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Travelling with Medication: All You Need to Know




View down the aisle of a passenger airliner

When heading out on a trip or vacation, it can be easy to forget some of the essentials, like medication. With that in mind, it is important that you take the time to prepare and have a checklist in place to ensure you bring your medication. Here is all you need to know when it comes to traveling with medication.

Carry-on Luggage

If you are planning to travel by air, you can take a reasonable quantity of pills and medications onto the plane. However, they must be screened with the rest of your carry-on baggage. You are also able to put extra medication in your checked luggage, but it is best to keep what you always need on your person. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) states that pills do not have to be in original packaging or even labelled, however, to save time and delays, it is best to state what your medication is for everything to go as smoothly as possible.

Declare Liquid Medications

If you need to bring medication with you that is in the form of a liquid, cream or gel, it is important that you declare what you have on you to a TSA official before your luggage goes through the screening process. Make sure that you have all the medications on you so that you can hand them over to the relevant authority. You should also do the same with insulin injections and needles. You can purchase medication online and have it delivered directly to your door with companies like the Canadian pharmacy, so that is one item to cross off your vacation to-do list.

Bring Your Documents

As a precautionary measure, it is best to bring any documentation with you that supports why you are carrying certain medication with you. Going through flight security can be a daunting experience, so having documents like a note of approval from your doctor can help give you peace of mind and leave you feeling reassured. The approval note you bring with you should also state your doses and any other relevant information. It is always best to be prepared for all situations so that your traveling experience can run as smoothly as possible.

Adjusting to Time Zone Changes

If you are flying long distance or to an area with a different time zone, you will need to take note of time zone changes so that you can plan when to take your medication. Adjusting your schedule is important as the last thing you will want to do is miss a dose. If you need any help with this, it is best to visit your pharmacist or doctor beforehand who will be able to point you in the right direction and help you make the right adjustments. 

Before you travel, it is always best to do your research on airline restrictions, as this will help you get a better idea on how much medication you can bring with you. Also, ensure that your medication is packed in various pieces of luggage should the unfortunate happen and one of your bags gets lost in transit.



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