Can You Bring Vitamins On A Plane? (The TSA Rules)

Last Updated on January 17, 2021

Flying with vitamins and supplements is permitted and extremely common.

This post will answer all your questions about traveling with vitamins.

TSA Vitamins Rules

The transportation security administration is the organization that checks your luggage at security screening checkpoints. They decide what can and can’t go on planes.

Let’s see what they say about vitamins:

The guidelines are clear. You can bring vitamins in on a plane in your carry on bag. Vitamins are also permitted in checked luggage.

There are no limits set on the amount of vitamins you can take on a plane.

The TSA do not require passengers to pack solid vitamins in your quart bag. Even soft gels like fish-oil capsules are not considered to be liquids as Amy discovered:

However, bottles of liquid vitamins would need to go in your quart bag along with other toiletries. They should be under 3.4 oz (100ml).

If you have a bottle of liquid vitamins and you have a medical prescription for it you will be able to take bottles larger than 3.4 oz. You just need to show your liquid vitamins and prescription to the TSA officer and you will be permitted to bring it on board.

Keep in mind, while these are the general rules the TSA officer at the checkpoint always has the final say.

Can I Take Gummy Vitamins On A Plane

So solid vitamins are fine and liquid vitamins are treated like other liquids unless you have a medical prescription for them.

But what about the grey area…

Are gummy vitamins a liquid or a solid?

Michelle asked the TSA about taking them on a plane:

Gummy vitamins are considered to be solid so you can take gummy vitamins on a plane. There are no special packing requirements. 

How To Pack Vitamins For A Flight

It always makes more sense to pack vitamins or medication in your hand luggage.

This is because checked luggage sometimes gets lost. Also, theft from checked luggage is a problem too, and bottles of vitamins can be expensive!

To make sure your vitamins arrive at your destination along with you we advise that you pack them in carry on bags.

Packaging And Labeling

So you know you can bring vitamins on a plane, but are there any special packaging or labeling requirements?

Brian asked the TSA:

Do Vitamins Have To Be In Original Bottles When Flying?

No, vitamins don’t need to be packed in original bottles when flying. Packing supplements for air travel is really simple.

Appropriate packaging is whatever is convenient for you. A pill organizer can be good if you need to keep things organized. But it’s equally valid to just throw some vitamin pills in a ziplock bag.

Paula also asked the TSA about it and they got back to her:

So it’s clear, you can transport your vitamins in any type of container.

Karen asked the TSA on Twitter about taking vitamin sprays in carry on luggage:

Homeopathic sprays and liquid vitamins fall under the 3-1-1 rule and must be packed in your clear plastic quart size bag.

Can You Take Vitamins On International Flights?

Taking vitamins on a plane internationally is no different. If you are departing from the united states you will pass through a TSA security checkpoint. The rules are the same whether you are flying domestically or internationally.

The only one thing you should consider is the legality of your vitamin supplement at your destination.

For example, there are countries where CBD oil is illegal. You will be able to board the plane and land in the destination country but you’ll then be in possession of a controlled substance.

If you have any doubt check the local laws of your destination country.

The Verdict

Can you bring vitamins on a plane? Yes, you can. There are best practices such as packing vitamins in carry-on luggage and labeling to avoid confusion but there are few regulations.

Brings vitamins on a plane is pretty straightforward, you don’t need to do anything but if a TSA officer asks to take a closer look at your vitamins you should comply.

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