Keeping the packaging.

At my travel vaccine appointment, I was highly encouraged to keep all my medications in their original packaging so airport security and/or customs can see the prescription is valid.

I spent yesterday packing my medications, and quickly came to the realization that including ALL of the medication’s original packaging was infeasible.

Removing excess packaging.
Removing excess packaging.

There is just too much cardboard. In lieu of packing all of the original packaging, I resorted to just trying to include the prescription label. For instance, I kept the parts that showed my insulin prescriptions:

Keeping the RX part.
Keeping the RX part.

And I kept the part of the bag that my test strips came in which shows the prescription, just without all those voluminous cardboard boxes in the way.

Keeping the RX part.
Keeping the RX part.

At the end of the day, my three month of supplies, with the prescription labels but without the excess packaging, fit into this:

3 months of diabetes supplies. It looks small until you try to fit it in a carry on!
3 months of diabetes supplies. It looks small until you try to fit it in a carry on!

I’ll be interested to see if this strategy works during our trip, and will report back.

Has anyone out there had issues getting through airport security or customs without packaging or the prescription?

2 comments

  1. I’ve traveled out of the country twice to Costa Rica and to Europe, I clipped the labels for all my meds syringes, etc and put them in my glucometer case. Then I had them if questioned. I also had a letter from my doc in Spanish English and French. Guess what never needed any if it. But you never know. Good luck to you on this adventure, my niece Page shared your plans I think it sounds wonderful!

    1. Diabetic Traveler

      Hi Aunt Betsy! I’m hoping I also don’t need any of it (I haven’t in any previous travel), but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

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