Things You Should NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag

Things You Should NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag

Things You Should NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag

 

things you should not pack in your carry on bag

 

 

For anyone who travels on an airplane frequently, you know how important it is to pack your carry on bag properly. I mention in my post what to pack in your carry on bag, and luggage organization solutions, some really important information regarding your carry on. 

You would be surprised to know some of the things that are actually allowed to be carried on a plane. For example, you are not allowed to bring a bottle of water through security screening, but you can bring scissors. I know!

In my article 12 things you didn’t know are allowed on a plane, I show you some other items that are actually allowed on board. Check it out.

But In this post, I will show you some items that you should NOT pack in your carry on bag.

 

  • Fruits And Vegetables
  • Sharp Objects
  • Liquids
  • Lighters/Matches
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Guns/Ammunition
  • Razors/Blades
  • Tools
  • Self Defence Weapons

 

Things You Should NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag

 

Fruits And Vegetables

 

 

There are many countries that don’t allow certain fruits and vegetables to be brought into the country. So if you are on an international flight, it’s important that you eat any of these items before you land. Or simply to bring them with you.

If you try to bring them through customs after landing, you risk the foods being confiscated and you can possibly be fined or even worse. I experienced this first hand and can honestly say don’t do it! 

If you are on a flight going to a different country, you will be asked to fill out a customs card while onboard. It will ask you if you have any fruits and vegetables with you. Don’t lie on this card! it will make it worse if you get caught. 

 

Sharp Objects

 

I mentioned in my article 12 Things you didn’t know are allowed on board a plane, that sharp objects are actually allowed. Well, only certain ones will be permitted. For example scissors with blades less than 4″ will be allowed. 

But other sharp objects like box cutters, ice picks, knives, cleavers will be prohibited. Don’t try to pack any of these in your carry on bag. You will not like the result after you get caught. 

If you are not sure if your item will be allowed, contact your airline prior to leaving or you can check out the TSA website where you will find out all the information regarding carry on items. 

 

 

Liquids

 

Some liquids are actually on board a plane. One bag, quart-sized, with any liquids and toiletry items like toothpaste, sprays, creams, lotions, or gels are allowed in carry on bags.

Each item inside is restricted to the travel size containers of (3.4 oz-100 ml) or smaller. This includes alcoholic beverages of any kind. Alcoholic beverages higher than 140 proof are not allowed on carry on bags or checked baggage period.

 

Lighters/Matches

 

Actually, some lighters are allowed on board a plane. I mention this in my article Can you bring cigarettes on a plane, that you can bring a lighter on a plane in your carry on luggage only providing they are a disposable type like Zippo or Bic. They are also allowed to have fuel in them.

What you are not allowed to bring are lighters like arc lighters, electronic lighters, and torch lighters. These are strictly prohibited. Same goes for your checked in luggage. Any type of lighter is prohibited unless they are empty, and even then you limited to 2, and need to make sure they are in a proper approved case. 

You are allowed to bring matches on board providing they are not strike-anywhere type matches. You are limited to 1 pack. Due to a fire hazard, matches are never allowed in your checked in luggage bags.

 

Sporting Equipment

 

For any travel golfers out there, you are probably wondering, can I bring my golf clubs on a plane? Good question, click the link to read my article where I explain the regulations on that.

For the most part, any sporting equipment that is either a bat, club, pole, etc.. is not allowed on board. You may be allowed to bring it as part of your checked in luggage, but always check with the airline first. You may also be subject to extra fees for heavy or extra luggage charges.

Basic sports gear like gloves, hats, shoes, is generally allowed and you won’t have any problems. Believe it or not, hockey skates are allowed on board. I couldn’t believe that my self!

 

Guns/Ammunition

 

 

This is really a no brainer but I thought I should mention it. No, you can’t bring any guns or ammunition on board a plane. But under certain conditions, you can put these in your checked in luggage.

According to the TSA, “Check with your airline if ammunition is allowed in checked bags. Small arms ammunitions must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask the airline about limitations or fees.”

“When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.”

 

Razors/Blades

 

Razors are actually allowed on board a plane. Providing it is a disposable razor for shaving like a BIC or Gillette. These are permitted along with beard trimmers. My article here explains the best beard trimmers for carry on board

What is not allowed is any razor blade not installed into a cartridge. Also, box cutters with razor blades are prohibited. 

 

Tools

 

Most tools are not allowed on board a plane. There are a few exceptions but I would plan to pack any tool you have into your checked in luggage. Even certain items like drill bits, hammers, wrenches are not allowed.

Did you know that an axe and cattle prod are actually allowed in your checked luggage? But I guess if you can’t access them, then why not!

 

Self Defence Weapons

 

There are certain self-defense weapons like nunchucks, pepper spray, tasers, that people like to carry with them. But don’t plan to bring them on board a plane. Any self-defense items are considered a weapon and are not allowed. They may be allowed in your checked luggage, for example, pepper spray will be allowed as part of your checked in providing it is less than 4oz and you only have 1 of them. But as always, check with your airline first!

