How To Pack Liquid and Gels on a Plane

The Transport Security Administration and other governing bodies have adopted standard rules regarding the transport of liquids and gels.Knowing what you are packing in which and how is an important first step.It’s important to separate your makeup, toothpaste, and so forth from essential items like medication and baby food because they have their own set of rules.It is a good idea to keep these rules in mind when shopping for souvenirs in order to pack for your return trip.

Step 1: What luggage are you bringing?

A carry-on bag is likely to be brought with you on the flight.Check in additional baggage to be held in cargo if you are packing enough items overall.Carry-ons and checked baggage have different rules regarding non-essential liquids and gels.Non-essential liquids and gels include foods, beverages, cosmetics, toiletries, and inspect repellents.

Step 2: If you have large items, use your checked baggage.

You can sort your liquids and gels by size if you bring both carry-on and checked baggage.If you intend to bring a container, make sure it’s the right size.If you have a container larger than 3.4 ounces you should pack it in your baggage.If you don’t need the smaller containers during the flight, you can pack them here.The amount of liquid left inside the container is not the determining factor.Even if they are almost empty, pack large containers in your baggage.If possible, use the original container to describe what the product is.This could lead to longer waits or even refusal of admission.If you want to use any of these items in-flight, you should purchase a smaller size.

Step 3: There are items in a clear bag.

All of the non-essential liquids and gels that you intend to pack in your carry-on should not exceed 100 grams.Purchase smaller sizes if they do.To store them within your carry-on, use a single clear bag.Only one bag is allowed.If your bag doesn’t fit all of your liquids and gels, you can use your checked baggage to pack them.If you only have a carry-on, you should reexamine what you bring and leave behind.If you’re travelling with someone else and they have room in theirs, use their bag as well.During passenger screening, you will be asked to remove your bag from your carry-on.The bag must be clear in order to speed up the process.

Step 4: It’s a good idea to prevent leaks and spills.

If your containers have weak or problematic seals, consider repackaging them.3-1-1 compliant kits can be found online or in stores.Use a funnel to pour each liquid or gel into one of the kit’s clear tubes and seal it with the corresponding cap.It’s okay to transport liquids in a container without a label if the new containers are 3-1-1 compliant.It is possible for a closer inspection of each liquid during screening.If you want to create an additional seal, you can remove the cap of the original container and use plastic wrap to do it.If one starts to leak, you can pack each container in its own sandwich bag to prevent a bigger mess.

Step 5: Keep essential items separate from each other.

If you need to bring medication, baby formula, breast milk, or baby food, don’t put them in your bag for non-essential items.These items may need closer inspection by security.Pack them so they are easy to remove before screening begins.The size of the container doesn’t matter when it comes to essential items.If it is more than 3.4 ounces, don’t worry.Security may want to inspect any accessories, such as IV bags or milk warmers.It’s a good idea to pack these for easy removal.

Step 6: Inform the screeners.

Inform the agents that you have more than 3.4 ounces of liquid in your container when you go through the screening.Let them know if you have accessories with it.The agents will inspect your essential items.

Step 7: Let them know if you don’t want X-rays.

The FDA has concluded that liquids and medications exposed to X-rays are still safe to take.It is your right to refuse X-ray screenings for medication, breast milk, and baby formula if radiation is still a concern for you.Inform the agents that you don’t want this when you present these items.Other security measures may be instituted if you refuse X-rays.This could include a closer look at your belongings.

Step 8: It’s a good idea to shop with the return-trip in mind.

Liquids and gels weighing more than 3.4 ounces (100ml/g) can be packed in baggage if you have checked it.If you only have a carry-on, remember that any liquid or gel souvenirs that you purchase must be that size or less.They need to fit into your single 1-quart (1 L) bag for non-essential liquids and gels.Limit your purchases to the size and quantity you need.When choosing what non-essential items to bring on the flight there, keep this in mind.Bring items that you can discard at the end of your stay to make room for the return-trip.

Step 9: The items should be shipped home.

You can make packing for the return trip simpler by shipping liquid and gel souvenirs separately.Ask if retailers offer shipping on their own.Bring your purchases to a parcel service to pack and ship them home.Depending on the item and countries in question, your items may be subject to customs fees upon delivery.

Step 10: It’s duty-free to shop.

Saving souvenir shopping for the flight back is a good idea if you are travelling internationally.The airport has duty-free stores located in the secure area.If the security bag provided by the store at the time of purchase has not been opened or tampered with, these items are exempt from carry-on rules.You keep your receipt.The item was purchased within 48 hours.