Welcome to my blog. This is a forum for the discussion of the requirements and specifications needed to get on an airline flight, specifically dealing with toiletries and luggage. My hope is that after reading my blog you will have learned something new or be more informed about your next trip and how to pack for it. I will also discuss different types of luggage that is allowed on a plane as well as what type of containers are approved for your toiletries.
So you’re going on vacation and one of the most stressful things about traveling tends to be packing. What do I bring? What can’t I bring? What do I need? Questions like these can make packing very stressful, but not anymore! Here you’ll find everything you need to know about what you can and can’t bring in your carry-on luggage and checked luggage.
First of all, TSA has a list of prohibited items that cannot be brought on a plane no matter where they are stored. These items cannot be brought at all, so don’t even try! Other than that, there are some things that can only be brought in checked baggage and other things that can only be brought in carry-on luggage. For example, large knives cannot be brought on planes at all but small
Forget about the one bag rule. You can bring as many bags as you like, but it will cost you.
For example, Qantas Airways charges an extra $35 for a second piece of luggage and $50 for a third. The airline also charges a fee for items that are larger than 62 inches.
It is important to know what items you can bring on a flight because security is being more vigilant than ever before. Airline ticket prices don’t include the additional fees that are charged if your luggage is overweight or oversize.
If your bags are oversize, they probably won’t fit in the overhead bin, so they will be checked. Airlines charge at least $30 per bag to check luggage and some charge higher fees based on travel destination and airline carrier. Fees start at $15 to check a bag on Southwest Airlines and go up to $25 for checking a bag on Spirit Airlines.
Traveling can be stressful. The best way to avoid stress is to make sure you have packed everything you need and are following the airlines rules. The FAA’s prohibited items list can be found here. TSA has a list of security screening guidelines to help make traveling easier and faster for everyone. TSA also recommends that all travelers sign up for their Pre-Check program and carry on their person their boarding pass and ID as well as download the My TSA app for all the latest information about travel.
Airlines may also have carry-on restrictions, so please be sure to check with your airline before your trip. If you do not want to check a bag but need to bring along more than the allowed number of carry-on items, consider shipping your bags ahead of time with Luggage Free or Luggage Forward or other luggage delivery service.
You will also want to make sure that you meet each airline’s requirements for toiletries – particularly liquids, gels and aerosols which are subject to special rules. The 2-1-1 rule means that you can bring three ounces or less containers that fit inside one clear, quart size plastic bag, per passenger in your carry-on luggage. This includes all gels, lotions, liquid makeup and wipes. You should
My flight will be departing from San Francisco and arriving in Tokyo. I will have a layover in Tokyo for 6 hours before my next flight to Chengdu. My flight back home will depart from Chengdu, with a layover in Tokyo before landing back in San Francisco. Since I am traveling internationally, I will need to bring my passport.
The first thing that comes to mind when packing is bringing travel-sized toiletries. Although the airline does not specify the exact sizes of toiletries one can bring, they do provide guidelines on how many of each item you can bring. A 3-1-1 bag is allowed per passenger as well as a quart-sized bag that can fit inside the carry-on luggage along with the 3-1-1 bag.
A quart sized bag, or “clear plastic liquids bag”, is used for storing any liquid or gel (e.g., shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste) that you plan on bringing on the plane with you. These items must be in a container no bigger than 3.4 oz (100 ml) and fit inside this clear plastic bag that must be ziplocked shut.*
Make sure your carry-on luggage meets airline size and weight requirements to avoid paying a hefty fee. Airlines may allow up to 2 carry-on bags (1 cabin bag and 1 personal item) per passenger fee free. Check with your airline to see what the size restriction is for cabin bags.
Ideally, your check-in bags should weigh less than 50 pounds. The maximum weight allowed differs by airline and destination but it may be as low as 44 pounds on certain airlines. For more information, visit our page on baggage allowance.
Checking in online saves time at the airport, but remember to print out a hard copy of your boarding pass. Airports need you to present one before clearing security.
If you have a connecting flight, remember that you have to claim your baggage and check-in again for the next flight even if you are flying with the same airline.
by Sophie Taylor
Most airlines have a weight limit of 50 pounds for checked baggage, which is why it is important to know what you are allowed to take on the plane with you. Carry-on items must be stowed in the overhead bins or underneath the seat in front of you. You are allowed one personal item such as a purse, briefcase or laptop computer, in addition to your carry-on luggage. The personal item cannot exceed 36 linear inches (the total length + width + height), and must fit under the seat in front of you. The carry-on luggage cannot exceed 45 linear inches, and must fit either in an overhead compartment or underneath the seat in front of you.
Southwest Airlines – It’s Your Luggage. Bring It!
Delta Air Lines – (800) 221-1212
US Airways – (800) 428-4322
Air New Zealand – (800) 262-1234
EasyJet – 44 871 244 2366
American Airlines – 800 433 7300
Air Canada – 888 247 2262
Austrian Airlines – 0871 277 0011
British Airways – 0800 727 800
Turkish Airlines – 0844 800 6666