First Aid Kit and Medication for Niue
With very few health issues to be worried about when travelling to Niue, one could assume that packing a first aid kit would be paracetamol for that cocktail headache and you’re done. Alas, we are as thorough as it gets at Niue Pocket Guide, so we will go over the most comprehensive first aid kit for Niue in the guide below! The list of medications to pack for your first aid kit for Niue takes into consideration every “danger” that Niue presents, from mosquito bites to sunburn to heatstroke.
Before we begin, make sure you pack the other essentials that we list in the 10 Essentials You Need to Pack for Niue.
10 Essential Health Tips for Travelling in Niue
- Drink plenty of water! – at least 2 litres/68 oz every two to three hours to stay hydrated
- Speaking about water, make sure to only drink the water that is safe
- If you’re feeling unwell, be proactive and see a local doctor immediately
- Taking a couple of paracetamol and a nasal decongestion spray 30 minutes before a flight can help with flu-like symptoms and ear pain
- Take sensible precautions. For example, cover yourself and/or use insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites and wear sunscreen
- Carry medicines in your hand luggage in case your luggage is lost
- Wear a medical alert bracelet if you have allergies or a chronic illness
- If you are treated in Niue, obtain a full written medical report for your travel insurer
- If travelling with an infant, pack your usual brand of baby formula (although you can find New Zealand and Australian brands in Niue, note that supplies can run out), as a change in diet may lead to bowel complications
- If you become ill after returning home, tell your doctor that you have visited Niue.
Our final tip is to check out our Niue Safety Tips for much more advice.
Niue Travel First Aid Kit Checklist
Although you can get first aid kits in pretty much any pharmacy, they are pretty 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, Niue, and to our personal needs.
Our example Niue 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 Niue
- 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 in Niue – Niue Police & Emergency Number: 999
- Antibiotics if recommended by your GP.
Other Medication and Health Products to Pack for Niue
While not necessarily needed in your “first aid kit” for Niue, these other medications and health products are also handy to have with you.
The sun is probably the reason you are heading to Niue in the first place. However, the UV levels are incredibly high in Niue all year round. 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 Niue too and bring this from home, as reef-safe sunscreen can be hard to come by in Niue. Check out examples of safe sunscreen to use in The Best Sunscreens for Niue + Sun Protection Tips.
There are many ways to repel insects when visiting Niue so you can pick a method that works best for you. We prefer natural insect repellents as we have found them effective and love the peace of mind that it gives us knowing that they contain no nasty chemicals harming us in the process. Plus, get more advice for avoiding bites in the 10 Ways to Avoid Mosquito Bites in Niue.
There is little to no chance that you will spend a holiday in Niue without getting on the water. From whale watching to big game fishing, there are plenty of reasons to hop on a boat. If you are prone to seasickness, you may want to pack a few seasickness pills or your preferred remedy so you enjoy the whole trip!
Iodine (Water-Purifying) Tablets
Used to purify water, iodine tablets are always a great item to travel with. In case of doubt, you can have instant reassurance that the water you are drinking is not going to send you to the bathroom in a hurry. Get more tips for finding safe drinking water in Is the Water Safe to Drink in Niue?
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.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that if you are on any prescription medication, from birth control pills to insulin and anything in between, you should pack enough for the whole trip and at least an extra week in the unlikely event that your flight is cancelled (and there are limited flights off the island).
It’s a good idea to bring medication in the original packaging with the label for who 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 Niue (but, again, we recommend taking enough for your whole trip plus a few extras).
More Health Tips and What to Pack for Niue
That’s it for our complete medication packing list for Niue but by no means the end of our advice! Check out the following guides for more handy tips:
- What to Pack for Nuie: Full Packing List
- Do You Need Vaccines to Travel to Niue?
- 10 Best Reef-Safe Sunscreens for Niue