How to Keep Medications Safe and Organized During Holiday Travel

For those of us who have medications we need to take every day, packing them can throw a kink in your packing plans. It requires more planning which most people do not have to worry about. Even holiday travelers without medical conditions may be carrying prescribed Cipro or other medications to prevent illnesses in certain parts of the world or birth control pills. No matter your situation, packing medications can be a pain during the preparation period, but makes the trip run smoothly once you leave!

Tips for Carrying Medications on Holiday Trips

  • Medications in Your Carry On or Checked Luggage

Depending on what you’re traveling with, you might wonder whether you should bring it in your carry on or if it’s okay to be checked. It is always recommended to always put medications in your carry on as you never know what might happen to your bags. You might be asked to check it, even if you had planned on carrying on, or it might go missing for a few days, leaving you without important medicine. It might throw a wrench in your plans, making you skip out on planned activities when you arrive.

It’s better to be safe than sorry! Over‐the‐counter medications and vitamins; however, should be fine to be left in your checked luggage.

  • Bring the Written Prescription

Even if you do carry on your medications, something might happen while you’re traveling for holiday. It’s also smart to bring the written prescription with dosage from your doctor if you’ll be traveling for a while or if you need it immediately. That way, you can walk into a pharmacy and show it to the employees to get the same medication, or a close version. Some countries; however, won’t accept your foreign prescription, but might be willing to give you an over‐the‐counter version available there. And for some medications, namely pain pills, anti‐anxiety medications and syringes, it’s smart to also bring a doctor’s note explaining why you have it.

  • Accessories for Packing Medications

It is advisable to keep your prescriptions in the original bottles when possible, especially as it may be easier to show to a pharmacist overseas if you need an emergency refill. Our SafeTote Rx locking tote bags come in two sizes, one for holding up to 8 bottles and one for up to 12 bottles. If you’re a traveler with diabetes, use insulin or have other medications that require climate control, packing a cooler is an easy way to make that happen. Bring freezer packs that can be re‐frozen in hotel mini‐fridges as needed. Some airlines or hotels may also let you keep items in their fridges in between flights. Small coolers and insulated bags can be found in most outdoor retail stores, and they make for a great alternative as well.

Safe travels and happy holidays from SafeTote Rx!

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