For those headaches, cramps, aches, and fevers, Advil can be invaluable when you’re traveling.
So you’re probably wondering if you can bring Advil on a plane to your next destination.
According to TSA regulations, you can bring Advil on a plane in both your carry on and checked bags.
But does the type of Advil you want to bring matter?
What are the rules when flying internationally?
Can you also bring other OTC medicine on your next flight?
Let’s take a closer look.
Table of Contents
- 1 Advil Pain vs PM vs Cold/Sinus Flu vs. Children’s
- 2 Keep Advil in its Original Packaging For International Flights
- 3 Airline Regulations
- 4 Advil Can Be Opened or Unopened
- 5 No Restrictions For How Much Advil You Can Bring
- 6 How to Pack Advil for Flying
- 7 What About Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Other OTC Medications?
Advil Pain vs PM vs Cold/Sinus Flu vs. Children’s
Advil has a range of products with different delivery methods.
- Advil Pain: Dual Action, Tablets, Caplets, Liqui-Gels, Migraine, Arthritis
- Advil PM: PM Caplets, PM Liqui-Gels
- Children’s: Drops, Chewables, Suspension
- Cold/Sinus/Flu: Multi-Symptom Cold & Flu, Sinus Congestion & Pain, Congestion & Relief, Cold & Sinus, Allergy Sinus
But can you bring all of these on a plane?
Regardless of the Advil product and its delivery form, the TSA allows you to pack both in your carry on and checked bags.
Keep Advil in its Original Packaging For International Flights
Even though the TSA only has authority in the USA, other countries will also allow you to bring Advil onto a plane in both your carry on and checked bags.
When traveling outside the USA, it’s a good idea to have Advil and other medicines in their original packaging, as the medication might not be as widely known outside the USA.
All airlines follow TSA regulations.
So this means that regardless if you’re flying with a regional or major air carrier, including Southwest, Delta, United, JetBlue, and American Airlines, you will be able to bring Advil on a plane in both your carry on and checked bags.
Advil Can Be Opened or Unopened
It makes no difference if the Advil you want to bring on a plane is opened or unopened.
Both opened and unopened packages will be allowed in both your carry on and checked bags.
No Restrictions For How Much Advil You Can Bring
The TSA state that “you can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts as long as it is screened.”
This includes Advil.
If packed in your checked bag, there are also no limits.
How to Pack Advil for Flying
There are no specific instructions you have to follow when packing Advil in your checked bags.
Just place any Advil products in your bag, check it in, and you’re good to go.
Carry on Bags
If you want to pack Advil in your carry on, the TSA list the following requirements:
- It is not necessary to present your medication to, or notify an officer about any medication you are traveling with unless it is in liquid form.
- Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight.
- You must tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process.
- Medically required liquids will be subject to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.
This does not apply to Advil liqui-gels, as the liquid is enclosed in a capsule.
What About Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Other OTC Medications?
- You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts as long as it is screened.
- Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight, though additional screening will be required.
This only applies to medications packed in your carry on bags.
If packed in your checked bags, there are no specific instructions you must follow.
Ella Dunham, a Freelance Travel Journalist and Marketing Manager, boasts an impressive career spanning eight years in the travel and tourism sectors.
Honored as one of "30 Under 30" by TTG Media (the world’s very first weekly travel trade newspaper), a "Tour Operator Travel Guru" and "Legend Award" winner, Ella is also a Fellow of the Institute of Travel, a Member of the Association of Women Travel Executives, has completed over 250 travel modules, and hosts travel-focused segments on national radio shows where she provides insights on travel regulations and destinations.
Ella has visited over 40 countries (with 10 more planned this year).