We're in the midst of peak travel season, folks. Kids are still on summer break and the working world is finally using their vacation time to soak up the late summer rays before fall settles in. If you're hopping on a plane soon and traveling with only a carry-on (we salute you), there are some TSA liquid rules you should know about.
We've all fallen victim to TSA while traveling; here's a refresher so you don't make the same mistakes again.
TSA Liquid Rules:
According to the TSA website, these rules apply for liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes.
All liquids must be in a 3.4oz or smaller container. Your serums, creams, cleansers, and masks are too expensive to lose, so check their sizes and if they're too big, leave them at home or transfer them to a smaller container.
They have to be able to fit in a quart-size bag. Before you throw 10 containers of liquids into your carry-on, make sure that everything can fit in a quart-size bag. Think about what you really need for your trip, a la Marie Kondo, and remember you can always buy things once you arrive at your destination.
Powders must be in 12oz containers or smaller. TSA placed new restrictions on powders in 2018. Ensure that your makeup, protein powder, and baby powder are in containers within that range, or put them into a checked bag.
Anything else has to go into a checked bag. If you can't part with your full-size products, they have to go into a checked bag to avoid getting tossed into the TSA product graveyard. If you're looking to save money, share one checked bag with your whole group.
Only empty water bottles will pass the TSA checkpoint. If you bring a refillable water bottle, make sure it's empty before you approach security. You can fill it up after you go through the checkpoint or buy water in the terminal.
There are exemptions. If you use a medication that comes in liquid, aerosol, gel, cream, or paste form and the container is larger than 3.4oz, it's exempt from the above rules. Similarly, if you're carrying baby formula, breast milk, or other liquid foods for your child, these are also exempt.
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