• hepatitis A
    • typhoid
    • tetanus
    • rabies
    • hepatitis B
    • diphtheria (advised in Bolivia)
  • yellow fever vaccination certificate required


Malaria tablets are recommended until you get to higher altitudes (say Peru-ish)

  • deet recommended
  • some options for malaria tablets:
    • Malarone (fewest side effects but expensive option, so better for shorter trips)
      • start taking 2 days before departure and stop oen week after leaving malaria area
    • doxycycline (recommended for longer trips)
      • start taking 2 days before departure and until four weeks after leaving malaria area
    • chloroquine (as it used to be the cheapest and many people took it there are nowseveralchloroquineresistent areas. Chloroquine also has more side effects, it can affect the blood and psyche)
      • needs to be taken one week before departure and until four weeks after leaving malaria area – not in Columbia and Bolivia (c-resistent)

Which malaria tablets work where?

  • Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras…
    malarone (atovaquone-proguanil), chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, or primaquine
  • Columbia, Ecuador…
    malarone (atovaquone-proguanil), doxycycline, or mefloquine
  • not necessary in west of Costa Rica, Chile and lower Argentina

For more information:

Common illnesses and natural treatments

altitude sickness – gingko
jet lag – melatonin
mosquito-bite prevention – eucalyptus oil, soybean oil
motion sickness – ginger

First Aid Kid

Depending on your personality you might wanna bring little or more. Personally, we’re equipped with only the basics (patches, ibuprofein…). If you want a more complex first aid kid, here some ideas:

  • acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin
  • acetazolamide (Diamox; for altitude sickness)
  • adhesive or paper tape
  • antibacterial ointment (eg Bactroban; for cuts and abrasions)
  • antibiotics
  • antidiarrheal drugs (eg loperamide)
  • antihistamines (for hay fever and allergic reactions)
  • anti-inflammatory drugs (eg ibuprofen)
  • bandages, gauze, gauze rolls
  • insect repellent containing DEET for the skin
  • iodine tablets (for water purification)
  • oral rehydration salts
  • permethrin-containing insect spray for clothing, tents etc
  • scissors, safety pins, tweezers
  • doxycycline effective for various stuff (when malaria, Bartonellosis…)

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