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Packing Medications

Do most travelers going oversea to Europe bring all their medications in the original bottles ?
Can you use just the 7-day Mediplanner Pill Organizer?
Can someone share their experience going thru custom oversea.
Thank you

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This is the answer I gave to a previous post:
TSA does NOT require that medications be in original bottle or even have a label.
That said, it is always advisable to have the correct info with your medications in case of illness, emergency, needing refills, etc. Ask your pharmacist to print you an extra label and put it on a small Ziploc bag, then put the medication in the bag. Alternatively, some pharmacies will prepare blister packs with all your meds grouped according to when you take them (example, day 1, am in one blister, day 1 lunch next, day 1 pm next, then day 2...) and put all the labels on the top of the sheet. You could also use a pill organizer and put the labels from the pharmacy on one sheet of paper taped to the bottom of the organizer. Lots of ways to do it. I also carry an information sheet with all of my medications listed (both generic and name brand), the dose I take, when I take it and what condition it is for. I also list my Dr.'s phone #s, pharmacy's #, and emergency contact info as well a list major medical conditions (I have asthma, high blood pressure, PCOS, etc.) and surgeries /dates. This info sheet has come in handy when I had a severe asthma attack at work (the EMTs knew everything they needed even though I had trouble speaking). If you become ill while traveling, or need a refill because you lost meds, etc. this could be vital.
EDIT: Feel free to private message me if you want a sample copy of the info sheet. Also, liquid meds of more than 3 oz should NOT be placed in your 3-1-1 bag, but should be in their own baggie. You must declare them to the TSA before screening. It is helpful for liquids to be in their original bottle. Also- if you use a CPAP, a nebulizer, etc, these devices must be declared and removed for separate screening. (Also- most airlines don't count these in # of allowed carry-on bags)
Going through customs in most European countries involves choosing to walk down the 'nothing to declare' lane or stopping at the 'things to declare' table. In other words- you just walk down the nothing to declare lane and no problems. They are not really interested in medications you are bringing for personal use.

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TSA does NOT require that medications be in original bottle or even
have a label.

US Customs does require it (
"...Prescription medications should be in their original containers with the doctor's prescription printed on the container. It is advised that you travel with no more than personal use quantities, a rule of thumb is no more than a 90 day supply. If your medications or devices are not in their original containers, you must have a copy of your prescription with you or a letter from your doctor. A valid prescription or doctors note is required on all medication entering the U.S...."

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What US Customs wants to see (not really, but according to policy), is the label on the container. Your pharmacist can print you an extra label, or you can use the print out they give you about side-effects (it has the same info). Just put either of those with your medications. There is NOTHING special about that brown bottle many prescription meds come in. In fact, most people will have little or no extra meds when they return as most only carry enough for their trip, and maybe a day or 2 extra. US customs does not check you on before your flight TO Europe, only a bit when you arive. In fact, the only customs we've ever experienced on our return was the guy we handed our landing card to. It is TSA that screens your bags before you head to your out going flight and they are the ones that might question something. Usually it is liquid medications. Liquid meds SHOULD be in their original prescription bottle as they may be specially screened.