Traveling and Medications- How to Stay Organized

One of the most enjoyed pastimes of retirement for many older adults is traveling. However, when you’ve got medical issues that lead to necessary medications, it can be difficult to get things in order and have a good time with so much to keep track of. Fortunately, there are plenty of great ways to stay organized on your excursions. If you’re not organized with your medications at home, of course, that might be a good place to start. Already have everything in order? The transfer to your travels should be a simple one.


If you’ve got a pill caddy that allows you to separate your pills by days and times, that is obviously the best choice. Of course, these might not always be effective for everyone. Still, they’re inexpensive and they are the simplest way to keep track of your medications. Another option is to use small snack bags that you find in the grocery store (the kind with the zipper seals). You can label them with days of the week and times when your medications need to be taken and then fill them appropriately. This is again inexpensive and it will save you from taking multiple bottles of medication along on your travels.


If you’re flying anywhere or even taking a bus, you need to keep your medications on you at all times. A lot of people have the urge to stick them in their luggage because they don’t need them until they arrive. Luggage does get lost, however, and things do happen. Keep a special medication bag with you or put your medications in your carry-on pieces so that they are always close at hand and you know where they are at all times. It just makes sense, and if you’ve never lost luggage on a trip, this is not the way to find out what the experience is like.


Taking your medications along when you travel is a must. How you take them, of course, is completely up to you. Whatever you do, don’t let your prescriptions hold you back from enjoying your retirement because with a little planning and organization, you can have the time of your life whether you take 1 pill a day or 10.