Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Travel Tips: How to pack liquids in cabin luggage

When I travel on holidays, I almost always carry only a cabin luggage. I find my trusted backpack provides me with greater mobility and flexibility than having to carry a suitcase. Also, having only a carry-on luggage mean zero chances of lost luggage on long-haul flights and also eliminates waiting for luggage at the conveyor belt upon arrival.
With all its perks, carrying only a cabin luggage comes with certain restrictions. Before you decide to pack your luggage for carry-on, I strongly recommend you read the TSA guidelines from the airport/airlines' website.
In this post, I shall share with you how I pack liquids in my carry-on luggage.

Many people believe that you are not allowed to carry any liquids in your cabin luggage. This is not the case. Quoting from AirIndia website:
 ''Following the notice issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation, Security Government of India, vide Circular 18/2006 dated 29 Sept. 2006.Passengers boarding an AI aircraft will not be allowed to carry in their hand baggage or on person liquids, gels, or aerosols, which include beverages, shampoos, sun tan lotions, creams, tooth paste, hair gels, hair sprays, liquid cosmetics or any other items of similar consistency, exceeding 100 ml, except medicines, inhalers accompanied by prescriptions and baby food.

These items will be carried in one clear transparent re-sealable, one litre size plastic bag and will be subjected to the prescribed screening and security checks.''

So the points you must remember are:
-Bottles less than 100 ml
-Transparent bag of size 1 liter
-Bag must be re-sealable.

I usually buy the 1 quart/small Ziplock bags easily available at the supermarkets.

One Quart/Small size Ziplock bag
Now for actually carrying the fluids. I always keep the little bottles you get in the toiletries kit when you stay at some hotels. Then, it is just a matter of pouring the products that you use into these bottles and taking them on the trip. Of course, if you know you'll be staying at expensive hotels, this is not really required. This is essential if you are traveling on a budget and will be staying at youth hostels and BnBs.
Liquids to be transferred to smaller bottles

Pour the stuff from a 225 ml bottle to a 30 ml botte for carrying in your cabin luggage
Also remember that it is not enough that the bottle contains less than 100ml of product, the bottle itself must be less than 100ml. For example, if you carry a 150ml bottle of fluid which is half full, chances are it will get confiscated at the security check.'

A 150ml bottle of fluid even if it has less than 100ml of product will not be allowed.
Finally remember, the bag must be transparent and re-sealable. If the zip breaks, you will not be allowed to carry it. So I recommend carrying backups of the ziplock pouch.

A transparent re-sealable bag fit for carry-on
At the security check, you have to put this bag on one of a little trays available there. Therefore I recommend packing it at the very top of your cabin luggage for easy access.

Hope this post was useful to you.
Happy travels.