Traveling with medication

  • By Mary A
  • Top Travel Tips
  • 14.08.2016

Traveling with medication is not as easy as we expect it to be. Those who need to travel but are suffering and need medication need to do some research to find out if their medication is allowed on plane, or in the country they fly to. Additionally, depending on the pills you're taking, you might need to provide a prescription as well. Lastly, make sure the side effects won't be enhanced by the trip.

Regardless of the type of medication you need, it is highly recommended to declare it during the security screening, especially if it's in liquid form. Usually, non liquid form of medicine can be brought in larger quantities compared to the "reasonable" amount allowed for the liquid medication. Generally, the reasonable amount is 3 ounces, and extends to gels and inhalers. It is best to pack liquid medication in a zip-lock bag for safety reasons. Just be prepared for a further inspection of your treatment.

You should always carry all your prescription and nonprescription pills in their original container that has your name on. Clearly, the name on the container must be identical to the one on the plane ticket. This rule is not made by the airport security, but by the various states and countries you plan on flying to. You should know that medicine gets inspected with an X-ray machine, but you can request for a different method if you're scared the screening might alter the pills.

If you want to avoid all this screening, you can pack your treatment in your checked-in luggage, but if you think you will need it it is highly recommended that you place it in your carry on bag. One unusual type of treatment are prosthetics and products aimed at changing the shape of your body. These products are allowed on plane, but unless you want to get or perform a surgery up in the air, you might consider packing them in the checked in bags.

For various reasons, some sufferers could lose their pills or run out of the ones they got on them. This is least ideal situation, however they will need to purchase the missing medicine. Sadly what they might be able to buy in their home country without a prescription could require one abroad. This is another reason for which patients should bring their prescriptions along as finding a doctor in a foreign country might be difficult.

Some consider baby formula as a type of medication, however you should know that parents carrying their infants on the plane are allowed to also bring baby food and what not in the cabin. Of course, depending on the type f food you bring, you should be mindful and remember to pack it according to the instructions, using zip lock bags and minding the 3 ounce restriction for fluids and anything that could leak.

Before you travel, you should do some further research concerning this aspect. Talking to an airline representative on the matter is more effective than talking to the airport's security as the later has less power and knowledge in this area.