What You Need to Know Before Packing Your Bags

Typical Carryon BagGetting ready to go on holiday? Great! Our website will have lots of great suggestions for the traveler, including what you’ll need to know BEFORE you pack your luggage!

For example, if you have not flown lately, you might not be aware that you can’t bring any liquids exceeding a 3-ounce container as you go through gate security!

That’s right! Not even a bottle of spring water! You’ll be able to buy water or soda AFTER you get through security, but not before.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a “liquids rule” stating that you can bring ONE quart-sized bag  (you can use a regular ‘zippy lock’ type of bag commonly found in your kitchen) containing gels, liquids (like shampoo for example), aerosols (like shaving cream), creams  (for example, skin cream), and pastes (think “travel size toothpaste”) inside your carry-on luggage. You can present them at the security checkpoint.

Since this is a well-known rule now, you can find a number of “travel-sized” containers that portion these types of approved items into the maximum allowed 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less (per item).

When you get to the security point, you can take this clear quart-sized bag out of your luggage, and let the screening personnel see it – it might help save a little time. Note, however, that even if you are bringing the proper amounts through, you may still be subject to additional screening. Your checked luggage will be undergoing separate screening.

Use common sense when packing. Go to the TSA.gov website for official information.