Packing up hand luggage alone is a great way to save money while traveling, but passengers not only have to deal with airline baggage restrictions, but there are also strict safety rules. Jessie Moore, founder and director of luxury trip and adventure blog PocketWanderings (@PocketWanderings), revealed “one of the trickiest” rules when it comes to packing your hand luggage.
She said express.co.uk: “The limitation we are all aware of is the universal rule of 100 ml of liquid.
“It’s one of the trickiest rules to follow if you’re only taking carry-on luggage, as you have to fit everything into one of the clear plastic bags provided.
“It’s like a game of Tetris trying to find the most efficient way to stack your bottles and jars.”
The Gov.uk website states that all liquids carried in hand baggage must contain “no more than 100ml” and must be “in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, containing no more than a liter and approximately 20cm x 20 cm”.
While bottled water and beverages cannot be taken through security, parents traveling with infants can bring larger amounts of milk or baby food.
Jessie said: “Baby food and milk are allowed by security, but please check transportation and quantity requirements before travelling.
“Wet wipes don’t count as liquid, so they’re absolutely fine to carry in your carry-on.”
As long as a passenger is traveling with a baby, they are allowed to bring “enough baby food, baby milk and sterilized water for the journey,” according to Gov.uk.
Breast milk can be carried in containers of up to 2,000 ml, even if no baby is present, but frozen breast milk cannot be carried in hand luggage.
Adults can also bring their own food, although Jessie notes that this only contains solids.
She explains, “Usually you’re allowed to take food with you, as long as it’s not high in liquid content, such as sauces, soups, or stews.
“Note that some countries have restrictions on bringing agricultural products on board, for example fruits, vegetables and meat, so it’s probably not worth taking the risk. Just buy your food through security once.”
Other makeup and toilet products may also face safety restrictions, even if they are not classified as liquid.
Jessie explains, “While there is usually no limit on powders, keep in mind that large powdered items may be subject to additional checks as you go through security.”
Sharp objects are also prohibited, although there are some exceptions. Jessie said: “As for razors, keep in mind that you can’t bring a straight razor or safety razor blades, but both disposable and electric razors are fine.
“You may carry one lighter in your hand baggage, but not in checked baggage, and e-cigarettes are also allowed, but only in hand baggage.
“The same goes for any spare lithium batteries, for example those for a GoPro or similar device.
“They should be in your hand luggage, not in your checked luggage.”