The stay is booked, and the itinerary is chosen: it is now time to pack your bags and include your medication. When preparing to travel with prescription medications, be aware that you can continue to take them at your usual times. But before hitting the road, there are several things to consider about your transform health and wellness.
How to travel with your medication
When traveling with prescription medications, always keep them in their original labeled containers – that’s what Brian Lee, pharmacist. This is a good practice to adopt when traveling in America or abroad.
First aid boxes are handy in everyday life, but even more so when traveling. They can help you organize your medications: each pack contains your medications for the day and indicates your name, the name of your doctor, the name of the medication, the strength, the directions for use, the quantity, in addition to the date and time when the medication should be taken. Individually wrapped blister packs are ideal for travel, as they allow you to unroll, tear and pack exactly the amount you need for the duration of your stay.
If you’re traveling overseas, Brian Lee also recommends that you bring a copy of the original prescription with you in case customs or security officials ask questions about your medication. It may also be useful to have a letter on hand from your doctor detailing the medications you are taking, as well as why you are taking them and why you need to bring them on your trip, especially if you are carrying medications whose administration requires a syringe.
If you are traveling by air, prescription drugs and non-essential prescription drugs. Are exempt from the restriction prohibiting containers larger than 100 mL in carry-on baggage. However, Brian Lee recommends keeping them in a separate bag in your. Hand luggage to facilitate the process with the screening officer.
He also mentions that not all prescription and over-the-counter drugs are allowed in other countries. He points out that it is always best to contact the foreign government offices accredited to Canada in the country. You plan to visit to confirm the status of your medications in advance. Your doctor may prescribe another medicine if needed.
Get your prescriptions filled before or during your trip
Lee advises getting your prescriptions refilled as soon as you know you’re going to travel. So you’ll be prepared the day you leave.
If you are traveling to America, any prescription made by a Canadian doctor is valid. And can be filled at any pharmacy in the territory. As Lee suggests. You should always pack your current prescription in your luggage. But if you’ve forgotten or lost it, your doctor can send a new one to your pharmacy of choice. You can also use the Virtual Pharmacy app to request a new prescription. And, if you’re in a remote area where there’s no pharmacy, you can use the app’s delivery service. Keep in mind, however, that although delivery is possible in many remote areas. It may still take longer than the standard delivery time of one to three business days.
Filling a prescription while traveling abroad requires a bit more work. Lee suggests contacting the Canadian embassy or consulate for help finding. A doctor or pharmacist who can provide you with reliable medication. He points out that some drugs may contain different ingredients and come in different strengths. Some products may also bear another name abroad and may have been. Manufactured according to standards that are not the same as in the United States.
Managing medication while traveling
If you are traveling in the same time zone where you live, just continue to take your medication as usual. If you are in a different time zone, be sure to adjust the timing of your medication accordingly. Mr. Lee recalls how simple and convenient service is, even in other time zones. The packaging indicates the date and time when the drugs must be taken.
Another thing to consider when traveling with prescription drugs is the type of climate in the area you are in. Always store your medications in the original containers and keep them in a cool, dry place. Such as a drawer or cupboard, and always be away from any heat source. Avoid storing them in the bathroom. As a frequent changes in temperature and humidity can affect the stability of the medications. On hot summer days, or when the weather is extreme, you may want to store your medications in the refrigerator. Finally, if you are concerned about the integrity of your medications. Use the Virtual Pharmacy application to seek advice from a pharmacist for the psychological healthcare.
It’s time to hit the road with your prescription meds
With a little planning, you can relax on vacation and easily keep track of your medication schedule. Brian Lee shares his top tips for making things go smoothly:
- Organize and find out about the requirements and restrictions for transporting medication depending on your destination.
- Stock up on prescriptions before departure and bring enough medication for the duration of the trip. And a little more in case of unforeseen circumstances.
- Always store your medication in your hand luggage, in case you need it quickly.
- Bring a paper copy of your prescription and keep a digital copy on your portable device.
- Bring a list of medications you are taking with the brand name, generic name, strength. Directions for use, and why you need them.
And above all, enjoy your vacation!