Traveling with Medication: Know Before You Go
Summertime brings warmer weather, backyard barbeques, and most importantly – vacation! Many families choose to plan trips around school summer breaks where the weather is nice and the worry about catching up on schoolwork is nonexistent. While there’s much fun to be had and the memories will last a lifetime, the planning alone can be stressful. Amongst the flurry of packing bathing suites and enough socks for everyone, there’s one item that often gets forgotten: medication.
Travelling with medication, whether it’s necessary prescriptions or daily supplements, can be tricky if you don’t properly prepare. Properly packed and labeled medication ensures that they are not forgotten, lost, or in the case of an emergency, unknown. Since many of us will be travelling by plane this summer, the Transportation Security Administration has offered helpful tips to make travelling a breeze.
TSA Travelling Tips: Medication (Domestic Flights Only)
- It is not necessary to present your medication to, or notify, an officer about any medication you are traveling with unless it is in liquid form.
- Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of the 3.4 ounces rule in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.
- You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts as long as it is screened.
- You can travel with your medication in both carry-on and checked baggage. It’s highly recommended you place these items in your carry-on in the event that you need immediate access.
- TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles, but states have individual laws regarding the labeling of prescription medication with which passengers need to comply.
- Medication is usually screened by X-ray; however, if a passenger does not want a medication X-rayed, he or she may ask for an inspection instead. This request must be made before any items are sent through the X-ray tunnel.
- Nitroglycerin tablets and spray (used to treat episodes of angina in people who have coronary artery disease) are permitted and have never been prohibited.
While prescriptions and OTC medications are not required to be properly labeled in their original containers, it is helpful to do so. This ensures that in case of emergency, the person(s) with you can notify emergency personnel and handle appropriately. Having your medications in Medicine-On-Time packaging makes travelling as easy as can be – just pack and go! If you are travelling with standard pill bottles, your pharmacy will be able to print out additional labels as needed.
Once everything is packed, there’s no shortage of fun to be had on summer vacations. Let Medicine-On-Time help make packing easier, so you can enjoy your vacation faster!