Can I bring Lysol on a plane? (TSA’s Rules)

What is your favorite thing about traveling? Is it the anticipation of a new destination or the thrill of getting to explore one for the first time?

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Or maybe you just enjoy being able to spend some quality time with friends and family. 

But if there’s something that can make traveling less enjoyable, it’s dealing with germs and sickness on an airplane.

As you pack up for your trip, you may be wondering: Can I bring Lysol on a plane?

Lysol is not allowed on a plane or in checked baggage because it is a flammable aerosol, according to the TSA. The TSA does not have specific requirements on their website for Lysol, but their Twitter at @AskTSA has all the answers you need. One Twitter user asked “@AskTSA Are Lysol disinfectant spray bottles 1oz size allowed in carry-on luggage?”

Here’s what they had to say:

“Flammable aerosols that don’t qualify as medicinal or toiletry items aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.”

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Flammable aerosol cans are pressurized. If they are punctured mid flight, the smallest spark can cause a fire in the luggage compartment or airplane cabin. So the TSA restricts flammable aerosol cans for passengers’ safety.

If you need aerosol spray on your trip, buy it once you get to your destination. Bringing the spray anyway and getting it confiscated is just more trouble for you and the TSA agents. Everyone wants a smooth run through airport security.

Learn more about the restrictions on flammable aerosol cans at this link.

But what does this mean for travelers who want to keep their luggage and themselves germ-free before they get to their destination? How can they stay germ-free?

Fortunately, the TSA says you can bring disinfectant sprays on a plane if they follow their 3-1-1 liquid rule. If the spray is not an aerosol, it does not exceed 3.4 ounces or 100 mL, and it can fit into a quart sized bag, you can carry it on a plane. Again, be aware that if it contains aerosol, it will be confiscated. Aerosol sprays are a potential danger to everyone on board.

As you can see in the tweet above, aerosols are only allowed on board for medical reasons or if they’re toiletries. To make security screening easier, put all of them in clear plastic bags before going through security. This makes inspection easy and you won’t have to interact much, if at all, with TSA agents. Be aware that they are the final decision makers when it comes to bringing your aerosol spray on a plane. Just make sure to follow all of their instructions and rules before you go through airport security.

Even though you can’t bring aerosol spray on a plane, you can also bring Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer. They’re both allowed in your checked bag and carry-on luggage. The TSA allows one 12 ounce container of hand sanitizer on a plane at this time. But if you exceed 3.4 ounces or 100 mL, the screening process may take some extra time.

Frequently Asked Questions – Bringing Lysol on a Plane

Interior of a Packed Plane

Can you carry disinfectant spray in flight?

You can carry disinfectant spray in flight as long as it does not exceed 3.4 ounces or 100 mL. If you bring over 3.4 ounces, it must go into your checked baggage. Flammable aerosols like Lysol are not permitted in carry-on bags or checked luggage. Aerosols are only permitted in your carry on or checked luggage if they’re toiletries or for medicinal purposes.

Can you take Clorox wipes on a plane?

Yes, you can bring Clorox wipes on a plane and in checked baggage, according to the TSA.

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Can I bring a can of lysol in my checked luggage?

No, Lysol is a flammable aerosol. Flammable aerosols are not allowed in any quantities in carry-on bags or checked luggage. Any spark could ignite the chemicals inside and start a fire.

Can you bring lysol wipes on a plane in Canada?

Yes, you can bring Lysol wipes on a plane in Canada, according to the TSA. They’re also allowed in checked baggage.

Here are some wipes that you can bring from Amazon.

Or if you prefer hand sanitizer, check out this link.

How to Stay Germ Free While Traveling

When traveling, you’ll come into contact with people from all over the world. And you’ll all be in one tight spot for several hours or longer. So staying germ-free is incredibly important.

Besides using the disinfectant sprays and or wipes before you sit down or grab handles, latches on door or storage compartments, there are a few other things you can do. They might seem like common sense, but they’re important to keep your flight germ-free.

  • Before takeoff, wipe down the tray table and armrests with alcohol or disinfectant wipes.
  • When you arrive at your destination, use hand sanitizer before going through security screening. Also, use it after you wash your hands in bathroom sinks.
  • Use hand sanitizer and offer it to others around you
  • Keep your hands free of contact with other passengers as much as possible. If you’re reading this article, you’re more conscious of spreading germs than most people.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes using your elbow, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands before you board your flight, and after you use the bathroom on the flight
  • Disinfect your phone, touch screen surfaces, and keyboard from time to time as you are traveling to prevent the buildup of germs.
  • Bring Lysol wipes and give them to your kids often. Kids are germ magnets!

This next one isn’t really a tip on how to fly safely, but it’ll keep you and others healthy. Stay home and don’t travel if you have cold or flu symptoms. These could spread easily by coming into contact with others.

Canceling your trip might not be the most convenient, but it’s better than spreading what you have and possibly risking the health and wellbeing of others. Not to mention that if you’re sick, you probably wouldn’t enjoy your trip as much as if you’re healthy.


That wraps up our article ‘Can I bring Lysol on a plane?’ The short answer is no, because Lysol cans contain aerosol. Aerosols are only allowed on planes for medicinal reasons or as toiletries.

Pump spray disinfectants or others that do not contain aerosol are allowed if under 3.4 ounces or 100 mL.

If you’re confused by all of these rules and regulations for disinfectants, you’re not alone. Just bring some Clorox wipes; those are a safe bet in your checked bags and carry-on bags.

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Can I bring food on a plane? (TSA’s Rules)

Pepperoni Pizza

Flying can be a stressful experience, especially if you’re not sure what you can bring and what you can’t.

You might want something to eat on a long flight. Or maybe you’d like to bring food for your trip that would go bad while you’re gone.

So you’re left wondering, “can I bring food on a plane?”

We’ll answer this question for you in this complete article. By the end, you’ll know exactly what foods are allowed and which ones are not. We’ll also discuss how food rules differ on international flights vs. domestic flights. Stick around until the end to hear some of my personal recommendations to ensure you have a stress-free trip.

You can bring most solid food in your checked bag or carry-on bag. Some foods, including canned foods and frozen foods may be subject to additional screening and other requirements. Foods that are considered liquid such as yogurt, honey, or creamy cheese must be smaller than 3.4 ounces or 100 mL to carry on a plane. If you want to bring liquid larger than 3.4 ounces, it must go in your checked bags.

The TSA is more strict with liquids or gels, because they may contain enough explosive material to be dangerous.

Keep reading for a complete list of 1) solid foods with no restrictions, 2) solid foods with restrictions and 3) foods, liquids, and dips that fall under the TSA’s liquid rules.

Note: The lists of food and liquid in this article are pulled from the food section of TSA’s ‘What can I bring’ webpage. I’ve categorized every food and liquid item on the list to help you better understand the requirements before you board your plane.

Solid Foods with No Restrictions

  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Coffee thermos (empty)
  • Tea (dry tea bags or tea leaves)
  • Cheese (solid)
  • Dried Fruits
  • Bread
  • Solid Foods
  • Cooked meat, seafood and vegetable (no liquid)
  • Granola Bars
  • Protein Powders or Supplements
  • Chocolate (solid)
  • Pet food (solid)
  • Coffee (beans or ground)
  • Spices (dry)
  • Snacks
  • Pies and Cakes
  • Sandwiches
  • Fresh Eggs
  • Gum
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Salt
  • Pizza

You can bring all of the solid food above in your carry on bag with no restrictions.

