How to Travel With Medications (In Airplane)

How to Travel With Medications (In Airplane)

hey there today I am sharing how to
travel with medications on an airplane traveling with medications can be
confusing because there are so many rules for going through security with
your carry-on bag or your carry-on suitcase all ages have to travel with
medications some of you are diabetic and many of you have asked me to make a
video on how to travel with liquids or how to pack your liquids so I’m gonna
walk you through how to travel with those liquids according to the TSA 3.4
ounces rule and how to pack and store those as you’re going through security
what do you do in the security line with your liquid medications what you do if
those liquids do not fit in your liquids bag do you have to have a prescription
with those liquid medicines that you’re traveling with hopefully I will answer
these questions or lead you to the source for your answers in my video on
how to travel with medications the number one method to traveling with
medications is to always have them in your travel bag that will go under your
airplane seat or in the overhead bin now when you’re traveling with a duffel bag
or a backpack or your handbag those are the items that I’m talking about they’re
gonna go on your person into the airplane if they run out of overhead
space and no one has any space in the airplane there is no way that that
little bag is going to be checked in the belly of the airplane last minute your
suitcase always has a chance of being checked last minute when you get to the
gate because they’ve run out of space so I’m talking about traveling with this
kind of bag onto the airplane and I’m putting it under your seat or in the
overhead bin of their space nowadays it seems like they are running out of space
for these carry-on suitcases to go in the overhead bins so last minute before
you board the airplane the gate agents are saying we have no room folks I’m
sorry we’ve got three more lines of people to board the airplane we’re going
to have to start checking your suitcases last minute you don’t have time and you
don’t want to weigh the time of the people behind you by
looking in your carry-on suitcase for those liquid medications that you might
need or your pills that you might need so keep them in a backpack or your
duffel bag or your carry-on little bag that will not get checked in the tooth
the belly of the airplane the number two method of traveling with medications is
to check the TSA gov website it is chock full of information and I love that they
let you ask a specific question about your medication or your disability with
an agent I recommend watching this video on a laptop because some of the pictures
I’m going to show you about the responses I got from the TSA agent
they’re really small to see if you’re watching me on a phone if you do go to
the TSA gov website you have to click several times and I think it’s easier
doing it another way but if you’re at the site you just click in the
top right corner where it says contact and then you click in the bottom left
where it says customer care and then in the bottom right you can either call
them or you can tweet or Facebook them a question and the facebook question is
going to go in your messages section that’s what I recommend doing I
recommend skipping whole website if you have to ask a question now the website
is great for giving you guidelines and looking for what you can bring and stuff
like that I made a video on 29 items you cannot bring through security if you
want to watch that you can click on the iCard at any time through the video but
if you want to ask a question I recommend just going to your Facebook
page and in the top blue rectangle or rectangle area where you can search for
something right ask TSA and that will take you to not the TSA Facebook page
but the ask TSA Facebook page and hit send message or ask message that’s where
you are going to be able to ask your question one thing I found out by asking
a TSA agent question in my facebook Messenger is that they do not check
labels anymore when you do send a message to the TSA agents give them 20
four to forty eight hours to reply to your question the number three method of
traveling with liquid medications is that they do not have to go in your
regular quart sized required liquids bag that will hold your eye makeup remover
two front toothpaste shampoo your liquid medications can go in their own bag and
I asked the TSA agent another question and since so if I am bringing like a six
point eight ounce bottle of robitussin or children’s Tylenol I don’t mean I
don’t need to have it in the box that came in I don’t have to have it in the
bag that it came in they said it is fine they do not check that anymore so that
is fantastic but don’t be fooled because if you try to get a regular-sized bottle
of shampoo through airport security even if it only has two ounces of shampoo in
it it will be confiscated because it is not a medication it is shampoo and that
has to go in the required quart quart sized containers cannot be any more than
3.4 ounces rule so I recommend when you go through the airport security with
your carry-on bags that you take out your liquids regular bag and that you
also take a gallon baggie a quart sized baggie the baggie size
does not matter for medications okay that are liquid pills you can take them
anywhere they don’t need a box they can be taken anyhow they are not going to be
seen as drugs or anything like that we’re talking about liquid medications
they do need to be pulled out in airport security just pull them out just so
there’s no question there’s no issue there’s no delay for you going through
security nor for the person behind you I’m going to link a video below in the
description box if you’re on your phone you just click the upside down triangle
or if you’re on your laptop you click the words that say show more and it
gives you more details in description about what I talked about today and I
want you to know that TSA has their own YouTube channel I think my videos are
helpful but they also have really quick two-minute videos on their YouTube
channel but I highly recommend just sending them a message on facebook
messenger that asks your specific question the number four way to travel
with liquid medications is to know that you might be stopped or pulled over and
it might take extra time going through airport security because of your liquids
and all your Flair that you have with you going through airport security in
your carry-on suitcase or carry-on handbag and you just smile and you say
sure no problem I got here in plenty of time I knew this
might take a few extra minutes so I’m not stressed and the TSA agent is not
gonna be stressed either you just smile and say yes ma’am yes sir sure thing and
know that you might be delayed a few minutes so that they can look through
