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Travel Tips – Make sure you have your meds!

After my last travel experience, I thought I'd debrief on my med packing issues!

  • Pack all of your meds. I know that sounds obvious. But don't forget to pack "as needed" meds too – things like pain relievers, decongestants or expectorants that you might need in a different environment. Fortunately, the one I forgot was OTC and easy to pick up. Don't forget to pack your emergency prednisone if you doc has you keep that on hand.
  • Pack more than you need. You never know when you will be delayed. We wound up stuck an extra 5 days once and my dh had only packed just enough of his bp meds 
  • Have your meds for travel days easily accessible. Make sure they aren't in your toiletries bag at the bottom of your suitcase!  Make sure you adjust for time zone differences or long flights to keep on schedule.
  • If you have a lot of different meds to pack, use a pill sorter other smaller containers. I find the pharmacy bottles hard to pack. I have some flat, small, divided containers that I use for meds. I put a label on each compartment to tell me what is in there. Sometimes meds can look similar and you don't want to get them mixed up if you take them out of their original containers.

Anyone have any other tips to add?

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  • K8sMom2002

    I know the pill sorter is a great tip, but in our state it is illegal to transport prescription meds without a labeled container. Our former mayor got stopped in a traffic stop and nearly got in serious trouble for this.

    You can abide by that rule by asking your pharmacist to print you out an extra label and then tape it to any container you have. For instance, DD needs to have one pill of her bleeding disorder meds on her at all times, but it comes in a very big bottle, and even the smallest bottle is a bit clunky to tote. So I got my pharmacist to print out a label and I taped it to a small zip top bag.

  • Kathy P

    That's a good point about needing the original Rx labels. I used to do that with epis and inhalers for the kids.

  • Kathy P

    I get the pharmacy to print out extra labels. I put them on the outer tube of the epis or around the inhaler. I usually have to trim to fit and I make sure I trim off the barcode. Then I "laminate" it with packing tape to protect it from rubbing away.

  • K8sMom2002

    I will definitely do that — wish I'd thought of that when we picked up the new Epis … wonder if they could print me out another one after the fact without messing up the refill numbers?