Our Canada Drugs pharmacists are always available for consultation and can answer any of your questions via e-mail or over the phone. One of the questions our pharmacists get quite often over the summer months has to do with patients looking for advice on how best to travel with their prescription medication as they get away from it all on summer vacation.
Here are a few tips from our pharmacists concerning best practices when traveling with your prescriptions from Canada Drugs Canadian Pharmacy.
- Always order enough medication to cover your needs during travel. Canada Drugs offers Free World-Wide Shipping and can ship to your vacation house, or even to the hotel you will be staying at.
- Pack your prescription medication properly. Use tightly closed containers, such as the containers your medicines came in, and make sure to protect your medications from heat and light.
- Put your prescription medications in your carry-on bag, rather than in checked luggage. It’s never fun when the airline loses your luggage, but it’s even worse if you are without your prescription medication as well as your clothing.
- Bring extra medication just in case. If you are traveling for 7 days, for example, you may want to bring 12 days of medication. You never know what kind of delays might happen when you travel and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Obtain a duplicate prescription and bring it with you when you travel. Canada Drugs can ship your medication almost anywhere, but it will take some time. If the worst case happens and you are stranded without your prescription, it’s best to have the opportunity to fill it locally.
- Carry a list of the prescription number and other pertinent information on the specific medication (brands, generic names, and dosage) to identify your “lost” medicine in case you need to describe it to authorities.
- Write out a medication schedule and bring this with you in your carry on bag. Since your routine while traveling will change, a written medication schedule helps you remember when to take your medications.
- Have your doctor’s phone number handy, just in case you need to get touch while traveling.