If you’re planning a long trip, particularly if you’re going overseas, you need to plan carefully, especially if you’re on prescription medication as there are rules to follow. Traveling today is faster and more accessible, but when you’re using prescription medication, you must plan to ensure you can get your prescription filled or bring your medication, especially antibiotics, with you.
Traveling with medication
It is not easy when you’re taking medication while traveling abroad since you will be crossing different time zones. Thus, it is vital to let your physician know about your plan to travel so that he or she can adjust your prescription if necessary.
It would help if you did several other things:
1. Get a prescription and medical documentation
The first thing is to get a note from your physician. Although you can be allowed to travel while carrying the medicine that may cover a month’s stay in a foreign country, it is better to request a new prescription from your GP. Ask your doctor to write the generic and brand name of the antibiotics you are taking.
Countries honor travelers’ rights to bring prescribed medication, including antibiotics. However, travelers should bring with them a prescription, and a document detailing the medical condition will eliminate unnecessary delays during customs inspection.
2. Keep your medicines in their original packaging
It’s vital to keep your antibiotics and other medicines in their original bottle or packaging, including the sticker with your name and the name of your doctor. The NHS recommends that you check the rules of the countries where you’ll be making stopovers and the country you’re planning to visit.
3. Know the rules and regulations of the country you are visiting
Remember that other countries follow different rules and regulations regarding medications travelers bring with them. See to it that you know the quantity you can bring and the types of medicines your destination country allows foreigners to bring with them. You can check with the foreign embassies in the UK to be sure.
4. Follow the airline’s rule regarding medication in your hand luggage
Carry your medicine in your hand luggage along with the prescription. Keep a copy of your prescription as well as the rest of your medication in your check-in bag. Ensure that the expiry dates of the antibiotics and other medications are valid for the duration of your trip. A travel pack with antibiotics can be a more convenient way to have all your prescribed medicine in one bag together with the usual first aid items.
5. Your medication may not be available in other countries
For your safety and well-being, it is essential to fill up your antibiotic prescription for the duration of your treatment. The antibiotic you are taking may not be available in the country you are visiting, so you are advised to take the full amount with you, rather than miss several dosages because the antibiotic is not available.
Have a checklist when you’re planning to travel and see to it that you prioritize your prescription medicine. Discuss your travel plans with your doctor so you can get detailed instructions regarding your antibiotic regimen and what to do if problems arise.