 

Hopefully, you enjoyed this article and it helps you be aware of some items that are not allowed on board a plane. The regulations can change periodically, so just confirm your carry on items with the airline prior to departing. You can also check out the TSA website mentioned in this article, as there are many other items listed there as well.

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Can You Bring Cigarettes On A Plane?

Can You Bring Cigarettes On A Plane?

Can You Bring Cigarettes On A Plane?

 

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I know that smoking these days is not as common as it used to be. I remember going on many flights when I was younger, and so many people were smoking on board. Do you remember smoking and non-smoking sections on the plane? I certainly do. It was actually quite common for passengers and even pilots to smoke on board the flight. Yes, I know pilots actually smoked on the plane!

Knowing what I know now about how the airplane ventilation systems work, I can’t believe that was ever allowed. The second-hand smoke and recirculated air through the cabin was just disgusting. Not to mention the huge fire hazard!

The law today says that we can’t smoke on board a plane. But what about bringing cigarettes on board without smoking them?

Can you bring cigarettes on board the plane?

The answer is yes! You should have no problems bringing cigarettes with you on the flight. According to the TSA, cigarettes are permitted. But there are some restrictions which I will mention shortly. 

 

Can you bring an open pack of cigarettes on a plane?

Yes, you can. You are allowed to have cigarettes in your carry on, opened or not opened. As long as you don’t light them! You can even put them in your pocket if you want to, although it’s probably a better idea to have them in a proper case or still in the carton.

You will notice that most airports now have designated smoking zones and areas for you to grab a smoke before getting on the flight. 

 

Can you bring cigarettes on a plane if you are under 18?

 

This is where things get a little tricky. There are so many variables involved. Depending on where you are traveling, many laws state that the minimum age to purchase cigarettes is 18. So according to that law, no you can not buy cigarettes regardless if you are at the airport or not and therefore can not bring them on the plane. It is also illegal to possess tobacco products if underage. It is also illegal to sell cigarettes to a minor under the age of 18. 

So unless you are stealing the cigarettes, lying about your age and don’t get caught, which I highly don’t recommend, don’t bother trying. It’s not worth it. I have read so many things online that say it’s ok to do in one place but then illegal in another. The laws can change at any time in any place so it’s always best to check with the current laws and airline regulations in your location before considering bringing cigarettes with you on a plane. 

Of course, if you are an adult over the age of 18, it shouldn’t be an issue. 

 

 

How many cigarettes are allowed on an international flight?

 

This is another question that can have different answers. Yes, you can bring cigarettes on an international flight but how many allowed will depend on where you are traveling to. Some countries have restrictions on the amounts.  For example, many countries will limit the number of cigarettes to 200. 

This is common for many countries including the USA and Canada. You will notice that customs monitor this by asking right on the customs card you fill out in flight. 

Pro tip: Never lie on your customs card! If you get caught at customs with a different amount than reported, you will be fined heavily. 

Always check with the customs laws for your destination prior to traveling. 

 

Can you bring e-cigarettes or vaping devices on a plane?

 

 

The answer is yes. And no. According to the TSA, you are allowed e-cigarettes and vaping devices in your carry on only. You are not allowed to pack them in your checked luggage bags.

The website says “Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person)”

You must also remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside.

 

Can you bring a lighter on a plane?

 

Once again the answer is yes and no. Yes, you can bring a lighter on a plane in your carry on luggage only providing they are a disposable type like Zippo or Bic. They are also allowed to have fuel in them. 

Certain lighters such as electronic lighters, arc lighters, torch lighters are prohibited. You are also not allowed to bring extra fuel for the lighters. The amount that is currently in it is what’s allowed. 

You are not allowed to pack any sort of lighter in your checked in luggage bags due to a fire hazard unless they are empty. You are limited to packing 2 empty lighters and they must be in an approved case. You are also not allowed to pack any sort of lighter fluid or fuel separately. 

 

Can you bring matches on a plane?

 

Yes, you are allowed to bring matches on board a plane in your carry on luggage as long as they are not strike-anywhere matches. But you are limited to 1 pack. Don’t try to bring more, they will just get confiscated at security checkpoints.

You are never allowed to have matches in your checked in luggage bags as they are a fire hazard. Regardless of the type. Strike anywhere matches are prohibited at all times. 

 

Hopefully, that cleared the air and answered your questions regarding bringing cigarettes on board a plane. Feel free to leave some comments below and let us know your thoughts!

 

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Can You Bring A Razor On A Plane? (Updated Rules For 2019)

Can You Bring A Razor On A Plane? (Updated Rules For 2019)

Can You Bring A Razor On A Plane?

