Tips for Traveling with Medications

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Vacation season is here! As travel restrictions are being lifted for fully vaccinated people, it is time for some fun in the sun! Packing for any vacation can be stressful, especially if you have a chronic condition. If you take multiple medications, here are a few tips and tricks for traveling with your prescriptions to ensure they are kept safe and organized.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Plan ahead: Check your medication supply in advance. You will want to ensure you are bringing enough dosages to last your trip plus a few extra in case you are delayed. Give yourself enough time to refill your medications if you are running low. Your doctor should be able to work with your insurance company and pharmacy to get you the extra medications you need.1
  2. Prepare a dosage schedule: time zone changes can impact when you take your medications. Before you travel, talk to your doctor about creating a dosage schedule.1
  3. Documentation: To prove that your medications belong to you, it is recommended that you bring your prescriptions in their original containers.1

Medication Screening Process2

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that medications in pill or other solid form must undergo security screening. You can also bring any medically necessary liquids or creams, but they must be screened separately from the rest of your belongings.

  • You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts if it is screened.
  • While TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles, some states have individual laws regarding the labeling of prescription medication.
  • It is recommended you place your medication in your carry-on in the event you need immediate access. You can travel with your medication in both carry-on and checked baggage.
  • Medication in liquid form will be subject to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.

Tria Health is Here to Help

Have any questions regarding your medications and traveling? If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist can answer any of your medication-related questions.

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. Tips for Traveling With Prescription Drugs (tripsavvy.com)
  2. Can you pack your meds in a pill case and more questions answered | Transportation Security Administration (tsa.gov)

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