You might encounter an issue if:

  • You have something in your carry-on bag obstructing the X-ray screening.
  • You cannot lift your carry-on into the overhead bin or fit it under your seat.

Most airlines don’t have weight requirements for carry ons. The bag just needs to fit in an overhead compartment or under your seat.

To avoid getting stopped at airport security, make sure to organize your carry-on bag or suitcase.

For your information: the “Solid Foods” category above likely covers any solid foods that the TSA doesn’t specify on their website.

Solid Foods with Restrictions

Baby eating baby food

Live Lobster

Live lobster must be in a “clear, plastic, and spillproof container” according to the TSA’s website. It will be closely inspected at the security checkpoint before you can bring it on a plane. With live lobster, it’s best to check with your airline, as the rules and requirements may vary.

Baby Food

The TSA allows “reasonable quantities” of baby food on a plane. This can exceed the 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters requirement. The TSA isn’t exact about how much baby food is allowed on a plane, but check with your airline for more specific requirements.

Frozen food, fresh meat, fresh seafood, and gel ice packs

These last four items fall under a similar category: they’re all food that may require some ice or ice packs. For frozen food, fresh meat, or seafood, the ice packs must be frozen completely. They cannot be partially or completely melted.

You can also pack food in dry ice, which will stay frozen for much longer. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), you can bring a maximum of five pounds of dry ice in a ventilated and appropriately marked container.

Canned foods

Some canned foods may be subject to the TSA’s 3:1:1 liquid rule. This means that you can only bring 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters of liquid on the plane. When flying with liquids, they must all fit in a one quart sized bag.

The TSA coined this the 3:1:1 rule because of the 3.4 ounces, 100 mL, and 1 quart sized bag requirements.

There are a lot of different canned foods and there’s a gray area between what is considered food and what’s considered a liquid. So, you are probably better off putting the cans in your checked bag. Or just leave them at home to avoid unnecessary delays or conflicts with TSA agents.

You can technically bring 3.4 ounces of canned liquid on a plane, but most cans are not that small. Most canned soup and fruit for example will likely be larger than this requirement.

Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, etc.)

Although most creamy food, dips, and liquids don’t fit the 3.4 ounce or 100 mL requirement, toiletries are one of the most commonly accepted items for your carry-on.

I know these are not food, but this may be helpful information for you as you pack for your trip.

Toiletries in travel-sized containers that hold less than 3.4 ounces or 100 mL are allowed in carry-on bags. They must all fit into one quart-sized bag in your carry-on luggage.

If you have larger containers, you can bring them on your trip. But they must be in your checked baggage.

Foods, Dips, and Liquids That Fall Under TSA’s Liquid Rules

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  • Yogurt
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Coffee (liquid)
  • Soups
  • Jam and jelly
  • Oils and vinegars
  • Peanut butter
  • Cheese (creamy)
  • Juices
  • Soda
  • Ice cream
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bottled water
  • Hummus
  • Creamy dips and spreads
  • Salsa and sauces
  • Gravy
  • Chocolate (liquid)
  • Salad dressing
  • Pet food (wet)

This list includes the foods, dips, sauces, and liquids that are subject to TSA’s liquid rules. For the foods and liquids listed above, the TSA allows you to carry a maximum of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters on a plane.

What food cannot be taken on a plane?

If you have more than 3.4 ounces or 100 mL of certain foods or liquids at the security checkpoint, you’ll be asked to dispose of the liquid. See above for a complete list according to the TSA.

So, what should you do if you’re stopped by a TSA agent because of food or liquid?

Here are a few options for you.

  1. Dump the food item or liquid out and carry on the empty container or bottle.
  2. Pass the food item or liquid to a friend who’s not traveling.
  3. Transfer the food or liquid to your checked baggage.
  4. Throw away the food or liquid.

For some liquids, the TSA makes exceptions. These include:

  • Baby formula
  • Breast milk
  • Juice or water for babies

The TSA is a bit more lenient with baby food and liquid products compared to other liquids. In most cases, you’re allowed to bring more than 3.4 oz or 100 mL on a plane. They do not need to fit in a quart sized bag.

But I recommend checking with the airline first. The TSA’s website is a little vague on baby food and liquid requirements, stating that a “reasonable quantity” is allowed on a plane. If you have quite a bit more than 3.4 ounces, you may be subject to additional screening.

Keep in mind that baby formula, breast milk, and juice or water for babies must be screened separately. In some cases, TSA agents may test the liquid for explosives. This involves giving a small amount of the liquid to the agent for testing.

Now that you know the 3.4 ounce or 100 milliliter rule, you might be wondering: can I bring an empty water bottle on a plane?

Yes, you can bring empty water bottles, coffee thermoses, and other liquid containers on a plane. Just make sure they are completely empty before going through security.

You can also pass through security with over 3.4 ounces of frozen liquids. But if they become slushy or liquid before boarding the plane, they may be confiscated.

Packing Food in Checked Luggage

In checked bags, you have no restrictions on the type of food you can bring on a plane. It’s worth noting that your luggage must weigh less than the max requirements outlined by the airline. Most of the major airlines require checked bags to weigh less than 50 pounds. So you’re somewhat limited in how much you can bring.

Similar to food, liquids do not have checked baggage restrictions beyond the weight of the luggage itself. But, liquids are quite heavy, so the weight of your luggage can add up quickly.

When you go through airport security, you may need to remove your food and liquids for a separate screening. This may occur if you packed items with more restrictions, such as frozen food, baby food, or canned food.

Sometimes other items in your bags will obstruct the X-ray machine. This can cause delays at the security checkpoint, and you may have to remove the items for a separate screening. So it’s best to keep your checked bags and carry-on bags organized.

Should I pack food or liquid in checked baggage?

Carry-on bags have many more requirements and exceptions when it comes to bringing food on a plane. Instead of packing food in your carry on, pack it in your checked bag to avoid this hassle.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How much food can you bring on a plane?

There are no restrictions for how much solid food you can bring on a plane. You just have to be able to lift the bag into the overhead compartment or fit it under your seat. Most airlines do not have weight requirements for carry-on bags.

However, liquids, dips, sauces, gels, and related items are limited to 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters. All liquids must fit into one quart sized bag to pass through airport security.

Can I bring food on a plane on an international flight?

Yes, you can bring solid food on an international flight. Most fresh fruits and vegetables are not allowed in your carry-on or checked baggage on international flights. They may contain invasive pests or diseases that can spread to other fruits and vegetables. In some cases, you can bring food on an international flight, but you’ll have to eat it all before disembarking.

Can I bring a Subway sandwich on a plane?

Yes, you can bring a Subway sandwich on a plane. The TSA allows you to bring any type of sandwich on a plane, as long as it’s not accompanied with more than 3.4 ounces of liquid. You can also pack sandwiches in your checked baggage.

Can I bring an open bag of chips on a plane?

Yes, the TSA allows you to bring an open bag of chips on a plane. Just put them in your carry-on before screening. After going through security you can take out the chips and continue eating.

