Holiday Travel: Don’t Forget Your Medications

Managing your medications day-to-day requires attention to detail and a regular routine, and that can go right out the window when you travel.  Here are some suggestions to help you plan your medication needs if you find yourself on the road, in the air, or sailing away over the holidays.

Holiday Travel and Your MedicationsHere are three important things to remember:

  • Fill your prescriptions before you leave. Written prescriptions are NOT valid outside the country (and sometimes the state) in which they were issued.
  • Do NOT pack your prescription medications in your checked luggage. If you are separated from your luggage for any length of time, you could spend your vacation frantically trying to refill the prescriptions you need.
  • If you run in to trouble, we can probably help. Go to a local pharmacy where you are, and they can call us about your prescription.  Check our website for our store hours though; to transfer medications, we have to be open.

To keep your vacation worry-free, it can help to pack some “better to be safe than sorry” OTCs.Think about what you’ve experienced during past trips and pack accordingly.

This list should address many of the most common issues:

  • antacids
  • pain killers
  • bandaids
  • upset stomach and diarrhea remedies
  • cortisone creams
  • cough drops
  • antihistamines
  • antifungals and topical disinfectants

You also might want to pick up some zinc and elderberry lozenges just in case you feel a cold coming on.

As always, please let us know how we can help.

Bon voyage, Happy Holidays, and safe travel,
Stacey, Barbara, and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy