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How And Where Do We Carry Our Medication?

Dear Editors,

How and where do we carry our medication?  Also, should cameras be packed or carried on? Are hair dryers allowed? What about makeup, mascara and eye shadow?


Hi Linda,

So many questions! I hope you find the answers helpful. Although you do not specify, I’m going to assume you’re asking about bringing these items on a plane.

As for medication, it should always (always, always) be carried on your person or in your carry-on luggage. Once you check your bags you won’t be seeing them again until you arrive at your destination (and even that’s not a guarantee). Keep medication with you at all times so you have easy access to it in the event of a flight cancellation or delay. If for some reason your medication does not come in pill form, be sure to declare it for inspection at the security checkpoint. Read more about bringing liquid medication onboard an aircraft here.

As for your camera, it is a matter of personal preference. I prefer to carry my camera (s) on the plane with me as they are somewhat fragile and I don’t trust that my baggage is being handled with care. That said, if you choose to place your camera in your checked luggage, just make sure there is sufficient padding around it to cushion it when your bags are being tossed around.

Hair dryers: Yes, they are allowed in both your carry-on bags and your checked luggage. However, I find them to be very bulky and since the vast majority of hotels supply a hair dryer in-room, I leave mine at home the majority of the time.

As for your makeup, anything that is in solid or powder form can be carried on the aircraft. Anything in liquid form must be in a three ounce (or smaller) bottle and then be placed in a one-quart, clear zip top bag. Read more about the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule here.

Happy Travels,


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I always feel a bit uneasy with what I am allowed to get past security and what I will have to throw out when I am going through airport security. Thanks for the advice.

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