I take A LOT of vitamins and supplements, about 8 of them. I would like to bring about 10 tabs/caplets per kind for an 8 day trip to Indonesia.
What is the best way to pack them?
In checked or carry on?
Any suggestions what container shall I use?
Will I need a prescription by my doctor for the vitamins? I will be taking them out of their original containers so is it acceptable to just mix them all together in one bottle to save space?
I also have maintenance pills for hypertension, an inhalation inhaler maintenance for my asthma and a pill for high cholesterol. Will I need a prescription for these?
If you have prescription medicines it's best to keep them in their original packaging, with the pharmacist label showing your name still attached. It's also a good idea to have a doctor's note explaining what they are, what you're taking them for and in what dose. It's best to put the drug name rather than the brand name. Most countries get very upset if you try to bring-in narcotic-like pain killers - anything with high levels of codeine or pseudoephedrine. Over-the-counter pain killers usually don't have enough of those drugs in them to be a problem, but if a doctor prescribed your pain killers it might be best to check, because you'll need a special import license from the Indonesians.
There is not the same restriction on vitamin pills and non-prescription drugs. BUT if you take them out of their original packaging and mix them all up together how will the immigration authorities identify them? How will they know you're not hiding other legal or illegal drugs in with them.
I know space and weight is an issue, but it's really the best option to keep them in their original packaging.
Phil at the safety hub about 5 years ago