Traveling With Rheumatoid Arthritis – Keeping medication cold while travelling

Traveling With Rheumatoid Arthritis – Keeping medication cold while travelling

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.

Travel The World – You Can Do It!

Great, you have decided that you are ready for some excitment and some culture shocks. I am proud of you!
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.

If you want to read more about how to treat rheumatoid arthritis naturally please click this link.

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..

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This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. This article is not just helpful for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis it can also be very helpful for anyone who wants to keep their medication cold. I think the bottle serves the need and you also gave a great demonstration of how to wrap it in a way that it stays cold. I think its great.

    Thank you for this insightful and an useful review.

    1. Thank you for your comment. 

  2. Hi Alexandra

    Very informative article! My cousin suffers Rheumatoid Arthritis and she never travels because she worried she cant take all her medication.

    It never occurred to us to ask and find out if she could take more. We just took it for gospel that what was written cannot be changed!

    I’m gonna share your post with her and hopefully she can travel 

    1. Hi,
      I have always asked and so far I have never been told no. Usually they are fine with extra medications as long as the doctor has signed a paper for you to bring.
      I hope so too.
      Thank yo u for your comment

  3. Hi Alex, thanks for sharing this post about how to travel with medication, this really great opportunity for me to learn something new and u have really helped in adding to my knowledge, besides when embarking on my next journey, u have really make it easy for me, all I Have to do is to order for Primus Vacuum Bottle and pack all my medication inside including injection, thanks for making me to know about this. 

    1. Thank you for your comment, I am glad I could help.

  4. Thanks for this information. I have a aunt who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, she used to travel around the world to buy goods to sell but since her diagnosis she hasn’t been able to leave because of the medication. I will share this information to her and I am sure she will be so happy. Thanks a.lot. God bless you 

    1. I am glad that you found the information useful, hopefully she will be able to travel again soon.
      Thank you for your comment

  5. Iot this message just at the very right time. My cousin couldn’t follow us when the family had a get together vacation somewhere in Bulgaria last year, and this is just the reason. She is about cancelling the seminar she’s having  in Kenya later this month for the same reason. Thanks for this post. I’m so bookmarking this page. Thanks again

    1. It is funny how things sometimes come to us right when we need it. No need to cancel her travels, just adjust some packing. Thank you for reading. 

  6. This post was definitely written from personal experience which is just great. One of the reasons a lot of people don’t travel with injections is because they just don’t know how to keep it cold. The methods stated on this posts are methods I was just not familiar with. 

    This has made a lot of people to reduce the time frame they spend on some of their journeys so they can get back home and continue with their medications. With the methods stated here would definitely be of a lot of help if we intend to travel with our medical injections so we don’t stop our treatments.

    1. Thank you for reading and I am glad that it is of some help to you. 

  7. Thank you Alexandra for the insight. It is always a challenge to carry injections around especially when they need to be stored properly.  However can you explain the internal structure of primus vacuum bottle. When I saw it my first impression is that any water flask can do the job?  What advantage does primus have over any other vacuum bottle out there in the market? 

    1. The reason I love this products is first of all that it is vacuum sealed, so it will not let a lot of any in but most of all any cold out. It is made out of stainless steel and is has two “walls” which makes it insulated, to make it extra long lasting when it comes to keeping your items either hot or cold, in this case cold. It also has a very wide top so you can actually get your injections in there with the ice.

      The way it is insulated to keep the desired temperature inside is a winner for me. 

  8. Very useful article for those that are in a similar position and have to carry medication with them. I can understand how big a problem this can be especially when medicine has to stay cold and you want to travel long distances. I hope people that have similar problems will read your article as it offers a really good solution to the problem. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you for reading and for commenting.

  9. This post is very helpful.. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid Arthritis when I was only about 7 years of age. Since then life on painkillers ams antiinflammatory drugs have not been so tasteful because I hate tablets.. Here I have only heard about these injections you speak about but never used them but I am curious to know about your knew method of managing your ailment. The one you said is natural. How about reply me please with some info or just consider making a post on this pls

    1. Hi, I am sorry to hear this. Yes, you can definetly make life easier by changing some eating habits. I have a couple of posts on the subject. I suggest you start with this one and then work your way up the list. There will be more information on how to treat rheumatoid arthritis naturally.

