Hints From Heloise: Message on the bottle is important

Dear Heloise: I read in the Virginian Review where someone had “REPACKAGED” MEDICATIONS to take on a trip.

Please caution people not to separate the medications from the original prescription bottles. There is no way to identify the medication. Just because you know what it is and why you are taking it doesn’t mean anyone else will. If one should become ill or injured, the attending medical personnel need to be able to identify the medications.

The containers used to separate pills for daily or weekly use are for convenience in the home, and the original bottles should be kept in a safe place, readily available if the information is needed.

If you need just a few, put them in a current bottle and leave the remainder at home in last month’s bottle. -- Marlene F., Covington, Va.

And here’s another comment, from Elena in Springfield, Ill.: “I was reading the letter about packing pills for travel and wanted to add one lesson I learned about traveling with medicine when flying: Always take your medicine in a carry-on bag! I didn’t once, and my luggage got lost. It was a nightmare getting everything I needed.”

Good advice for travelers. Medication should never go in checked baggage! Also, anything of value should go in your carry-on bag. -- Heloise

PET PAL

Dear Readers: Jean L. of Killington, Vt., sent in a picture of her shepherd/ beagle mix, Yoshi, playing in the snow. Jean and her family adopted Yoshi from the Humane Society 14 years ago, and he has been a great companion and a formidable watchdog. To see his photo, go to my Web site, www. Heloise.com, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise

HANDY POOL NOODLE

Dear Heloise: I have a dachshund who loves to play with tennis balls in the house. Part of the game is sticking the ball under the couch, but then he can’t get it out. He ends up scratching the sofa and whining until someone gets it for him.

I tried putting duct tape, pieces of wood and newspaper under the couch to stop him from putting the ball under there. Nothing worked.

A friend bought a couple of the noodles that kids use as pool toys. They are cheap and easy to cut to size. We stuck them under the couch, and the problem was solved — no more tennis balls or other toys under the couch! -- Dan C., Irvine, Calif.

BLACK OR BLUE

Dear Heloise: It is so hard to tell some navy-colored clothing items from black ones. My solution is to sew a small loop of turquoise thread in an inconspicuous spot on all navy-colored garments. I sew white stitches on black items. It’s easy to tell the difference, even in low light.

Also, I use blue hangers for navy items and black hangers for black clothing. Now it’s a cinch to plan my day’s wardrobe. -- Paula in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

, King Features Syndicate

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