How To Travel With Your Medications Worry-Free
When planning a trip abroad there are so many details to comb over before you head to the airport. One question we get asked often here at Chima Travel is, “How can I travel abroad with medications?” Well we have some tips and information to help you out!
1. Pack Smart
It is best to keep all your medicine in your carry-on luggage because you don’t want to be stuck without them if by chance your suitcase gets lost. Bring enough medicine to last your whole trip, plus a little extra in case of delays.
Keep medicines in their original, labeled containers. Ensure they are clearly labeled with your full passport name, doctor’s name, generic or brand name, and exact dosage.
Bring copies of all prescriptions, including the generic names for medicines.
Leave a copy of your prescriptions at home with a friend or relative in case you lose your copy or need an emergency refill.
Pack a note on letterhead stationery from the prescribing doctor (preferably translated into the language understood at your destination) for controlled substances like marijuana and injectable medicines, such as EpiPens and insulin.
2. Talk About Your Travel Plans With Your Healthcare Provider/Doctor
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave to get the vaccines and medications you’ll need. Sometimes insurance companies will pay for only a 30-day supply at a time.
Ask your doctor about any changes to taking your medicine once you’re in a different time zone. Medicines should be taken according to the time since your last dose, not the local time of day. Ask how to safely store your medicine.
3. Check With The Foreign Embassy Of The Place(s) You’re Traveling
It’s important to make sure the medications you take are permitted in the country you’re visiting. If your medication is banned at your destination, talk with your health care provider about alternative medicine or destination options, and have your doctor write a letter describing your condition and the treatment plan.
Be aware that many countries only allow taking a 30-day supply of certain medicines and require the traveler to carry a prescription or a medical certificate.
With this new knowledge you won’t have to worry about bringing your medication with you on your trip!
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