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Taking Care of Your Medication on Holiday

Taking Care of Your Medication on Holiday

Travelling With A Pre-Existing Medical Condition

If you are travelling with medical conditions, such as diabetes or asthma, it's likely that you'll need to take medication for it, and when you go on holiday, you will need to take your medication abroad with you. Depending on where you are travelling, there may be some restrictions on taking medication into the country you are visiting that you will need to familiarise yourself with before you book your trip.

Here's what you'll need to remember about taking medication abroad:

Will you Need Extra Supplies of Medication?

Visit your doctor before you travel in case you need extra supplies of your medication. Make sure you take plenty of spares in case you lose any or your return flight is delayed.

Get a Doctor's Note

Ask for a note from your doctor explaining your right to carry the medication - you may need to present it to security before you can take your medication abroad.

Original Packaging

Keep your medication in its original packaging when you take it on holiday so it is easy to identify.

Know the Name of Your Medication

Make a note of the name of your medication, not just the brand. This is in case you need to get more medication whilst you are abroad. Learn the name of your medication in the local language if you can.

Taking Medication on Flights

If you need medication for your pre existing medical condition and you can't administer it yourself, it's likely that you'll need a companion to travel with you as you are not considered to be self sufficient. Cabin crew will not administer your medication for you. Contact your airline for details.

Storing Medication

Keep your medication in your hand luggage in case your hold luggage becomes lost. If you do need to store medication in your hold luggage, make sure it is secure. If you are carrying liquid medication, for instance if you are diabetic and you are carrying insulin, you should insulate it so that it doesn't become frozen at high altitude.

Medication Restrictions Abroad

Your medication might be illegal in certain countries. Before you travel, contact the embassy in the country you will be visiting to find out if you can carry your medication into the country.

Long Stays

If you are travelling abroad for a long period of time, your doctor might not be able to prescribe enough medication for your whole trip. Find out if you can get more supplies whilst you are abroad.

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