After my post about packing toiletries yesterday I got a question about how I pack medications. I get it—they can also be tricky to pack! Which ones? Liquid or pill version? Keep them in the original container? Where in your suitcase? Etc. Obviously how many medications to pack is very dependent on one’s situation, but here is how I do it.
Keep the basics on hand. I always, always have ibuprofen (or Tylenol if I’m pregnant) and Pepto Bismol. Two small containers of those basically live in the bottom of my work purse. If I’m feeling super organized or bringing extra meds I’ll stash them in a cute, small, toiletry bag.
Keeping it contained. I recommend bringing the pill version for every medication where it’s available. Some people like to use pillboxes, which can work great if you only travel domestically. I travel internationally regularly enough that I prefer to keep pills in their corresponding bottle all the time. What I usually do is buy a very small travel container (like this one) and keep it refilled from a larger bottle at home.
The extras. When I’m not feeling well I will bring medication for that specific ailment, like when I took Afrin to Manila when I had a sinus infection. For international flights I bring my Tylenol PM to help me sleep. In addition to medication, I always have tissues and Emergen-C .
Readers, which medications do you always keep on hand?