all of your flair and if there is an issue I suggest when you do get the
message back from TSA agent about your specific medications that you take a
screen shot a photo of that response from the TSA agent because if I know a
lot of senior citizens especially like to talk to someone on the phone um and
that is great but having it in print is better proof than saying oh no no no she
told me on the phone that I could bring Tom Children’s Tylenol even though it
was six point eight ounces but just know that you have better a better way of
defending yourself and proving yourself if there is even an issue but you’ve
already done your research you’re responsible traveler and you’re a
respectful traveler so you will most likely not have a problem stick around
to the end if you are a disabled traveler and you have a question about
that the number five tip to traveling with liquid medications is for packing
and storage I have a small pillbox but a lot of them come in the long length size
and that is a way to carry them I also recommend that you use like an old
cigarette box container like this or a glasses sleeve to store the long pill
boxes god forbid they pop open in your little backpack my husband uses a bag
and we’re an airline family that’s why I make so many travel videos but he uses a
baggie and just puts all of his pills together I found this last summer and
this is just another way of storing your medications your pill medications and
they are one-handed use so you can open it like that if you need it I use it for
jewelry sometimes and I always have another one they come in a set of three
and I had a use my other one for headphones for the airplane and the pool
my mom travels with really large bag and she just keeps her pill boxes in there
there is no size limit for pills when you’re traveling but I do get questions
about pills but TSA does not care about them and my mom also is diabetic and so
she carries a myabetic cross body purse and I highly recommend it I will link it
below on Amazon they are pricey but they’re pretty and they hold your
needles where like if you’re in a restaurant with at lunch with the girls
you can discreetly go to the battle check your blood sugar levels and all
that or do it at the table and you’ve got that neat storage that is clean and
much safer than just throwing it in your purse like she used to do for number six
I’m going to talk about traveling with insulin as a diabetic you have all kinds
of Flair like I said earlier we’ve got needles you’ve got syringes is that the
same thing you have insulin and on the tsa website they say that the insulin
must be identified as insulin the pump is fun to go through in any of your
carry-on items when you were taking off your shoes if you didn’t get pre checked
this time tell the TSA agent in that line that hey I’m diabetic I’m pulling
out my stuff it’s right here my mom also travels with a CPAP machine and we went
to Europe a couple of summers ago and she took the CPAP machine it does not
count as a bag a carry-on bag so she had her carry-on suitcase a travel bag like
backpack and she also had her CPAP machine all in its little case zipped up
and it was no problem whatsoever tsa says that distilled liquids
associated with the CPAP machines are exempt from the liquids rule and can be
in any amount but it has to be placed in the security bin when you walk through
security and the CPAP machine actually does have to come out of the zip
case another way of storing your medications is to put them in the top of
your backpack that is going to be carried on and put underneath your
airplane seat now I prefer a backpack that has a front section for let’s say
your wallet your PIN a journal your headphones that kind of thing and then
in the fact you have a hoodie or blanket a scarf and then on top you can have
your liquids bag that you’re gonna take out when you go through security and
you’re gonna have your other liquids bag with all the extra liquid medications
that you have and that way when you do go through security all you have to do
is unzip the top pull out those bags tell the TSA agent if you’re diabetic or
that this bag is has medication in it and then when you go through security
you can just pick up your backpack drop the liquid bags back in your backpack
and you are good to go if you do have room in your carry-on suitcase to pack
your medications and stuff like that it’s pill drop hills I’m talking about
and makeup this is a very deep deep toiletry bag that can hang it just might
be helpful for some of you who have so much stuff that you have to keep up with
um it does take up this much space in your carry-on suitcase so I say that’s
just for like if you’re going on a weekend trip and you do have lots of
extra space in your carry-on bag I that’s the only time I can put it in
my carry-on suitcases if I’m going only for like a two day trip or one weekend
trip I did see one bag on Amazon that I thought was okay it looks just like a
normal bag that I might take through security for my liquids but what I
thought was cool and I want to know if any of you have used this to store any
of your pills or your medications or any of your regular liquids is they use this
really strong velcro and I think that would be a cool like DIY thing you can
do for your travel but I wonder if you have to use extra
extra sturdy velcro and if it would work I I don’t know if the pillbox would fall
down anyway I thought that was interesting and I want to know your
thoughts below leave me a comment below and when you do leave a comment below
introduce yourself and say hello alright for those of you who are travelling with
someone who is disabled or you yourself are disabled and you need special
assistance there is a section dedicated to you on the website all it
says is that it is free and you just need to tell a TSA agent when you get to
the airport my mom was traveling with a wheelchair
we went we went to Europe we had no problems whatsoever going through
security they will help you and will tell you what to do they will keep your
bags with you they will be in your sight at all times it is very easy to travel
as a disabled person or with some disabilities and let me tell you if
you’re going to Europe they treat you like golden going through security you
get your own transport like on the little on the European airports you get
your own van for you and your family to take you to security it is amazing and
going through the passport thing in Europe you get gone you get to go to the
front of the line it is fantastic so I hope these tips have helped you feel at
ease while traveling with liquid medications and I hope you will use the
TSA site it is there for you ask them a question on Facebook messenger or call
them if you absolutely like doing that anyway thanks for popping over and
happy safe travels


