So I actually want you to think about what medicines you normally have on-hand. Probably Tylenol and/or Advil, maybe some cold medicine, antacids or even Benadryl, any prescriptions you take on a normal basis and then probably a few bandaids and antibiotic ointment of some sort. Is there anything else that is a must-have in your household?
In PNG I had a pretty extreme stock of medicines. In the village we had to be prepared for pretty much everything so that meant a whole array of prescription things to fight infections and the odd illness, wound cleaners and dressings, shots for extreme cases, creams for fungus, burns or other skin issues, prickly heat powder, worm medicine, plenty of Pepto-Bismol, ear drops and eye drops, malaria treatment and prophylaxis, and probably a lot of other things that I am forgetting now. I had less of a collection in Ukarumpa since I was closer to medical care but still had quite a variety of on-hand items.
Now that I am back in the US, I definitely have fewer medicines but today I noticed that I still have a few odd holdovers from PNG. Even though I am fungus free, worm free and after today, thanks to my malaria eradication treatment, I will also be malaria free, I still have all the medicines. A couple tubes of fungal cream, one more dose of de-worming medicine and even a treatment for malaria is still waiting patiently to be used. Maybe I will get rid of these things as another step towards settling back into the US or since they aren’t yet expired, just keep them for my next third world adventure.