Travel tips for caregivers

Stay organized when traveling! Make sure to take steps so no medication for you or your loved one gets overlooked.

Senior woman sorting prescriptions in pill box

Medical Information.

Keep medical information for both you and your friend or loved one on hand when you travel. This can include insurance cards, doctor’s name and phone number, list of medicines as well as the pharmacy name and phone number.


Pack enough medicine for the entire trip plus a couple of extra days in case of delays. Ask your pharmacy to call Humana for a “vacation override” (extra medicine). It can prevent you or the one you care for from going without medication during the trip.

Refrigerated medications.

If any traveler takes medication that requires refrigeration (such as insulin or other injectables), it can help to contact your hotel ahead of time to see if an in-room refrigerator is available.

Rescue meds.

Don’t forget rescue medication such as nitroglycerin (NTG), your Epipen, Glucagon and/or albuterol.

Local pharmacies.

Locate a few pharmacies near your vacation spot. This can help in the event that medications are misplaced or lost during travel. Most pharmacies are able to do prescription transfers if they have the pharmacy phone number and medicine list.

Air travel.

Most U.S. airports require medicines in a carry-on bag to be in their original labeled containers rather than a pill box. Liquid medicines should be in 3-ounce labeled bottles, which your pharmacy may provide. Don’t pack medication in checked luggage that may be delayed or lost.

Ask for a 90-day supply.

This trims how often you need refills and can help prevent trips to the pharmacy during busy times. A mail-delivery pharmacy can deliver medications to your home or office. Humana Pharmacy® was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Mail-Order Pharmacies” in 2015 by J.D. Power.1 Other mail delivery pharmacies are available in our network.

Avoid disrupting your routines.

Use technology for medication reminders. For example, set an alarm on your cell phone or create automated emails. Text alerts are an option, too.

1 Humana Pharmacy received the highest numerical score among mail-order pharmacies in the proprietary J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Pharmacy StudySM. Study is based on 14,914 total responses and measures 10 mail-order pharmacies. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed May – June 2015. Your experiences may vary.  Visit