Can I bring pizza on a plane?

Yes, you can bring pizza on a plane or in your checked baggage. But it might be hard to fit an entire pizza in your carry-on bag along with everything else you’re bringing. Pizza has no restrictions on domestic flights, but you might not be able to take it off the plane after an international flight.

From the USA to a foreign country

Some foreign countries have strict requirements when it comes to meat, poultry, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables. They don’t want to facilitate the spread of any foodborne diseases, which may be dangerous to people’s health. So pizza with pepperoni, sausage or other meats may be prohibited.

You may be allowed to bring it on your plane and eat it, but not allowed to exit the plane with your food.

From a foreign country to the USA

If you’re coming from a foreign country into the USA, you might have to throw away your pizza upon arrival. The USA has pretty strict rules about allowing food that may contain foreign foodborne diseases or parasites into the country. But, pizza with no meat or poultry products is often permitted.

Can I bring food wrapped in foil on a plane?

Food wrapped in foil is allowed on a plane, but it may obstruct the x-ray screening at the security checkpoint. You might be subject to additional screenings or asked to unwrap the food. But you can pack food in a plastic container or Tupperware to save time.

Can I bring gummy bears on a plane?

Yes, gummy bears are allowed in your carry-on bags or checked luggage. They fall under the category of “Solid foods” on the TSA’s website.

Can I bring baby food on a plane?

Yes, you can bring baby food on a plane in “reasonable quantities” according to the TSA. If it fits in your carry-on bag, you should be fine.

The restrictions are a little more complicated if you want to bring liquids for your baby on a plane. If you’re carrying baby formula, breast milk, or juice or water for babies, you may be subject to additional screening.

Unlike most liquids, they are not subject to TSA’s 3:1:1 liquid rule. This means that you can bring over 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters of formula, breast milk, or other liquids for your baby on a plane. In addition, they do not need to fit into a quart-sized bag.

It’s unlikely, but the TSA may ask for a small portion of the liquid to test it for explosive material.

Can I bring frozen food on a plane?

Yes, you can bring frozen food on a plane. Just make sure that it is completely frozen. If the ice is melted or a slushy consistency, you won’t be able to board your aircraft. Dry ice works great to preserve frozen food and you can carry up to about five pounds of it on a plane, according to the FAA.

Can I bring fruit on a plane?

Yes, you can bring fruit on a plane. Dried fruits are allowed in your carry-on bags or checked luggage. The TSA does not allow fresh fruits or vegetables in carry-on bags or checked bags from Puerto Rico, Hawaii, or the US Virgin Islands. They want to prevent the potential spread of foodborne diseases.

On most international flights, you can bring the fruit on the plane, as long as you eat it all in flight. You likely won’t be allowed to take it off of the plane. The same is true if you are flying from a foreign country to the USA.

I recommend looking up the specific requirements of your destination country. Also check your airline’s website for additional information about bringing fruit on a plane.

Can I bring cheese on a plane?

Solid cheese is allowed in both carry-on bags and checked baggage. If you have creamy cheese, you can only bring 3.4 ounces or 100 mL in your carry on.

Can I bring chocolate on a plane?

Like the requirements for cheese, you can bring solid chocolate in your checked bags and carry-on bags. But liquid chocolate is restricted to 3.4 ounces or 100 mL.

Recap and My Recommendation for Bringing Food on a Plane

Airport Terminal 4 - Baggage Claim Area

Remember, solid foods are subject to little to no restrictions for air travel. However, any creamy food, dip, or liquid must be under 3.4 ounces or 100 mL to carry on a plane.

My Recommendations

I recommend avoiding bringing food or liquids on a plane if you can. But, if you plan on eating them on the plane, that’s great.

Otherwise, food can take up space you might need for other items. You might want space for electronics or books to keep you entertained in flight.

Depending on the food, you might be subject to additional screening at the security checkpoint. So, take the food in your checked baggage to save you that hassle.

Be mindful of how much food you bring, though. You might want to save the space in your checked bags for clothing, toiletries, and other items.

Personally, consider buying the food once you get to your destination, especially on international flights. Those rules can be very strict!

Then you don’t have to worry about getting through security or leaving enough space for the food in your carry on. Not only that, but you won’t have to rush to unpack the food and put it in the refrigerator or freezer. It just makes your life a little easier.

We hope that this detailed overview of food and liquid requirements for air travel was helpful. If you don’t see the food you want to bring on any list in this article, feel free to ask the TSA themselves on Twitter.

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How to Plan an Amazing Weekend Trip (38 Tips)

Weekend Trip/Getaway

Planning a trip can be overwhelming. There are so many things to think about that it sometimes can even make someone want to give up and just stay home. But we’re here to tell you not to worry!

We’ve compiled 38 tips on how to plan the best weekend trip ever, all from the point of view of someone who has never been there before.

So take a deep breath and read on; we promise it’ll be worth your while!

We packed a lot of information into one article, so feel free to scan the table of contents for the tips you need!

Weigh the pros and cons: road trip or air travel?

For a weekend getaway in the USA, you pretty much have two options:

  • Road trip
  • Air travel

The most economical option is to go on a road trip. It also takes a little less planning and you’re less likely to encounter delays.

Road trips are great if you want to go on a weekend trip at the last minute and you don’t have a lot of time to plan. It’s easier to get a place to stay than it is to get airplane tickets quickly.

But if you have the funds, you could shorten a four or five-hour drive drastically with a flight. It does take more work, though.

But does it take more time? Well, that’s debatable.

Think about all the different things you need to do to get ready for a flight.

You can skip all these responsibilities by going on a road trip. Also, even though the travel time will be faster by plane, it may take you more time to prepare for a flight. Not only that, but if you’re only going away for a weekend, that might not justify spending the extra money for plane tickets.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you. If you have the funds and you’re organized, air travel may be the way to go. But to save some money and possibly stress, a road trip is just as fun!

There’s something authentic and adventurous about road trips with the family! Not to mention it’s great to get out in nature!

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Think about what type of vacation fits your personality the best.

City picture in the sunset
  • RV
  • Tents
  • Hotel
  • Friend or family’s place

How do you like to enjoy your vacation time? Do you prefer pulling a trailer? Or maybe you like to be a little more old-fashioned and pull out the tents. Are you looking to explore some city life and stay at a hotel for a few days?

You have so many different options. Whatever you choose will really set the tone for your weekend getaway.

RVing would likely be the most work, but if you have been preparing for a few weeks, it’s totally possible. My family and I have been going on RV trips for years, and it usually takes us about a week to get everything ready. I wouldn’t recommend RVing for a weekend trip, but if you have a small trailer it can be a nice time.

If you love nature, you might really enjoy camping. It can be a nice change of pace from work life.

If you’re staying at a hotel, most of the work will be looking for one that is not too crowded and has good reviews. Research a few different ones in the area and compare their rates before you make a commitment.

Your last option is to join a friend at their cabin, beach house, or home. If you’re staying at a friend’s, just make sure you bring what you need. If they don’t have a guest room or extra couch, remember to grab your sleeping bag or air mattress!

Rocky beach

Pick a close destination.

If you’re going on a weekend trip, it’s best to cut down on the travel time. Limit it to about four hours each way so you don’t take up a whole day.