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    Paula Brown

    Thank you for your video. Question: To clarify you do not need to have prescription pill form meds in the original bottles? They can be brought in like a seven day organizer??

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    FaithHope L

    So glad I found your page!! I had soo many questions this has helped so much all your other videos too. How about a big bottle of vitamins? Also I read scary things about people getting their money stolen on their carry one etc. Can you do a video on safety or best ways to carry money and stuff? Thank you so much.

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    gamer waymer

    She’s right in the putting it in a bag that won’t be checked. I work for an airline and I’ve seen someone check their carry on that had vital meds in it and then their bag couldn’t be found after landing.

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    Celestial Rogue

    I travel with pre filled syringes type medication that requires to be kept refrigerated and so I must have an ice pack to keep it cool. If you or someone in your travel party requires this make sure the ice pack is as fully frozen as possible going through tsa as if the ice pack has melted too much the can get you on their liquids rule. But as you advised I have always kept all meds in a separate bag but mine is a larger version of my toiletry liquids bag so my meds are definitely very visible to tsa personnel and avoids confusion and time wasting. I hope this helps someone

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    Kelly-Marie Moore

    Thankyou for this video. I am travelling first time with my husband to America in the future, and we both have medication ( liquid morphine ) and had no idea how to travel with it. you have cured one of my worries 🙂

