When you are traveling for work or for an awesome vacation you want to bring the things you use in your daily life with you and this includes vitamins for most of us.
Now, you have probably never thought about whether you can or can’t bring vitamins on a plane since they are perfectly legal and good for you. But, there are some Transportation Security Administration rules you should be aware of in regards to traveling with them on a plane.
Join me as I run through everything you need to know about bringing vitamins on a plane so that you can ensure your vitamins aren’t confiscated by the TSA on your way.
Yes, you can bring vitamins on a plane in your carry-on luggage but there are different rules for different types of vitamins according to the TSA.
Solid vitamins, gummy vitamins, and soft gel vitamins can be carried in any quantity in your carry-on baggage without any worries. You might think soft gel capsules would be considered a liquid but they are considered a solid.
If you are traveling with powdered supplements, including powdered vitamins, you are allowed to pack them in your carry-on luggage but only in certain quantities.
If your powder vitamins are greater in volume than 12 ounces or 350 ml, you have to put them in a separate box for screening, just like with your laptop.
Liquid vitamins are also allowed in your carry-on bag but they must comply with the TSA’s rule of 3-1-1, the standard liquid rule you would have followed for your carry-on bag. Your liquid vitamins must be in containers of 100 ml or 3.4 ounces and under.
If you have a prescription for your liquid vitamins and the containers are larger than this, you can bring it in your carry-on bag. You must however declare it to security as a TSA-allowed “medically necessary liquid” and show your prescription to prove it.
All vitamins including liquid vitamins, gummy vitamins, solid vitamins, soft gel vitamins, and powder vitamins are allowed in your checked luggage in any quantities.
I would therefore recommend packing vitamins in your checked luggage as you won’t have any issues at any security checkpoint. If you want some vitamins for the plane, just pack what you need in your carry-on and leave the rest in your checked luggage.
Yes, you can bring liquid vitamins on a plane in both your checked baggage and carry-on bag too, but the rules are different for each.
You can pack liquid vitamins in any volume and quantity in your checked baggage without any worries. If you want to take them onto the plane in your carry-on bag, you will have to ensure they are in containers with a volume equal to or less than 3.4 ounces or 100 ml.
You will also have to ensure that all your liquids from shampoos to vitamins fit in a single bag that is issued before the TSA checkpoint.
If you have a prescription for your liquid vitamins, they will fall under the TSA-allowed “medically necessary liquid” rule. You will have to hand it over at the checkpoint for inspection and show the officer a copy of your prescription too.
Your vitamins do not have to be in their original containers when you travel with them on a plane. But, it would be wise to have them in their original containers as it would make an inspection go a lot faster.
Let’s say a TSA agent or airport security officer asks to look in your bag and finds a bag of unmarked pills, what do you think their reaction will be? They will have to swab the bag for explosives as this is airport security policy.
But, if the TSA agent or airport security officer opens your bag and sees an original container that says Vitamin-D supplements on the side, then they will be far less suspicious and it will make things a lot smoother. They might still have to swab and scan it, but it will be a far more relaxing experience.
Yes, the TSA allows you to bring all types of vitamins on a plane in your carry-on as long as you follow the rules laid out above. You can also take/eat your vitamins on the plane so that you can boost your immunity while you travel and arrive at your destination as healthy as possible.
Be sure to travel with a water bottle so you can take your vitamins whenever you like and don’t have to wait for the flight attendant to serve you. Be sure to have the right vitamins to support you through the flight too.
Now that we know that there aren’t many restrictions for taking vitamins on planes, apart from liquid vitamins, let’s look at how best to pack them.
I would recommend always taking your vitamins on a plane in your carry-on luggage as you never know if your checked bags are going to arrive or not and the last thing you want is to not have your vitamins with you
If you take a lot of vitamins then maybe avoid flying with liquid vitamins are you will have a limit to the amount you can carry with you
Avoid taking solid vitamins or powder vitamins if you are traveling to a hot and humid country as they will attract moisture and start to degrade. Make sure to bring vitamins like gummy vitamins or soft gel vitamins as they will not be affected
Pack them in a travel pill case to separate out the different types, or leave them in their original packaging
Make sure the vitamins packed have a label so a TSA officer can identify them as vitamin pills quickly and easily
Be sure to have your own water bottle with you so that you can take your vitamins whenever you need to, like on the plane
Now that we know that traveling with vitamins is no issue at all, let’s look at some tips about picking the right vitamins and making traveling with vitamins easier.
To save you from buying another container to put your vitamins in for travel, buy vitamins that come in a solid container, to begin with.
Look for containers that don’t break or bend so your vitamins are protected and you can even find some that maintain the internal temperature so your vitamins don’t melt.
You may have read on some packages that you don’t need to keep vitamins in the fridge if they are in their original packing, and that is why it feels cold inside a vitamin container sometimes.
To ensure your vitamins survive your trip, make sure to buy them in excellent original packaging.
The last thing you want to be doing is carrying more vitamin tablets than you need to or taking a pill every 3 hours when you are on vacation.
You can find vitamins that only need to be taken once a day or twice a day which is a lot more convenient when it comes to packing and taking them when on holiday. You can take one in the morning and forget about it until tomorrow or the evening.
So, which vitamins are going to ensure you stay healthy and feel great on your vacation? This is especially important since you have sat on a plane with 100s of people and even more viruses.
The four vitamins you will want to take on the plane are vitamin D, vitamin C, magnesium, and melatonin. Vitamin D and C boost bodily functions and immunity while magnesium ensures muscle health, and melatonin helps you sleep during the flight and when you have jet lag.
Other great vitamins or supplements include Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Chlorella, and Spirulina. Chlorella and Spirulina remove damaged DNA and strip your body from cosmic radiation picked up during the flight.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that boosts your immunity and Vitamin B12 supports your blood and nervous systems while you are flying.
Always bring an extra bottle of your best vitamins with you, just in case you need a boost or you lose your main bottle of vitamins. You never know if you will have access to vitamins where you are going, and may not be able to replace a lost bottle.
Also, vitamins can be very expensive in some countries so it saves to have some extras so you don’t have to buy locally.
Never worry about bringing vitamins on a plane, it is perfectly legal in both your carry-on and checked baggage. I would always bring vitamins in my carry-on and avoid liquid vitamins so that there are no limits to how much you can bring.
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