Also don't forget something to replenish your electrolytes and keep you hydrated, especially if you are going in summer. My dh has ended up on an IV for dehydration, it just creeps up on you so quickly in the summer over there.
and for picky toddlers/hunger-at-odd-hours/homesick-for-western-food times i took envelopes of instant oatmeal and grits, and "juice box" size rice milk (we were limiting dairy then, and it's shelf stable). with an immersion heater (and a ceramic mug to boil water), i could make oatmeal in a small plastic bowl so dd1 could eat when she was wide awake at 5 am and our relatives were still fast asleep.
poetesss, i remember reading the PDR on lariam, and thinking "no way am i putting that in my kid's body!" and from your link:
|The first randomised controlled trial of mefloquine prophylaxis in heterogeneous, non-immune Western travellers was published in 2001 and found that one-third of all mefloquine users reported neuropsychiatric adverse effects.|
we dithered about whether to go for the malarone, since it might be better, but it can't be good. we decided against any prophyaxis drugs, partly because of our short trip (<month), and low incidence of malaria in kerala. but dh had it twice as a kid (in africa), and says it's pretty awful. and every time he gets a high fever (like with the flu), he feels like it's a bout of malaria. nice to see the herbal/homeopathic remedies for future reference. (but it'll be a few years: i'm never taking a toddler around the world again!!!!!)
ETA: we brought a few straws for drinking coconut water at street stalls. they pick theirs up at the end of the day and reuse them.
and 6 degrees of separation stuff: would you believe my MIL grew up in peroor, near kottayam, about 50 miles from amma's birthplace, and i think i once heard her say she went to school with amma's mother's somebody (cousin/sister/etc. etc.). everybody there is everybody else's "brother's wife's aunt's cousin's husband's nephew's schoolmate's..." and my MIL has them all memorized better than i know the cast of "all my children" from 1991.