How should I plan to take my Migraine medicines with me on vacation?

Part of experiencing a successful and fun-filled holiday trip includes bringing your prescription Migraine medications with you. Unless you do a lot of traveling, this sounds much easier than it is in reality, especially if you’re going by air. The best thing for Migraineurs to do before their trip is to plan it well. Here is Part 1 of Basic Tips for Making Holiday Travel by Air Easy!

  • Create a list of your medicines — prescription and over the counter. Be sure to include any supplements or herbal preparations you are using too. Make the list using the brand name as well as generic names. Include dosages and the time you take your medicines, along with any other special instructions and the name of the doctor who prescribed them. It’s helpful to include the reason why you are taking the medicine as well, in case of an emergency. Don’t forget your eyeglass prescription as well, just in case.
  • Make sure your medicines are in their original labeled bottles, and that the name on the prescription is the same as your ticket or passport. The TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) also recommends a letter from your doctor or other supporting documentation stating the reason you need your medication.
  • Bring enough medicine for your trip and an additional few days as a buffer. If you are delayed or a dose is lost or damaged, you won’t be worrying about what you should do about your prescriptions. It is recommended that any extra doses beyond this minimum are left at home.
  • Pack your medicines carefully in your carry-on luggage, taking care to cushion them with something soft like clothing. Be sure bottles are tightly closed before packing. If you need to keep your medicine cool, frozen gel packs are allowed for this purpose. Be sure liquids are kept to 3 ounce minimums and that everything can fit into a quart sized zip closure bag. It is possible to use multiple quart sized bags, but the items contained within them must be small enough to allow the bag to close. If you plan far enough in advance, you can ask the pharmacist for multiple smaller bottles containing your medicine to prevent any problems. If your medicine is over 3 ounces or won’t fit into the quart sized bag, you are supposed to declare them to the TSA agent at the check point.

Continue on to Part 2 for more travel tips!

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