How to Travel with Medication

By November 28, 2012January 3rd, 2013Educational, Patient Resources

When you’re traveling through security checks and across state lines, the last thing you want to worry about is if your medications will make it there with you. Rest assured, you can easily travel with medication as long as you follow a few simple steps. PainACTION recommends the following tips with traveling with medication.

  • Keep your prescriptions in their bottles with proper labels


  • If you are traveling with opioids for pain relief, ask your doctor to write a letter providing the following:
    • Name and dosage of prescription
    • Why you are taking this medication
    • That you need this medication for your trip
  • Carry your health insurance card while traveling


  • Travel with a copy of the following information, kept separate from your medication:
    • Name of your health condition
    • Names and dosages of all medications you are currently taking
    • Names and phone numbers of your doctors and pharmacist.
  • For non-opioid pain medication, carry written prescriptions, just in case


  • If you’re traveling on a plane:
    • Pack your opioid medications in a lockable pouch and store in your carry-on
    • Call your airline before your travel date about medications that need to be refrigerated
  • Make sure you have enough medication for the entirety of the trip, plus a few days extra in cases of itinerary changes or disruptions


You can ensure that your holiday travels as stress- and pain-free by planning ahead. Be sure to speak with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns before your travel date. Happy holidays!

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