Taking a Plane Trip? How to Pack Your Liquids

November 13th, 2014 Fontenay Terrace Motel

packing liquids

Traveling commercially nowadays isn’t the same as it was 25 years ago. With wars raging and terrorist groups springing up all the time, security at airports and train and bus stations is tighter than ever. The TSA has certain regulations that travelers must adhere to, especially when it come to carrying gels and liquids on a plane, so better to know what they are so that you don’t cause other people a long wait in line and yourself a headache.


You cannot carry any liquid or gel that weighs more than 3 ounces – that is 85 grams or 90ml. And all your items must be travel size. The best way to transport them is in a zip lock plastic bag – use a large one (quart size).


Make sure all the caps are on tight. You don’t want your hair conditioner leaking out. And read each item to be certain the weights comply with TSA regulations. Place the items in the plastic bag and zip it tight. Put the plastic bag in a secure place in your carry-on luggage. A zipped pocket is good. Be aware that each member of your party, including children, is entitled to bring a plastic bag with liquids and gels.


When it is your turn to be screened, put the plastic bag into the box with your other small electronics like your camera and cell phone. And put your carry-on luggage on the conveyor belt. After your screening, replace the bag in your carry-on luggage, and you are good to go.


To prepare for the future, keep all sample bottles of shampoo and shower gels etc that you get through purchases or pick up at hotels, in a special drawer at home. Some of these samples also come in the mail and we often throw them away without thinking. Hang on to them. They will come in handy at some future date.


The mandates of the TSA are clear and simple. It is not difficult to adhere to these regulations. Knowing ahead of time what they are and how to pack these items in your carry-on bag will save you time and anxiety.

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