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.
Traveling can be disorienting- new environment, different language, changing hotels frequently, along with fatigue and jet lag. If you are traveling with a group, you may not be paying as close attention to where you are or where you are staying. You need to know how to reconnect if you get separated from your group.
Got a cell phone? Take a picture of your hotel. You can show this to someone to help you find your way back, even if you don’t speak the language. If they have a business card or match book, take one and keep it with you.
Make a plan. Decide where you will meet, if you get separated each day. Know where your group is headed next. Wear a watch to keep track of the time. Ask your tour guide the best way to contact them if you get separated from the gang. Your bus may not pick you up where you got dropped off.
Here are a few suggestions to help you cope with winter travel.
Right phone numbers– Keep important phone numbers handy for use during travel. Program your cell phone or write it down and keep it on you. You will need your airline, car rental, hotel, travel insurance company, etc. If your flight is late or cancelled, you can avoid the long line at the airline desk by calling them on your cell phone to make your arrangements. If you have travel insurance, call them and they will assist you.
Fly early in the morning if you can. These flights are the least likely to get delayed or cancelled. You will have more opportunities for rebooking that day. It’s no fun sleeping overnight in an airport because you’re stuck.
Check flight status early and often. You can do this from a computer, smart phone, and tablet or at the airport. Always check the departing and arrival boards at the airport.
Fly direct. If you have a connecting flight you also need to monitor the flights and weather at that destination, too. If you do have a connecting flight and the weather looks bad there, call the airline and see if you can reroute to another connecting flight.
Remember to bring your cell phone and keep it charged. Be prepared for the worst and hope for the best for easier winter travel.