Travel Tips September 13, 2018
Here Are 5 Things You Should Never Pack In A Checked Bag
Packing a bag for a trip is an art, but there are certain items you should never include in your finished masterpiece. Don’t allow yourself to be delayed at the airport because you have a prohibited item in your luggage. Here are a few things that you should never pack in a checked bag.
1. Anything with batteries.
Specifically, you should never pack anything with lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries in your checked luggage. Though you are allowed to pack batteries in your hand luggage, there are restrictions: you’re are limited to two grams of lithium per lithium-metal battery, while rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are limited to 100 watt-hours per battery. Most travelers will easily fall under these requirements. Be sure to take the battery out of your smart suitcase as well – your bag could be barred from the flight if you forget to remove the battery or aren’t able to before takeoff.
2. Keep all medication in your carry-on bag.
This one is a safety tip. In the event that your checked luggage is lost or delayed, you don’t want to find yourself without important medications. Keep your prescription drugs in your carry-on bag in their original containers and pack proof of prescription if necessary. Make sure your liquid medications stay within the 3.4-ounce liquid limit for carry-on luggage.
3. There are complicated rules around matches and lighters.
You probably just assumed that bringing any fire-starting equipment into a plane was a no-go, but that’s not technically true. Each passenger is allowed one book of safety matches in their carry-on, but not in their checked luggage. You can’t bring electronic lighters in either your checked or hand luggage, but you can pack a Zippo or disposable lighter in your checked bag if it has been emptied of fuel. Individuals wishing to fly with lighters that are incapable of being emptied can use a special case approved by the Department of Transportation.
4. You can’t fly with alcoholic beverages over a certain proof.
You are not allowed to fly with alcohol that’s over 140 proof. That includes brands such as Everclear (190 proof) and Bacardi (151 proof). There is good news though: you can pack alcoholic treats such as wine and beer in your checked luggage as long as you make sure they’re securely packed and won’t spill. There may also be customs restrictions on quantity, so check with your airline before flying.
5. Electronic cigarettes and vaping devices aren’t allowed in checked luggage.
Just because they don’t use an open flame doesn’t mean you can throw these in your checked luggage. Vapes and e-cigs need to be packed in your carry-on and must be turned off with the batteries removed if possible.
If you need more guidance on how to pack the perfect carry-on, click
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