Taking medication abroad – tips for holiday makers over 65 with medical conditions

By , October 20, 2011 3:53 pm
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If you are over 65 and travelling with medical conditions, the first thing you need to do think about, once you’ve booked your holiday, is buying travel insurance over 65 that includes cover for your medical conditions and also cover for loss of your medication.

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taking medication abroad - travel insurance over 65 with medical conditions


Then, before you actually travel have a think about what medication you need to take with you and how you are going to carry it.

For instance, you might be concerned that airport security measures, such as restrictions on liquids, will prevent you from taking your medication in your hand luggage when you fly. If you plan ahead, this needn’t be a worry – so long as your medication is accompanied by the relevant documentation you are entitled to take it into the cabin of the aircraft with you.

Our tips for taking medication abroad:

  •  Buy travel insurance over 65 that includes cover for loss of medication. Replacing lost medication when you’re away could be costly.
  • Make sure you take enough medication to last your whole trip and any spares in case of emergencies; you might need to visit your doctor for extra supplies before you travel if your trip is a long one.
  • Keep all your medication in your hand luggage and keep it with you at all times. Don’t put it in your checked-in luggage in case it gets lost during the flight.
  •  Be prepared to be questioned about your medication when you are going through airport security. Don’t worry it, if you do get questioned, its standard practice.
  • Get a letter from your doctor outlining your entitlement to the medication and what the medication is for, and carry it with you when you are travelling – you may need to show this at airport security.
  • Keep your medication in its proper packaging, so the relevant authorities can see what it is, and note down the name of it in case you need to purchase more while you are away. If you lose your medication whilst you are away it may be covered on your travel insurance over 65.
  • Be aware that your medication might be illegal in some countries. Visit the travel section of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for details or contact the embassy of the country you are planning to visit.
  • There is a limit to the quantity of controlled drugs that you can carry with you abroad. If you need to take more than the authorised amount, you will need to contact the Home Office to apply for a licence. To find out if your medication is a controlled drug, visit www.hmrc.gov.uk
  • Consider how hot or cold the climate is in the country you are travelling to and how it might affect your medication.
  • If you’re travelling to a hot country and you’re diabetic, take a cool bag with you to store your insulin in.
  • Find out what your medication is called in the country you are travelling to so that you know what to ask for if you need to buy more. Your medication might have a different name in other countries.
  • Your local pharmacy might have a leaflet about taking medication to foreign countries – next time you’re in there ask for details.

When you are over 65 with medical conditions your medication can be an important part of your daily life at home, and it’s just as important when you go on holiday – it pays to be prepared so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

Buy travel insurance over 65 with cover for your medical conditions and loss of medication, if you are unsure of anything regarding taking your medication abroad talk to your doctor or your pharmacist.

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