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Traveling This Season? Tips for Bringing Along Your Medications

December 15, 2016
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The holiday season is one of the busiest times for travel, but it often goes by in a flash. Despite the long months of preparation, our travel plans tend to sneak up on us sooner than expected. If you plan on traveling this winter and you need to bring along vital prescriptions or over-the-counter medications, it’s important to plan ahead. Here are a few tips and tricks from our walk in clinic for smooth sailing this season, wherever your travels take you.

How To Travel With Prescription Medications

  • Check With Security
    If you’re traveling by air, you probably already know that taking any kind of medications through airport security can potentially cause delays. Be sure not only to budget yourself a little bit of extra time to get to the gate, but to have all the information about your medications handy in case of questions. Keep pills in their original prescription bottles and inform security agents about any necessary liquid medications before you send your bag through the X-ray.
  • Keep it Nearby
    Always pack medications in your carry-on, not in checked luggage — just in case anything should get lost or delayed. And no matter where you go, be sure to keep important prescriptions on your person to make sure that you have access to them when you need them. In fact, this is a good habit after you land as well, just in case they accidentally get misplaced among all the fun festivities.
  • Bring a Written Prescription
    Despite our best efforts, mishaps sometimes do happen. If you lose or run out of your medication while traveling, chances are that you can always have it re-filled at local walk in clinics or urgent care centers. Urgent care services have expanded drastically around the globe since they first got started in the 1970s, so it’s likely that you’ll be able to find one no matter where you are. The important part is to remember to acquire and bring with you a written prescription from your regular doctor before you depart for your trip.
  • What About Traveling With Controlled Medications?
    All of the above caveats apply when traveling through airports with controlled medications, which includes medications often prescribed for depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and more. However, extra precautions should also be taken. If you try and bring a controlled drug on an airplane without the original pill bottle (which contains the prescription ID number), then the TSA might ruin your travel plans before they even start. Plus, you might not be able to refill these prescriptions in a different city or state. If you need to refill a prescription over your holiday, talk to your doctor as early as possible about your options. He or she will be able to advise you about the best way to proceed.

The holiday seasons are often filled with lots of joy, laughter, and celebrations. But don’t forget to take care of yourself in the process, too. Keep your medications and prescriptions safe and handy throughout your travels to ensure that you have a safe holiday and happy new year!