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Part 2: How should I plan to take my Migraine medicines with me on vacation?

In Part 1, we listed how to plan and pack your medicines if you’re going on board an airplane to get to your destination. In Part 2 we list more details about other precautions and plans you may want to consider when you need to carry medicine while traveling for the holidays:

  • Consider carrying an additional prescription for your medicines from your doctor. This assures that, should your medicine be lost, broken or confiscated, you won’t have to go without your needed treatment. Should this occur, you can ask at the airport information booth, or the hotel information desk or concierge where to go to replace them. If you are abroad, you will find your medication list with generic names helpful, and locating a pharmacy is usually not difficult when you know that they may have signs saying Farmacia or have a mortar and pestle or a green cross on them. Even antiquated looking pharmacies in third world countries will carry more than jars of herbs or over the counter remedies — just ask them.
  • If you are traveling in the US and have your prescriptions normally filled at national chains like Walgreens or CVS, you may be able to pick up your medication or other supplies (like syringes or needles) once you arrive at your destination. These companies keep your prescription on file nation-wide and are one good reason frequent travelers like to use them. If you plan to do this, call them ahead and be sure to bring a few doses “just in case” your medicine is temporarily out of stock or the store is closed when you arrive.
  • If your medicine requires compounding, find out where the nearest compounding pharmacy is before you leave and note it somewhere you won’t lose it. If necessary, your doctor can send your prescription to the compounding pharmacy before your arrival, and your medicine can be waiting for you when you arrive. In case of emergency, a prescription at another pharmacy can be transferred to the pharmacy where you’re visiting, and replacement medications can be obtained.

There are other more detailed tips and tricks that might be helpful to Migraineurs taking their medicines while traveling. Please share your ideas here!

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  • not so joy
    6 years ago

    I used to keep all my medications in their original bottles, but found that the train case needed to carry them all was too much. I portion them out at home, why not do they same when I travel?
    So, I started putting OTCs into little zip lock baggies (created for the purpose of medications, says so on the baggies) and taping a copy of the medication label to the baggie. It worked so well that the last time I traveled I did the same to my prescriptions except that I didn’t have to copy the labels. I just peeled the labels off the bottles and adhered them to the baggies.
    Cut the weight of my medications from 5-8 pounds to 1 1/2 – 2 pounds and they can now fit in my carry on & I don’t need a separate bag just for them.
    I’ve always declared my medications because I have Lidoderm patches and various inhalers & didn’t get into any trouble with pouched medications (verses bottled).

  • Jenni Nash Dorsey
    7 years ago

    I once had an ER doctor in MD write a script and when my husband tried to have it filled for me the next day in VA, it took a minor act of God to get my meds. Some pharmacies won’t fill a script written out-of-state! If you plan on filling prescriptions while you are away, it would be wise to call ahead to be sure you can find a pharmacy that will fill it for you.

  • Kelly Smith Wahle
    8 years ago

    I know this doesn’t pertain to “flying”, but it does to traveling. One recommendation I have is if you are staying in a hotel, put your medications in the hotel safe, or make sure they are secure when you leave the room.

    Also, if you are traveling in a car, make sure you consider the weather before packing your medications in the trunk. If it is too hot or too cold, keep them inside the vehicle.

  • Donna Lynn
    8 years ago

    Thanks for this, I only think of my meds when I fly (not packing them in my checked luggage) , so this is great info.

  • Teri-Robert
    9 years ago

    My Migraine rescue meds (for times when my abortive fail) are injectables. My doctor had a compounding pharmacy make up individual-dose vials for me to have instead of the regular multi-dose vials. When I travel, I’m always concerned that I’ll have my purse open somewhere, and someone will see the “drugs.” So, I use a sunglasses case that will hold a vial of each of the two meds plus two syringes. The vials are marked with the name of the medication, and I copied the label from the box to keep in the sunglasses case with them. Have had no problems traveling with them like this.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg author
    8 years ago

    Teri, I think your idea is truly inspired! The hard shell of the glasses case will undoubtedly help to protect the syringes, and the size is perfect. I have kept mine in ziploc bags, only to find a plunger has been accidentally depressed, or someone sees the syringe and needle and a look of horror or nausea hits their face. We have enough to deal with without having others judge us as “drug” users, and I think this is really a great way to deal with the issue.

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