Liquid Rules for Airplanes

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It isn’t very easy to pack liquids for a weekend trip anymore. That is because new travel restrictions will not allow you to pack several ounces of liquid in a carry-on bag or suitcase.

This is a larger problem for women than men since we have to travel with shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, body lotions and several cosmetic products. You will also need to consider contact solution if you wear contact lenses.

You can travel with liquids that are 3.4 ounces or more if you purchase them after you pass through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lines or if you pack them in the bags you check.

But for shorter trips, it can be more convenient to just bring one or two carry-on bags and you don’t want to spend extra money at the shops in the terminal because prices are very high.

Here are the liquid rules for airplanes:

You are allowed to pack some liquids in your carry-on luggage. But there are restrictions. You are allowed to bring 3.4 oz containers of liquid. You can bring as many of these containers that will fit in a 1 quart-sized resealable bag.

You can purchase 3.4 oz containers from retail stores like Target or Walmart or on Amazon. You then need to consolidate liquids from a larger container into the smaller 3.4 oz. container.

Once all of your cosmetic products and liquids are each in their own 3.4 oz plastic container, you need to place each one into a quart-sized plastic bag. A larger sandwich bag from the grocery store is perfect for this.

Then when you enter the TSA lines you need to place the quart-sized bag containing all of your liquids into its own bin so that the security personnel can inspect it through checkpoint security.

There are some exceptions to the rule. Medication is one exemption. The medication will need to be screened first and once it passes it will be allowed. Another exemption is breast milk for infants and newborns traveling with you. The breast milk will also need to be screened but it will be allowed once it passes the screening.

For containers of liquid larger than 3.4 ounces, you need to pack them in your checked luggage.