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Eligible Travel Items if You Need to Spend FSA Dollars Before March 15

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If you’ve put using your remaining Flexible Spending Account (FSA) dollars off until the last 15 days like I might have, here are some ideas. Travel related items that qualify without a prescription and can make travel more comfortable in the coming year:

FSA qualifying travel essentials

Shoe Insoles & Inserts — Items like orthepedic gel insoles, moleskin, and toe separaters are on the list of qualifying items. Note: Some sites are showing Profeet Flex-Tastic as qualifying, but not yoga toes.

Motion sickness wristband (items like Dramamine require a prescription)

Sunscreen 30SPF+ — Amazon currently has a 24 pack of 1 oz Banana Boat 30 SPF tubes for $31.50, a great way to take sunscreen on vacation without having to throw out half a bottle if you didn’t use it all or having to check a bag.

Suncreen Lip Balm 30 SPF+

Bandaids and Blister Pads

Hot and Cold Packs — can be medicinal and can also work great for a cold day at the stadium or a long day of siteseeing!

Just be sure you do homework before buying to make sure the item qualifies. Many online sites like Walmart,, and FSAStore, indicate whether an item is eligible and whether it requires a prescription.


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  1. Dovertime

    March 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    This is an absolute great post! You might as well get your travel accessories using pre-tax dollars!

  2. gary

    March 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    you have until March 31st to file for 2013 claims. but don’t you have to do the spending in calendar year 2013?

    • Keri Anderson

      March 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Many programs give you a grace period until March 15 to spend the funds, March 31 to file 🙂

  3. gary

    March 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    In other words, it’s the company’s option, it’s not in the law. That info might be fairly useful to know……

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