As Canadians, many of us love the winter.   The Snow, the cold, the ice.  What’s not to love?  It’s no wonder that so many people are planning to escape the cold for a warmer more tropical climate.   There is an old saying, “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money.  Then take ½ the clothes and twice the money.” It also is important that you provide for your medication needs before leaving.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (CDC) maintains an excellent website that includes a wide range of information about travel issues related to health. One section of the site has an interactive map that provides access to health information for each country including recommended vaccinations.  You should discuss this with your doctor well in advance, as many vaccines may need to be given well in advance of travel.

While you’re speaking with your doctor, you want to make sure that you have adequate supply of medications for your trip.  Pack all medications in their original, labeled containers and pack an extra supply of medication in case you are away for longer than expected.  Another good suggestion is to book a MedsCheck review with one of our pharmacists. They can provide you with an overview of all your medications including a complete and comprehensive list to take with you.  This review can help you understand which medications can make your skin more sun sensitive and also help you adjust for changes in time zone.

Packing a vacation survival kit may help to deal with common annoying conditions in a timely (and often less expensive) manner.  Some key items to include are some over the counter medications for common ailments such as pain, nausea, allergic reactions, diarrhea, constipation and an antibiotic ointment and bandages for minor cuts and scrapes.     All medications should be packed into your carry-on luggage and kept in its original containers, ready for inspection by airport security or customs officials.    While looking after your health needs may not guarantee a fantastic trip, it can ensure that your health doesn’t ruin your vacation.  Take care of yourselves and each other.

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