 

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This is a common question that gets asked all the time. It can be confusing to figure out what you can and can not bring on board a plane in your carry on luggage bag. Luckily for us, the TSA makes it easy for us to research and find out. Keep in mind that many rules can be different for each airline, so it’s important to always check with your carrier prior to travel to confirm if your items are allowed on board. 

 

Can you bring a razor on a plane in your carry on?

 

The answer is yes! You can bring a razor on board a plane. But not every type of razor is allowed. For example, a disposable razor is allowed, but a razor-type blade such as a box cutter and razor blades not in a cartridge are prohibited. 

You can also bring a safety type razor on board without the blade attached. The device will generally be allowed as long as the razor blade is not installed. Box cutters are a good example.

Keep in mind that the final decision on whether or not an item is allowed on board rests with the TSA security agents. Always make sure your carry on items are packed properly and made available for inspection as you go through the security checkpoints. They have the right to confiscate any item they feel necessary. 

Here is a great example of a razor that is allowed on board. The Gillette Fusion Pro Glide. This is the exact razor I use and pack in my carry on every time I travel. Don’t forget the blades, the razor will come with 2, but you may want extras. Blades here

 

Can you bring disposable razors on a plane?

 

Yes, you can bring disposable razors on a plane. Remember to pack them safely. You can also pack them in your checked luggage bag. According to the TSA website, any sharp objects in checked bags should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

 

 

Can you bring a straight razor on a plane?

 

Nope. Nada. Not gonna happen. Straight razors are strictly prohibited on board a plane in your carry on bag. Although you can pack them in your checked luggage bag, providing they are properly packed and wrapped to prevent harm to baggage handlers and TSA agents. 

 

Is shaving cream allowed on a plane?

 

Chances are if you are bringing a razor on board a plane, you might want to bring shaving cream. Yes, shaving cream is allowed providing you stick to the carry on liquids rules. 

Shaving cream is considered a liquid, therefore must follow the liquids rules. So no more than 3.4oz or 100ml in size and must be packed in a clear zipper tight bag. 

You can pack larger quantities of shaving cream in your checked luggage but it still must be packed properly to avoid a huge mess if it leaks.

 

Can you bring a beard trimmer on a plane?

 

carry on board beard trimmers

 

Yes, you sure can! There are many types of electric beard trimmers you can carry on board. I recommend the Phillips Norelco One blade Pro. I use this exact trimmer and am very happy with it. It works amazing for me, and it is easy to travel with. Very convenient and affordable. 

I recently wrote an article about the best beard trimmers you can carry on board a plane. Feel free to read that as well. 

 

Using an electric razor overseas

 

If you are traveling internationally or overseas, it’s important to know that not all countries use the same power outlets. Plug styles and voltage are not the same everywhere you go. 

I always recommend using a universal power adapter that will allow you to use your current device, whether its a razor, cellphone, trimmer, etc.. There are many types of adapters to choose from, but this is a good one. 

You should also consider a dual voltage shaver or electric razor if traveling overseas. For safety purposes, it is a smart idea. The Phillips Norelco Electric Shaver is a great choice.

So if planning an international trip, consider a universal plug adapter and a dual voltage shaver. This will prevent any issues with plugin types and voltage issues in different countries. 

 

So, hopefully, that answered your questions regarding bringing a razor on a plane. Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts and experiences with this. 

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Tips And Strategies For Stress-Free Air Travel with Kids

Tips And Strategies For Stress-Free Air Travel with Kids

 

Tips And Strategies For Stress-Free Air Travel with Kids

 

Tips And Strategies For Stress-Free Air Travel with Kids

 

 

For the most part, kids are almost unwelcoming like snakes on a plane. No one wants to sit anywhere near them! If you have been traveling on a plane for any length of time, you know what I mean.

The whole journey can feel like shepherding a herd of wild animals. The experience becomes worse when the kids are bored as well as relentless in their young minds.

How many times have you been sitting on a crowded airplane and the person beside you has a screaming kid that just won’t quiet down? I know for me it’s been far too many.

This causes huge amounts of stress for the parents and everyone else on board. It can cause chaos and make for a horrible flight experience.

However, getting on a flight with kids is something that can’t be avoided just like changing diapers. Notably, calming kids down and having a stress-free air trip can be complete rocket science sometimes, however, this should not worry you because, in this article, we’ve compiled a definitive list of tried as well tasted tips and strategies to help you have the best experience with your kids.

As parents, it is important to learn these tips as you will want to have the most relaxed and stress – free flight as possible.

This guide will help you gear up for stress-free air travel with your kids, and it will specifically be broken down into three sections:

  • Tips and strategies while traveling with toddlers
  • Traveling with 2-year old kids
  • Traveling with kids in general

 

 

Tips and Strategies for a Stress-Free Air Travel with Toddlers

Nothing that strikes fear into the hearts of a toddler’s parent like the idea of air traveling with toddlers and this can be attested by flight attendants. Parents get tensed up on how to handle their toddlers during this experience; fortunately, this article provides an inclusive guideline on how to handle such a situation.

