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Sky-High Slumber: Navigating Air Travel with Melatonin

Ever wondered if your sleep savior, melatonin, can fly with you? Let's unpack the rules and get you snoozing at 30,000 feet!

Tobi Miles
July 26, 2022

Like so many things, traveling on a plane can be stressful, and taking something to help is necessary. Taking anti-anxiety meds and even melatonin is customary to help with in-flight jitters. But do you need to take them beforehand, or can you bring melatonin on the plane with you?

You can bring melatonin pills or gummies on board a plane, but liquid melatonin requires more due diligence. You can bring it, but the TSA must screen it first. Make sure it's secure in your carry-on bag, and know most people take melatonin before they get on the plane. There is a different screening process on international flights, but melatonin is a common remedy for any travel stress.

With all the intense screening and often fear of flying, you can take melatonin to put your nerves at ease. Most airlines have restrictions on how you carry certain medications onboard and what kind. You can find out how to pack your melatonin safely and easily get through security.

A Quick Look at the TSA’s Rules for Supplements 2022

With the TSA, there are still specific rules you must follow when traveling with a supplement like melatonin. Melatonin is a common medication taken often and is not necessarily a prescription. Gummies and pills are common forms that the TSA has no problem screening in your carry-on luggage.

However, if it is in a liquid form, there are restrictions on how much liquid you can take unless it’s a prescription. You must follow the TSA rules for carrying anything onto a plane, from liquids to even bringing toothpaste on board. If you wish to bring a liquid dose of melatonin, then look at the following notes.

  • If your melatonin is in pill or gummy form, you can carry your medication in your carry-on or checked luggage.
  • If you have liquid melatonin, be sure to let TSA know and screen all medications.
  • If it is related to medication, the 3-1-1 rule is not followed or enforced. The TSA will allow many, if not all, medicines.
  • Let the TSA know you have medication, and they will ultimately decide if you can carry it on.

Can You Bring Melatonin On A Plane In Your Carry-On Bag?

Packing your carry-on bag can be a bit stressful because you must be aware of all rules. From scissors and certain liquids, you must watch what you pack. However, you can bring melatonin in your carry-on for the plane.

While at the security checkpoint, you will need to let TSA know you have medication in your bag. This will allow them to screen it properly and verify that it is indeed a medication. Most medications and supplements are cleared for travel and carry-on bags.

The TSA clears certain liquids and aerosols for most airlines due to importance or need. Melatonin is a common over-the-counter drug/supplement that people use daily, making it safe for travel. If you do carry liquid melatonin or gel, be sure to pack accordingly.

The TSA may ask to see your medication or have you place it outside your bag in an individual baggy. This makes it easier to screen, check, and verify your medications and makes security a breeze.

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Can You Bring Melatonin Gummies On A Plane?

Melatonin gummies are the most common form of melatonin and are clear for carry-on. You should watch or limit how much you carry with you since you can pack it in your checked baggage. It is common to take melatonin on flights, and packing the gummies is a safe bet.

You should still announce that you have melatonin gummies to the TSA agents at security. Announcing that you have them will prevent additional screening and wasted time from a side-check.

Can I Carry Melatonin In My Purse?

Since your purse counts as a personal item or bag, it does not count as a carry-on. You can carry melatonin in your purse, but it will still have to undergo screening. At security, you will follow the same procedure as listed above.

You may have a limit as to how much liquid melatonin you can carry in your purse, but you can bring it. Whether it's in your purse, carry-on luggage, or checked baggage, melatonin is safe for flights.

Can I Purchase Melatonin At The Airport?

Most of the time, you can buy melatonin without a prescription. Airports have a variety of shops and stores, so if you happen to find melatonin, then feel free to purchase it. However, buying it at the airport may be challenging.

Most airport stores carry standard OTC medicines like aspirin and Tylenol. Very few airport stores have melatonin readily available.

It’s a safe bet that packing it yourself is the better option. But if you’re worried about it, you can always take some before your flight, then purchase some once you reach your destination.

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Should I Take Melatonin Before A Flight?

Melatonin is a natural supplement with common ingredients found in various vitamins and supplements. You can take melatonin to avoid anxiety or loss of sleep on your flight. Flying can be a stressful ordeal, and many take melatonin to relieve stress and rest easy on the plane.

Melatonin, along with other sleeping pills or vitamins, helps with the after-effects of jet lag. To avoid the loss of sleep while on long flights, many travelers feel safe taking melatonin before flying. That way, when you arrive at your destination, you will feel refreshed and ready for a new day.

When taking melatonin before a flight, be sure to listen to your doctor and know your body. If you have a strong reaction to melatonin, then waiting till in flight would be best. Just know that you can and should consider taking melatonin to avoid jet lag or any sleep loss.

Can I Bring Melatonin On An International Flight?

When it comes to flying internationally, packing and traveling can be a bit different. Most international flights, from Mexico to France, will have specifications on what you can bring with you on a flight.

Melatonin is a natural supplement allowed on international flights, so long as it’s in gummy or pill form. Most international flights have liquid restrictions for carry-on luggage and personal items. You can always check with your designated airlines for all rules and modifications.

Still Not Sure? Ask the TSA

If you are still unsure what to bring on the flight or how much, you can always go to the TSA website. The site has various ways to search and ask questions about all your travel needs. You can also get help by contacting the TSA help/support line directly.

Be sure to have your questions written down and be specific on your medication type. This will ensure that the TSA agent will know exactly how to answer and give you the correct information. If you forget to contact or search TSA for your answer, there are plenty of people to help at the airport.

You can always ask a TSA agent at the security checkpoint and all along the way for help. They will be sure to answer your questions before your security check to ensure your trip goes smoothly. Always pack accordingly and have your medications and supplements in a bag for easy viewing.

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Summary

Since melatonin is a natural, common, and healthy supplement, you can bring it on a plane. People often use it to relieve stress and jet lag, so the TSA is familiar with seeing it in the security line.

You may have a restriction on flights for certain liquids, but nationwide most airlines do not have any limits. Gummy and the pill form is the most common to travel with due to the ease of putting them in a carry-on bag. You can carry melatonin in a bag, purse, or other personal items.

The TSA has limitations when flying internationally, but it can vary by flight. You can call the TSA or search their website if you have concerns. You can travel easily knowing that melatonin is safe to take with you.

Article updated:
January 5, 2024

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