Yes, I KNOW this has been answered...

But all the permutations of the subject that I've tried on the archive search has turned up nothing that helps me. 1) I use a quart bag for my toiletries. I get that. Is it "good" as long as I can zip it? Or does it need to be one layer?
2) Am I right in understanding that my meds are separate, and just have to be declared/shown to security? And that I can take OTC nasal saline spray and artificial tears? Do I need a doctor's note?

Posted by Barbara
Seattle, WA
132 posts

As others have said, your quart bag can have more than one layer. However, one one trip I really stuffed my zip loc bag as much as I could and our particular TSA agent was not happy. He let it through, but said in the future all items had to be easily visible through the bag. I've had no problems since with keeping it to 2 layers so every item is visible from one side. Have fun!

Posted by Melody
Marengo, USA
93 posts

You would think. But I wouldn't have asked if their information was clear.

Posted by Kelly
10 posts

As long as you can zip your 1-quart bag you are fine. Things can be in multiple layers. Yes your meds are separate and should be in a separate bag. You may want to have a doctor's note for the OTC items just in case. So much depends on which airport you go through.

Posted by Charlene
Centennial, CO, US
1153 posts

I always have small containers of Afrin and eye drops in my one-quart bag. I have never had a doctor's note, have never pointed them out, and have never been questioned. I fly at least once internationally and 3-5 times in the US each year. My one-quart bag is usually really full so I use the bags with a plastic pull tab along the top (rather than the kind you just squeeze together). The only prescription medications I bring are cholesterol pills, and I just carry them in an old prescription container (with label removed) along with multivitamins & calcium pills. Again, I have never declared them or shown them to security or even had a prescription with me. These do NOT go in my plastic bag. Have fun. Don't worry!

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
22090 posts

Melody, If your med's are in pill form, you shouldn't have to even them or show them to security, since they're neither a liquid or a gel. The OTC Nasal Saline spray and artificial tears are both liquid so should be carried in your 3-1-1 bag. I doubt that screeners will look at them or even know what they are, so I doubt that a note from your Physician would be necessary. Cheers!

Posted by Bobbie
Park Ridge, IL
524 posts

Melody What they said! I do suggest you use a freezer weight quart bag with a tab pull and bring an extra one. One time my quart bag split and TSA was not happy as I was trying to put everything back in. The extra quart bag you can use for other items unless you need it as a back up. Happy Traveling! Bobbie

Posted by Jerry
La Crescenta, California, USA
361 posts

Hi Melody, Just to muddy the water a little more let me share that I travel on business weekly and have never placed my meds in a separate bag. They are just in separate container and no one inside this country or elsewhere has ever stopped me.

Posted by Love to Travel
San Diego, CA
126 posts

FYI Fred Meyer and Bartells (a local drugstore) or Walgreen's has 7 ziplock bags with the white roll top that you can purchase for like $1.99. Instead of buying the 25 or 50 pack of ziplocks. You can find this in their travel toiletries section.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
8501 posts

Your saline spray and eye drops need to go in the 1-qt bag, and each container must be under 3.4 oz. You don't need a doctor's note. And as others have said, your meds (if they are not liquid) do not need to go in any kind of a bag at all, and don't need to be shown to TSA.

Posted by Janet
Seattle, USA
120 posts

Actually, from what I understand from the TSA website that was linked above, the eyedrops and saline solution CAN be over 3.4 ounces, and CAN be outside of the quart bag. (Though in practice, I don't know if it might vary just depending on the person who does the security check.) From the TSA website: "To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3.4 ounce (100ml) of the following liquids, gels and aerosols are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of your itinerary (all exceptions must be presented to the security officer in front of the checkpoint): .... All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including petroleum jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes;"

Posted by Ellen
Centennial, CO, USA
1538 posts

my 2ยข. I pack my quart bag as full as I can. It's a jumble of stuff I take with me, but it has never been a problem anywhere in the world (so far). I normally can "just" get it zipped shut. The suggestion to get a FREEZER weight bag is a good one, as is the suggestion to bring an extra one. you will use that bag a lot, and you can count on it ripping at some point. I always travel with a few extra bags, some gallon size for dirty stuff, or if I find an item I want to bring home. (the bags go in a side pocket, take up no room and are very handy to have "just in case"