If you’re looking for advice on how to find the perfect travel destination, check out this article. It’s packed with quick and easy ways you can do research at home, on your computer.

Seek out a long weekend.

To get the most out of your weekend getaway, plan it around a couple of holidays. You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish with just one or two extra days!

Check with your employer to see when you have days off and plan around those. Common holidays off include Memorial Day, MLK Day, the 4th of July, Christmas, and New Years’. Easter weekend is also a great time to arrange a quick trip!

Pack light.

When you’re just going away for a few days, you don’t want too much stuff. Packing light will make your life easier and the weekend trip more enjoyable.

Try to pack only the essentials. On a weekend trip, you’ll be out and about most of the time. So most of your belongings will stay at home anyway.

Decide if you want to go solo or with friends.

This may not seem too important, but vacationing with the right people is key! Before you decide to go with a group, consider a few things:

Do your schedules align?

Depending on who you want to vacation with, this can be difficult to arrange. Make sure you both have the weekend free in advance, so you don’t run into any issues scheduling the trip. No one likes to cancel plans!

Do your personalities align?

This is perhaps the most important question to answer. Let’s say you’re an extrovert and you love to get out in the city, go shopping, and meet new people. If you bring someone on the trip who doesn’t like a fast pace or doesn’t enjoy meeting people, you won’t have an enjoyable trip.

That’s not to say that introverts can’t vacation with extroverts and vice versa. But you’ll want to try and please everyone, which leads me to my next point.

What kind of trip does everyone want to go on?

Are you and your friends avid campers who love to go out in nature? Or perhaps you love to venture to a new city and check out all the fun attractions. No matter your preferences, make sure you all agree on what type of trip you’ll enjoy.

Maybe someone had a bad experience camping and they don’t find it very fun. Maybe one of your friends is on a tight budget and can’t afford plane tickets.

Try to accommodate everyone before you venture out on the weekend getaway. A trip should be fun for everyone, a nice break from daily life!

What would everyone like to do?

Beyond the type of trip (road trip, camping, air travel, etc.) everyone should get a chance to do what they’re excited about. Get all your friends together and go over an itinerary. We’ll talk a little more about that later.

How are you budgeting the trip?

When you’re on a trip with friends, you want to split the costs evenly. This mainly includes gas money and food, but pretty much everything else that you share.

If you’re sharing a hotel room, split the cost.

Have each friend buy their own airplane tickets.

Anything personal they want, they should buy with their own money.

Do you want to bring the kids?

If you have kids, this question will certainly cross your mind. Yes, it can be a lot of work to bring kids. But also they make trips enjoyable and worth it!

Whether it’s a weekend trip down to Disneyland or a couple of days at a waterpark, your kids may love tagging along!

Bring as few electronics as you can.

I’ll keep bringing this up, but remember: this is a weekend trip. You’re away for two to four days and then it’s back to work. So why not take this opportunity to do a digital detox? Take some time off from social media, YouTube, and other apps and enjoy exploring a new place.

I realize that at a minimum, you’ll need a phone. And probably a digital camera if you’d like to document your trip with some beautiful photos.

But leave the rest at home if possible. A weekend vacation should be exactly that: a vacation!

I’m guilty of working while on vacation, so I know it can be hard to embrace taking an actual break. But you won’t regret it!

Make an itinerary before you go.

Nightime City Photo

Before you leave for your trip, do some research and make a schedule. This reduces downtime when you get to your destination. You want to save as much time as possible and pack the day with nonstop fun!

If you’re bringing friends, meet with them to discuss an itinerary. Ask them about their interests and incorporate them into your schedule.

Keep in mind that this is just a weekend trip, so you won’t have time to do everything!

But whether you’re solo or going with friends, accept that you don’t have to get to everything on your itinerary. The great thing about weekend trips is they’re relatively easy to plan, and you can take a lot of them! So anything you missed you might be able to incorporate into your next trip.

If making an itinerary just bores you to death, don’t worry about it. Your “plan” could be as simple as:

Day 1 – hit the beach

Day 2 – explore the city

And that’s it! But it can be nice to know about some of the fun things to do around your vacation spot.

For more tips on how to get the most out of your weekend trip, check out the video below.

Don’t forget to account for travel time.

On a weeklong or two-week+ vacation, travel time isn’t too much of a concern. But on a weekend, it can ruin your whole trip. Remember that you have to drive to and from your destination. So, five hours one way and five hours back is one full day of fun, sitting in your car! That’s not ideal. It might be if you love road trips. But just be cognizant of how much time spent traveling before you pull the trigger on your destination.

If you’re going on a trip with friends, take one car if possible. Once you reach your destination, you’ll want to do stuff together. Also, you can save a lot of money on gas by not taking so many vehicles.

Always plan to do more; then you’ll never get bored!

Man looking out to the ocean during sunset

Pack your day with as much fun as possible. Then when you get to your destination you have so many options to choose from. On a weekend getaway, you want to do everything to reduce downtime: time sitting at home, playing electronics, or even doing things that you could do at home.

For example, a movie can be fun, but couldn’t you watch a movie at the theater near your house? Stuff your schedule with unique activities that you may have never done before, places you’ve never visited, restaurants you’ve never been to…you get the idea!

If you can’t do everything that you want, don’t stress! If you liked the trip enough, you can always visit again!

Have a backup plan.

Having a backup plan can save your weekend trip. Think about all the different ways your trip can go wrong.

Maybe you wanted to go to the beach but it started to rain. Perhaps one of the tours, concerts, or events you wanted to do got canceled. Or you might have no luck finding a hotel room.

Day to day, everything may not always go as planned either. So it’s good to stuff your to-do list with a bunch of fun activities!

Keep reading our tips to make sure you’re well prepared for your weekend trip!

Look at all your options for places to stay.

If you need to book a hotel or campground, be sure to do some research online before you commit. You should enjoy your time on vacation, and a poor resort, hotel, or campground can ruin your experience.

But don’t worry! This research is easy. Just google all the different places to stay in your area and check out the reviews!

Also, it doesn’t hurt to ask around. See where your friends and family have enjoyed their stay!

Book a hotel or campground in advance.

You might think: it’s just a weekend trip. I don’t have to worry about booking my hotel or campground in advance. But so many people are traveling today. It’s a great idea to plan ahead and get everything scheduled to save you some potential stress.

Another reason to book in advance is you’ll have more time to find the best place to stay.

There’s a lot to consider. If you don’t have a lot to spend, you’ll definitely need to look closely at your budget. Also, it’s really convenient to find a place close to the city, trails, parks, or other attractions.

If you’re going to a busy place, maybe choose a slow time of the year or book your trip in a less popular area.

Finally, make sure that your friends and family book their rooms if needed.

Bring a phone or camera to document your fun!

It’s easy for me to get distracted by my daily work routine. Just the other day, I realized it’s been a couple of years and I haven’t gone on a trip!

If you’re this way too, definitely bring a phone or DSLR camera so you can document your experience! You can shoot photos in the city, wilderness mountains…anywhere! Don’t be shy; you’ll want these memories to last a lifetime!

We reviewed some professional DSLR cameras under $600 right here; check them out!

Bring extra batteries and chargers.

