Travel Tip of the Day: Traveling with Medications

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If you take medications when you travel, don’t ever put them in your checked luggage—keep them on you at all times until you reach your destination (and make sure the prescriptions are in your name). Also, don’t leave your medications out in the open in your hotel room for someone to steal. Either bring them with you, keep them subtly packed or lock them in the safe.

 

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Comments

  1. It’s important to remember, even when putting it in carry on bags, to have it all in one removable bag inside and everything together. You never know when your carry on won’t fit in the overhead, and you’ve got to be aware of having everything you do NOT want checked so you can easily and quickly remove it.

  2. kacy eaves says:

    A tour guide once recommended this, and it is brilliant, LOCK anything you are concerned about INSIDE your luggage when you leave your hotel room, as those kinds of thefts are of opportunity nature, it is not likely they will take your WHOLE suitcase.

  3. I take 6 medications and what a time I have. One MUST BE REFRIGERATED until I begin to take it and I have to carry it in a cool chest (small carry case) — rest are regular. Usually I get GRIEF from security. I am always afraid they will take them away from me!!!!!!!

  4. I always bring my medications on the plane with me, and like Kim, I keep them in one removable bag so they are all together, easily accessed and able to be taken out if a bag needs to be checked. I never heard about locking medications up in the hotel safe, but that seems like an excellent tip. And if there’s no safe in the room, locking them in the suitcase seems like a good idea too. Thanks!

  5. I travel O/S regularly with my young daughter and have had everything from boxed apple juice to sunscreen confiscated going through security (and customs). Sometimes it’s due to fluid limits, but not always. Because she’s little, medicine is in liquid form, so I find those standardized plastic travel containers, housed in a large ziplock bag (some even come with blank labels) really handy. It’s comforting to pour liquids out of large bottles, knowing they shouldn’t be confiscated and won’t smash. I always take children’s fever reducer, antihistamine and a thermometer. When I do, she never becomes ill. When unprepared, it’s inevitably a non English speaking doctor called to our hotel – or a dash to the closest hospital. I throw in my favorite spritzer, lotion and lip balm together with my own medications too. Keep it all in one spot in your carry on and as Johnny says, make sure it stays with you.

  6. If you are crossing any international borders, you should also have your prescriptions with you to prevent any complications with customs.

  7. Janet Loxi says:

    I keep my medications in a small cloth bag. In case of an emergency it is small enough to grab and take with me. Anything bulky would not be allowed so that is why I keep it very simple.

  8. Please keep in mind that although “we all do it”, that it is against the law to travel with prescription drugs that have been removed from their original containers.
    This means putting childrens presciption liquid drugs into smaller containers to get them through TSA security checks, regular prescription drugs in those convenient daily or weekly pill trays or even your prescription antibiotics into a little pill box for your convenience.
    The DEA has been known to enforce these laws occasionally on seemingly innocent travelers and by the time you get this type of thing straightened out you have probably missed your flight and have cost yourself lots of money in additional travel expenses and/or legal fees.

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