Traveling can be a lot of fun, but it can be stressful too. From packing the right things in your bags to making sure you’re on time for your connecting flight, a lot can go wrong. It’s even more stressful if you’re traveling with discounted medication.
Although it’s true that you have many rules to follow when traveling with medication, once you know those rules, traveling gets much easier.
Here are three important tips you have to follow when traveling with medication, no matter where your flight is taking you.
Visit the Pharmacy Before You Leave
It is important to visit the pharmacy before you leave on your trip. There are a couple of things you’ll want to talk to your pharmacist about.
First, ask if there are any medications you can leave behind. The fewer medications you travel with, the easier it will be. It’s important to follow your pharmacist’s instructions on which ones must be taken.
Refill any prescriptions you’ll need while you’re away from home. You don’t want to have to try and figure out the local pharmacy, especially if you’re heading to a foreign country.
Discuss any medications that may not be legal in the area you’re traveling to. Some countries have rules on medications that can be brought into the country.
Pack Medication in Your Carry On
You may be tempted to put your medication in your check in bag so it doesn’t have to go through the screening process, but that’s a bad idea. If your luggage gets lost, you’ll be without your medication. That’s why it has to go in your carry on.
There are a few rules you should follow:
- Keep medications in their prescription bottles to speed up the screening process
- Liquid medications can be greater than 3.4 ounces, and they do not need to be placed in a zip-top bag
- Request a hand inspection if an X-ray will affect the medication
- Freezer packs are permitted if the medication needs to be refrigerated
There is no limit to the amount of medication you can put in your carry on bag, whether it is in liquid or pill form, as long as it is a reasonable amount for the duration of your trip.
Bring the Right Paperwork
Bringing the right paperwork can make your trip go much more smoothly. For example, if you have diabetes, a travel letter from your doctor will make it clear why you’re traveling with syringes.
You should also bring a complete list of all the medications you take. Not only can it help during the screening process, it can be a godsend if you experience an emergency while you’re on vacation and you have to visit the local hospital.
Traveling with medication takes a little extra work and plenty of forethought, but once you’ve got these tips down, it isn’t difficult. You can pack everything you to ensure you are healthy enough to have the time of your life.