  10. Hello, thanks for this write up. I know I close relative who is managing the rheumatoid arthritis condition. This doesn’t allow her travel long distances because she can’t always carry her medication along with her. 

    I will inform her about the primus vacuum bottle which can help her store her medication for days. Thanks for writing

    1. Hi, Thank you for reading. I hope this will allow your relative to travel more.

  11. I have not really come across the disease rheumatoid arthritis but reading this today has sparked an interest and elevated my curiosity. I would like to know how long the healing process would take, since I noticed that you talked about some natural healing. Plus, I would also like to know if this is a stage by stage disease. Cheers.

    1. Hi,
      Rheumatoid arthritis in an auto immune disease you are usually born with it but it might not show itself until later on in life, for some people it will start when they are children but it will grown away and for some it is something they will live with. It causes swelling to your joints which can be very painful and limit your movement. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis but some people can live normal lives on treatment, some will still be in pain even on treatment and some won’t be able to afford any treatment as the medications can be up to $10.000 for one injection. You can however assist your body to fight the symptoms of the disease with the food you are eating. If you read my previous post https://lifewithrheumatoidarth… this might offer you some more answers.

  12. Dear Alexandra,

    Thanks a lot for the informative and helpful post. Sharing from your own experience adds value to this article.

    One of my friend need to take injections on a daily basis and he often say I can’t travel because of my medication. We feel bad for him and I thought there is no option but after reading your post I got great insights. I am going to share your post with my friend and I believe your post is going to give him new hope.

    May I ask…

    My only concern is when I checked on this product it says “No sellers are currently delivering this item to India”. May I ask is there any other options? Please advice.


    1. Hi Paul, 
      I hope this information will be able to help your friend in his travels and perhaps open up a new world for him.
      Since I am located in Australia you might need to change the location on amazon to India which might help. If not have a look at hiking stores etc as they might carry this brand. If you are unable to find this particular brand I would suggest looking into another vacuum sealed food bottle preferably with insulation to assist the bottle in keeping the cold in. 
      If you have any more questions do not hesitate to contact me again.

  13. Thank you for the informative article. One of my distant relative is suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and she has a difficulty to maintain his medication. Traveling is like a part of her life, so I can imagine this vacuum bottle will be very useful to keep her medication. How much one usually cost? I will inform my relative the next time I met her about this product. Thank you very much.

    1. Hi, I am sorry to hear.
      The price of the bottle will vary on location and also where you purchase it from. 
      With amazon you might be able to get the postage for free, most times the bottle will end up around a staggering $90-$100 when shipping is added on. 

      I purchased these bottles years ago and they where not as expensive as they are now but I can understand the price as they are top range. I have had my bottles for 10 years or so and they are still going strong. It needs to be viewed as an investment that can improve your life. When you view it from that perspective $100 is fairly cheap.

  14. This is quite educating. Thank you for taking your time to write on something like this for solution to people who has Rheumatoid Arthritis that wants to travel. My worries after reading the post is that you said you don;t depend on injection again since you’ve known how to naturally treats the Arthritis. Why can’t you share the natural ways to treat the ailment for people suffering from it?

    1. Hi, I have written posts on this before but I will make sure to add a link in this post so you can easily find it.

  15. wow wow wow wow! This is a life saver article! A great article with with a well explanatory skill.

    many people in this situation has given up on traveling afterall staying alive is better than traveling and die! 

    This not an article for only people with rheumatoid arthritis but everyone that needs to keep his or her medication cool while traveling. 

    where else can one get genuine Primus Vacuum Bottle ? Amazon is a bit expensive from my country.

    can I get it on Alibaba or AliExpress?

    1. Thank you for reading. 
      The bottle is fairly expensive but it is worth the money in the end. I purchased my ones from amazon a few years ago and the price has gone up since. I have looked around and unfortunately this was the cheapest one I could find as you might be able to get free shipping. If you are able to find one cheaper I would love to know. 

  16. Fortunately none of my relatives suffer from rheumatoid arthritis but a friend of the family is diabetic and she needs her injection every day. I bet this container could be of great help to her. I’m so bookmarking your article!! Great read ! Thank you

    1. Thank you for reading. I am glad that it might help her.

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