Medications and How to Travel When You are On Medications

Planning a trip sometime soon? If you or a loved one is taking a prescription medication it is important to plan ahead to avoid any possible problems with medications while on vacation. Here are a few medication tips you should know before you hit the road if you are taking any types of medications.

traveling-with-medications1. It is important to keep a complete list not only of all prescription medications you are taking, but also non-prescription medicines. On the list write down the name of the medication or supplement you are taking, the amount (look on the bottle for the exact doseage) and the number of times per day that you are taking it.

Note: If you have a medical condition, you should also bring a letter from your personal physician that clearly describes your condition, along with the names (including the generic names) of any prescription medications that you are taking.

2. If you are taking a prescription medication it is a good idea to always travel with a copy of your prescription, so that in the event that your medicine is lost or stolen, that you can get a replacement without interrupting your trip.

3. Bring a list of all your doctors including any specialists that you see. Having a list of their names, addresses, specialties or problems that they see you for, along with their phone and fax numbers can be very useful in the event that you need to contact them while you’re away.

4. If you are taking any type of narcotic medication it is also helpful to have a signed statement on your doctor’s letterhead stating the type of medicine you are taking, it’s use, and doseage.

5. Make sure you have written down the names of all prescription medications including their generic names so that if replacement is necessary, if the brand name is not available, you will be able to obtain a generic equivalent of the medicine.

6. When traveling, keep all medications in their original, labeled containers and check with the foreign embassy of any international country you may be traveling to to make certain that your required medications are not on any illegal or banned medication lists for that particular country.

7. Eyeglasses or Contacts – If you wear them, it can be very useful to have an extra pair with you.

8. Don’t check items such as medications or eyeglasses or contacts, but rather, carry them with you in your carry on bags.

9. Allergies: If you have allergic reactions to specific medications consider obtaining a medical alert bracelet where your specific allergies can be listed. If you have any allergies to foods, or other specific medical issues, having a medical alert bracelet can be lifesaving as it enables medical providers in other areas to quickly identify your issues and proceed with treatment immediately.

10. Temperature and Medications: Another reason never to leave medications in checked luggage or in luggage that is packed and left in parked cars, is that many medications are meant to be kept at a certain temperature. Leaving some medications in a hot car for example, may render them to be either non-effective, or less effective than normal. Beware using mail order pharmacies that do not ship overnight or leave packages unattended if you are taking a medication that must be stored at a certain temperature.

Preparing in advance for any possible issues regarding taking medications while traveling will help increase the chances that you’ll enjoy your time away without having to think about your medication. Happy Traveling!