2) Packing Medications
It is absolutely key that you have all of the prescription medications you might need in your possession before you go on a trip. It can be surprising the number of drugs that are unavailable over the counter or simply impossible to get hold of in certain foreign countries. Pack at least enough medication to get you through your trip but preferably more. Be sure to keep your medication in its original packaging and carry your official prescriptions, as border officials can and will ask to see your paperwork to prove that what you have is for your own personal use. If you routinely take controlled substances (and the definition of “controlled substances” changes from country to country) ask your doctor to give you a signed certificate to prove your medical needs. Just in case the worst happens, pack half of your medication in your checked luggage and keep half in your carry-on bag; if either bag goes missing you will still have your meds. If you’re going to a country where you don’t speak the native language, try to get a translation of the generic name of the medication you need, as it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get the exact same brand.
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