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.
Cell phones can be very handy when you travel. They can act as a flashlight. You can take a photo of your hotel and if you can’t communicate with your cabby, show him a picture. You can take a photo of important things, like your passport, itinerary , immunization record, medical history, medication list, phone numbers of your credit card companies international line to report stolen or lost cards, and the number of your travel health insurance company.
When I was 12, I chipped my front teeth. I have had caps since then and over the years, they have fallen off and one cracked when I bit into a chicken leg once. Fortunately, I was home and was only inconvenienced because it happened on a weekend. But what if I was traveling? How available is quality dental care where you travel? What would you do if a filling came out, a bridge broke or a cap came off?
A year ago, a travel clinic client told me she had been on a cruise ship when she had a dental malfunction. She went to the infirmary. They pulled out an emergency dental kit, made a temporary repair and charged her $200. She knew she could’ve made the repair herself but didn’t have the right stuff. She asked if emergency dental kits were available for sale. And they are. For about $25.
The dental emergency kit allows you to do basic, temporary repairs for most dental emergencies. There are several types on the market and most include tweezers, a dental mirror, floss, picks, cement, temporary fillings and topical and oral analgesics. This compact kit comes with full written directions and takes up little room and has a long shelf life.
Packing for a safari is different than packing for other types of trips. Pack light! Be able to get everything in a duffel bag or soft sided suitcase. Find out if you have a weight restriction and abide by it. Pack your essentials such as your camera, prescriptions, money, travel documents, yellow certificate of vaccination and passport in your carry-on bag. Leave your jewelry at home. If you couldn’t bear to lose it – don’t bring it. Flashy jewelry and clothes, especially red, are not appreciated by the wildlife!
Suggestions for packing
A pair of comfortable walking shoes that are broken in A pair of closed toe sport type sandals Underwear, socks, pj’s Bathing suit for pools at the lodge 2 long sleeved shirts ( light colors are best) 2 short sleeved shirts 1 pair of shorts 2 pairs of long pants (consider the type that zip off into shorts) Wide brimmed hat and 2-3 cotton bandanas Lightweight fleece pullover Toiletries – consider body wash that can be used as cleanser and shampoo in one, hand sanitizer, travel size tooth brush and paste, etc. (think small and water proof containers) Face cloth Day pack for carrying camera and supplies, binoculars (7 X 28 or 8X 21), sunscreen, lip balm, hand sanitizer, etc. Sunglasses Insect repellent with 30 % DEET or more Zip lock bags in various sizes Travel alarm clock Small flashlight
Plan on wearing everything 3 times. Most camps have laundry service. Remember, it’s not a fashion trip, be comfortable and dress to protect yourself from the sun and bug bites.