- Place Non-liquid prescription meds in your carry-on luggage in the original bottle.
- Carry a copy of all prescriptions from your physician in generic terms.
- Know the GENERIC NAME of your meds, even the over-the-counter cold and allergy meds; US pharmaceutical lab brands are UNKOWN abroad, i.e. ibuprofen is ibuprofen, NOT Advil or Motrin, etc.
- Painkillers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, naproxen, and multi-vitamins tablets are recommended. I usually bring little packets of the powdered Emergency-C vitamin C and take it in the mornings in water.
- Pack anti-diarrheal and acid-reflux tablets.
- Pack antibacterial salve, adhesive tape or pads for minor cuts, abrasions.
- Pack moleskin and toe pads for callouses and blisters.
- Pack small tube of liquid bandage.
Other medical supplies may include a pair of scissors and nail-clippers. Remember not to place any sharp objects in your carry-on bags or you risk their confiscation.
Check your airline's procedures for special needs such as insulin storage and traveling with C-PAP machines, walkers, wheelchairs. Also check with your C-PAP manufacturer regarding tap water vs. distilled vs. bottled spring water (i.e. will it matter? Distilled water is very difficult to come by abroad).
Pack an extra pair of Rx eyeglasses or contacts, and have a copy of their Rx with you.
Always visit http://www.tsa.gov for the latest restrictions on what you are allowed to pack in your luggage.
Stay healthy while traveling! Have you checked to see if you need vaccinations for your destination? You might visit these websites:
Center for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/travel
Passport Health USA http://www.passporthealthusa.com/
The Government's Vaccines info page http://www.vaccines.gov/travel/