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    Chubby Vegan Girl

    I pack my pill meds in my pill box along with my supplements and then take photos of all of my bottles, just in case. I pulled them out the first time I went through TSA but have forgotten the last three trips and they didn't say anything. I was pulled aside for my protein powder, cheese snack, etc at PDX. I was patient and they let me go in just a few minutes. I have the little Miamica "My Pills" pill box. It's tiny but I can fit a week's worth of pills which includes a ginormous anxiety pill, two small anxiety pills, and five other supplements/vitamins.

    Thank you sooo much for your videos! I loooove flying but have horrible anxiety and your tips have saved me and made flying so much easier! ❤❤❤

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    Michelle Struik

    Hold it.. .did you say the pump could go thru the xray? NO NO NO… pump can NOT go thru the xray machines! It can destroy them!

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    HI Laurie, we have the same name. I wonder if you have already made a video, or would consider making a video for those of us who are going to be making their first plane trip to Europe, and what to expect, and how to avoid pitfalls. I am going to Europe this summer, and while I've been on many planes, I've never flown international, and really do not know what to expect. Thank you very much.

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    For pills, I take a lot of them, including supplements. I really like the tiny ziplock bags that are in the same section as the 7 day containers which are worthless for me. I can keep one day with me at a time (which helps me remember to take them). I put all them in a ziplock bag. It's a PITA to put them all in there but for the long trips I take it is the best way, imo. I have always separated pills out and not in their original containers. They have never even bothered with them. OTOH, funny thing, I was traveling in Key West airport (tiny airport!) and they had a sudden interest in my CPAP which they examined in great detail. If they could have taken it apart they would have. Weird.

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    I Am Happy So Why Aren't you?.

    See I'm trying to figure out if I can carry my meds in my carry on bag in a weekly pill box for five days. I don't want to keep it in the package or bring it all with me just for the five days. But what worries me is the fact it is considered a narcotic or opiate and don't know if it's going to be a problem or not.. If anyone actually knows what to do in this situation please let me know I'll be very grateful for your help. Thank you!. 🙏

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    Michele Elliott

    Thank you Laurie. Being someone with packing anxiety, I really appreciate all of the tips you share. In my case my vitamin supplements are my medications – I can't be without them. Some have to be refrigerated some can be at room temperature. I found a nice insulated lunch container with a very thin ice pack that I use for cold storage of vitamins & snacks. I use a small zip pouch for room temp storage & can fit that in my cpap case. Security requires that the ice pack is frozen solid at time of TSA check.

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    Patricia Stark

    I will be traveling to London this summer. I will be bringing my cpap as a medical device. Can I still carry a backpack and carryon bag?

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    Alice Armstrong

    Thank you Laurie! Great tips. My husband and I will be traveling with a CPAP and a nasal flush machine along with our meds that will need to last 23 days.
    So from your video the Rx pills can be consolidated to save room in the carry on or do we need to have each in the Rx bottle they come in.
    My husband takes 6 different Rx. Some of the meds are real small it would be nice if we could combine the small ones using a separator in one bottle.

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    Msadee Vlogs

    You answered my question the first 2 minutes of the video. But I went ahead and watched the full video. The information was great!

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    Alice Camber

    Thanks for the tip about Ask TSA. I will definitely ask about carrying an epi pen on board and record the response. Once, on a domestic flight’ I was told I could not take it aboard. I tried to explain that I needed immediate access to it in case of an allergic reaction. The TSA agent had no idea what an epi pen was. The issue was referred up 3 levels of agents before one said, “Of course she needs to carry it!” I now always have the prescription with the pen while traveling.

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    Extremely useful video Laurie. You’ve covered the topic so extensively and with so much clarity that all my questions are answered. Thank you so much. 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

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    I needed this one! So they don't check pills by name? Would it be smart to have it labeled? Is this the same for vitamins as well?

