Never be without your epinephrine pen if you’re prescribed one! It’s crucial to remember it when you’re traveling, even though it may sound inconvenient. Here are a few essential facts to know about storing and labeling your pen for travel.
Traveling with an Epinephrine Pen: Documentation
Store and label your pen properly and carry your emergency care plan.
First, keep your epinephrine in its storage tube with the printed label that identifies the medication. Then, when traveling by air, make sure you declare your epinephrine pen to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection (according to TSA guidelines).
Be prepared to show the pharmacy’s prescription label and a note from your doctor to confirm your allergy. You should also keep a copy of your emergency care plan with the medication in case of an emergency. If traveling internationally, check with your destination country/airline for their specific requirements.
Traveling with an Epinephrine Pen: Storage
Keep your epinephrine in carry-on or handheld luggage.
Always keep your pen with you. Do not store it in overhead bins, checked luggage, car trunks, or other places that are out of reach. Then, if an emergency occurs, you will be as prepared as possible. Seconds count!
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Traveling with an Epinephrine Pen: Temperature
The ideal temperature range for an epinephrine pen is 68-77⁰F.
When traveling by car, be mindful of where your store your injector. Car trunks can get very hot, and temperatures can quickly rise past the acceptable range. Or, in winter, an epinephrine pen may freeze if left in a car overnight. For air travel, remember that the baggage compartment of the aircraft is not temperature controlled. Again, always keep your epinephrine pen in your carry-on or handheld luggage.
Traveling with an Epinephrine Pen: Light
Remember, epinephrine is light-sensitive.
Protect your pen from light. Also, make sure to check the solution periodically. If it is discolored (brown), cloudy, or contains particles, discard it appropriately. Then obtain a replacement as soon as possible.
Traveling with an Epinephrine Pen: Carrying Multiple
Accidents happen, so always have a back-up.
Speak with your physician regarding the severity of your allergic reactions, dosages, and how many pens you should carry.
For the most current TSA travel information, please visit the TSA website.
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