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Taking allergy serum abroad- needs to be kept cold

Taking allergy serum abroad- needs to be kept cold

Old Dec 10th, 2008, 06:11 PM
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Taking allergy serum abroad- needs to be kept cold

Does anyone have any experience with taking allergy serum abroad? It needs to stay cold. For short distances/time periods, we usually just pop it in an insulated lunch bag with one of those frozen blue things.

However, that won't keep it cold long enough in this case, plus there's the whole issue of going through security.

We have checked and know about bringing the prescription with the vial, etc- but the logistics of keeping it cold is what I need to figure out- thanks, Fodorites!

p.s. if anyone is thinking just get a shot before leaving, and one upon the return- the amount of time out of the country is too long for that-
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Old Dec 10th, 2008, 06:24 PM
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Maybe ask a shipping company how they keep things cold and they may have some ideas of how to pack it..or ask at the UPS store?
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Old Dec 10th, 2008, 07:02 PM
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You can bring the serum with prescription onto the flight. Keep it with one of the cold packs until security (they might take the cold pack away). I've 'googled' and read that the flight attendants will put the serum on ice for you during the flight (put it in a sealed plastic bag, put your name and seat# on/in the bag).
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Old Dec 10th, 2008, 09:40 PM
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Once on the plane you will be able to ask for ice which the Flight Attendants wll give you,by filling up one of your plastic bags or if you dont have one an airsickness bag. The medicine will then go into that and you will keep it with you. The Airline will not allow medicine to be put in ice and stored with other ice and or food and drink in their storage. People reguarly ask for ice to store medicine.It wont be a problem.
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Old Dec 11th, 2008, 05:13 AM
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Hi nv,

Will you be renting a car?

Many of the European models have heated/cooled glove boxes.

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Old Dec 11th, 2008, 09:03 AM
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Yes, we have experience doing that. DH had to bring some allergy serum with him when we moved to Amsterdam this summer from California. We babied the serum for weeks as we drove across country in 100+ degree August heat (kept it in a cooler with ice) in between various stops visiting relatives, etc. Then when we flew to Amsterdam, we had no trouble taking it - we had a letter from the doctor but nobody seemed interested in it. The flight attendants put it in one of their refrigerators and put a note on DH's seat to remind them to give it back to him. Which they did when we reached Amsterdam. Since we were moving here for a year, we already had a furnished apartment waiting for us, so did not have to keep track of it throughout further travels.

Which we couldn't have done anyway, because in the flurry of gathering our luggage it got left in the airport. Never to be seen again.

We couldn't believe it - after all that coddling of it from San Francisco, through LA, Tucson, Texas, New Orleans, Florida, Virginia, - our ice bill was almost as much as our gas bill ;-> and then Amsterdam to finally lose it half an hour before we reached our new home.

So do a better job than we did!

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