Traveling with supplements

Let’s say you are going to be traveling for 3 days. If you are currently undertaking a bodybuilding or fitness regimen, chances are there will be a wide assortment of nutritional supplements you will be using at any given time.  I have personally experienced travel delays because of international incidents and have compiled some common sense tips for traveling with supplements. Many supplements are similar in appearance to recreational drugs. You really don’t want to spend your night held up at the Thai border with a stainless steel sports bottle filled with a mysterious white powder.

These protocols are standard for international travel; you can relax the recommended labeling for travel abroad.

Powdered Supplements

Recommended Container: 1 Gallon Ziplock bag (Double Bagged/Scoop)
Labeled With Marker:  (Nutritional Supplements – Manufacturer/Product Name)

Example: Whey Protein
Morning: 2 scoops
Preworkout: 1scoop
Postworkout: 2 scoops
5 scoops per day X 3 Days = 15 scoops per 3 days

Capsules and Tablets

Recommended Container:  Standard Sized Vitamin Bottle (to avoid crushing)
Sheet rubber banded to the vitamin bottle:  (Nutritional Supplements – 1. Manufacturer(s)/Product Name(s) )

Examples:  Fish Oil, Multivitamin, CLA, and L-Carnitine.
Write down how many of each pill you take every day, and add them all to one vitamin bottle for the number of days you will be traveling.

U.S. customs and border protection says: 

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:, or call 1-888-723-3366.


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