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travel sized items

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travel sized items

I haven't flown since the airlines inacted their "nothing over 3oz." rule for toiletrees. I like to pack light and carry my luggage on. Has anyone flown lately that can speak to how strict this new law is? I hate to wait in baggage claim just for shampoo, sunscreen etc.

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Pretty strict, they took my moms 4.2 oz tube of tooth paste that was less than 1/2 full and my sons spray deoderant that was labeled 3.7 oz. All your liquids need to be less than 3 oz. each and all be in one quart size ziplock bag. This is for carry on, checked luggage can have larger containers.

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You'll probably get varying answers depending on the airport folks went through. You could always buy that stuff down in Cancun. I don't know about you, but 3oz of sunscreen won't last very long for me down there, and you only get one 1qt bag per person.

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I have found toothpaste and sunscreen in under 3oz and just buy two or three if they are small. As long as they all fit in a quart bag it is ok.

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I heard one TSA dudette mention the containers must be 3.4 oz (100 ml) or less. The last time I checked Canada used 100 ml and the USA 3 oz so verify the 100 ml (3.4 oz) container before buying them. I see a lot of 100 ml travel sizes.

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For us folks in the US, you can also check for this, and all kinds of other info direct from the TSA website:


We usually only pack trial sizes of essentials in our carry-on, and pack the rest in what we check (we use baggies in checked luggage too, just larger ones)

If all you are taking is carry-on, be prepared to lose anything over 3 oz., and to stand out if you hold up the line by trying to sneak them thru..... or be prepared to buy them at your destination.

Yes, it's a total pain in the bottom, but is something to just have to get used to... and its not really that bad.

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I figured this would be the case. Guess we'll just send through our necessities and our snorkel gear for our day in COZ. Leave tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks you all who have helped answer questions for our trip.


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Remember the 3-1-1 rule.

Liquids in less than three ounce CONTAINERS, one quart size zip lock bag, one bag per person.

A four ounce bottle containing your favorite cream will be thrown out even if it contains an ounce.

A female doctor friend of mine went on a job interview to CA and had all her make up ETC thrown out if she wanted to catch her flight. A no makeup interview for her.

I packed small amounts of my most important stuff to get me thru a day or two.. all in one one bag labeled 311.. then I sent the rest of my daily 'stuff'' off in two double zip lock bags in my checked luggage. I would suggest checking some luggage these days, but carry on enough stuff for a day or two. After having Delta loose a bag of SHOES, good shoes, on my trip to St. Thomas I now pack every bag with complete outfits, shoes, etc. Now if one bag is lost at least I have half my stuff. I check two bags, carry on one. If they loose two bags, well I guess I am toast.

Carry on a bathing suit too. RX for sure.

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