Always remember extra batteries and chargers for all of your gadgets. The last thing you want is for your camera to die right before you capture a beautiful shot!

Dress to impress!

Ok, if you’re going on a two-day backpacking trip or hiking through the mountains, this won’t be your #1 priority.

But if you enjoy city life, why not bring a few new outfits to show them off?

Also, wherever you’re headed, check out the shops! You might find some fun new outfits to try out!

Set a budget and stick to it.

You’d be surprised how easy it is to blow through $1,000 or more, even on a weekend getaway. Between eating out, buying souvenirs, and paying travel expenses, there are many different costs to consider.

Make some rough estimates for expenses before you head out and be disciplined!

You might be wondering: what’s most important to prioritize with my budget? Check out the next tip!

Decide how often you want to eat out. It’s one of the biggest expenses when on a trip.

To keep a close eye on your food budget, you can do a couple of things.

1) Set a hard limit: $50 a day or $100 a day, for example (depending on how many people you’re with)

2) Choose how many times to eat out, typically once, twice, or three times (if you’re really splurging).

Pack the right clothes!

Whether you’re headed to the beach, going on a rafting trip, hiking in the mountains, or exploring a city, make sure you dress appropriately. Take a few outfits of the right clothing and don’t forget flip flops if necessary!

Check the weather before you leave.

Woman and Man camping with their car

Weather is reliable 10 days out, so you can check it pretty far in advance if you want. The day before, you’ll get the most accurate results. So just double check the weather before you leave.

In rare cases, it may force you to reschedule the trip. But most of the time, you can just bundle up in cold weather. Or, pack a few more tank tops and t-shirts to stay cool in the summer.

Check your destination for any upcoming festivals or events.

If there’s a local event going on, you might want to check it out! Or sometimes these events are so large, you may want to avoid them.

Major cities sometimes block off streets for large festivals, making it hard to get around. You’ll want to avoid this downtime if you’re just going away for a weekend.

Arrange daycare, pet care, or babysitting if needed. Or, bring the kids!

We touched on bringing kids in an earlier tip. If you decide that your trip isn’t for them (maybe you want some alone time or to have a few drinks), then arrange for a babysitter. Ask family and friends who aren’t traveling if they’d be able to take care of your kids for a few days. The same goes for pets.

You can take kids to a daycare or pets to pet boarding, but this can put a hole in your wallet. So always reach out to friends first.

Keep all your work at home.

Any trip, no matter how small, should be relaxing or enjoyable. That means, no work! Of course you can have a contact for emergencies. But if you truly want a break, don’t bring anything work-related.

7 Quick Tips for Flying

Bring something to do while flying.

This might be the one exception to our earlier rule about limiting the electronics you bring. If you need something to do on the flight, electronics are great to pass the time. You can also bring some books or your Kindle, but not if you struggle with air sickness.

Once you get to your destination, pack away those electronics until your flight back!

Remember your passport and other important travel documents.

You’ll need your passport, Real ID driver’s license, and plane tickets to fly. Your driver’s license or passport can be a standard form of identification. You don’t need a passport for domestic flights, but they are required for international travel. For your weekend trip, just make sure you’ve got your ID and tickets.

For easy access, keep your wallet with your ID on you. Also, have the tickets in your carry on so you can take them out at a moment’s notice. If you brought your passport, keep that in your carry-on as well.

Look for the cheapest seats to save money.

If you’ve flown before, you know that tickets can get expensive. And if you’re just trying to enjoy a long weekend away from home, you may want to save some money.

The plane ride will likely be an hour or two max, so just bite the bullet and use the money you save on something nice!

If you’d like, you can always ask the flight attendant if an upgrade is available. You can’t guarantee anything, but it doesn’t hurt to check.

Get to the airport 2 hours early.

When you’re flying out of town, you should arrive about two hours early for domestic flights and about three hours early for international flights. Here are a few things you have to account for when arriving at the airport:

Parking and shuttle transportation

This is the first thing you’ll need to worry about. Depending on the size of the airport, it can take 30 minutes or more to find a parking spot, haul your luggage to a shuttle stop, wait for the shuttle, and drive to the airport.

Airline check-in

Once you arrive, go inside and orient yourself. Find the airline check in area. This will usually include choosing your seat, dropping off your luggage, and getting a boarding pass.

An agent will ask you to weigh your luggage before drop off, so make sure you’re within the requirements before you arrive at the airport.

Keep your boarding pass on you when you board the aircraft. It’s your ticket to fly!

TSA security screening

This area of the airport can have some pretty long lines. Don’t be surprised if it takes 45 minutes or more to get through TSA screening.

Research what you can carry on a plane to make the trip through airport security easy.

Before you go through security, it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t have any prohibited items on you.

Take a look at some prohibited items to carry on a plane in our guide here.

If you have doubts, just google “can I bring (item) on a plane?” You’ll find several of our articles that give you all the information you need before boarding.

Take a look at a few of them below.

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Bring some air sickness pills (if needed).

Dramamine, Marezine, or other air sickness pills will help make you feel better in flight. It’s really important to bring these pills if you know your body doesn’t react well to flying. It can put a damper on your trip to start it off feeling sick and end it feeling sick.

When researching air sickness pills, do not confuse air sickness with altitude sickness. Air sickness pills fall into the category of motion sickness. They typically help you if you get sick in a car, bus, or on a boat or plane.

But altitude sickness pills offer comfort to people who have limited oxygen due to being at high altitudes. These are often taken before climbing or hiking a high mountain.

Invest in a pair of noise-canceling headphones.

If you’re just taking one weekend getaway, noise-canceling headphones might not be a worthwhile investment. But, even then, you can find a quality pair under $100. At that price, why not enjoy more relaxing flights for years to come?

We’ve got a couple of great resources on our blog about flying with headphones and finding the best ones for travel. Take a look at our article ‘Can you take headphones on a plane‘ to learn more about the carry-on and checked baggage rules for headphones.

Or, check out our top 10 list of the best noise-canceling headphones for air travel.

6 Quick Tips for Your Road Trip

Fill the car with gas before you leave.

If you fill the car with gas, you’ve got one less thing to worry about. Imagine spending a couple of days to get everything ready to go. Then you hop in your car and the fuel light turns on. Bummer!

So, the day before you leave, take a quick trip to the gas station.

Pack food to save drive time.

It’s just a weekend getaway, and you don’t want to break the bank. Eat breakfast before you go and pack a sandwich for lunch. This way you can save your precious weekend time.

Clean out your car before leaving.

Expect your car to be about twice as dirty by the end of your trip. It’s a lot more comfortable and pleasant to vacuum the interior and wipe the seats before you embark on your weekend adventure.

If you have kids, this is even more important! They are mess magnets, so be prepared for anything. Maybe bring a spray bottle and some paper towels in case any food or drinks get spilled.

Pack your car smart.

Since you’ll likely be driving for a few hours, it’s important to get comfortable. A huge part of being comfortable is packing your car smart. Pack the trunk first. Stack your luggage if possible or place the suitcases right next to each other to save space.

Avoid cramming the back seats if you are bringing friends. Legroom is important, especially if you’re tall. At 6’4″, I’m always asking my friends and family to move the seat up so I can stretch a little!

