What to Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Samoa
What to Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Samoa

What Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Samoa

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First Aid Kit and Medication for Samoa

Travelling to a tropical country like Samoa comes with a higher risk of health issues, most commonly, sunburn, heatstroke and mosquito bites. Plus, with many travellers to Samoa choosing to be pretty active during their visit, accidents and injuries can happen. With all of this in mind, it’s a good idea to be prepared for minor injuries and illnesses with your own travel first aid kit for Samoa. We go through the essential medication to pack for a trip to Samoa in the checklist below.

Before we begin, make sure you pack the other essentials that we list in the 20 Essentials You Need to Pack for Samoa.

10 Essential Health Tips for Travelling in Samoa

  1. Boiling water before drinking is advised. Alternatively, use a Lifestraw Bottle or one of the other methods discussed in Is the Water Safe to Drink in Samoa?
  2. Speaking of water, be sure to drink plenty – at least 2 litres/68 oz every two to three hours to stay hydrated
  3. If you’re feeling unwell, be proactive and see a local doctor immediately
  4. Taking a couple of paracetamol and a nasal decongestion spray 30 minutes before a flight can help with flu-like symptoms and ear pain
  5. Take sensible precautions. For example, cover yourself and/or use insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites and wear sunscreen
  6. Carry medicines in your hand luggage in case your check-in luggage is lost
  7. Wear a medical alert bracelet if you have allergies or a chronic illness
  8. If you are treated in Samoa, obtain a full written medical report for your travel insurer
  9. If travelling with an infant, pack your usual brand of baby formula, as a change in diet may lead to bowel complications
  10. If you become ill after returning home, tell your doctor that you have visited Samoa.

Our final tip is to check out our Samoa Safety Tips for much more advice.

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Samoa Travel First Aid Kit Checklist

Although you can get first aid kits at pretty much any pharmacy, they are generic and often only include enough to deal with a couple of cuts. We like to create our own first aid kit that has been adapted to our destination, in this case, Samoa, as well as to our personal needs.

Our example Samoa first aid kit includes a few prescribed medications, so make sure to book an appointment with your GP and get these prescriptions sorted.

What to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Samoa

  • Travel passport for a record of your vaccinations
  • Band-aids/plasters for cuts
  • Disinfectant wipes for cuts
  • Gauzes for cuts
  • Gloves for cuts
  • Butterfly closures for small wounds
  • Antisceptic cream/spray for infected cuts (spray is better for hot climates)
  • Tweezers to remove shards, leeches and bugs
  • Thermometer to monitor temperature
  • Elastic wraps for twisted ankles
  • Flight socks to prevent swollen ankles
  • Paracetamol/ibuprofen for headaches and fevers
  • Antihistamine pills or cream for mosquito bites
  • Oral rehydration sachets (medical electrolytes) for dehydration from the sun or gastro bugs
  • Baby electrolytes for dehydration in infants
  • Antacids for neutralising stomach acid
  • Antidiarrhoeal pills such as loperamide for diarrhoea
  • Nasal drops for congestion
  • Hydrocortisone cream for allergic rashes
  • Aloe vera soothing cream for sunburn
  • Hand sanitiser when clean water is not available
  • Multivitamins for a vitamin boost if dietary intake is poor
  • A copy of the emergency numbers for Samoa – Samoa Police & Emergency Number: 911 (or +685 911)
  • Antibiotics if recommended by your GP.
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Other Medication and Health Products to Pack for Samoa

While not necessarily needed in your “first aid kit” for Samoa, these other medications and health products are also handy to have with you.

Sunscreen

With UV levels of 9-11+ in Samoa, it’s crucial that you protect yourself and your loved ones from sun exposure in order to avoid sunburn or heatstroke. It’s recommended to use at least SPF 30 sunscreen, which should be applied thickly every three hours or soon after being in the water. Be sure to choose a sunscreen that’s safe for marine life in Samoa too and bring this from home, as reef-safe sunscreen is hard to come by in Samoa. Check out examples of safe sunscreen to use in The Best Sunscreens for Samoa + Sun Protection Tips.

Insect Repellent

It’s important to avoid mosquito bites in Samoa as much as possible, as mosquito-related diseases like dengue fever and chikungunya do occur. Check out our recommended mosquito repellents in the 10 Best Insect Repellents for Samoa. Plus, get more advice for avoiding bites in the 10 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Samoa.

Iodine (Water-Purifying) Tablets

As a precaution for drinking water from a tap or any other potentially unsafe source, iodine tablets dissolved in water helps remove some bacteria and viruses from the water. This is not 100% effective though so, when possible, boil water for at least 10 minutes before drinking it. Get more tips for finding safe drinking water in Is the Water Safe to Drink in Samoa?

Glasses/Contact Lenses

It’s always a good idea to have a spare pair of glasses or spare sets of contact lenses, in case you lose or damage your glasses and/or contact lenses.

Seasickness Pills

If you are going out on dive or fishing trips or are usually prone to seasickness and are taking the ferry to Savai’i, for example, you may want to pack a few seasickness pills so you enjoy the whole trip!

Prescription Medication

Finally, remember your prescription medication. It’s a good idea to bring medication in the original packaging with the label for whom it is prescribed, just in case you are asked about your medication at the border. As an extra precaution, get your GP/doctor to sign and date a letter describing your medical conditions and medications, including their generic names, should you need more prescribed medication while in Samoa (but we recommend taking enough for your whole trip plus a few extras).

More Health Tips and What to Pack for Samoa

That’s it for our complete medication packing list for Samoa but by no means the end of our advice! Check out the following guides for more handy tips:

Finally, get more essential tips from the 30 Tips for Travelling in Samoa and The Best Samoa Travel Guide.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Samoa. She knows the islands inside out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Upolu and Savai’i’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also the editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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