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If you are conducting a long distance or international move, you may be thinking of traveling yourself on an airplane. If so, you should really think long and hard about how to transport your medications. This is not an easy issue, given the strict airport security and other rules that many travelers will be facing. Here are the top tips for airline travel and moves with medication.
This is the obvious first step. You should find out the locations of any new pharmacies in your new area. Ideally, this could be a different location of the same national (or international) company, like Walgreen’s or CVS.
In many cases, this can be done quickly by using the online website of the company in question. Even if this is not possible, it shouldn’t take more than a quick phone call to your new pharmacy; they should be able to easily set up the transfer. If it will be a brand new pharmacy, give them a call with your prescription information and they will most likely be able to transfer everything over.
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Pack Medicine In Carry-On
Honestly, this is really the safest place for your medicine. This way, it will be with you on the plane. Even if your other luggage is lost or misdirected, you will still at least have your medicine. Yes, it might take up a fair amount of space while in this bag, but it is certainly better than the alternative if something were to happen.
One strategy to consider is only taking a portion of your medication in your carry-on bag. This way you should have enough doses to make it through any unexpected delays or other problems.
Keep Prescription Label With Medication
This is more of a personal decision since it is not always required. However, having the prescription label together with the medication can be a good idea. Laws do vary from state to state and simply having this label can make things go a lot smoother if there is ever any question.
The same can be said for keeping your actual prescription form and maybe even proof of purchase. This can be especially helpful while traveling into or through foreign countries. Always check their laws and customs regulations ahead of time as well, since they might limit your specific type of medication.
Notify Security You Have Medications
While you are certainly permitted to carry your medications with you in any form, liquids in the amount of 3+ ounces may be inspected, according to TSA rules. This can also apply to additional medical supplies, such as:
- Oxygen tanks
- IV Bags
- Ice packs, not frozen solid
By following this tips, you should have a much easier time traveling with your medications.