 

1. Do your Homework.

 

This is actually the very first stem as well most important step towards achieving a stress-free air travel with your toddler. For starters, you need to choose the best and toddler-friendly airline since not all airlines are created equal to be kid-friendly.

As you choose your airline, it’s important to be aware of the travel styles as well sort of amenities and services offered by that airline that are necessary for the comfort of your toddler. This can be achieved by visiting the websites of different airlines, asking questions, searching forums. Find out if they charge extra in the company of a toddler to avoid surprises.

An important thing to mention here is if you plan to bring a stroller for your child, know that there are certain strollers that are better than others for air travel. Not all will be airline approved and accepted. Read about the best strollers for air travel that are convenient and lightweight here. 

Upon ensuring that everything to do with the airline is on set, the next thing that you are expected to do is to know your child at a more personal level. You need to study the behaviors and tendencies of your kid since its most likely whatever the kid does or embrace at home is what they will embrace as well do once they are on the plane.

If you know your child’s behavior, for example, they may love playing with specific toys make sure you carry them with you as you travel. Providing they are safe and allowed on board the plane.

 

2. Pack Light

 

This might sound like the last thing you should consider but its actually among the crucial things that should be considered.

Packing light is the only way that you will be able to maintain your sanity when it comes to air travels with kids and most especially toddlers since more attention is needed on them and less on your language.

It’s important to shred things that are not necessary for you to carry around while traveling and instead pack only the necessary stuff that you need. If they are not needed on the plane, don’t bring them!

Some of the things that you can buy on arrival such as wipes, diapers, snacks as well formula don’t pack them and that way you will be relieved of stress and have some peace of mind to focus on your kid.

 

3. Arrive and Fly Early

 

These two things are also very important because you don’t want to arrive late, have a hard time with the normal security protocol and having your flight delayed.

You need to make early arrangements and to arrive at the airport on time thus giving you some cushion for security since your luggage will have small things such as toys and this can cause the need for a second screening.

Additionally, arriving late means that you have less time to settle and this can be mitigated by simply arriving early.

On the other hand, it’s also important that we take an early flight since it eliminates an awkward time schedule for you and your child. If you are anxious about air traveling this will help eliminate pre-travel anxiety.

Early in the morning is also the best time when toddlers are in their best mood since they just woke up and they are not tired already. There is a good chance that your toddler will have a nap once you get to the airport and get settled on the flight.

 

4. Feed Your Toddler

It’s quite apparent that toddlers get hungry often and for that its important that you feed them as soon as you see a sign of them been hungry since our number one strategy was to know your toddler’s behavior and that is inclusive of eating habits.

Toys and games won’t always keep them away from been troublesome but feeding them is guaranteed to make the whole experience better. It’s important to keep their stomach full.

 

5. Never Lose Your Sense of Humor

 

The truth is, toddlers are going to do toddler things regardless if they are on a plane or not. They might barf all over themselves often, they could cry for two hours straight and do many more things that make us stressed while on a plane. However, it’s highly advised that while air traveling to maintain our sense of humor and keep the child happy to easily influence your toddler’s mood. This will go al long way to making the whole experience a success.

 

 

6. Adjust Your Expectations

 

While flying with toddlers it’s important to prepare yourself towards adjusting expectations since toddlers can be really difficult to deal with.

Be ready to take up the challenge when it comes up. At times the toddler might get sick due to change of the environment since their bodies are not always able to adopt a given environment in a blink of an eye.

Do some research on the possible outcomes and have a plan ready to mitigate the issue. Understand that flying with a toddler on a plane can be very frustrating and you should go with those expectations in mind. Rarely is it a walk in the park where everything goes smoothly 100% of the time.

 

 

Tips and Strategies for a Stress-Free Air Travel with a 2-Year Old

 

Just as the guide for toddlers, it’s important that you understand that a 2-year old will also need a certain amount of attention just as a toddler does. Know that the attention here is more of neutralized since the kid is developed in some type of way.

At least it gets a little bit easier with a 2-Year old when flying; however; the tips and strategies below will make the experience even much better.

 

1. Do Your Homework

 

For starters, this is always the very first thing you need to do to ensure that you enjoy a stress-free flight with your kids and most especially your 2-Year old.

Normally airlines vary in charges as well as regulations regarding kids on a flight, and for that, you need to do your homework on what is expected of you before you are caught up by surprises.

Again, it’s also at this phase where you are expected to pay extra attention to two things. Know your kid at a more personal level and to check the seats you pick.

Doing some homework on your kids means studying your kids’ behavior while traveling so as to know what to expect and identify better ways of mitigating the issue. Lastly, it’s highly advisable that while picking the seats to avoid the seats along the aisle for the 2-year old since there will be traffic up and down the aisle. Not to mention the food carts with hot beverages and meals. The window seats are best.