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    Laura Burgess

    Myabetic also makes smaller cases, much better than the ones that come with your meter. Mine carries my meter (sensor reader), insulin, sharps container, spare needles, bandaids, test strips, alcohol wipes, small pill box, and dosing card!

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    SuZanne Hunter

    Hi Laurie, We are traveling to England soon ( Spring) and need to take meds for diabetes and carry a c-pap machine for my hubby. Thanks for the tips on this. Never been on a "long haul" flight before so I am really enjoying your blogs about traveling in general!!!
    We really appreciate your time sharing your tips with others!!

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    Great idea about taking a picture of your full size prescription bottle with your name. I’ll be going to Vietnam in two weeks and will be carrying a scheduled pain med. This is the only med I’m concerned about bring into the country.

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    Dee Ferry

    Thanks for this video, I am disabled and travel in a wheelchair at the airport. I have a lot of medication but thankfully not liquid

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    I think the best solution to MANY questions folks ask you is to spend the $80 for TSA Precheck, or Global Entry.  Puts you in a special, SHORT line, reduces the hassle of removing many things from your bags, and–maybe most important–relieves your stress, just knowing that there will be much smaller chance of a problem!

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    I've watched most of your videos; thanks so so much! I don't know which video, you showed several choices of cardigans and blouses. I love the sleeveless coral floral loose blouse; could you comment on that if you know the brand? thanks so much. You rock! Lucy from SC

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    Therese Ember

    Keep meds your under seat. It’s far less commotion.

    What if you don’t have (and don’t want) Facebook or Messenger?

    Can shampoo go in a large container if it’s in Checked luggage?

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    Therese Ember

    A needle is not a syringe.
    A needle screws into a syringe.
    A syringe is an empty plastic cylinder that has a plunger that draws up and holds liquid medication.

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    Mohamed Hasan

    Hello, thanks for this informative video.
    What about traveling with vaccine that needs to be cool during the trip? what do you recommend?

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    Ingeborg Hartjes

    Some pills will be seen as drugs and need special documentation when you cross borders! We needed special declarations to be able to take Ritalin with us!

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    Fernando S.

    Thanks for the great video. Some questions to ask: I contacted my son's Dr. to write us a prescription for his EpiPen because the box does not have any prescription label on it. Will this work? Also, for Albuterol Inhaler or other asthma inhalers, do we need the original packaging with the prescription on them or can we just pack the inhalers? Finally, what about prescribed eczema creams and lotions, do they need the packaging with prescriptions or can we just pack them without their boxes they come in? Thanks in advance.

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    Thanks for making this video. I have both an insulin pump and a cpap machine, and this information is golden! I consider myself a seasoned traveler, but have picked up a lot of tips from you that I had not done before. One thing that may make a difference is that some insulin pumps cannot go through the scanner, as it could cause pump/monitor failure and invalidate the warranty. If you do not have TSA pre-check to be able to just go through a metal detector, always ask for a pat-down.

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    Jan Kalonick

    Hey Laurie this is Jan from Alabama. I take several pill medications and are headed to Europe for 10 days. Do I need to take the orignal pill bottles with me? You know the ones that have the labels on them. Or can I just put them in my pill box for 10 days?

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    Jackie Zidel

    Thank you for posting this video. I have Asthma but none of my medications are liquid. They are powdered. Do I need to take them out through security? I have been told both yes and no. Thank you

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    Daniel Di Angelis

    Hi Lauriepop I’m Daniel and I loved your video. I also like the idea of the kit that looks really nice because I have syringe meds and do they test the insulin if needles are full?

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    Ginger Eaves

    Thank you for the informational video. I will be traveling in 3 weeks with a CPAP and medication (pills) and 2 gels, so this was very helpful.

