Traveling with Medication
Traveling with Medication: Summer Suggestions
1. Keeping medicine cool
Did you know that all medications have recommended storage temperatures? This information can be found in the prescribing information that accompanies each medication. It can be found on the back of the container or on an enclosed pamphlet (look for Storage/section 16.2). Many medications have recommendations that allow them to be stored at or below room temperature. Even medications that are usually refrigerated for long term storage – such as insulin – are able to travel at or below room temperature for a period of time. The problem comes in when these medications are exposed to extreme heat – for insulin, specifically, over 86°F.
When exposed to extreme heat, temperature-sensitive medicines such as these can degrade and become ineffective - which can pose health risks.
FRIO Cooling Wallets keep up to 29 different medications safe for people with diabetes, severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis, asthma, glaucoma and many other conditions. Each wallet maintains a constant internal temperature of 64.4°-78.8° F (18-26°C) for a minimum of 45 hours, even in environments where the temperature is up to 100° F/38°C. They are reusable and lightweight! This makes them ideal for day-to-day use, while on vacation, or as a back-up in the event of a power outage.
2. Flying with FRIO
We often get asked by our customers whether FRIO wallets can be taken on planes… and the answer is yes!
The gel in our wallets is not classed as a liquid substance so it is allowed to be carried in your hand luggage on board airplanes. You are allowed to carry essential medicines such as insulin but you may be required to have supporting documentation from a relevant medical professional such as a letter from your doctor or a copy of your prescription. Everything, including your FRIO, may be subject to inspection. However, once inspected and cleared, they are on their way with you to your destination!
Click here to see the TSA information page about flying with essential medicines and medical equipment.
3. Getting rid of needles
It can be difficult to find a way to dispose of your medicine pen needles, especially if you’re relaxing by the pool, out on a long day trip or even at dinner.
Traditional sharps bins can be clumpy and difficult to travel with, but our Transportable Sharps Container provides an easier and more discreet way of storing your needles while you’re out and about. Our container has a snap closure for simple, one-handed operation.
Disposal of sharps are subject to different rules in different states. To find a safe needle disposal in your area, click here. You can also check with your local police department to see if they will accept sealed sharps containers. Order your container here in time for your holiday or travel plans.
4. Combating hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Long days in the sun can cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate, making it harder to anticipate low blood sugar episodes.
Carrying fruit, sweets, snacks and sugary drinks with you is a great way to combat diabetic hypoglycemia. However, they take some time to digest and take effect. A much more convenient and fast-acting way to raise blood sugar levels is by taking Elovate 15 glucose packets.
Elovate 15 contains a measured amount of glucose powder that dissolves rapidly in the mouth to ensure that blood sugar is raised in minutes. Elovate 15 is available in boxes of 6 packets – Buy yours here now.