Packing for Your Trip

  • Keep your bag organized: Packing your bag in an organized way will help your trip through the security checkpoint to go more smoothly.
  • Liquids and gels: The 3-1-1 rule is still in effect for your carry-on bag, which means all liquids and gels need to be 3oz or smaller containers, packed into a 1-quart, zip-top plastic bag, and only one bag per traveler. If you need to take larger quantities of liquids or gels, pack them in your checked luggage, and be sure they’re wrapped securely. You can learn more about the 3-1-1 rule at http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm.
  • Prescription medication needs to be in its original container with the patient’s name on the label. This name must match the ID of the person carrying the medication. All medications should be packed in your carry-on bag, just in case your checked luggage doesn’t arrive at your destination the same time you do.
  • Pack your car keys in your carry-on, for the same reason.
  • Lighter fluid is not permitted in any of your luggage; common lighters, however, are acceptable. To learn more, visit http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/lighters-and-matches
  • Leave your pocket knife at home or in your checked bag.
  • Taking gifts? Leave them unwrapped or they may need to be unwrapped during the screening process.
  • If you wish to lock your checked bag, use a TSA-approved lock. Otherwise, if the TSA needs to access the contents of your bag for screening, they may have to break the lock.
  • For complete information on prohibited items, visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm.

 

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