I’ve ducked in looking for advice regarding taking some medication to Florida (changing in Texas en route). My 10 yo has fairly severe CF, and as there’s no community on here just for that, I figured you lovely people on the BLF might be the best people to ask. Although I used to be a seasoned traveller, I’ve never taken small person abroad before, so I’ve done a lot of research and checking (with our airline and the TSA) and as a result know that prescribed medication and nebs etc. can all be carried in hand luggage, but that raises an issue all of its own:
My original plan was to put everything bar what she would need travelling in the hold luggage, purely because of the sheer volume of meds and equipment required for our 2 week trip. Then I suddenly considered the total nightmare that would occur if her bag was misplaced en route. I had a look to see if you can get any additional hand luggage allowance for medication, but couldn’t find anything to suggest you can, and it would need to be a full bag just for her medical supplies. So my revised plan is to carry 5 days worth of meds in my hand luggage to cover the eventuality, but do they have to be in original prescription boxes? By which I mean, I can’t just carry original foil strips (tabs and capsules) and foil packaging sleeves (some of her nebs) can I? She’ll be on nebbed aztreonam (antibiotic) when we go, but that comes as dry powder in tiny glass vials with a separate diluent in plastic nebules - would they accept 15 of those not in any other original packaging? The original packaging houses a full month’s worth, so the box will be used to transport the other 30 vials needed for the rest of the trip in the hold and is absolutely massive. The same applies to her hypertonic saline nebs, and a couple of other oral medications she takes. I’ll be carrying a copy of her repeat slip and a letter from her consultant in with our travel documents.
What do people think? Any advice, tips or experiences would be gratefully received regarding carrying meds into the US and travelling abroad with meds and nebs in general.