• How to Travel with Medication

  • by Jacob Gross

Millions of people go through airport security every day. Many people do not know how to pack their medication properly. There are certain criteria to be followed when traveling with medicine. Read below to find useful ways to travel with medication.

You may bring a limitless amount of medication in your carry-on bag as long as it is in a pill or some shape of a solid form. Also, the medication must be screened when going through security. If you do not want your medication screened, you may ask to get it hand inspected instead. You are not required to have your medication in a prescription bottle. The United States does require you to have labels for the prescription that you are carrying with you while traveling though.

Liquid medications have different regulations when traveling with your carry-on bag. According to USA TODAY, “any medication that are gels, aerosols or liquids and packed in a carry-on need to be packed in accordance with the TSA’s 3-1-1 rules, meaning each container should be no larger than 3.4 ounces”. If the medication that you are bringing doesn’t follow the 3-1-1 rule that medication will be screened separately. However, you can still bring it on the plane if everything goes accordingly through the screening process.

The Screening process may be confusing to some passengers. Your solid forms (pills) of medication can just stay in your carry-on bag while going through the normal x-ray screening process. On the other hand, your liquid medication will be taken out of your carry-on bag and be put in a separate container through the X-ray machine. If your liquid medication is larger than the 3.4 ounces, let the TSA agent know before you put your medication through the X-ray machine and then they will inspect your medication by hand.

You may ask yourself “What if I am on a foreign flight, how do I proceed with bringing my medication aboard”. It is suggested by the United States when you travel to a different country to make sure with that country’s embassy what medications are appropriate to bring. Another precaution is to ask your physician for a letter containing information about what medication you will be bringing and what medical condition you have before your trip. This way you will have less of a problem when being confronted with overseas security.

Next time you travel you should not have to worry about what medications are ok and not ok to bring on your flight. The information above should let you know everything you have to know when bringing medication onto your flight.