Having sick children can be a challenge at the best of times, but travelling with a sick child is even worse. However, sometimes it just can’t be helped.
Children with medical problems like asthma, diabetes, food allergies or seizures will need to have medication with them always. As a parent, it can be confusing trying to work out what to pack and making sure you have a plan when and if you do need to give them medication while you’re travelling. It’s generally easier if you’re travelling by car, train, bus or ferry, but it’s more complicated when travelling by plane.
UK Air Travel Guidelines
What are you actually allowed to take on a plane? The UK has strict rules around what you can and can’t take on a plane in terms of drinks, food and other liquids, but what about medicines? According to the government guidelines, you’re allowed to carry the following in your hand luggage:
- Essential medicines of more than 100ml, including liquid dietary foodstuffs and inhalers
- Medical equipment, if it’s essential to your journey
- Tablets and capsules
- Essential liquid medicines
- Hypodermic syringes
- Cooling gel packs
- Medical equipment (like CPAP and TENS machines)
- Special food and liquids needed for medical reasons
You will need to check with your airline if you are allowed to take oxygen cylinders on the plane. With that in mind, I have a few tips to make travelling with medicines a little easier!
Tips For Travelling With Medicines on an Aeroplane
Use Sachets: If your child needs to take medicines like paracetamol or ibuprofen at regular intervals for a fever, pain or other one-off issues, getting the full bottle on the plane is difficult. After all, it’s not essential. So pop the big bottle in your main luggage (in a plastic bag, just in case of leakage), and instead stock up on sachets for the plane ride. This reduces mess, makes it easy to get through security and keeps your little one happy on the flight.
Ask For A Visual Inspection: If your child has very specific medical needs and medicines that need to travel with them, you can ask for a visual inspection and declaration of your medicines and equipment at security. This way security can tell you what is exempt from normal security rules for the amount and type of things that you can take on a plane. It can also stop your supplies from being X-rayed, which can be harmful to things like sleep apnoea equipment.
Keep Them Separate: Put your medications and equipment, like insulin syringes, in a separate bag or case. This makes it easier to find them when you need them, and it makes it easier for security to screen them. The Medi-Redi container is perfect for this, as it keeps all of your medicines in one easy to carry storage container, which can be searched by security and carried through the airport easily. It’s also small enough to fit into your hand luggage, so you don’t need to worry about losing the essentials in your bag on the flight.
Label Everything: It’s better to be safe than sorry with this one. As well as having all of your medicines in the original packaging where possible, make sure you label everything with your name, what the medicine is and how much is inside.
Carry-On: Carry your medicines and supplies with you on the flight. Since you’re limited to how much you can take, you might only be able to bring the essentials, but at least you will have some to hand especially if you lose your luggage.
Bring A Prescription: If your child is on prescription-only medicines for anything, it’s always worth getting an extra prescription, along with a note from your doctor. You probably won’t need to use it, but it does mean that if your luggage is lost you still have a way of getting your child the medicine they need.
One of the reasons I developed the Medi-Redi storage and timer was to make travelling with the children a little easier. Whether it was driving across the country to visit grandparents or abroad on holiday, knowing that all the medicines I needed were all in one place, safe and easy to reach would have been such a weight off my mind.
When I created the Medi-Redi timer, I designed it with travel and convenience in mind. The child resistant buttons mean it won’t open accidentally and it has been designed to store various sizes of medicine bottles, as well as medicine syringes, spoons, blister packs and sachets. It keeps everything together safely in one place and is compact and portable – perfect for travelling with.
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