Follow a few practical packing tips to be sure you have medications handy while traveling.
While most people love going on vacation, many don't love packing. While you may decide to wing it when it comes to having just the right pair of shoes for each outfit, having necessary medications on hand is a must. Here are a few ways in which you can organize your prescriptions to make traveling easier.
1. Estimate necessary quantities. Be sure you have enough of each medication to last your entire trip and, if possible, extra in case of an emergency. If you will need a refill while you're away, bring a prescription with you.
2. Keep security measures in mind. If possible, it's nice to keep medication in your carry-on bag just in case your checked luggage is lost. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows passengers to bring unlimited medications in pill or other solid form through security checkpoints. As a general rule, liquids are allowed only in a 3.4-ounce quantity or less. Liquid medications are allowed in greater quantity and need to be declared for inspection. If you're traveling internationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends leaving medications in their original containers and having a note from your doctor.
3. Organize. An insulated bag with an ice pack can be helpful in keeping medications cool while in transit. A segmented pill box can be helpful in organizing. If you don't have to deal with TSA checkpoints, you can put pills in such a box before leaving home. Otherwise, do it once you reach your destination.
If you have any health concerns or need any prescriptions prior to leaving home, be sure to talk with your doctor. If you need to find a doctor, use our online Find a Physician service or call us at 1-855-80PLAZA for a physician referral.