 

2. Allow the Kids to Pack for Themselves and Pack Extra Necessities

 

The deal behind allowing them packing for themselves is to help them pick their play-perfect travel toys that will provide maximum entertainment.

Additionally, it’s important that you cross check for extra small toys to avoid losing them. Also, make sure to pack extra items that are necessary and convenient. The odds are that your 2-year old might spill some juice or even food on the clothes they’re wearing since they are naturally jumpy and all over the place. You will need an extra change of clothing in this case.

 

3. Stock Up on the Snacks

 

At this age, your kid is expected to have an extra appetite, and they are normally all about snacks! You really don’t want your 2-Year old to get hungry on the plane and have nothing to eat. The snacks the airlines provide can be less than attractive!  It is best to pack your own snacks that your child actually prefers.

Airlines will generally have no issues with you bringing snacks on board. You will want to look into the regulations for going through security with liquids and certain foods ahead of time. You can always buy snacks and beverages once you pass through security if they are available.

 

4. Observe Flight Etiquette

 

Parents should ensure that their 2-Year old maintain the highest level of etiquette the best you can since at this stage they tend to be picky which can highly interrupt the peace and smoothness of the flight.

I know how difficult that can be but we try the best we can.

At times, the presence of kids might draw some glare to some passengers due to their unruly behavior. It’s true that the kids have a right to air travel. However, not all passengers are polite about it and it can be very bothersome to them.

It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that their kids are in the best of their behavior. Additionally, Parents should ensure that they observe simple etiquette like changing diapers which should be done in the washrooms, not treating flight attendants like baby sitters, keeping your kids away from the aisle and the list goes on and on.

 

5. Bring with you Some Electronics and Non-Electronics Games

 

These two are essential since, for instance, electronics such as video games and apps will highly help keep your 2-Year old busy and occupied. On the other hand, non-electronics such as toys and puzzles will help them a bit occupied and highly distracted!

If you are looking for some airplane friendly games and electronics for your child, I recommend the Fire HD Tablet.

 

Tips and Strategies for a Stress-Free Air Travel with Kids in General

 

This is the easiest part of them all since we are not talking about toddlers or 2-year olds but kids in general. The whole experience becomes easier since at this age you can talk to your child and have better communication on how to behave on the flight.

Hopefully, they will listen to you and even if they don’t put everything you say in practice, most times it will lead to a better air travel experience.

The following tips and strategies will make your air travel stress-free and more enjoyable.

 

1. Choose the Right Flight

This is normally inclusive of doing your homework regarding your airline’s fees as well as rules and regulations for children. I would still recommend that you book for a morning flight since these are the most favorable flights to have kids on board since during this time they are energized and fresh, thus making your flight more bearable.

 

2. Dress Your Kids Comfortably

It’s important that you dress them is such a way they will feel comfortable especially for the few hours you will be on the plane with them.

Wearing comfortable clothes will go along way in making them feel good throughout the flight and as a result, they will be more likely to have better behavior.

It’s also important to consider those clothes that will be easy to change and make adjustments if you need to add and reduce layers without interrupting their peace. The temperature in the plane might be constantly adjusting requiring you to make changes to what they are wearing.

Therefore, dressing the kids in adjustable layers will definitely make things a bit easier.

 

3. Prep Your Kids Early

 

This is also another must do item on your list. It’s important to prepare your kids early and talk to them about air travel and what to expect.

It’s in this phase where you should also advise them on how to behave on the plane and hopefully during the actual flight, you will have little less drama to deal with.

 

4. Pick the Safest Seats

 

Just as with your 2-Year old, sitting in an aisle seat is not ideal. There will be people moving up and down the aisle, flight attendants will be moving carts and your child won’t know when to tuck their arms in to avoid getting hit by accident.

Have you ever had your elbow hit by one of those carts? I have and it’s not pleasant! So for this to happen to a child, would be not a good situation. It is best to have them seated away from the aisle they will be much safer there.

 

5. Pack Your Carry-On Bags Wisely

 

Your carry-ons are your greatest tools to entertain your kids in air travel. This means you need to pack them wisely in relevance to what you need before the flight during as well after the air travel. Start with the must have in order of their priority all the way to what you least need.

Remember not to over pack as this will lead to more frustration. Only pack the necessities plus anything extra your child will need while on board. Things you may need when no longer on the plane can be picked up from your checked in luggage or purchased later.

 

Here is a great video explaining some of these tips plus a few others!

 

 

Summary

 

I won’t sugarcoat it but traveling around with toddlers can be a bit tough. However, there are things you can do to help things go much smoother. Some people have great success in traveling with young children on a plane. I think those situations are few and far between but it does happen. Perhaps now you will be one of them!

Hopefully, this guide helps make your air travel more bearable with your toddler, 2-Year old as well as your kids in general.

As always feel free to leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. We would love to hear from you!

