers' Self-Care Manual (by Wm. Forgey, MD) which included a list of things to bring in a travelers medical kit. I diligently put together a pre-packed (always packed) separate nylon kit with most of the items listed therein, and it has come in handy on more than a few occasions. Over the years I've added things to it for less serious maladies not addressed in the book (constipation, heartburn, dehydration, urinary tract infections, yeast infections)..

Of course in most places we travel, you can get to pharmacy, but for me it is mostly a convenience thing. A lot of what goes wrong usually goes wrong in the middle of the night in the middle of a three day weekend (which, come to think of it, is just like at home).

So I have a few questions to pose to my fellow Fodorites:
1)Do you travel with a kit like this?
2)Do you have a traveler's medical book you take with you?
3)What is the most often used remedy in your luggage?
4)What first aid item would you not travel without?

Thanks. This is such a unique forum, to have access to so many experienced travelers, I couldn't resist fishing for a few new ideas!

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