Flying help, carry-on and liquids
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Posted: 3/30/2013 10:47:16 PM
I always pack a bag so this isn't an issue. This time a friend (who never checks a bag) and I are going for a four day trip to Vegas. I am trying to pack in a carry-on only, but I am confused.

All liquids have to be in a quart sized bag and less than 3.4 oz. I get this.

Then there are the exceptions. My big one currently is contact solution. The container I bought said airline sized, but it is 4 ox not less than 3.4. Are there bottles out there that are less than 4 oz? Should I just check a bag?

Also what about deodorant? I don't want to by a travel sized one if I can help it since I have a perfectly good one already.

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Posted: 3/30/2013 10:51:12 PM
Google for current TSA allowances and see what is on all the various lists. I travelled at New Year's and they were very strict about everything. I checked a bag in part to take my deodarant and enough shampoo, etc.



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Posted: 3/30/2013 10:56:16 PM
You can find contact solution in smaller bottles. Deodorant depends on the type...roll-ons are liquid; solids are not.



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Posted: 3/30/2013 10:58:40 PM
My recollection-- and granted, it has been at least 5 years since I flew, though 3-1-1 was in effect then-- is that contact solution will pass under the medication exception.

Pack it separately and be sure you explicitly declare it at security.

Although it wouldn't hurt to find a smaller bottle for backup, I suppose.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 12:23:44 AM
Solid, full size deodorant is fine. I've gotten through with full size toothpaste too. I fly four to eight times a month.



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Posted: 3/31/2013 12:24:03 AM
the contact solution will go through..and the deordorant..as long as it fits in the bag. most the time they don't inspect it closely

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Posted: 3/31/2013 7:00:55 AM
Contact solution is considered a medication and is excluded from the 3-1-1 rule. It still needs to be declared and separated in the bin though. I usually have two bags, one with non-medical liquids and another with medical liquids (tylenol, contact solution, inhalers, etc).

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Posted: 3/31/2013 8:16:42 AM
I always travel with my 4 oz contact solution and have never declared anything. It just goes in the bag with my travel shampoo, lotion and shower gel. I have never counted toothpaste or deoderant (solid) as liquids so I have never put them in my ziplock. Don't sweat it.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 8:20:26 AM
I put liquids in one bag and medication is a separate bag.
Your contact solution will be fine. I have small containers for shampoo & conditioner that are the perfect size for a 4-day trip. I usually plan on shopping so I don't pack as many clothes.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 11:17:56 AM
travel deodorant costs like $1 at target or walmart, I would just get it there. I have seen serious inconsistencies among TSA checkers, even in the same airport. I wouldn't bother risking it because 1. you'll hold up the line and 2. you may end up throwing out your perfectly good deodorant because you didn't feel like spending a dollar.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 11:26:35 AM
I wear contacts as do two of my three sons. We buy Bausch & Lomb renu contact lens solution for when we travel. You can buy 2 oz. containers of it at Walmart or Target.


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Posted: 3/31/2013 11:39:47 AM
TSA at Chicago/O'Hare confiscated my full-size tube of toothpaste even though it was more than half empty.


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Posted: 3/31/2013 11:58:50 AM

and the deordorant..as long as it fits in the bag. most the time they don't inspect it closely


Deodorant doesn't have to be put into the ziploc bag. It can be left in your suitcase.


you may end up throwing out your perfectly good deodorant because you didn't feel like spending a dollar.


Not necessary, unless it's liquid deodorant. Seriously, solid will get through 100% of the time.


I usually have two bags, one with non-medical liquids and another with medical liquids (tylenol, contact solution, inhalers, etc).


I have asthma (2 inhalers), take birth control, carry headache meds and always carry cold meds. I NEVER take those out of my suitcase. And they've never questioned them.


TSA at Chicago/O'Hare confiscated my full-size tube of toothpaste even though it was more than half empty.


This I find annoying. Toothpaste isn't a liquid. Like I said, I've gotten through with my full size toothpaste before. I don't normally carry it because it's so big, but my travel size one had run out on my previous trip and I forgot to pick up a new one so I grabbed my big one.



