I have always loved to travel but it is not always that easy when you need to bring medications and they need to stay cold. I have travel a fair bit and it took me a while to figure out how to keep my medications cold during flights and when backpacking etc. So in this post I want to give you some tips on how to travel with injections, traveling with humira and traveling with enbrel – that needs to stay cold.
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My biggest issue when I first started traveling was how to keep my injections cold. See I have had both Enbrel and Humira both injections needs to stay cold to keep the medications active.
If you are only going to be gone for a week or two then you might not need to keep your medications cold. If they are in room temperature you need to use the injection within a day.
So you might be able to get a bit of wiggle room.
However, if you are going on a full on adventure for, let´s say 6 months you do need to keep your medications cold for them to actually stay active.
When I started traveling I was dependent on my medications, I needed it to keep my Rheumatoid Arthritis under control. Now that I have learnt how to treat rheumatoid arhtritis naturally I am no longer in need of my injections but I know a lot of you are and you might not want to change your diet, or you are just perfectly happy on your treatments. That is all well and good so let me tell you how to travel with your injections.
Say Hi To You Knew Best Friend – Primus Vacuum Bottle
Ok, so might not need to use this exact brand but this is the brand,I am using and I have been using for years now.
When I go to the pharmacy to pick up my injections for my travels I always make sure that they put individual labels on the injections. They will have your name on it etc.
Make sure that your doctor subscribes enough injections for your travels, that they write a letter stating that you need the medications you are bringing for your health and what the treatment is for.
Please ask them to say that the injections need to stay cold.
Some airlines will allow you to store your medications in a fridge on the airplane. With my method you do not have to pack your medication in your hand luggage, although, it is recommended as bags do go missing from time to time.
When you have your letter and the medications you need.
This is the one I am using and I will recommend this one until the day I no longer need to keep medications stored cold. I will also recommend you to get two as one might not fit all of your injections.
How To Pack Your Injections So They Stay Cold
Now you need to buy bubble wrap. This is not a joke, I am dead serious. You also need to get yourself a few ice cube trays.
You can find everything you need on amazon but some items might be cheaper at your local building supply store.
Make your ice. What you want to do now is wrap each individual injections with bubble wrap.
Not to much to make it to thick but make sure that it is all covered as you do not want it to touch the ice, as the injections should not be frozen.
After you have wrapped your injections you place them inside your vacuum bottle and then add the ice. I make sure that the ice is on all sides of the injections. Simply close the container and make sure to vacuum seal it. Voíla… You can now fly, travel by boat, car, motorbike, train or perhaps even hike without worrying about your medications loosing their mojo.
Why I Recommend The Primus Vaccum Bottle
Yes, I do realize that the price of this vacuum food bottle might be a little bit on the expensive side but it has paid itself of several times over the 10 years or so I have had it and I have never had to replace them.
Previous to this I felt stuck when I had to travel with my medications as I needed special bags with ice blocks and getting to the hotels they did not always have fridges or freezers. I have noticed that you can always purchase ice. I might not always be able to get my injections stored somewhere cold but with this method I didn’t need to. All I needed to do was add ice. The Primus Vacuum Bottle will still have ice in it after a couple of days when sealed properly. This was my life saver. I was able to travel across Thailand without having to worry about my medications.
The Primus Vacuum bottle is not to heavy, it is actually very light but usually the airlines will give you a little wiggle room when you say you are traveling with medications and they might even be able to store it for you. Have all your medical letters available, make sure that you tell them at the check in that you are traveling with medications and it is packed in this way because it needs to stay cold. In 10 years of traveling with injections I have never had any problems at all.
The Vacuum seal on the Primus Bottle closes it so tightly that it will keep the cold in for days. It has kept the ice for 2 days on flights, in the sun you name it. You can always purchase ice. Way cheaper than getting your injections sent over with medical flights etc.
Most countries will allow you to bring extra medications and injections etc when you travel. All you need to do is ask. I have never had any issues bringing more medications that what the “legal limit” is, because I ask. I make sure that they have all the information needed on their computers before I arrive in the country.
This way has allowed me to travel wherever and whenever I wanted to. By far the best way, I think, to travel with injections or any other medication that needs to stay cold.
I hope you have enjoyed the read. If you have any questions or comments please drop them down below and I will get back to you. Safe travels..