Use the Original, Labeled Containers When Traveling With Medication

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Don B., who says:

“Something which has never been discussed is the problem resulting from the new rules requiring meds to be in their original LABELED containers. My wife just returned from a church (not Mormon) mission to Egypt, and she had clear instructions about this requirement. Yesterday, my Walmart pharmacist said the only method she was aware of was to request that your meds be placed in the smallest container available (free to do). This still means much unusable space. And no, meds cannot be combined in one container with multiple labels.

“Needless to say, carry-on exacerbates the situation. This is frustrating. A basic rule is to take meds in *both* carry-on *and* checked. Using Walmart’s suggestion resolves this situation.”

Thanks, Don. Traveling with medication can be tricky. That’s why it’s always a good idea to look over the rules related to medication in the specific countries you’ll be traveling to. In Japan, for example, the rules are very strict, particularly when stimulants are involved. Across the board, keep your medications in their original, labeled containers. And see the CDC’s page on the subject for more.

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