Supplements

Hi all,
I take a number of supplements (vitamins/minerals, etc.) that I must take everyday for health issues (e.g., calcium because of my parathyroid). I take approximately 10 different supplements. Rather than carry all the bottles, is it possible to put each day's worth in the little medicine ziplock bags? I would be carrying about 15 little baggies with these supplements? Last trip I took the bottles (heavy) and was searched at the Amsterdam airport. Security told me they had to "analyze" the vitamins, which took about 20 minutes. We almost missed our connecting flight. Was this a one-off or will the little baggies be even more problematic? Thanks for all your help.

Posted by April
Portland, OR
246 posts

I take my multi vitamin, cla, asta xanthin, etc in a single ziplock bag. I have never had them searched or been stopped for them in any airport. It is a single ziplock, quart size and is usually full for a three or four week trip. Not sure if this helps you but it has been my experience.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17789 posts

Eileen, I don't usually travel with that many Vitamins, but prefer to take them in the original bottles. They're always carried in checked luggage, and I've never been questioned about them. The only thing I take in carry-on luggage is prescription med's, and I've never been asked about those either. I'm not sure what to suggest about the zip-lok bags? Good luck!

Posted by Ellen
Centennial, CO, USA
1396 posts

Might not work for you, but several years ago I bought my husband a multi compartment plastic box (at a craft store- used for thread or beads, etc) and he uses it for all his supplements --he takes a lot. He used a label maker and put the name of the vitamin on the lid. the lightweight, flat box fits in a side pocket or inside his carry on bag. He loads it up before each trip with just enough pills for vacation. The box keeps everything organized and neat, and he's NEVER had any issue going through security with it. This works for us, and keeps everything together.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

I do the same as April, and count out enough of each for my trip and put them all in one single Ziploc bag. No questions, no problems.

Posted by Sherry
San Jose, CA
1139 posts

I think it's the luck of the draw, depending on the agent. I routinely travel with Rx and OTC meds. I always put them in tiny baggies (ziplocks, about 2 by 2 inches), and when possible, I paste the Rx label on the front of the baggie. In at least 10 trips, no one has ever questioned me. I'm not even sure they noticed the little bags of pills (tucked into one sandwich size baggie), while a half dozen or more bottles would certainly be noticeable.

Posted by Eileen
New York
26 posts

Thanks, all. I only take one carry on bag, so space and weight are at a premium. I'll do the baggie thing and hopefully, that will work. Obrigada

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1358 posts

hi, I have an Bayer Asprin bottle i think is the 500 tablet size (a tad smaller than a 12 oz pop can) and i dump many Over The Counter (OTC) stuff in it for my travels. Asprin, Kaopectate, Pepeto Bismol tablets, a couple various pills for pain ect... So far, knock on wood, no one has stopped me. happy trails.

Posted by Diane
Westford, MA, USA
233 posts

We have used all the methods mentioned. It is the luck of draw as
already stated or if they are on alert for whatever reason. So we choose which works best for us. We also choose transparency by the way they are carried & they are all labeled. This shows security you are hiding nothing. They are never placed in checked luggage, always in carry-on.

Posted by Bruce
Whitefish, Montana
611 posts

We've never been questioned regarding over-the-counter products such as vitamins, aspirin and the like. I just toss all into one container. Prescription drugs are carried in their original containers, but again, we've never been questioned. Traveling light did slow us down once, as airport security couldn't believe we didn't have more clothes/crappola for a lengthy trip. I produced receipts from various accommodations which convinced Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau that indeed we were legit.

Posted by Karen
Cambridge, MA, USA
9 posts

Can you remove the labels from the vitamin bottles and stick them on the outside of the ziplock (or place inside)? I have had problems before too, so that's what i do (or carry the prescription paper if it is not OTC).