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Posted: 3/31/2013 12:03:03 PM

Deodorant doesn't have to be put into the ziploc bag. It can be left in your suitcase.


Yes, agree. I fly 50+ times a year and have never taken anything but my full size solid deodorant. I don't take it out of my bag. Never had a problem.


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Posted: 3/31/2013 12:18:05 PM
Toothpaste is a gel, and the rule applies to liquids and gels.




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Posted: 3/31/2013 1:02:24 PM
I've had my toothpaste taken a few times as well. Other times I've been told not to put my travel size toothpaste in the clear ziplocks because it isn't a "liquid".

It's all inconsistent and annoying.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 1:05:19 PM
Target, Wal-Mart and Bed, Bath and Beyond all have travel sized sections with items all 3 oz and under. I would go there and get a smaller, travel sized items such as contact solution and toothpaste.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 1:11:07 PM
If I'm not able to use a car at my destination I get all my stuff in the "travel size" aisle of any major drugstore chain. Easy peasy!

As to the 3.4 oz rule, you can just put your contact solution into a pre approved travel kit that you can again find in the drugstores.

Little funny: I thought I had used a quart sized bag for a recent trip; WRONG! It was a little larger, and they pulled me out for it. I had to toss whatever couldn't fit in their supply of quart-sized baggies. What a pain, but it was of course my fault!



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Posted: 3/31/2013 2:23:22 PM

Little funny: I thought I had used a quart sized bag for a recent trip; WRONG! It was a little larger, and they pulled me out for it. I had to toss whatever couldn't fit in their supply of quart-sized baggies. What a pain, but it was of course my fault!


Yeah, I've seen people get pulled out for gallon size bags and then argue with TSA about it.



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Posted: 3/31/2013 6:09:10 PM
I never put my stuff in those little ziplock bags and I think I've only been stopped once in the last 5 years...and it wasn't in the US. I do generally only carry the sample size stuff that Kelpea was talking about, but I just toss it in my briefcase and/or purse, it never gets stopped by TSA....and I'm on a plane every other week. I am surprised I've never been stopped.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 6:14:02 PM

As to the 3.4 oz rule, you can just put your contact solution into a pre approved travel kit that you can again find in the drugstores.



You mean repackage it? I would never in a million years repackage a sterile solution into another container I just picked up at Walgreens.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 6:24:00 PM
It seems like either me or DH always get stopped for something. LOL! One time it was for mascara. It was in my carry on luggage, in my makeup bag. Who new it was a liquid? I buy the teeny-tiny toothpaste, deodorant, etc. My next flight will be my first with my CPAP machine (without the distilled water, I'll buy it when I get there). Wish me luck!

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Posted: 3/31/2013 6:32:09 PM
I use Secret deodorant "sticks" and never included it as a liquid in my quart bag. I also buy the small Renu or Target brand multipurpose solutions. I've never had a problem with it being considered too large and it always goes into the quarter bag with the other liquid items I take with me. My liquids bag usually contains the following:

lotion
hand sanitizer
liquid foundation makeup
mascara
tooth paste
contact solution
travel size mouse
travel size hair spray

Depending on the trip I may or may not have shampoo or body wash. If I'm going to be staying in a hotel, I don't include these. When staying with friends or family, I like to bring my own.

P.S., I've traveled 4 times since last August, through these airports: Harrisburg, Chicago O'Hare, Denver, Colorado Springs, Dallas and Baltimore. I've traveled once or twice a year for the last 5 or 6 years and have never had a problem with the doing the above.


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Posted: 4/1/2013 5:29:06 AM
I just buy stuff when I get to my destination and leave it when I'm coming home. Usually only costs a few dollars.


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Posted: 4/1/2013 7:29:47 AM

As to the 3.4 oz rule, you can just put your contact solution into a pre approved travel kit that you can again find in the drugstores.

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You mean repackage it? I would never in a million years repackage a sterile solution into another container I just picked up at Walgreens.


Don't see why not! Just sterilize it first.


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