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Traveling With Prescribed Medication

Holidays are a time to have fun, to let your hair down, and to basically overindulge even if you are normally very controlled. But if you are someone with a health condition that requires you to take prescription medication on a daily basis, this is not something that can be laid to one side just because you are on your jollies. This is something I say from experience – I am a type 2 diabetic who has to take two insulin injections per day, as well as a second hormone injection to help control appetite. I also take drugs for blood pressure which also have to be adhered to. Even during my most relaxed, fun times, I still have to take medication.

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If you have to take medication, and are planning to travel this year, here are some things you need to think about.

Can I take my medication on a plane

The answer to that is yes, taking medication on a plane from the UK is allowed. Your medication should be kept in your hand luggage, and is allowed in the cabin, even if, like my insulin, it comes in a liquid form. You are also allowed to take syringes, lancets, inhalers and tablets in your hand luggage.

However, one thing that you may need to keep in mind is that you may need a letter from your GP explaining your medication and your prescription, and mentioning any countries you are visiting. This can avoid any issues at either airport.


My insulin needs storing at room temperature when being used, but any additional vials need to be refigerated. This is a consideration if you are staying in an hotel rather than an apartment – does it have a mini fridge you could use. Always check before you book to avoid an issue when you arrive in resort.

Make sure you have enough meds to cover your holiday

Order a new prescription in plenty of time before you leave so that you know you have enough medication to cover your complete break. If you are traveling for longer – i.e. on a student visa, you may need to speak to your doctor to get an extra prescription.  Although you could probably sort out an emergancy prescription if you did run out abroad, or if your meds somehow got lost, it is much better to be well prepared.

Make sure your meds are allowed in the country you are visiting

Quite simply, check any prescription, or over the counter medication you might be taking, and make sure it is not an illegal substance in the country you are visiting.

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