Traveling abroad with diabetes meds

Half Sunflower
By Half Sunflower Latest Reply 2008-09-21 14:52:39 -0500
Started 2008-09-18 12:54:38 -0500

I am thinking of traveling abroad next year. However, I am very concerned about how to handle all of my meds during various check points. Any suggestions?

Half Sunflower

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Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-09-21 09:29:12 -0500 Report

I do not take insulin so don't have to worry about needles but I do take 10 medications daily. I don't want to carry 10 pill bottles with me so I pack, in as many little 2x2 inch self-seal baggies as I expect I'll need (plus extras), my AM & PM meds with my name. I've created a list with my medical conditions, list of meds, why I need to carry my walking tick on board, and have had my very cooperative doctor sign MY form, with his name and contact info. I also have copies of the Rx with me, too. I have never had to show any of this, and I've traveled to several continents. But I am prepared.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-21 09:39:53 -0500 Report

good to know. I too carry little packets that ziplock. I too have tons of medication. I was wondering about the medicine bottles that would be a carryon on their own. Thanks Pauline.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-09-21 14:52:39 -0500 Report

According to what I've heard regarding TSA regulations, they aren't supposed to hassle us for our medical needs as long as everything is properly documented, but I've seen some pretty unreasonable agents at SEATAC and PDX airports regarding other issues.

kdroberts 2008-09-21 08:40:39 -0500 Report

I wouldn't worry about it. It's extremely common to fly with medications, insulin and testing supplies. I always carry a letter from my doctor to be on the safe side but never had to use it. Keep all your medications in your carry on bag and in the original containers they came in.

The one thing you should do is write down a list of all the generic names for any brand name drugs you take. Should you have any problems (loose them, get sick, etc) the brand name in the country you are in might not be the same as the US one and it is helpful to know the generic name. You could also check the naming convention in the countries you're going to before you go. Sometimes the generic names are different to. Simple huh?!

bluerose2 2008-09-18 13:21:59 -0500 Report

I went to Jamacia - as long as you have your meds in the original container with the prescription info you should be fine. I kept all mine in a ziplock baggie so it was easy to have on hand. Now if you take insulin you will need to be prepared to show them the insulin and syringes ( include the box they came in with the prescription )- this would be at US checkpoints as well as customs. Happy traveling

MISS PAM 2008-09-18 13:01:16 -0500 Report

I've traveled to Australia many times and I always get a note from my doctor listing all my medications that I carry on with me and through customs. I've never had a problem. not sure about other countries.

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