Travelling with Medication

Sometimes we may wake up with an unexpected stomach bug, the start of a persistent flu or a throbbing migraine on the day we are scheduled to fly. Do not just grab all your pills and stuff them in your hand carry in a last-minute attempt to be cured. Just stashing them in a rush may cause you problems at the airport.

Here is a basic medication list to always include in your travel health kit:

• Any prescription or over-the-counter medication you usually consume

• 1% hydrocortisone cream to treat any minor skin irritation or itching caused by bug bites. Allergy medication, such as an antihistamine, or epinephrine prescribed by your doctor

• Anti-diarrhoea medication

• Anti-motion sickness medication

• Antifungal and antibacterial ointments or creams to apply to wounds to prevent infection.

• Cold and flu medications, such as decongestants, cough suppressants or throat lozenges

• Pain and fever medication, such as acetylsalicylic acid (e.g., Aspirin®), ibuprofen (e.g., Advil®), or acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol®)

• Stomach and intestinal medication, such as antacids and laxatives

• Destination-specific medication, like those for malaria or high-altitude sickness


If you need to use needles or syringes, take more than enough to last for your entire trip and carry a medical certificate from your health care provider explaining that the needles or syringes are for medical use.

Always carry proof of your health insurance coverage when travelling. You may contact your Travel Manager for more information.

2014 saw the Ebola scare that we are all still fighting globally. Carry a copy of your immunization record in your travel health kit. Include your original International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis for yellow fever, if you have one.