When we first started traveling we would visit a country and then regroup back in Kuala Lumpur (KL) Malaysia. KL is an easy travel hub with decent internet, plentiful services and lots of selection when it comes to products. We were so consistently relieved and happy to return to Kuala Lumpur that we decided to make it our travel base. Malaysia imports a nice variety of Australian healthcare products, which is awesome because Australia churns out some fantastic, hippy body and health care products (food too). Two of our favorites Aussie body brands are Sukin and MooGoo.
Unpacking our Healthcare Kit – One year of travel in SE Asia
Items We Are Glad We Brought (Pictured Right)
- Facial Sunblock (Elta Md) – (haven’t seen in SE Asia)
- Microspore Paper tape to use for bandages and more (widely available)
- Gauze cut into small squares for bandages
- Sunblock – expensive in SE Asia and you have to really hunt for low chemical sunblock (see below pic of mustard jar)
- Supply of Fluoride Free Toothpaste (Spry – see below pic). We eventually found fluoride free replacement that worked for our children.
- Homemade Lipgloss
- Harry’s Razor & a dozen+ blades
- Radius Silk Floss and refills (Avail in Ubud, Bali)
- Aluminum-free deodorant -> Tip: Go with a roll-on or paste for carryon only. (Aluminum-free is available but difficult to find in SE Asia)
- Sewing scissors that the airlines haven’t confiscated yet
- Cortisone and First Aid cream (Probably widely available, but haven’t looked)
- Sonicare Toothbrush and brush heads for Sonicare (Expensive in SEAsia and not widely available)
- Kirks Castile Soap x 3 for sink laundry (See Below Pic). I wish we had brought more as it’s cheap and available in the US but difficult to find and expensive in SE Asia.
- 6-month supply of Prescription medicine. Common scripts are widely available at pharmacies and without a prescription, others must be shipped (Not Shown)
- Compostable toothbrushes (below pic). The only place I’ve found to have compostable toothbrushes is The Hive in Bangsar, MY.
- T-Gel – Scalp treatments in SE Asia have eliminated the need for dandruff shampoo. (not pictured)
- Lotion (not pictured)
Items Bought over Our Last Year of Travel
- Melatonin – Really expensive in Thailand! (Not shown)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Broad Spectrum Antibiotics (Bought especially for India)
- Rhodeola – Adaptogen herb for stress relief and focus (Available at GNC for double US AVG prices)
- Western medicines (Air sickness, diarrhea meds++)
- Palm oil free and paraben-free shampoos and soaps (Available but difficult to find in SE Asia)
- Chinese Medicine
- Pill Curing (Chinese Medicine) for Belly Aches – Definitely needed this in Bali
- Mosquito repellant oil
- Saline Spray – bought specifically to deal with India smog
- Hydrogen Peroxide – look at the tiny bottles we get in SE Asia (upper pic, complete left)
- Calamine for Mosquito bites
- Tiger Balm
- Ear drops – Bali ear infection (Not shown)
- Isopropyl Alcohol is hard to find in SE Asia, so if you use it regularly, bring it. It only comes in small quantities when you do find it at all.
- Coconut oil as hair and body lotion
- Shampoo, Conditioner, and Moisturizer – Favorite Aussie Brand Skin (also has good spray deodorant)
- Deodorant – Favorite Aluminum-free Aussie Brand roll-on MooGoo
Purchase if or when needed
- Motion sickness meds