5 Tips To Keep You And Your Medicines On Track While Traveling
If you’re living with a serious or chronic illness, or you’re caring for someone who is, chances are you are taking or giving prescription medicines. Whether these medicines are to treat the illness or manage symptoms, you know how important it is that they be taken at their proper times. If you’re traveling, you may be concerned about carrying your medicines and it can be challenging to stick to your medication schedule, particularly if you’re passing through different time zones. But it’s not impossible. Here are some tips to help you manage your medicines while you travel.
Planning your trip
When organizing your medicines, be sure you have a bit more with you than you need for the time you’ll be away. You may plan to be away for two weeks, but itineraries change for many reasons, such as transportation glitches – planes may be grounded, trains delayed, and cars break down, for example. If you have planned ahead and brought more medicine than you would usually need, you won’t have to worry about running out.
Carry your prescription with you
While it’s always a good idea to have a copy of your prescription with you when you travel, in case you run into any problems, it’s essential if you are crossing any international borders. Border patrol employees may require proof that the medicines in your bag are yours, especially if you have any medications that are controlled substances or you have to carry needles and syringes.
Keep your medicines in their original containers
It may be tempting to place all your pills in the same container in order to save space, but medicines should always be kept in their original containers, with clearly visible current labels. Keeping the original containers will be helpful if there is an emergency and someone else must verify what medicines you are taking or if you are crossing international borders.
If you have medicine that must be kept refrigerated, ask your pharmacist how best to keep it cold while you travel. Most hotels have refrigerators in the rooms and if yours doesn’t, they may be able to provide one. If you have a doctor’s note, the hotel may waive any related fee too – it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Keep your medicines close
Always keep your medicines in a bag that you keep with you. Don’t pack medicines in baggage that you’re checking or storing, in case the luggage is lost or delayed, or you can’t access it due to transportation delays.
Keep as close to your schedule as possible
If you must take medicine every few hours and you’re traveling to a different time zone, speak with your pharmacist about how to manage the time change once you arrive and then again when you return home. A difference of one hour may not make a difference for many medicines, but longer time changes could make it confusing as to when you should take your next dose.
Don’t let taking medicines hold you back from traveling to new places or visiting friends and family. With a little planning, you’ll be set to go.