The life of an athlete or bodybuilder requires strong will, resilience and dedication. It also requires a lot of planning. And if your fitness lifestyle includes supplements, chances are you never want to leave home without them, even when traveling.
However, many are unaware of the policy and procedures regarding packing supplements in your travel luggage. Well, we’re here to tell you that as long as you stick to general guidelines and travel regulations, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take your trusted arsenal of capsules and powders with you.
Can I bring my supplements on a plane?
While regulations may vary across different countries, in the United States, you are indeed allowed to bring supplements in your luggage. According to the U.S. Customs & Border Protection:
“Non-prescription medicines (also known as over-the-counter or OTC medicines), vitamins, herbs, and supplement products fall under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In general FDA will not object to the personal importation of those products, as long as:
– The traveler is carrying the products in their possession (or in their luggage);
– The amount being carried is an amount reasonably considered for personal use.
For additional information please consult the FDA Consumer Alert webpage via the following link: FDA.gov, or call 1-888-723-3366.”
How to Prepare and Pack Your Supplements for Travel
You’re free to bring any amount of vitamins/supplements with you, as long as it’s considered a reasonable amount for your personal use and doesn’t exceed luggage weight restrictions to avoid any additional charges.
While dietary supplements are allowed, they can still cause certain issues and challenges. One of the challenges you may face is the amount of space your supplements can take up in your luggage. If possible, measure out the amount you need into separate Ziploc or securely sealed container, and label each for convenience. Another consideration is the possibility of your luggage being delayed or missing, so packing them in a carry-on may be a better option.
If brining your supplements in a carry-on, you may be asked to remove your supplements from your bag when you reach the TSA checkpoint, so they can be screened separately. More often than not, TSA airport security may be tempted to inspect these supplements in order to determine their content. Make sure that your baggies and pill boxes are clearly labeled and well-sealed.
The Bottom Line
Traveling can take a toll on your physical, emotional and fitness state. It can also subject you to other passenger’s germs and illnesses. Also, the prospect of consuming less nutritious meals, prolonged activity and stress may decrease your fitness levels. That is why every serious bodybuilder and athlete should pack some of their supplements arsenal. After all, consistency brings success. And the constant intake of the essential supplements can result in constant progress.
Chris Hazen | @thechrishazen | Tier Operator/Alpha Team Member