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12 Things You Didn’t Know Are Allowed On A Plane

12 Things You Didn’t Know Are Allowed On A Plane

12 Things You Didn’t Know Are Allowed On A Plane

 

things you didn't know are allowed on a plane

 

Air travel is now so common that most people have flown to their destination instead of driving at least once in their lives.

But with the added convenience of air travel also comes added concerns and guidelines for everyone’s safety. The TSA has made it much harder to get weapons or potential weapons on flights in recent years after past tragedies yet sometimes knowing what you can and can’t take on board with you on your domestic flight can be confusing.

While the TSA does have a list of prohibited items as well as an extensive list of items suitable for each kind of airline baggage, some things you may want to bring with you in your carry on are questionable as to whether they fall under certain categories of restrictions or not.

Here are 12 things you probably were not aware are actually allowed on airplanes in your carry on luggage.

 

#1. Comfort In Your Weighted Blankets

 

While success varies with getting weighted blankets on board depending on the TSA agent handling the gate, there are several things that can be done to increase the chances of flying with one as a carry on item.

Bringing along identifying information for the blanket will help agents verify the safety of the blanket and its harmlessness. If it is used as a medical aid for PTSD or Autism, consider getting it ordered as such from a doctor.

As medical equipment, it can be carried on to the plane without fees. Calling ahead can also ensure whether or not TSA will allow it to travel with you at that particular airport. Most weighted blankets are comprised of small polypropylene pellets that are not restricted from air travel and having a small sample may deter agents from turning your weighted blanket away or confiscating it.

Read more on carry on board weighted blankets here.

The LACORDE weighted blanket works great as a carry on blanket. It is available on Amazon here or clicking the image above.

 

#2. Vacation Drone Shots Anyone?

 

 

Drones are perfectly legal packed in your carry on but checking with the airport before you arrive will save you time and hassle at the gate if for some reason they do not approve.

Try to remember to give the scanner a head’s up that there is a drone packed so they do not become suspicious or require special investigating. One thing to note for drone travel is that there are restrictions on taking batteries for your drone.

Each passenger is only allowed three drone batteries and each battery can only be below 100 watt-hours. Be sure to follow all packing safety guidelines for batteries. International travel can be much more restrictive of drones in your carry on luggage than domestic flights will be, so depending on your destination special permits may be required in order to get it through customs.

More information on the best travel drones with cameras here.

The Altair 818 Hornet drone can be carried on board a plane and is very affordable. Available on Amazon by clicking the link or image.

 

 

 

 

#3. Special Flight Playlist – Bring Your Headphones

 

Headphones are permitted as carry on items however check before arriving that there are no “electronic bans” in place with the airport.

Bluetooth headphones and other newer devices are often more restricted with special rules about when they can be used on board. However, generally wired headphones are not turned away at the gate. There will always be times on board when headphones or other devices will be asked to be turned off but following instructions will keep yours from being confiscated.

I personally use the Bose QuietComfort 35. They are amazing.

If you are looking for a cheaper option, the COWIN E7 are great. Both are available on Amazon.

Read more about them here. Top 10 Noise Cancelling Headphones For Travel.

 

 

 

 

#4. Liquids/Alcohol For Either The In-Between Or Destination

 

One bag, quart-sized, with any liquids and toiletry items like toothpaste, sprays, creams, lotions, or gels are allowed in carry on bags.

Each item inside is restricted to the travel size containers of (3.4 oz-100 ml) or smaller. This includes alcoholic beverages of any kind. Alcoholic beverages higher than 140 proof are not allowed on carry on bags or checked baggage period.

Pro Tip: I never recommend drinking alcohol on board a plane. But it is allowed onboard.

 

#5. Stock up on your Food

 

 

Solid foods are permitted in carry on bags, however, any food in liquid or gel form has to follow the liquids guidelines. TSA agents will often ask for food and any other objects that clutter baggage to be removed and repacked for easier scanning.

Remembering to pack these items in the suggested ways will prevent delays and make for easier snacking on board. However, through the scanner most foods will be indistinguishable from certain types of dangerous items, so be prepared to open your bag and have agents do a thorough check inside.

 

#6. In-Flight Entertainment: Laptops/Tablets Are A Go

 

Laptops and tablets are allowed in your carry on but like other items, they may be asked for removal so that TSA can scan your bag more thoroughly.

Special bags can be bought that allow laptops to be screened without removal from your bag and can be carried on separately from your carry on bag. Sometimes additional measures are required to prove to TSA agents that your device is indeed real such as opening up your laptop for approval.

Generally speaking though, as long as these items do not restrict the view of all items in your carry on during the scan, it is unlikely you will be asked to open the bag or remove the item. Anything larger than a cellphone, such as a tablet, will be removed however into a bin for the scan if the agent thinks it will hinder their view and will be added back to your carry on after security checks.

The Amazon Fire HD is a great option for a carry on board tablet.

Check out our other recommended tablets for travel here.

