Traveling with Medications

by Wendy VanHatten


Do you have medications you regularly take? How about prescriptions?

Do you know how to take these along with you when you travel? If you travel often, especially by air, here are some things you should know.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some recommendations for travelers and their medications.

First, check to see if your medications are available at your planned destination. This goes for non-prescription as well as prescription meds. This means you could refill a prescription if you need to. With that in mind, be sure you have a valid copy of your prescription with you. That means in your wallet or purse and not in your checked luggage.

Next, keep a sheet of contact information for your doctor and pharmacy, along with your list of medications. Also keep these with your carry-on luggage, not in your checked luggage.

It’s best if your medicines are in their original bottles or containers. That way, there is no confusion for TSA. You may need to show medicines to a TSA agent before going through security check. If you have them in their original bottles, it makes it easier and quicker.

If travel plans involve time zone changes, consult a doctor or pharmacist to create a specific travel schedule for this circumstance. As much as possible, stay on track when taking medicines.

What else have you found when traveling with meds?