Traveling with prescription medications can pose some unexpected problems that can create havoc on a trip. To avoid problems, plan ahead.
Bring your prescriptions in their original containers that are properly and clearly labeled. Don’t bring pill minders, mix different pills in one bottle or put them in resealed plastic bags.
Take enough for your trip plus a week or two extra in case of delays so you won’t run out.
Carry all prescriptions with you on the plane. Do not put them in checked bags. They might not make it to your destination.
Forget your vitamins or other non-essential items.
Find out if it’s legal to bring your prescription into the country you are traveling to. Drugs like Adderall are illegal in many countries even if legally prescribed in the U.S. Over the counter preparations with Sudafed are illegal in Japan.
If you lose a prescription or run out of medication abroad, pharmacies are unlikely to accept prescriptions called or faxed by your U.S. provider.
The bus dropped us off at the bottom of the hill from our hotel. We had to carry everything up. Some of us had an easier time than others. Umbria, Italy.
Your back, arms and neck will appreciate it! Remember that you will do a lot of walking with your bags and you should be able to lift them yourself without assistance, as help may not always be available. You may have lug bags over uneven walkways or carry them up stairs. You can learn to take less, look good and have everything you need. It just takes a bit of practice and self-control.
Here’s my biggest problem when I travel. I am not good at other languages. I always try to learn the basics – please, thank you, where’s the bathroom. But in this world you need more than that to get by.
Now there’s Google Translate. This amazing app translates in to 64 languages. You can type in your words or speak into your phone and it will translate your spoken words. Or push the hand write button and write in your words to be translated. Hit full screen and show someone your translations. You can also communicate with another person using speech-to-speech translation in Conversation Mode.
You’ve just got to check out this app. Oh, yeah and it’s free.
Did you know that road crashes are the single greatest cause of death for healthy Americans traveling abroad? Americans are traveling increasingly to countries where the chances of being killed or seriously injured may be from 20 to 40 times greater than in the U.S. The Know Before You Go program offered by the Association for Safe International Road Travel provides tips so you won’t become a statistic. Oh yeah and don’t forget to buckle up, wear a helmet, look every which way when you cross and don’t drive distracted by anything!
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the hurricane and typhoon seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Check out what’s happening to see how your travel plans may be impacted by weather.
It’s easy to get injured when you travel, especially when you are taking a photo and wearing sandals on an uneven unpaved road and keep backing up to get the right angle. I was bleeding and found out later I broke a toe. In the next town, while I cleaned myself up, the waiter brought me a cold can of Coke, for my foot and a glass of wine for my pain. It was 9 am and I was grateful for both. Where was I?