One final thing: don’t place anything in the front that may distract the driver’s vision or make them feel cramped. At the end of the day, a safe trip is the most important.

Plan out your route to avoid delays or crashes.

Google Maps is amazing for navigation. You might be thinking: I know exactly where I’m going. So, no navigation needed!

Well, the truth is, even if you know where you’re going, use Google Maps. It has data on real-time construction, accidents, road closures, and other delays. Most of them aren’t significant. But every now and then, Google will reroute you entirely. This can shave several minutes or even hours of your time!

Pack a car charger.

For a reliable ride, be sure to pack a car charger. Navigation can use a lot of juice and you don’t want your phone to die en route to your destination. A car charger can also be useful once you arrive. You’ll pretty much have unlimited access to your phone camera.

And our final tip: Just go!

Two women on a boat in a lake

Planning a trip can seem daunting. In fact, the biggest thing holding you back might be yourself. But, you don’t need to stress. We went over all these tips to make your trip easier. Yes, there are a lot of different things to consider, but it’s not hard to prepare. Good luck and most importantly, have fun!

If you made it through this whole article, thank you. That was a lot of tips! I hope they helped you plan a weekend getaway for the ages. If you’re still looking for helpful travel advice, take a look at the articles below.

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Can airplanes fly in the rain?

Airplane in Cloudy Weather - Can airplanes fly in the rain?

Can airplanes fly in the rain? This is something that might come to travelers’ minds, especially for frequent flyers.

Airplanes can fly in the rain. The exterior of a plane and its engines are built to withstand harsh weather conditions. Most of the time, rain can be avoided since most aircraft fly at a cruising altitude of 35,000+ feet. Rain clouds typically sit around 7,000 to 10,000 feet above ground. Pilots likely won’t have to worry about the heavy rain at cruising altitude.

But it’s difficult and sometimes inadvisable to fly in the rain in severe thunderstorms and freezing rain. Heavy rain can lead to poor visibility. This makes it more difficult for planes to navigate to their destination.

Freezing rain can be very dangerous. It can build up on the outside of the plane and increase its weight, reducing lift. It might also block air filters as well as the windshield. Freezing rain can impede visibility fast, so it’s best for pilots to avoid this weather.

The smaller the aircraft, the greater the impact of severe weather. Rain by itself will not prevent planes of any size from flying, in most cases. But severe weather can always cause long delays or lead to flight cancellations.

Commercial planes travel fast, at around 550 miles per hour, so they can pass through small storms pretty quickly. But prolonged storms or harsh weather can be dangerous. Not to mention that the heavy turbulence can be uncomfortable for passengers.

If weather worsens significantly in flight, pilots may choose to land at the nearest airport for safety reasons and wait until the weather clears.

But if the aircraft is on the ground when the weather is questionable, then the flight can be delayed until conditions improve.

Airborne Weather Radar

Cloudy Weather with Airplane

You might be wondering: what if the weather is nice and sunny on takeoff, and then rain and thunderstorms hit a few hours later? Most planes today feature an airborne weather radar that helps them detect inclement weather in real time.

An airborne weather radar emits electromagnetic waves that bounce off of precipitation and travel back to the aircraft. Light weather shows up on the radar as green, light precipitation as yellow and severe weather as red. The most extreme weather shows up in magenta.

The radar does not detect clouds, as they are not dense enough to disturb flight.

If the pilot notices extreme weather on the radar, they can alter their route to avoid it. Typically, if the radar is red, the pilot may alter their route to ensure a safe ride with little turbulence. Air traffic control will communicate with the pilot to change the route. “Yellow” weather can be flown through, but passengers might have added turbulence.

Sometimes, severe thunderstorms can’t be avoided. If this is the case, air traffic control will direct pilots to fly upwind of the clouds, which reduces turbulence. Flying downwind of thunder clouds can result in heavy turbulence.

Forecasting Before Take Off

Lightning Storm

Before every flight, pilots review weather conditions on their route. Well in advance of flying, they can adjust the route if necessary.

If the weather looks harsh, pilots will bring extra fuel in case they need to change their route mid-flight. In the worst case, the flight may be canceled or delayed to wait for the weather to pass.

Even with this preparation, though, pilots cannot be ready for all situations. It’s common that, on connecting flights, planes are delayed due to harsh weather conditions. Have you ever been frustrated by a long layover? Well, inclement weather was probably the culprit.

Beyond the Airborne Weather Radar, planes have a wealth of navigation equipment to get to their destination safely. These navigation tools are all the more important during severe weather when pilots cannot rely on their sight.

  • Automatic direction finder (ADF) – this navigation system dynamically shows the pilot their position relative to a radio station.
  • Inertial navigation system (INS) – this autonomous navigation system includes a computer, accelerometers, and gyroscopes (which measure rotation) to calculate an aircraft’s position and velocity and position in real time. 
  • Radar navigation – Unlike your phone’s navigation system which uses GPS to provide directions, aircraft navigation is radar-based. The radar sends out electromagnetic waves that bounce off other aircraft. This shows up on the radar so pilots know to avoid other airplanes.
  • VOR radar – Very high frequency Omnidirectional Range is a radar system that detects high frequencies, between 108 to 117.95 MHz.
  • Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) – Think of this as an airplane’s GPS. GPS and GNSS are quite similar, but GNSS is a little more accurate since it can communicate with some satellites that GPS cannot. The more satellites that provide navigation, the more accurate the navigation.

Can airplanes take off in the rain?

Looking out an airplane window

Airplanes can take off in the rain, as long as it’s not severe. The most important factor that determines takeoff is the condition of the runway. A wet runway will need to be about 1.3 times longer than usual for the plane to take off safely. This is because the brakes will take longer to engage.

Heavy rain impedes visibility too. But pilots don’t have to rely entirely on their visibility for take-off thanks to flight instruments.

Freezing rain complicates flying significantly. Planes on an icy runway need at least three to four times the normal distance to take off. The same rules apply to landing. Also, ice buildup on the wings reduces lift, so planes need to build up more speed before flight.

Every takeoff is uniquely calculated based on the temperature and altitude among other factors. This gives pilots somewhat of a safety net. They don’t have to react instinctively during takeoff and instead can trust their calculations.

Learn more about how harsh weather influences take off and landing here.


Some aircraft have apps that can give up-to-the-minute weather updates and information on future weather conditions or potential hazards. eWas is one app that is used by thousands of airplanes around the country. Apps like eWas can also help identify the best alternate route to avoid harsh weather.


Today, nearly all planes have onboard WiFi which can forecast weather with great accuracy thanks to GPS.

Can airplanes land in the rain?

Airplanes can land in the rain, if it’s not too severe. If the runway is a little icy or there’s heavy rain, navigation equipment can help pilots orchestrate the landing. But if the weather is too severe, air traffic control might instruct pilots to fly in a holding pattern until the conditions improve. This basically means that the pilot needs to “stall” until either the runway condition improves or the ground crew can clear the ice and snow.

Does rain affect turbulence?

Rain, in most cases, does not impact turbulence. In fact, rain clouds are not even picked up by the typical airborne weather radar. However, when accompanied by thunder, severe weather, or snow, passengers may experience turbulence. It’s a pilots job to avoid severe weather if possible, so they won’t fly head-on into big storms in most cases.

