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What to Put in Your Medicine Carry-on Bag

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Having a well-stocked medicine carry-on bag can come in handy during minor accidents, times of crises such as a fire, flood, or hurricane, or when you suddenly make a plan to travel. Travelers who have medical conditions sometimes have to be more cautious while packing their stuff than those who don’t have any medical conditions. However, sometimes even travelers who don’t have medical conditions carry antimalarial to prevent illnesses, prescribed Cipro, birth control pills, or vitamin and supplements. The following recommendations will help you put together your medication go bag.

1- Fill Prescriptions Beforehand:

You can ask your physician for 60- or 90-day refills instead of 30-day refills so that you will have extras on hand in case of emergency. In fact, you might also save money this way. Instead of waiting until the day your medicines end, fill prescriptions the day you become eligible for a refill. Also check your medications periodically to make sure they haven’t expired. Some pharmacists are allowed by the government to dispense medicines during times of emergency so make sure you have prescription medication on hands before disaster hits.

2- Keep Over-the-counter Medications:

Apart from filling your prescriptions in advance, make sure you buy over-the-counter medication such as antihistamines, painkillers, Alka-Seltzer, laxatives, calamine lotion, sterile eye wash, contact lenses, and anti-diarrhea medication.

3- Put Together A Kit:

When there is an imminent danger of disaster, you should pack your supplies in a water-resistant kit that is easy to carry and keep it in a cool, dry place. Make sure you keep it in a place that is easy to access but out of the reach of children. Check the kit regularly and toss out any out-of-date supplies such as expired medications. You first aid kit should also have gauze pads, latex gloves, a thermometer, band-Aids, sterile bandages, salve for burns, antibiotic ointment, towelettes, adhesive tape,  instant cold packs, hand sanitizers, and sunscreen.

4- Keep A Written Prescription:

It is always a good idea to be prepared for any kind of situation so even if you are carrying medications, keep the written prescription from your doctor too. This way you will be able to get medications easily no matter where you are. However, some countries might not accept your foreign prescription but might allow you to buy the over‐the‐counter version. It is also a good idea to carry a doctor’s note that explains why you need certain medications such as pain pills and anti‐anxiety medications in your medicine carry-on bag.

Your doctor can also advise you about the contents of an emergency go bag.  You can book an appointment with a top Doctor in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.
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