What To Do If You Forget Your Medications When Traveling

With so many things you need to remember when going on a trip, it’s understandable if you leave something at home. That’s why I still use a packing list. If you forget your toothbrush, toothpaste or comb, you can get those items at your hotel. However, if you’ve forgotten to bring your high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid or any other prescription medication with you, it could ruin your once in a lifetime trip.

Luckily for you, your unfortunate experience isn’t the first time this has happened and pharmacies are there to help you. Here’s a guide to help you get your medications and get back to your trip.

(Please note, the instructions below are only if you usually get your prescriptions filled in the United States. If you’re from outside the United States and have forgotten your medication, you’ll need to see a medical provider licensed to practice in the U.S. to get new prescriptions for your medications.)

There are three things you need to know:

  1. You need to have a prescription that can be filled at the pharmacy
  2. You need to know if your insurance will pay for the medication and which pharmacies are in your plan’s network (unless you’re willing to pay out of pocket)
  3. You need to call a pharmacy that meets the requirements of step 2 to have them transfer your medication or have your doctor send a prescription to the pharmacy

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How To Make It More Difficult For Airlines To Force You To Gate Check Your Carry On Bag

We all know that putting stuff in the overhead is the slowest part of getting everyone loaded into and settled onto the plane. On top of that, more and more people are bringing as much carry-on baggage as possible in an attempt to avoid baggage fees.  Airlines, in turn, are sometimes limiting who can bring what carry on bags intended for the overhead. I’ve already experienced this with Delta (when they wound up breaking something I had in my carry on bag that they insisted I check at the gate). I’d also bet you anything it was the same thing with the surly gate agents I experienced on American (this one and then this one) who tried to make me gate check my carry on bag.

However, a reader of ours recently told me how he and his wife rarely have to gate check their carry on baggage, regardless of airline or what loading group they’re in.

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Delta Cards Offer w/ 75K Bonus Miles & No Lifetime Restriction, Easy Way To Double Points, Is This The End Of Overhead Space Issues?, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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What Medications Should You Bring With You When Flying?

Preparing for an airplane trip can be stressful. There are so many rules to follow when packing and now you’ve waited until the last minute and are scrambling around gathering clothes, electronic gadgets, tickets and whatever else you want to bring with you. To help keep me organized, I have a Microsoft Word document called “Packing List” that I print before my trips longer than a weekend (Sharon still laughs at me for doing this). (Note from Sharon – Well, yeah! I can’t believe that for as often as we travel, you still need a flippin’ list?!?!?! LOLOL!) The first page is mostly clothes and things I’ll tend to forget like an umbrella and backpack. The second page is toiletries and medications. The last page is my final checklist for things I absolutely can’t forget. The final three items on that list are:

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