Travelling with medication

Once again we, ourselves, are planning a wonderful trip and I shall keep my readers up to date on how the preparation is going, but more of that later.

Planning for and going on a holiday, whether for a week, a month or even longer, we can get so involved in the preparation and making of bookings that we don’t even think about the possibility of falling ill or even dying while we are on holiday. Unfortunately as we get older each of these becomes a greater possibility and we need to be prepared.

One of the most important considerations is the packing of our chronic medication, which each of us Senior Citizens has in some form or another. If we are travelling within our own country there are unlikely to be any problems but when travelling internationally it is important to know that each country has its own laws and rules on what and how much medication one can bring into the country. There is now a wonderful pocket book put together by the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers, “Healthy Travel. A Pocket book Guide for Seniors” It is very detailed and includes a range of chronic conditions, local diseases, insect bites and other medical issues. It can be purchased from this website.

If you are travelling internationally or an extended period nationally, It is important that you visit your doctor prior to leaving and obtain a letter from him/her confirming that you are fit to travel and details of your chronic condition(s). It is recommended that you also have prescriptions for all of your medicines should you run short. Be prepared to declare your medication to Customs Officers, if required, and travel only with the amount of medicines you require for the duration of your trip plus 2 extra days.

Sadly, what can and sometimes does happen with older travellers is dying while on holiday. If a person dies outside of their own country, there are certain formalities which need to be followed. If you, your children or the person who will be responsible for your estate, wish to know more about the regulations, do consider purchasing the book, “The Legal Aspects of Dying” written by myself. It is a practical handbook explaining what has to be done following a death. To find out more about the book and how to order it go to this website.

These are not easy topics to have to keep in mind when going on holiday but we have no idea when illness or death will occur and it is best to be prepared. Otherwise, enjoy your holidays.

About Me

I was born into the early part of the Baby Boomer generation, the 3rd of what came to be a family of 6 daughters. Although both our parents, who are now deceased, had been raised in rural Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) and the 2 eldest daughters were born in a country town, the other 4 of us were all born at home in Durban. Read More

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