Taking anti-depressants or other medications on holiday with you can be super stressful. There is so much to think about, from making sure that you have enough supply to last you for the trip, to ensuring you meet airline regulations when taking your medication on the plane.
Read through our 6 tips for taking medicine abroad with you and see if we can help remove some of the anxiety you might feel about your trip.
1. Organise your supply
It is important you check your supply well in advance of your trip. You need to make sure you have enough medication to last you throughout your holiday and also for at least a week when you get back. Ensuring you have enough to last either side of your break allows you to rest in the knowledge you are covered if there are any delays in your travel or if you have to wait for your prescription to be filled. Your GP might well be able to prescribe an extra supply of medication if you need it.
2. Store your medication well
It is probably safest when travelling to store all of your medicines in the container that they are dispensed in. You never know when you might have to prove that the medications are yours to someone in authority. Showing them your name on the bottle should convince them.
3. Get a medical notification card
If you have a health condition that requires access to specialised medical equipment, make sure you sign up for a TSA Medical Notification Card. This tells anyone in authority who might question what you are carrying why you have the medication that you do. You can find more advice about travelling with an existing medical condition online. Travel insurance is essential, for instance, when you have an existing medical condition.
4. Think about time zones
If your travels take you across different time zones, you might want to think about updating your dosage schedule. Make sure you speak to your doctor if the time zone change is extreme so that you can work together to ensure you don’t over or under dose while transitioning.
5. Check restrictions at your destination
In some countries, particular medications might be illegal. If you are in any doubt, it is always wise to check with the embassy of the country that you are visiting. Give them a call and tell them the name of what you are taking and a staff member should be able to tell you if it is allowed into the country. If you do find a problem, speak to your doctor, they might well be able to prescribe a variation of your medication that could get you through.
6. Get documentation
Even if you take all the steps listed above, it will always help to have extra documentation, just in case you do get pulled up during security checks. Take anything that you can, a letter from your doctor or a copy of your medical record can help you prove beyond doubt to officers that your medication is legit and belongs to you.
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