How Do I Travel With Medications?


Sometimes when we travel it’s impossible to leave certain medications at home. How do you make sure your prescriptions will arrive with you safely and not cause problems at the airport?

Here are some tips:

  • Always carry your medications with you. Do not put them in checked luggage in case of loss.
  • Bring a copy of your prescription in case you need to have it refilled.
  • It’s best to keep medication in original containers with their pharmacy label.
  • Liquid prescriptions do not have to adhere to TSA 3oz rule. Alert agent at security check and make sure the label on the medicine is clear.
  • I recommend you put all medicine together in a clear quart size bag for TSA to inspect easily.
  • Inhalers are permitted. Just get a doctor’s note that it’s necessary.
  • Over-the-counter medicines don’t need their original container. I use a small pill organizer to save space.
  • Try to take your medications at the same time you would at home even if your time zones are different. You can set a phone alert to remind you.



For those that need injections, you are allowed to take syringes and gel pack through security. You must have a doctor’s note and alert the agent of the special needs. Remember to take something with you to collect and dispose of used needles. You can find Sharps containers at Amazon. Be sure to ask your flight attendant and pre-arrange with your hotel to keep your medicine refrigerated if necessary.

If you have more questions about getting your medicines through the airport security, please check TSA Cares at least 72 hours prior to travel.

Happy Travels.

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