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    Naomy Nailyn

    well i have really bad allergys and my medicine is neccesary.this really helpd me.thank u😁

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    Viktoria Alexander

    I’m on several pill medications, can I just put them in my weekly pill case instead of bringing 8 pill bottles? Do I need doctor notes?

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    Judith Unterberger

    Thanks for all the tips. I’m new to your channel and really love your ideas and suggestions. I am disabled and use a manual wheelchair to travel but I don’t let it stop me. I have been to Europe many times and too many places in the US to mention. I do take a lot of medication due to my disability and need probably 15-20 pill bottles in order to have the original prescription in the label. I’m wondering in if anyone has found a bag that’s useful or organize that much ? I have seen lots of options for taking the pills out of the bottles and portioning them out for the days as needed but I am also told I need the original script as well. Is that correct ? Who should I ask. I have taking all my medication with me. I would like to leave most of it securely at home. – Judy

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    Peggy Cleary

    I take many pills on long trips and hate all the empty space in the bottles. I place the meds for each morning and evening in little dosing ziplock baggies available at Walgreens, which you can mark with the date and am or pm. I punch s hole above the zipper and thread them on a binder ring or shoelace. As the trip progresses, the amount of space they take up shrinks. I carry a photo (used to be a photocopy) of the bottle labels, which always includes a description of the shape and color of each pill, in case I ask asked, but I've never been asked.

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    Peggy Cleary

    Folks who travel abroad should also check the medication laws for the countries they will visit. Japan has criminalized Adderall and some countries are worried about pseudoephedrine, which is somewhat controlled in the US.

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    Midnight_ Editz

    How do I let TSA know about my medical cream that is for my excema when I’m going through examination do I keep it in my duffel bag or put it in a plastic bag or just put it in the bin

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    Eric My ass

    I travel with meds and you have to get a letter from the doctor if you’re diabetic because of the needles and I’m a diabetic

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    Kayla Davies

    Just had a bad experience at Heathrow. They insist that bottles can only be 100 ml and you must have a prescription with the med available. The prescription label is not enough! They are completely anal about this and stupid as well.

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    Kayla Davies

    French airport officials were not happy but allowed my bottles through w/o prescription to show. Lucky I got a sympathetic person. UK officials only wanted one liquid bag per person and meds did count and had to be in liquid bag.

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    Jeanie Edmonds

    I was pulled aside and they went thru my carry on bag because of a large makeup brush that was in it's own plastic container. She took it out of the container, asked what it was, then took it to the conveyor area and brushed and rubbed it with some type paper. Assuming she was cking for drugs.

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    Amanda Kelley

    Im so thankful for your videos🙏 so im going to miami this Thursday and wanted to know, with my Tylenol(pill) and aspirin(pill) bottles do i take them out of my purse and show tsa or just zip lock them and leave them in my purse?

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    Alan Quinn

    Can I travel to Bulgaria with my methadone from Scotland UK thanks any tips would be great peace be with you all

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    Miss Harris

    Hello, so u say they don’t care about pills. Can I put all of my pills all mixed together in one bottle to save room even if they are Narcotics? Should I get a list from my pharm that lists all of them on it! I just don’t wanna bring 10 prescription bottles w/ me!!!!!!

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    Bonita Jordan

    I bought a new back pack and carry my medication with me including an Epi pen plus my SPF. I’ve had skin cancer so it’s an absolute MUST have even if I use a small carry on bag only. I will check the TSA as you suggest on my next trip to the USA. I’ll take a screen shot too. I take along empty zip loc bags,

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    Andrew Keener

    Hi, Laurie! I'm Andrew. I noticed that you spent more time highlighting liquid meds. What about Prescription meds that are pills? I ask because I have bipolar disorder, and would like to know if my med bottles are needed or not.

