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  • Writer's pictureMeredith Strack

Traveling with Medications

Traveling with medications can be difficult when you don't know what to expect. Here is what you need to know about flying with medications departing from the U.S.

Before You Travel

  • Consider temperature changes at your destination. Extreme temperature changes can disrupt the effectiveness of the medication.

  • Research local laws of the visiting country. Medications prescribed or over the counter in one country could be unlicensed or controlled in another. The country may also require documents from your physician for the medication. There can be serious consequences for violation of laws.

Airport Arrival

  • Medications in solid or liquid form greater than 3.4 ounces is allowed in your carry-on bag.

  • Liquid medications are excluded from the 3-1-1 rule.

  • You can bring ice packs to keep liquid medication at the required cooled temperature.

  • Let the TSA official know at the start of your screening process of any medications or medical devices attached.

  • Medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening.

  • To ease the process, make sure everything is correctly labeled.

  • Request a private screening if desired.

  • It is advised that you travel with no more than personal use quantities.

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My name is Meredith Strack -- Adventure and Family Travel Advisor Meredith loves the excitement of planning travel adventures! She is married and has three young children, ages 2, 4, and 6. She has traveled coast to coast through the United States, and has slept in 47 different states. She has visited 26 countries on 6 different continents, and can't wait to add more to her list each year. Her bucket list includes seeing each of the 7 New World Wonders, and she is so close to completing the challenge!

Meredith specializes in Caribbean/Mexico, European, and Alaskan/Hawaiian experiences.


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