Traveling with medicine
Before escaping from this cold weather and going on that hot holiday you are excited to take be sure to plan ahead when traveling with your medication. Not all legal prescription medications in Canada are considered legal in the foreign country you are visiting and the best way to find out is to contact the foreign government offices in Canada. Here are some tips to save you time at the airport:
Pack all medications in your carry-on bag in their original, labelled containers.
Prescription medication is exempted from the liquid restriction but still must be presented to screening officer separately from carry-on baggage
Do not try to save luggage space by combing medications into a single container.
Always pack more medication than anticipated days away in case you are delayed longer than expected.
Carry a copy of the original prescription to ensure both the generic and trade names are included in case of theft or loss. Also, a doctor’s note describing why you are taking the medication is also recommended.
The limit of two carry-on bags does not apply to medical supplies, equipment and mobility aids.
If travelling with needles or syringes carry an explanation from your health care provider. Needles and syringes may be difficult to purchase abroad so carry enough for the entire trip.
There are also some things to avoid while traveling as other countries hold certain risks. To limit those risks here are some things you should do:
Pack a travel health kit that can include things such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) for pain and fever, decongestant alone or in combo with an antihistamine in case you get sick while traveling, cough candies, loperamide (Imodium) for diarrhea, Benadryl for allergies to new environments, Band Aids, hydrocortisone cream for red itchy rashes from plants or bug bites, dimenhydrinate (Gravol) for motion sickness, antibacterial (Polysporin) and antifungal ointment, antacids, mild laxative, lubricating eye drops, and oral rehydration packs. I know this list seems extensive, but I live by the moto be prepared!
Make sure to pack sunscreen, aloe gel for sun burns, and insect repellent.
It is also great to have antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizer, and tweezers for slivers.
Avoid injections while traveling unless it’s an emergency.
Get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B and be sure to check for other vaccines that may be required by discussing your travel plans with a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic at least 6 weeks before, preferably.
You may require antimalarial medication to take with you
Finally here are some general tips to follow before leaving:
Buy extra travel insurance and always carry proof of your health insurance coverage, even short hospital stays in most countries are in the thousands and is not covered by your Saskatchewan Health coverage.
It is always a good idea to make copies of your passport and travel documents and put in each piece of luggage and one to give to a family member or friend.
All information for this article was provided by travel.gc.ca and cdc.gov.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/pack-smart#travelhealthkit Traveler’s Health Pack Smart
https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/medication Travelling with medication
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