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    Thank you so much for this information, we have traveled extensively all over the world, and now most of our travel has been on cruises. So we haven’t flown in about four years. So now we are flying to GB in the fall, to catch a 28 day cruise, around Ireland, Scotland, Normandy and ultimately back on a transatlantic to the US.
    Your info has really helped bring us up to date, shows that even million milers can loose track of the new rules.
    Thanks again Cyndi

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    Luna Woodland

    Our adult daughter is autistic. Her behavior is not "wild or out of line" but she does not have a huge supply of patience. We plan to arrive for our international flight 3.5 hours early. Is TSA at all helpful in that situation?

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    Love your videos Laurie. My hubby now uses your Phrase "fine China" (from previous
    Videos) quite often 🤣.
    Please keep them coming!

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    Milind Pradhan

    Nice advise of using duffer bag for medication. Every airline, country has different rules and some rules are general across the world of maybe with the medicines we can keep Doctors contact number plus brief medical history for emergency plus blood group mention plus note on timings when to take dose,, eye number also.
    Please also mention first Aid medications to carry a band aid, headache pill, stomach problem pill Glucose for energy etc

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    Milind Pradhan

    Laurie thank you very much
    Those who travel by air are very busy people with little time to refer to books or friends for last time advise.
    I save videos so while or when I have to travel I can refer to them. I am from Santacruz, which is near Arabian sea, Juhu beach sea shore, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. I have 40 years of aircraft flying experience. Airplanes fly above my head for 40 years. I stay near the airport

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    FaithHope L

    Hi Laurie! I hope you are well!! I have a question, I have essential oils that I use for sleep, relaxation and my asthma. Since its for medical use do I get to use it for more than my 1 quart size bag?

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    Thanks. Do I have to take my iPad out of my bag and put it in one of the bins when going through security or can it stay in the bag?

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    Karen Reed

    Hi Laurie. Karen Reed here. I was raised in VA and live in IN now. I am wondering if another tip would be to wear slip on shoes until you are through the TSA checkpoint? Maybe stash your "regular" shoes in your back pack just before security checkpoint, and then switch again after the checkpoint? Providing there is time and room! I love the idea of leaving the belts and jewelry off until after the checkpoint. The medicine information and TSA FB info is great, too.

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    Barbara Boudreau

    When I went to Italy last summer the Italian gate agent wouldn't let me on the plane with my CPAP bag as a third item. I had to split up the items from my purse between my 2 nieces to fit into their carry-ons. As soon as we were seated on the plane they reassembled my purse and passed it over to me to put under the seat next to my CPAP bag. I can laugh about it now but was very stressed for a few minutes before my nieces offered to squeeze my things into their bags. This was on the way there when I had packed my carry on so full that I would have been hard-pressed to get in an extra piece of paper – just in case my checked suitcase got lost!

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    John Undli

    Hi. This was very helpful. I will be entering Canada and the USA from an international flight in September. Do I need to declare my insulin and other medications to customs?

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    Thank you Laurie for all your research and advise. I'm in the planning stage of taking a trip with my Hubby for our 40th wedding anniversary. It wouldn't be 'til next year but I'm doing lots and lots of research. Your videos are so thorough and helpful for those of us who don't travel very often.

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    Margaret Ayorinde

    Maggie Lola.
    I am going to Europe and I appreciate the tips for the Europe airport. The last time I traveled there I wasn't disabled but now I am. I am wondering if you can tell me how easy it is to see the sites with wheelchair. My children will be with me to wheel me around.Will like to hear from you. Thanks for the advise on everything regarding the TSA.

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    Phoebe Sparrow Wagner

    Hi Laurie, this is phoebe again, your videos are so informative and calm! I am almost looking forward to my flight in late September to France! Best wishes phoebe

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    Linda Moffatt

    Laurie, I have just discovered and subscribed to your travel videos. I have limited experience traveling in the U.S., but NONE in all of my 67 years traveling internationally. I'm going to Nepal in October with my son and daughter-in-law. I'm so amazed and honored that they would want me to go with them, that I'm spending all my time researching so I don't embarrass them and they end up regretting it! Anyway, I've never worried about flying with medications, but I read all kinds of stuff about taking meds into places like China, which we will be transiting through. DO I need to have the prescriptions? Do the drugs need to be in the original bottles? Are there prohibited drugs? Do I need to declare all of my prescriptions (mind you, I don't even really know what this means)? I would appreciate any guidance you could give me on this topic for China and/or Nepal. There is conflicting info out there. Keep up the great work–I'm working my way through every one of your vids.

