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Approved Carry-on Items

Approved carry-on items must sound a very repeated topic, but many travelers still keep making very common mistakes when traveling with one.

You cannot imagine how many people I have seen detained for extra screening because they did not read the rules before, or simply thought that officers wont notice. Believe me they will always find what’s not correct.

I want to share a briefly post about this topic because planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport.

 TSA rules to follow if you’re traveling with carry-on:

  • Liquids has to be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller sized containers that fit in 1 quart-sized. Place them in a resalable bag like a ziplock.
  • Liquid medications has to be separated from your zip-top bag, and they must be declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.
  • Water bottle always empty (You can fill it out after checkpoint).
  • When it comes to food. No jellos, puddings, yogurts or gel-like substances, including no gel-based sports supplements.
  • Alcohol is permitted if is less than 3.4 ounces and less than 140 proof (70%).
  • No-never to any sharp object such as scissors, sabers, swords, knives, box cutters, razors-type blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted).
  • When it comes to make up. Same as liquids, nothing over 100ml. If you use setting loose powder (especially in white color) as part of your makeup routine. I recommend you leave it at home.  Unfortunately can caught officers attention like something bad and this will take you right to additional screening (Happened to me and lesson learned).


Simple information that can save you time an embarrassment.

For more information feel free to click on the TSA rules:

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