The optimal route that avoids harsh weather is planned in advance. But pilots can’t always guarantee a smooth ride as conditions can change in an instant. In that case, they talk with air traffic control to discuss the best course of action. This could involve anything from an alternate route to an emergency landing.

Will rain delay a flight?

The typical rainy day by itself will not delay a flight. A downpour, thunderstorm, snowstorm, or other inclement weather, can definitely cause delays though. Nearly three quarters of all aircraft delays are weather related. So, keep a close eye on the weather when planning your next flight.

Can airplanes fly in heavy rain?

Stormy Weather

Yes, airplanes can fly in heavy rain. It may reduce visibility but aircraft have advanced navigation technology to help pilots fly safely. Taking off and landing is a little more precarious, though. Wet runways need to be about 1.3 times longer than usual for the plane to gather enough speed for takeoff. Or conversely for landing, the runway needs to be 1.3 times longer to come to a complete stop.

Grooved runways are the best runways to land on in wet conditions, since water sinks into the grooves. This prevents standing water from accumulating, which can be quite dangerous. Too much standing water may result in aquaplaning, which occurs when the airplane moves on water instead of the runway. This can result in a dangerous loss of control of the aircraft, including the ability to brake.

If the runway is too wet, air traffic control may ask pilots to enter a holding pattern. This gives the ground crew time to clean up the runway for landing.

Can a plane land in freezing rain?

Yes, a plane can land in freezing rain. However, the runway needs to be between three and four times longer than normal to ensure a safe landing. Ice reduces the friction between the tires and the runway. So the aircraft will take significantly more time to come to a complete stop.

Also, in severe icy conditions, ice on the outside of the aircraft may weigh it down and increase the time necessary for a safe landing.

Can airplanes fly in thunderstorms?

Airplane Flying Above Clouds

Small or medium thunderstorms do not pose a huge threat to aircraft, since they are built to withstand harsh weather conditions. The passengers may experience some turbulence, but that’s about it. Large storms, or storms accompanied by severe winds, freezing winds, or snow will want to be avoided.

Most storm clouds can be avoided, since commercial planes and jet aircraft fly far above them, at around 35,000 feet. But if a plane finds itself in the midst of a big storm, they will immediately contact air traffic control to find a safer route to their destination.

Also, today’s planes feature forecasting equipment which tells pilots the predicted weather in advance. So, most of the time, pilots will know where a storm is going to hit well before it hits.

You might be wondering: what about lightning? Is lightning dangerous to aircraft in a thunderstorm? Typically, severe winds and freezing weather is more dangerous to an aircraft than lightning.

Today’s airplanes are built to withstand lightning strikes. If your aircraft happens to be struck by lightning, you may see a flash or hear a noise, but it shouldn’t cause any damage.

The outer shells of most aircraft are aluminum or an aluminum composite, which is a great conductor of electricity.

The aircraft’s engines and fuel systems are also designed to direct lightning away from these areas. Any spark near a plane’s engines could lead to a catastrophe, so every part near the engines is carefully designed and inspected to ensure protection against lightning.

In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration must certify that all aircraft and aircraft equipment are lightning protected according to the manufacturer’s requirements. So, safety when it comes to lightning strikes is not taken lightly.

Can planes take off in rain and snow?

Yes, planes can take off in most rainy and snowy conditions. Landing is also safe, as long as you have a long runway. Typically wet runways require about 1.3 times the length of the runway, while snowy runways require about 1.6 to 2 times the length of the runway.

If needed, ground crews use snow plows and deicing fluid to clear snow and ice from airport runways.

Cold weather by itself is not dangerous to fly in. At 35,000 feet, the cruising altitude for most planes, it is about -50 to -60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Is it safe to fly in cloudy weather?

Cloudy weather by itself is generally safe to fly in. In fact, clouds do not show up on weather radars. If cloudy weather is accompanied by a severe storm or windy conditions, passengers may experience heavy turbulence due to strong crosswinds. If the conditions are severe enough, air traffic control will direct the pilots in advance to take an alternate route.

Thanks for reading our article ‘Can airplanes fly in the rain?’ Remember, everyday rain won’t delay or cancel a flight. But severe storms and wind conditions may result in significant delays or a cancellation.

Before every flight, pilots review the weather conditions thoroughly. They are well-equipped to adapt to changing weather conditions thanks to flight instruments, radars, and close communication with air traffic control.

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Can you bring a taser on a plane? (TSA’s Rules)

Interior of a plane - Can you bring a taser on a plane?

Can you bring a taser on a plane? It’s not an uncommon question, and it can be difficult to find the answer. The best place to start is with the official rules from your airline of choice.

In this post, we’ll go through some of the major airlines and let people know if United, Southwest, and other major airlines allow tasers in checked baggage or carry-on luggage.

We will also cover general airport security guidelines for traveling with a taser so that you can get ready for any potential questions at check-in!

Tasers and stun guns cannot be carried on board a plane. There are no exceptions. Although a taser can be used for self-defense, it can also be a weapon. But they are allowed in checked luggage, under two conditions.

1) The taser must not have a lithium battery. Lithium batteries can combust and cause a fire in the airplane cabin while in flight. If your taser has a lithium battery, remove the batteries and bring them with you in your carry-on bag.

2) The taser must have a safety mechanism or other method of preventing accidental discharge while in flight. If the taser is discharged while in checked baggage, this could be a fire hazard.

Learn more about the risks of transporting stun guns and other devices with lithium batteries in the video below.

It’s possible that you put your taser in your carry-on by mistake and go through airport security with it. This is not the end of the world; it happens.

In this case, the TSA won’t allow you to proceed through security. One of three things will happen.

1) The TSA will confiscate your taser.

2) You will have to remove the batteries from your taser and put it in your checked baggage. Keep the batteries with you on the plane.

3) You will need to hand the taser to a friend who is not traveling.

For your own sanity, double check to make sure your taser is secure in checked baggage with the batteries removed. You don’t want to keep people waiting and annoy the TSA agents.

Can you bring a taser on a plane? Looking at the Major Airlines

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Can you bring a taser on an American Airlines plane?

American Airlines follows the TSA regulations on tasers or stun guns. They are not allowed under any circumstance in a carry-on bag. But you can bring them in checked baggage with a safety mechanism and with the lithium battery removed.

Can you bring a taser on a Southwest Airlines plane?

Like American Airlines, Southwest Airlines also follows the TSA regulations on tasers exactly. You cannot bring a taser on board a Southwest Airlines plane. As long as it cannot be accidentally turned on and lithium batteries are removed, it’s allowed in checked luggage.

Can you bring a taser on a United Airlines plane?

Mirroring TSA’s guidelines, tasers are not allowed on a United plane. They are allowed in checked baggage if batteries are removed.

Can you bring a taser on a Delta Airlines plane?

No, you cannot bring a taser on a Delta plane. You can travel with it in your checked baggage, though. Just remove the batteries or make sure it cannot be accidentally fired en route to your destination.

Can you bring a taser on an Alaska Airlines plane?

As with all major airlines, you cannot bring a taser on an Alaska Airlines plane. It is allowed in checked baggage if it cannot be accidentally discharged. Also, lithium batteries must be removed before packing your taser in checked baggage.

