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What Every Savvy Traveler Should Pack in Their Pharmacy

 

In the middle of cold and flu season, it is a struggle to stay healthy, especially when you are far from home.  Time is so precious when you are on the road.  You may be on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to Antarctica, but you won’t fully enjoy your trip if you are sick.  When illness strikes, having a medication “pharmacy” bag can make all the difference.

This is a true story.  I was on a beautiful Mediterranean cruise.  The ports were amazing.  The ship was magical (actually, the Disney Magic).

One day, I was on a ‘beach day’ excursion.  Walking along the sand in only knee-high water, an excruciating pain shot through my foot.  Something venomous had stung me.  I never saw what it was, but it caused extreme pain and swelling.

I saw the ship’s doctor.  He gave me crutches and recommended applying heat to break down the toxin.  With severe pain and swelling, I could not walk on the foot.

The next day’s port was Rome.  My tour was not wheelchair accessible, but I wasn’t about to miss my first visit to Rome!  I hobbled along on crutches.

While it was not ideal (I can’t remember most of what I saw that day in the Vatican Museum), I was glad for good friends, and the medications I had brought along with me…my personal “pharmacy.”

There’s a lot to be said for packing light, but I come prepared with my medications bag.  I tell people that I travel with a pharmacy.  It is compact, but effective.  And it is much easier than finding medications while on the road. (Believe me, I’ve been there!)

Your medication ‘pharmacy’ bag should be with you, in your carry-on bag, at all times when traveling.

Your medications should never be in your checked luggage.  You never know when you might need a medication, and meds may be very difficult to replace if lost.

On what I call ‘moving days’ — days of flying, train rides, switching hotels — have this bag with you, and not checked in.

Gather your prescription medications.

All your essential prescription medications are your first priority.  Whether you’re going away for a weekend, or a month-long adventure — bring your medications!

It is a good idea to bring a written copy of your prescriptions, or at least a medication list.  This is helpful in case meds need to be replaced, or in case of an emergency.

Savvy Traveler’s Tip:  How to pack your medication pharmacy 

I have found that packing medications into individual Snack-size zip-top bags really saves space!

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Five Tips for Healthy Traveling

As we prepare for our travels and family gatherings this holiday season, I wanted to remind you about dangers of the cold and flu season, and equip you with tools to stay healthy.  These tips are useful year-round, and I hope they will help you fully enjoy your travels!

Having weathered my fair share of illnesses while traveling, there are some things you can guard against, and then there are things you cannot predict (such as an emergency appendectomy — the photo above was my view as I was recovering during my travels).  Following these simple tips may reduce illnesses for you or a family member.

 

Healthy Traveler Tip #1:  NEVER touch your face

Cold and flu viruses can infect your body when they come in contact with an entry point.  Your eyes and nose are easy targets for viruses. By NOT touching your face with your hands, you reduce the chance of giving viruses access to your immune system.

If your eyes or nose itch, use a tissue to rub gently.  If necessary, use the back of your hand to rub your face.  It may be slightly cleaner than the fingertips, but may still carry viruses and bacteria.

If you have just washed your hands, touching your face should be safe.  Things brings us to Tip #2…. Continue reading Five Tips for Healthy Traveling