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Up, Up, and Away

Woman on a plane, wearing earplugs, after going through TSA

The year is quickly coming to a close. Here in the Midwest, we have already received our first snowfall. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’m excited about this or deeply saddened. Either way, I can’t do much about it. My puppy is all about it though, so I suppose I HAVE to like it now. With the cold weather, we need something to look forward to. For me (and many others) it is the holiday season and/or traveling. However, traveling with a medical condition or chronic illness can seem daunting. Simply thinking of how many supplies you need, bringing sharps through TSA, and getting everyone out the door on time is chaotic.

Can I Bring That?

Traveling via airplane is stressful. Making sure all your carry-on liquids are under the required 3.4 ounces, putting them in bags, taking your laptop, camera, and other electronics out while going through security. Making it to your gate on time, remembering your headphones, earplugs, passport, phone charger, and more. It can be enough to induce some significant anxiety because no one wants to forget something important or miss their flight. Trust me, I’ve done both and it is not ideal. I was stuck in the Korea International Airport for 16 hours after missing a flight, but that’s a story for another time.

 

Now, if you have a chronic illness, say diabetes, then traveling is a little trickier. With all the extra supplies, gadgets, sharps, liquids, and ice packs it can be overwhelming. If you’re like me, you’re probably a person who over-packs for every trip. The good news is, if you have a medical condition then you are allowed to bring an additional carry-on just for your medical supplies. You’ll have your regular carry-on, personal item, and medical bag. You can also check bags that are transporting ONLY medical supplies for free. Make sure to ask your airline in advance to make sure their policy hasn’t changed.

 

In order to make the security process a little easier get yourself a TSA Notification Card or a detailed note from your doctor explaining your condition.

Screening Time

As you’re going through the security process, be sure to tell the TSA officer that you have medically necessary liquids and/or medications before the process starts. Likewise, be sure that you declare any ice packs, gel packs, IV bags, or syringes. If you want to be extra prepared to ensure that things go smoothly, you can label each of these items.

 

 

When it comes to going through security in America with a declared ice pack, things can be a little iffy. I called TSA a month ago to get more information on what they allow, and this is what I found out:

 

  • You must take the ice pack out of your carry-on. If the ice pack is inside a supply bag, then take the bag out of your carry-on as well.
  • If you haven’t already done so, make sure that the security knows you use the ice pack for medical reasons.
  • When the ice pack is fully frozen, then there shouldn’t be an issue. However, when the ice pack is mushy or about half-frozen, then they may have to inspect it.

While on the phone with the TSA Agent, she told me that it’s in your best interest for the ice pack to be as frozen as possible. If the goal of the ice pack is to keep medication cool, then it should be doing its job. She said it gets a little iffy the ice pack isn’t doing its job because then it may seem not medically necessary to some TSA officers. The solidness of the ice pack is accepted or denied based on the subjectivity of the officer. However, if you have a note stating you need it, then you should be good to go.

Take Off

As you’re getting ready to head to the airport, be sure to check your packing list twice. If you’re like me, you’ll probably check it at least three times. When it comes to medical supplies, pack extra. The last thing you want to do is run out of a life-saving medicine or have a severe complication in a different country or state away from your primary physician.

 

Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight. Even grab a drink from your flight attendant if you’re feeling a little adventurous.

 

You know where to find me for help, questions, or just to chit chat.

 

GMS,

Made for your Health

 

Resources:

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/medical

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures

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Where to Next?

Suitcase ready for travel

Who here is a fan of traveling? I AM. I AM. ME! To be honest, I’m the person that is constantly dreaming of my next destination. Dreaming of sitting on the beach next to turquoise waters with a mojito in my hand…. Yeah, that sounds pretty dang nice right now. I’m not saying that you need to hop on a plane and head to the smallest island over in Eastern Asia to travel or the South Pole if Antarctica is more your style. Even just taking a road trip to a new town in your state counts. There are many places in Minnesota that I have not yet explored but am adding to my road trip list.

Why Do Our Ears Pop?

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Get Organized Week

This week has been full of National Holidays. If you’ve even glanced at your Instagram feed this week I’m sure you were hit in the face with all the couple photos celebrating #NationalBoyfriendDay. Which by the way, it is not a super fun holiday to celebrate if you’re super single. I’m here to talk about a holiday that we can all enjoy, single or taken, it is Get Organized Week! Get Organized Week is the first week of October…clearly, I’m not that organized this week as this is coming to you at the end of the week. Better late than never, right? That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

Let’s Clean That Humble Abode

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Squeeze Your Way Back To School

School Library

Labor Day weekend is officially done, and the kiddos are headed back to school. Parents, this is your time to relax a little bit. Your little munchkins will be busy bees with class, homework, and play dates. Sit back, put your feet up, and take a deep breath. Things will get chaotic quickly, so enjoy it while you can. While you’re enjoying your slow time, make sure you’re staying on top of your everyday duties as well (I know, I know… don’t you wish you could just stop everything for a few weeks?!) Finding the right supplies to help you stay organized (and save money at the same time) is crucial to staying on top of your tasks.

Keep Your Money In Your Pocket

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Organize Your Life (And Health)

A lady writing in her calendar

The Minnesota State Fair, Labor Day, and back to school is all upon us (insert excited, nervous laugh because the year is going by too fast). Summer is quickly coming to an end and already has for many students. Some might be lucky enough to have one last weekend of freedom. I never got to that drive-in movie, but I did make it to a Twins game and The Great Minnesota Get Together. Of course, I ate many goodies, but that’s what summer is all about, right?! Don’t fret about the endeavors ahead, instead, organize your life. I’m not just talking about planners and cleaning your room (although, they do help). I’m talking about organizing your mental and physical health, too.

Listen To Your Body

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Cool Down This Summer

We’ve talked about our Summer bucket list and all the things that we want to get done before the leaves start to change color. No, I still haven’t been to my drive-in movie. *sigh* I’ll get there though! Typically, a lot of Summer activities include water sports in the Midwest like tubing, wakeboarding, water skiing, wake surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, etc. Another big thing in the Midwest is town league softball. A lot of these fun activities can cause injuries ranging from rope burn, concussions, to sore muscles, and broken bones.

What Supplies To Keep On Hand For Summer Injuries

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The New Generation of GMS

Pill Background with Welcome Written on it, shows a step toward health

Have you been at a point in your life where it felt like you weren’t making any progress? You simply felt stuck and the fleeting thought crossed your mind to change some things? Maybe it was something as mundane as your wardrobe. It felt bland and you needed some new clothes to spice it up. Or maybe you just needed that haircut to feel fresh and brand new. Well, Group Medical Supply was going through the same issue. Which is why we have decided to start a new generation of GMS–yay! Welcome to the start of our health and wellness community!

Find Out About Our New Generation