 

 

 

#7. Batteries To Keep It All Going

 

Speaking of laptops, batteries for your laptop that are lithium-ion batteries can only be in your carry on bag. If kept in your checked bag, the bag will be stopped and will not be permitted to travel to the proper destination.

Many other kinds of batteries are permitted in carry on bags as well, such as common AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, button-sized cells; rechargeable batteries; standard consumer lithium-ion batteries which about covers every type of battery you will have on you including drone batteries as long as they fall under the under 100 watt-hour rule.

A limit of two is placed on the number of larger lithium-ion batteries such as extended life laptop batteries allowed in a carry-on. Large wet batteries such as car batteries are prohibited. Packing batteries safely is important by following guidelines such as packaging separately in small bags and isolating battery terminals with electrical tape to avoid short circuits. Following these procedures will result in fewer incidences of confiscation and any further issues such as busted batteries during the flight.

More information on bringing batteries on board a plane here.

 

#8. Comfort In Your Travel Pillows

 

Travel pillows are allowed with you onto the plane and will not be considered as part of your carry on limit or personal item limit. While some gate agents might have you consolidate a travel pillow with your carry on or personal items, travel pillows are usually small and this is simply to create more room for movement for arriving passengers.

There are many options for types of travel pillows as well they are made to take up less and less space such as inflatable pillows and memory foam pillows that are easily folded and stuffed into your carry on bag.

The TRTL travel pillow is used by many travelers with great reviews! It is available on Amazon.

 

Some other carry on board travel gear here.

 

 

 

 

 

#9. Get The Team And All Their Sports Equipment There

 

 

Thankfully, many sports items are allowed to be packed in your carry on bag. Baseballs, baseball cleats, basketballs, bicycle chains, bicycle pumps, bocce balls, bowling balls, boxing gloves, fishing poles, football, football helmets, golf balls, golf shoes, golf tees, handball racquets, hockey pucks, ice skates and roller blades, ping pong paddles, skateboards, ski boots and ski helmets, skydiving rigs, snowboards, soccer cleats, softballs, ball pumps and needles, tennis racquet, track spikes, and volleyballs cover most of the permitted items with the more commonly unknown/confusing items in bold type.

Check with security before-hand that there will be room on the plane for any large sports equipment in your carry on.

 

#10. Sharp objects aren’t always prohibited!

PIN IT!

 

 

Generally, most large sharp objects such as box cutters, meat cleavers, other knives, and ice picks will be prohibited from your carry on bag.

Scissors with blades less than 4 in in length will be permitted. Cigar cutters will be considered under special discretion. Disposable razors are allowed as well as knitting and crochet needles. Rounded plastic knives or butter knives are usually the only kinds of knives allowed in carry on bags.

Common items like safety pins, nail clippers, tweezers, and pencil sharpeners can be packed in your carry on also. Each item should be sheathed and wrapped carefully to avoid any danger of stabbing TSA agents and bag checkers. If packed improperly, agents will be more likely to remove these permitted items from your carry on bag.

 

#11. Medicine-In Flight Or In General

 

Medicine in pill or solid form has no restriction on air travel as long as it has been properly screened. These medications do not have to be in prescription bottles or containers but each state has its own regulations for prescription medicines and how to carry them so check with your destination to ensure that they will not be confiscated on the other end of the flight.

Liquid medications can be packed in higher quantities than the usual 3.4 oz liquid restriction if in reasonable quantities for medical use in flight. You are required to tell agents that these are medical use liquids and are subject to additional screening such as opening the containers when requested to.

Having a dedicated medical device or medication bag will make getting past TSA much easier and will not be considered as a part of your carry on limit or as your personal item limit.

 

#12. Gotta Keep With Your Hygiene – Beard Trimmers

 

Electric razors and beard trimmers are safe to pack in carry on bags. There are no special restrictions however you may be asked to remove the battery or open your bag to ensure correct identification of the item to TSA agents if it cannot be verified through the x-ray scan. Again, the TSA agent has the final word on your carry on bag and might pull the trimmer or razor if they do not feel it is safe.

Here are my recommended beard trimmers for carrying on board.

The Phillips Norelco One Blade is recommended for carry on board. It is available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

After everything is said and done, the TSA reserves the right to remove any item that the gate agent deems dangerous. Following TSA guidelines and restrictions will prevent most air travelers from being held up at the gate.

Hopefully, with these insights, there will less confusion as to what you can bring straight on to the plane with you in your carry on bag. As this article showed, there are a lot of items that are permitted that most people either overlook or would never think it’d be approved.

Travelers have more freedom than they think when it comes to certain categories of items and a few restrictions on others shouldn’t stop you from spending less overall on your next airline flight. If you are diligent about the TSA guidelines and each airlines’ own restrictions, your carry on can and will be filled with all the items you want with you on your flight.

Please remember that the TSA guidelines can change over time and be sure to check their website if you are ever in doubt of the permissibility of any item you want to take in your carry on baggage.

