Travelling with Medications

Travelling with Medications

   Hot Climate

  • Keep your medications out of the sun
  • Use a water activated cool bag to protect from heat
  • Never leave them in a car

   Cold Climate

  • Outside: Keep your medications close to the body (inner pocket instead of backpack), don’t leave them in the car or outside.
  • Inside: Beware of radiators, ovens and floor heating.

Cooling Options on the Go

To know what kind of cooling you will need, ask yourself two questions:

  • Can your medications be kept at room temperature? (like insulin?)
  • If yes, is the trip shorter than that amount of time?

If the answer to both questions is YES then the task at hand is a bit easier.

You will have to make sure to protect your medications from excessive heat and freezing. If NO, you are looking at a bit of a challenge to keep medications at refrigerated temperatures for your whole trip. This might be because your drugs need to be kept cold at all times or because you are travelling for longer and taking stock with you.

Room Temperature: A very popular and practical option is Frio Pouches, especially when you are out in the sun. They are extremely practical because they are low-tech and low-cost. You just need to activate them with cold water. They also work best when the ambient humidity is low.

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FRIO Bag

To protect from heat
Inside: 25°C (77-79°F)

#2

Cool Bag

To keep refrigerated
Inside: 2-8°C/36-46°F

Refrigerated Medications: You will need a bag with a cooling elements like ice packs or ice if you want to keep medications at refrigerator temperatures. It’s important to know that cool bags or coolers aren’t usually certified and haven’t been tested to see if they are safe and reliable for transporting medications.

   Hot Climate

  • Keep your medications out of the sun
  • Use a water activated cool bag to protect from heat
  • Never leave them in a car

   Cold Climate

  • Outside: Keep your medications close to the body (inner pocket instead of backpack), don’t leave them in the car or outside.
  • Inside: Beware of radiators, ovens and floor heating.

Cooling Options on the Go

To know what kind of cooling you will need, ask yourself two questions:

  • Can your medications be kept at room temperature? (like insulin?)
  • If yes, is the trip shorter than that amount of time?

If the answer to both questions is YES then the task at hand is a bit easier.

You will have to make sure to protect your medications from excessive heat and freezing. If NO, you are looking at a bit of a challenge to keep medications at refrigerated temperatures for your whole trip. This might be because your drugs need to be kept cold at all times or because you are travelling for longer and taking stock with you.

#1

FRIO Bag

To protect from heat
Inside: 25°C (77-79°F)

Room Temperature: A very popular and practical option is Frio Pouches, especially when you are out in the sun. They are extremely practical because they are low-tech and low-cost. You just need to activate them with cold water. They also work best when the ambient humidity is low.

#2

Cool Bag

To keep refrigerated
Inside: 2-8°C/36-46°F

Refrigerated Medications: You will need a bag with a cooling elements like ice packs or ice if you want to keep medications at refrigerator temperatures. It’s important to know that cool bags or coolers aren’t usually certified and haven’t been tested to see if they are safe and reliable for transporting medications.

The important thing to watch out for, is NOT TO FREEZE the medications accidentally, while you are trying to protect them. Remember that freezing is just as bad for medications as heat!

The important thing to watch out for, is NOT TO FREEZE the medications accidentally, while you are trying to protect them. Remember that freezing is just as bad for medications as heat!

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