Reminder to pack medicines for holidays at home and abroad

As part of its summer health campaign, NHS 24 wants to make sure you remember to take your medicines with you when you are away from home.

Friday, 28th July 2023, 3:29pm
Reminder to pack medicines for holidays at home and abroad

Whether for a longer holiday, or a short overnight stay with loved ones, the public are being encouraged to make packing their medicines high on the holiday ‘to-do’ list.

John McAnaw, Associate Clinical Director at NHS 24, said that 111 regularly receives phone calls from people who need help accessing prescribed medicine while away on a break in Scotland.

He said:“When going away from home, you should check you have enough of your medicine to cover the duration of your trip. If you discover that you need more, order only what you need and in plenty of time before you head off on your travels."

NHS 24 also advises to be prepared for other common summer ailments by having over-the-counter remedies available, such as pain relief, antihistamines and medicines specifically tailored for children.

For minor injuries such as cuts and scrapes, it is also a good idea to have a basic first aid kit with bandages and plasters ready to hand.

Dr McAnaw added: “For travelling overseas, remember to check the rules of the country you are visiting, as some medicines can be banned or restricted. NHS Scotland’s Fit for Travel website has lots of information for travelling with medicines."

You can find out more about NHS 24’s summer health campaign and further advice at

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