Travelling Heavy?
What You Need to Know About the Items You Plan to Bring With You

Keeping up with all the different baggage rules is not easy, especially since they are constantly changing.  The sudden banning of laptops in luggage on flights from the middle east to the USA demonstrated just how quick this can happen. Apparently, it’s for our own safety, try telling that to parents of screaming kids who cant play Minecraft or roadblocks on a long haul flight. The same with the Samsung Note batteries after one exploded on a flight originating from Australia. The newest piece of personal equipment to come under the microscope is the e-cigarette battery. In America, it’s now illegal to carry the batteries in your checked luggage due to the risk of fire.

We have a great guide here for backpacks for your trip

Complying with all these rules sometimes means extra baggage fees. There may be a conspiracy theory there, but that’s beyond the scope of this blog. This resource is a very good one for keeping up with major airline baggage fees.

Must-Check Items

Here is a quick list of most items that are illegal to place in carry-on baggage and must therefore either be checked or left at home:

● Sharp Objects: A “sharp object” is basically anything with a blade and at least one sharp-angle edge. The list includes the notorious boxcutter, along with knives, razor blades, and scissors with at least 4-inch blades; these items must also be wrapped in the checked luggage. Plastic or round butter knives are okay in carry-on bags.
● Firearms: Anything that shoots any kind of projectile from a barrel is a firearm and must be in a checked bag. Most airlines have their own rules about ammunition, so do your research.
● Self-defence and Sporting Equipment: Mace, pepper spray, and stun guns must be checked, and pepper spray or mace containers must be safety-disabled. Baseball bats, hockey sticks, nightsticks, throwing stars, and all other such items must be checked as well.
● Tools: Crowbars, wrenches, hammers, drills, screwdrivers, and all other tools must be checked if they are more than seven inches long.
● Liquids: Non-flammable or non-disabling liquids are allowed in carry-on bags if they are in 3.4-ounce or smaller bottles that are inside clear, zip-top containers. All other chemical liquids are banned.

Always check with the Transportation Security Agency for the latest rules.

What Not to Check

Between 2010 and 2014, travellers lost about $2.5 million worth of goods from their bags, so here are some tips to keep your stuff safe:

● Never check anything valuable, like an expensive watch or an iPad.
● Use TSA-approved locks, because security personnel will remove any others,
● Leave no loose ends, and
● Don’t fill bags up to the brim, because even though airport scales aren’t always accurate, they are always correct, at least as far as the airline is concerned.

Also, try to avoid booking tight connecting flights to give your luggage a chance to move and never travel in unmarked bags.

As in many other areas of life, a little preparation and planning while packing your bags will save you a lot of headaches, and possibly some room. This Packing for Europe article provides some great tips

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