Feel free to leave some comments below and let us know your thoughts on our list!

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Luggage Organization – Storage Solutions For Carry On Bags

Luggage Organization – Storage Solutions For Carry On Bags

Luggage Organization – Storage Solutions For Carry On Bags

 

 

 

One of the difficult things that many travelers on a plane go through, is luggage organization for carry on bags. Everyone wants to maximize luggage space when traveling on a plane in order to be efficient and save money.

When traveling, it can be difficult to decide what to carry and what to leave behind without sacrificing the important items. You need to make sure that your carry on bag is not heavy to avoid additional luggage fees.

Additionally, carrying a well-organized and lightweight carry on bag is important as it will be convenient for you and it will fit well in the aircraft overhead bin.

If you are traveling on a plane, here are some storage tips and solutions to help you with on your carry on bag.

 

1. Use packing cubes

The more I travel, the more I am discovering that I really like the idea of packing cubes. They really keep everything organized. They don’t make a mess of your suitcase when you are traveling. The packing cubes on Amazon are great in both quality and price. You want to make sure the cubes you use are good quality and not made with thin material. Good quality zippers are also important.
 

 

Packing cubes can be used for packing different items in a carry on bag such as clothes and other essentials. If you are a light traveler, packing cubes are the best solutions for you. When you use packing cubes, you make sure that there are no loose items in the travel bag which protects your items from damage and breakages.

A huge advantage of using packing cubes is that they come in different sizes and you can pack as many as you want depending on the size of your carry on bag. Most of the packing cubes in the market are well marked for recommendations on what you should store in each bag. Packing cubes maximize space in carry on bags in that you can store as many items as possible in each packing cube and then organize them in the carry on bag.

 

 

 

 

2. Roll your clothes instead of folding

 

Another great packing tip for air travelers is to roll their items instead of folding. When you fold your clothes, they will occupy much more space compared to rolling them.

If you are packing your clothes in a carry on bag, you should consider rolling them as you will make available more space that you can use to store other items. Using this method, you should start with the bulky and heavy clothes first.

Make sure that you roll the clothes tightly so that they can become smaller!

 

3. Use a small carry on bag

 

When traveling on a plane, you need to make sure that you do not exceed the size and weight limits for the carry on bag. The most convenient way, to make sure that you travel with a lightweight carry on bag, is by using a small bag. Most bags that adhere to the airline’s rules are smaller bags around 22 x 14 x 9 inches.

With a small bag, you will be limited to the number of items that you can carry, so you will need to prioritize and determine what you really need to bring. One of the advantages of using a small carry on bag is that it cannot be over packed, and therefore, you will hopefully not exceed the allowed weight for the carry on bag on the plane.

When you use a small carry on bag, the organization will be better and unnecessary items will be left behind. Also, it will be easy for you to carry it around with you as you travel.

With a small carry on bag, you will be able to know where exactly you stored everything making it easy to reach an item whenever you want.

 

Check out some recommended carry on bags that meet the airline’s regulations here.

 

 

4. Pack the shoes at the bottom of the bag

 

One of the best luggage organization tips is to pack your shoes at the bottom of your bag. Shoes occupy a lot of space and placing them at the bottom will make sure that the excess space is occupied by other items.

It is important that you limit the pairs of shoes that you bring along to maximize space on your carry on bag. Placing the shoes at the bottom of the carry on bag helps in distributing the weight evenly in the bag so that the bag does not become too heavy.

Another tip when it comes to organizing your shoes when traveling on a plane is to pack items in the inside of the shoes. Shoes have a lot of space on the inside which you can use to store socks, ties and other small items. You can use the shoes to store fragile items as they will be well protected by the shoes.

 

 

5. Wear bulky items when traveling

 

To maximize more space in your carry on bag, you should wear the bulky items if possible. If you want to carry a bulky sweater, jacket or shoes, make sure that you wear them so that you can have enough space for other items that are essentials. Personal items like jackets are allowed on board the plane.

Bulky jackets and sweaters can be difficult to roll or fold, and they will occupy a lot of space on your carry on bag. Make sure that you do not carry a lot of bulky clothes as they occupy much space. It is vital to know exactly what you want for the trip to avoid carrying unnecessary items.

 

Summary

Before traveling, it is important that you make a list of the things that you will need for the trip. Create a list or an inventory of the essentials and pack them first. After that, if there is more space available, you can pack other items. When you have an idea of the things you need to carry when traveling on a plane, it will be easy for you to know the size of the carry on bag that you need.

Luggage organization is very important when traveling. If you want to maximize space on your carry on bag, you should learn the above storage tips for luggage. Storing your items well will determine the amount of space you will have and the items that you will carry.

If you are planning on traveling, you should start packing early to help you decide what to bring along on the plane. When you have enough time to pack, you will not rush and make last-minute decisions, you will avoid carrying things that you do not need, and you will be able to maximize space in your carryon bag.

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