We're sailing on the Dream on october15. Between us, my husband and I take twelve precriptions, and they are all mail-ins, so its a 90-day bottle. If I have to take twelve of these big bottles, I'll need a siutcase just for these! Do I have any other options?
I have moved this thread to the "General Cruise Chat" forum.
As far as tablets / pills are concerned, you can e.g. put as many as you need in the little plastic containers in which rolls of 35mm film are sold. Just clean those thoroughly and you should be fine. Some photo stores might even give them away for free.
Your prescriptions should be in the original bottle from the pharmacy, which gives the pertinent information as to what it is. Check with your doctor to see if he/she can give you a 7 or 10 day prescription just to take with you. That's what we do.
I would agree with Susanmaz. Carrying lots of big bottles is a real hassle, but small ones will be much more convenient. I don't know if this would work, should anyone question it, but perhaps you could have your doctor prepare a list of the prescriptions, but you could carry the pills in an 8-day pill carrier or smaller bottles.
thanks to all of you for your replies. to Susanmaz - the trouble is that we have mail-in prescription service - Medco - and you can only get 90-day bottles from them. This system is set up by our employer so that if you use your local pharmacy - who could give you 7-day bottles - your co-pay is usually $50.00/30-day , as opposed to $25.00/90-day for the mail-in meds. Multiply that 12 meds, and it becomes prohibitive - i'll carry the big bottles first.
Officially, your medication must be in your original prescription bottle. I have seen drug sniffing dogs used in clearing cruise luggage, and I sure wouldn't want them to alert on one of my drugs and not have the prescription handy. It's a pain, but you don't want trouble in another country or re-entering the U.S.
My parents traveled with many prescriptions. They used a shoe box - which my mother carried in a tote bag as a carryon. Since carryons are restricted to two - she put her purse in the totebag also. Another option is one of the luggage pieces they used to call "makeup carriers" - do you know what I'm talking about? My mother-in-law used one of those for her meds. (Do they still make those?)