Safety Tips for Traveling with Medications
If you take prescription or over-the-counter medications, it’s important to bring them with you when you travel.
But traveling with medications requires taking a few extra precautions versus bringing your medications home from the pharmacy or storing them in your medicine cabinet.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we put together a few tips that you can follow to ensure that your medications will be safe and effective throughout the length of your travels:
- Pack medication in carry-on luggage or bags—Missing even a single dose of some medications can be dangerous. And if your medications are in a checked bag and it gets lost by the airline, you may have to wait several hours to replace your lost pills.
- Don’t leave medication in a hot car—Medication should be stored at or close to room temperature as often as possible. When medication is exposed to extreme heat or direct sunlight, it can breakdown and become less effective.
- Bring a list of the medications you take and their dosages—One of the most important things for medical providers is knowing which medications their patients are on and the dosages. Keeping a list of that information handy or with the people who are traveling with you can save your life.
- Remember time zone changes when taking daily or time-sensitive medications—If you’re traveling internationally or passing through several time zones, be sure to account for the time difference when taking daily or twice daily medications.