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Passport to Good Health

It can be a challenge for anyone to continue to take medications correctly while traveling, especially older adults who may have many different medications to keep track of. Follow precautions for taking medications while traveling to have a bon voyage!

It is important to check with your doctor to make sure you are in good health before planning a trip. Ask your doctor to provide a letter describing your medical conditions, medications, and dosages. If you are flying, pack your medications in your carry-on bag in case checked luggage is misplaced. To streamline the airport security process, keep your medications in their original containers and place the containers in a clear plastic bag for easy identification.

Be sure to check the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) guidelines for transporting medicines in liquid form. TSA allows travelers to carry medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols, but they must be declared and inspected at security checkpoints.

Here are some other steps you can take:

  • Bring contact information for your doctor and pharmacy.
  • Carry a copy of your prescriptions.
  • Ask your doctor for a list of replacement medications that are available at your destination.
  • Consult your doctor about the proper times to take your medication if you are traveling to different time zones.
  • Make sure your medication is not a banned substance if you are traveling internationally.
  • Carry a list of medical facilities at your destination.

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