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Can you bring a taser on a plane to Mexico?

You cannot bring a taser on a plane, regardless of where you are going, according to the TSA’s guidelines. It’s permitted in checked baggage if the lithium batteries are removed. However, tasers can only be used by police in Mexico, so there’s no point in bringing one in your checked baggage.

Can you travel internationally with a taser?

Plane taking off

Yes, you can travel anywhere with a taser, but there are a couple of caveats.

1) You cannot carry a taser on a plane. It must be transported in checked luggage without lithium batteries.

2) Depending on where you’re headed, it may be illegal to carry a taser. Look up stun gun laws in your state before you travel to make sure civilians are permitted to carry them.

Can you take pepper spray on a plane in your carry-on?

You cannot take pepper spray on a plane, since it can be used as a weapon. Four ounces of pepper spray can be transported in your carry-on, though. Learn more about traveling with pepper spray in this complete article.

Are tasers legal? Stun Gun Laws by State

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Note: In most states, the use of a stun gun to commit a crime is a felony. The class of felony depends on the state. Further most states only permit the use of stun guns for self-defense purposes.

This table is accurate as of May 25, 2021. State laws are subject to change, so you should check the official statutes to confirm stun gun laws in your area.

StateAre tasers legal or illegal? Under what conditions?
– Illegal if under 18
– Illegal under 21 on school grounds, without the school’s permission
– Illegal to carry if you’re violating a protective or restraining order
– Illegal if under 18
– Cannot give or sell a taser to someone under 18 (Class B Felony)
CaliforniaLegal, except for:
– Felons
– Those convicted of assault
– Those addicted to any narcotic drug
– Children younger than 16
– Children 16 to 17 who don’t have a parent or guardian’s written consent
– Illegal if you use a stun gun to commit a crime
ConnecticutRequires a dangerous weapons permit
Illegal if:
– You’ve committed a felony
– You’re following a restraining order
– You’re subject to a firearms seizure order
– You’re addicted to drugs or using them illegally
– You have a history of mental illness (psychiatric hospitalization)
DelawareLegal in most of the state
District of ColumbiaLegal if over 18
– Can only use a stun gun to protect yourself or your property
– Cannot open carry or concealed carry without a license
– Only allowed for self-defense purposes
– Cannot be used by those who’ve committed a felony
– Requires parent consent and adult supervision if you’re under 16
– Cannot use a stun gun if you’ve committed a felony
– Requires a permit
– Cannot carry a stun gun while in possession of marijuana
HawaiiProhibited, by penalty of misdemeanor
– Requires a Firearms Owners Identification Card
For an FOID you must:
– Be over 21 or have parents’ consent and no criminal history
– Not be addicted to narcotics
– Not subject to a restraining order that prohibits you from carrying a firearm
– Not a felon or convicted of specific domestic violence crimes
IndianaLegal – same restrictions as handguns
– Permit required
– Not allowed to carry on school property
– Illegal in Denison County
– Cannot carry a concealed stun gun without a concealed weapons permit
– If you’re at least 18 years old
– Requires a criminal background check
– Illegal if you’ve committed a violent crime
– Requires a license
– Requires a criminal background check
Cannot obtain a license if you are
– Under 21
– Following a domestic or extreme risk restraining order
– A felon
MichiganLegal – same as handgun requirements
– Requires a background check
– Illegal for felons or those who have committed certain misdemeanors (stalking, domestic violence, etc.)
– Illegal for those who have a dishonorable discharge
– Illegal if a court order prohibits you from possessing firearms or electronic weapons
– Must be 21
– Illegal if you’ve committed a violent crime or drug-related crime
– Illegal for minors to carry stun guns
– Requires a concealed carry permit
– Can only use for self-defense purposes
– Illegal for felons to use a stun gun
– Cannot carry a taser if you’ve been admitted to a mental hospital
– Cannot sell or give a taser to someone who cannot legally carry one
New HampshireLegal
– Must be at least 18 years old
– Illegal to carry if you have committed a felony
New JerseyLegal since October 2017
– Must be at least 18 years old
– Illegal to carry if you’re a felon
New MexicoLegal
New YorkLegal since May 2019
– Must be at least 18 years old
– Illegal to carry if you’re a felon
North CarolinaLegal
– Can only be used for self defense purposes
– Illegal to carry a stun gun on school property
– Cannot help a minor carry a stun gun on school property
North DakotaLegal
– Requires a permit if the taser can deliver multiple bursts of electricity
– Using a stun gun against a law enforcement officer is a Class C felony
– Unlawful use of a stun gun is a Class C felony
Rhode IslandProhibited
An amendment was proposed to Rhode Island’s stun gun laws in February 2021, but not passed.
South CarolinaLegal
South DakotaLegal – must be over 18
– Illegal if you committed a felony or serious juvenile offense when you were at least 14
Cannot be carried:
– In a courthouse
– In an airport terminal
– On school property and school buses
– Class C felony if you assault a police officer with a stun gun
– Illegal to carry stun guns on school property
West VirginiaLegal
WisconsinLegal – similar to firearm laws
– Requires a license if carried outside of your home or private property

3 Best Tasers or Stun Guns for Self Defense

VIPERTEK VTS-989 – Heavy Duty Stun Gun

The best defense is a good offense and that’s what this stun gun flashlight combination promises. The sleek black design can easily be concealed in the palm of your hand, while its features are powerful enough to subdue any would-be attacker with minimal pain.

You’ll never find yourself having trouble wrestling away from someone who wants to take it from you thanks to the powerful shock plates on this stun gun.

The contoured rubber grips are designed for comfortable use. Not only that, but with no batteries, it’s easy to recharge and use on the go.

Check out the VIPERTEK black stun gun from Amazon at the button below.

Sabre Self-Defense Kit w/Red Pepper Spray & Stun Gun

For more than 30 years, SABRE has been a leader in personal protection for every lifestyle. Keep yourself safe with the #1 pepper spray brand trusted both by police and consumers.

With 10-foot radius, you’ll be capable of defending against multiple threats no matter the distance from your target!

This kit includes a stun gun and pepper spray so you’ll be well equipped to stop attackers in their tracks.

Take a look at the SABRE Self Defense kit at the link below.

CALFVIC Stun Gun – Rechargeable with Safety

This powerful stun gun comes with a high-frequency circuit for increased output to emit a 1.600μC charge and is sold exclusively at our store! The upper side of the device features an Aircraft Aluminum structure, which combines durability while preventing attackers from snatching your weapon away in an attack.

This taser has specially designed shock plates on both sides that will prevent attackers from snatching the stun guns away before it delivers its painful electric shocks.

This unit also includes a super bright LED flashlight 120 lumen so safety during nighttime is ensured.

Take a look at the CALFVIC stun gun from Amazon below.

Thanks for reading our article ‘Can you bring a taser on a plane?’ Remember that it’s not allowed in your carry-on luggage, but you can bring it with you in checked luggage. Just remove any lithium batteries first.

Also, check out the table in this article to make sure you can carry your stun gun where you’re going. Stun guns are legal to carry in all states except Rhode Island and Hawaii, with some exceptions.

Thanks for reading! For more air travel tips, check out the ‘Can I bring?’ articles below!

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