7 Tips for Travelling with Medication

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If you are planning a trip overseas and you take medication, you have some pre-planning you need to do.

7 Tips for Travelling With Medication

Here are seven basic guidelines to help when planning your trip.

  1. Talk to your doctor or travel medical specialist before travelling about any medicines and / or medical devices you need to take with you.  Make sure you discuss prescription medication as well as over the counter medicines and complementary / homeopathic medicines that you may take.
  2. Contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country you are travelling to if you or your doctor have any doubts or concerns about the medication and / or medical devices you will need to take with you into that country.  Some medicines may not be legally allowed to be taken into another country.  Some medicines may contain ingredients that you need permission to take into another country. For example, Codeine is in medicine that is widely available in Australia but requires permission to take into some countries.
  3. Have your doctor prepare a letter detailing all prescription medication you will be taking with you.  Make sure you carry that letter with you when travelling.  Your doctor should know what to include in the letter, including the name of the medicine, your dosage and that it is for personal use.
  4. Make sure your prescription medication has the appropriate dispensing labels on them setting out your name and dosage requirements.
  5. Take the medication in its original packaging.  It needs to be easily identifiable if your luggage is inspected. Do NOT remove it from its original packaging.
  6. Take the medication in your carry on luggage.  If your luggage goes missing you will still have your medication.
  7. Take enough medication for your entire trip.  You may not be able to get the same medication overseas and your prescription may not be valid in other countries. Yes that may mean you have to carry a lot of medication in its original packaging but you do not want to risk running out of medication.
General Rule

As a good rule of thumb – if in doubt ask your doctor.  If still in doubt – contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country/ies you are travelling to.

As a general rule, when we travel, we have the doctor include all potential medication that we carry with us. We include altitude sickness tablets for our trips at altitude.  We include headache tablets that we can buy in a supermarket as well as any prescription medication we need to carry.

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7 Tips for Travelling with Medication

If you are planning a trip overseas and you take medication, you have some pre-planning to do. Here are 7 basic guidelines to help when planning your trip.

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    Pia from Dream and Wanderland
    May 11, 2019

    Very good tips! Especially, any medication should be in the carry-on. A few years ago, a friend of mine put hers into the checked bag, and it didn´t make it to her travel destination. NOT good. We couldn´t enjoy the time as we always worried that something could happen as she usually needed to take it daily.

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Pia from Dream and Wanderland
      May 12, 2019

      Thanks Pia. Medication is the one thing we always make sure is in our carry on. We just don’t want to take the risk. Hope your friend was ok.

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    Silly Little Kiwi Blog | Tara
    May 12, 2019

    This is super informative. Especially if you are traveling somewhere where it’s recommended that you bring medications with you as a precaution. Great work!

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Silly Little Kiwi Blog | Tara
      May 12, 2019

      Thanks Tara.

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    Chittra M
    May 12, 2019

    I always carry a pouch full of general medication. comes quite handy. Especially common cold and allergens tablets.

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Chittra M
      May 12, 2019

      You never know when you will need something when travelling.

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    Margarita
    May 12, 2019

    I’ve never had to travel with prescription medicines, but after catching a nasty cold a few times on my travels, I always pack flu meds, painkillers and a bunch of other ‘just in case’ meds. They come super handy when you need them and have saved my day many times.

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Margarita
      May 14, 2019

      We do as well. You never know when you can catch a cold.

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    Anisa
    May 12, 2019

    Great tips! You definitely don’t want to have your medicine confiscated, that could be disaster.

    • Lisa
      Lisa
      Anisa
      May 14, 2019

      Thanks Anisa. And absolutely not. For a little organisation, it saves any stress.

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