Traveling with your medication

Traveling can be fun—but don’t take a vacation from medication safety. Follow these tips to make sure you have a safe trip.

Prepare for your trip ahead of time:

  • Bring more medication than you need in case of travel delays.
  • Count the number of pills in each container before you leave. Write down these numbers and take the record with you.
  • If you are traveling through more than one time zone, have your doctor or pharmacist make a plan to adjust the timing and dosage of your medicines (download our medication calendar).

Pack your medication carefully:

  • Store medication in its original container.
  • Keep your medication in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.
  • Pack medication in your carry-on luggage.
  • Carry a complete list of your medications (including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements), the doses, schedule and the phone numbers of your doctor and pharmacy.

Follow safe medication practices, whether you are at home or away:

Plan carefully to make sure your trip is fun and worry free. If you take the wrong medication, or take more than directed, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222 or chat online.

Take this information with you! Order or download your own copy of our Traveling With Your Medicine fact sheet.

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