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Porthole Cruise Magazine - November 13, 2019

Traveling with Prescriptions: the Do’s and Don’ts

What’s your process when it comes to packing for a cruise vacation? Do you make a list and pack everything up a week in advance or do you throw together your suitcase mere hours before your flight is scheduled to take off? No matter what your personal packing strategy might be, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to packing your prescription drugs to ensure a smooth day of travel without any unexpected issues.

Can I Fly With Prescription Drugs?

Yes, you can fly with your prescription medications, even if they are in a liquid form. Another question people often ask is do my prescriptions need to be in the original bottle they came in from the pharmacy and the answer to that is no. Plenty of people use daily pill organizers both at home and on vacation to remember their daily medication schedule and those organizers are perfectly fine to take on the plane, including in your carry on. If you have a doctor’s note or proof of the prescription, it’s probably smart to bring that along, too, if you’re using a pill organizer. 

In fact, the best advice we have when it comes to traveling with prescriptions, is ALWAYS bring important medications with you in your carry on as opposed to packing them in your checked bag. You never know what might happen with flight delays and long layovers or even lost or damaged baggage so you could wind up in a situation where you’re separated from your luggage for a significant length of time. Keeping your medications in your carry on means always having them on hand just in case. If you’re at your destination, but a mix up by the airline sent your bag somewhere else, the health and wellness implications could be severe. If you’re cruising to somewhere in the Caribbean, for example, some medications may not be widely available like they are here in America during an emergency.

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Respect TSA Agents

TSA agents see millions of people come and go through our airports every year and they’ve been trained to spot things that appear abnormal. If you’re going through security and you’re asked about your prescription medications, be kind and cordial as TSA is just doing their job to make sure you and everyone else are safe. Explain what the medications are and you should have no problem getting them on the plane. If you’re not sure about a certain medication or medical device, you can always call TSA or your airline and inquire as to their policies.

Have you ever had a problem with prescription medications on a plane? Let us know in the comments below!

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