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    Douglas Harrislane

    Any suggestion when travel oversea where the country what you to bring the whole original bottle ? Thank you

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    Jelena Bartels

    Sorry to disagree about extra help if disabled. The last time I travelled I was on my own, had my arm in a sling as had a broken elbow and also had a broken foot. I was in a lot of pain and asked if there was a possibility of an upgrade as I was feeling unwell. I was told to sit down and shut up. What made my trip even worse was that I was sitting next to a pregnant woman who had her fractious child on her lap. They would not allow the husband to sit next to her. If they had just listened and allowed me to swap with the husband it would have been better for all. The plane was very full but unfortunately we struck horrible service. I am going to travel alone again and am not looking forward to it.

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    Patty Strickland

    I asked a question this morning regarding my profiled medication for my Multiple Sclerosis and got a response within an hour. This will be my first time flying and I am going alone. We signed me up for needing a wheelchair to gate. Is it a long wait for someone to help?. I’m in Tampa going to Atlanta. When I get to Atlanta will someone be waiting for me with a wheelchair or will I have to ask when I get off?

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    I want to add my "Thank you very much!" to the list of comments. I have quite a few bottles of pills and it's easier for me to keep them in the original bottles vice using those sorters (Especially because I'm traveling longer than the days those sorters give you; I'd have to own four 1-week ones of morning, noon, evening, and night! 😸) Here's one for you: I have a prescription medicine that, from the opaque plastic bottle could be construed as a liquid, but actually is a powder. I'm not sure what to do about that.

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    Leanne MacDonald

    Thank you so much for your videos! I will be travelling to Houston this fall all by myself for the first time. Your tips have allowed me to feel so much more confident and excited about my trip!

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    loren grunewald

    Hi Laurie. I had a neck operation a few years back, and have 6 titanium screws and plate in my neck. Must I mention this , and will the alarms go off while passing the scanners. Please help…😁. Loren

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    Catherine Rubalcaba

    Love your videos Laurie! Traveled 100K miles over a 7 year period and often needed to bring along a few liquid meds and injectibles. Packed those in a second quart size bag, removed from my carry on and placed in the bin at security, along with my other quart bag for shampoo, makeup, etc. Most of the time, no issue with that practice. Once however, a TSA Officer challenged me about the second bag. He insisted it was not permitted. Just to get through security, I tossed the bag with shampoo so I could still carry my medications. From that point forward, I kept a printed copy of TSA''s webpage about liquid medications, folded in the bag, and needed it a few times to prove the practice was permitted. Feel all TSA should know this but some must have missed the training. My objective is to get through Security, not make a case with TSA, so taking the website proof with helped. You could always bookmark that webpage for your as well.

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    I flew out of a small airport today (Merced Regional) and TSA had wanted us to place all liquids AND FOOD items into a bin… I wasn't prepared for the food items, so I dug through my backpack frantically to find my snickers bar, trail mix, etc… without considering the medications and supplements in my carryon! When they went through my carry on, the TSA worker accusingly said "you have food items in your carryon!", and literally took out my ziploc of medications and waved it in front of me and all the other passengers (no joke). I was completely stunned and mortified. It was just ibuprofen/TUMS/benadryl pills and a couple of blood pressure meds, but he should have been more clear with his original instructions. I am just going to declare my medications from now on, because things change so frequently with TSA that I can't keep up… but I guess if I can never get comfortable flying, than neither can the bad guys, so just a small sacrifice to travel safely 🙂

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