Important Tips for Packing Medication for International Travel

Posted on Jul 13th 2016 by Kary Suarez

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Passport in hand and ready to go! Traveling overseas to visit lands I have only seen through the tube. These are the thoughts that stream through my mind as I am in the waiting room of my doctor’s office just a week prior to my trip to Dominican Republic

As a healthy young adult, the only tablet that goes with me everywhere, literally, is my Trader Joe’s Women’s Once Daily Multivitamins. When I am called into the evaluation room, I am diagnosed with a minor upper respiratory infection; mind you, I should have known since I was coughing like a broken record. Then that prescription pad flips into sight and now I am on a few medications just days before my most anticipated trip to a tropical island filled with unknowns.

As I gather my breath while packing for the trip, I realize that TSA may have an issue with a few of my medications. It is time to do some research.

Tips I learn include making sure that you consult with your primary medical doctor regarding your travels to request a bit more in quantity in the event you are delayed returning back home. Also, obtain a letter from your doctor for medications you are bringing. Some countries have strict laws even against over-the-counter medications, so read about your destination before you go.

Equally important to remembering to refill your medications (with some extra quantities), you must carry contact details with you for the nearest U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate, in English and the local language. They provide help for emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, overseas and in Washington, D.C. Call 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 for more information or visit the following website: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/go/checklist.html

On a closing note, make sure that any relatives that are under your care and also under prescribed medications are also following these recommendations. With peace of mind that everyone has their medications, we all will be able to enjoy our days away!

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Kary Suarez

Kary is a true native from South Florida with a passion for health & wellness since childhood. As a first born to a Hispanic family she was brave to “go away for college” where she studied community health at the University of Florida. Upon completing 4 years in Gainesville, she was ready to come back home to be with her family, again; however, continued her career at Florida International University where she obtained her Master’s In Public Health. With passion in health education she is also became a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. She has been working in a health and wellness setting since high school and her passion for health and wellness only grows more and more every day. Today, she is the Regional Manager for the SFL BetterYou Team for Florida Blue with several years of Program Manager and Consulting experience. Moreover, Kary is incredibly passionate about traveling a few times a years to places she has never been to before and making sure she visits different places to experience the native ways of living – seeing the land through the locals. She is humbled to live her passion through work and through play & truly loves to share her passion with others.

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