When we travel to other countries, we take with us the necessary clothing and accessories needed, including vitamins, over-the-counter preventive medications, as well as any prescription medications. Take the following guidelines for personal medications into consideration before you travel:
- Don't forget your medications when you travel!
- Keep your medications with you at all times
- Keep your medications in their original containers
- Don't leave your medications in checked luggage. Lost or delayed luggage could mean that you miss one or more of your scheduled doses.
- Bring enough medication to last your entire trip; a few days of extra medication is also a good idea.
- Review your medication dosage schedule with your physician or nurse practitioner before your trip. This is especially important if you will be changing time zones. It is recommended to make a list of any medications that you take, including the dosage and frequency as well as the reason that your take the medication.
- Keep a list of your prescriptions in case you need to refill them.
- If possible, avoid purchasing medications outside the U.S.
- Have your health insurance information and card with you.
- Always read any new prescription label carefully and follow the directions.
- Your health kit, for domestic travel or for trips abroad, should include: first aid supplies, a thermometer, a mild pain reliever, hydrocortisone cream, an antacid, laxative, diarrhea medication, cough or cold remedies, sunscreen, motion sickness medication, and insect repellent.
- Review the contents of your first aid kit with your pharmacist and discuss any possible drug interactions with prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications or herbal supplements you are currently taking.
For more information about your medicines and travel, ask your physician or nurse practitioner.