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The Best Packing Tips: 20 Things NOT to Bring With You

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The Best Packing Tips 20 Things NOT to Bring With You - what is in your luggage

What’s in your luggage? Image Source: Flickr

Finally getting that vacation that you have been waiting for? Are you planning your luggage now? There will be a lot of things you may want to bring with your trip. They are always those things at home that we can’t live without. Be careful what you put in your suitcase though. Some items and materials that you can usually find in your house or in the workplace are a no go inside aircrafts. The reason for this is because of the potential dangers they pose to both the passengers and the crew.  Therefore, it becomes very important to consult your airline company which items they allow to be included as carry-on luggage or as checked baggage. Also take note of what are banned altogether.

If you have not talked to your airline yet, you can check this list of 20 things not to bring with you. You can consult this list to help you with your packing. The following are the categories of items the Transport Security Administration (TSA) proscribed from being boarded in aircraft cabins:

1. Explosives and firearms

Things like matches, sparklers, fireworks, flares, gunpowder, any form of ammunition or other ordnance, blasting caps, dynamite and loaded firearms are not allowed inside the airplane cabin. You are not a secret agent.

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Folding knives. Image Source: Flickr

2. Weapons

Even if you love to carry your favorite kitchen knife around, you can’t put it in your carry-on. It can be qualified as a weapon among other knives. Throwing stars, swords, or other items used in martial arts competitions are also a no go. Check the country where you are going. The rules on transporting knives and other weapons will differ in each country.

3. Gases and pressure containers

Flammable aerosols like hair spray, spray paint or insect repellant; carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (either for scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen can’t be brought with you.

4. Flammable liquids and solids

Given that there won’t be some fire dancing inside the airplane cabin, you can’t bring gasoline, propane, butane and other fuels. You also can’t bring lights with flammable reservoirs or any equipment containing fuel, matches, flammable paints, paint thinners, some cleaning solvents, adhesives, cigarette lighters, and light fluid. Flammable perfume and other flammable personal care items may be put on your carry on but only in limited quantities.

5. Oxidizers and organic peroxides

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Bleach and other household cleaning products. Image Source: Flickr

You don’t need to bring bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits with you on board. If you ever find a need for these, you can still buy them (like bleach for washing clothes) in the country where you are heading.


6. Poisons

For safety purposes, weed killers, pesticides, rodent poisons, arsenic and cyanides are not allowed in the airplane.

7. Infectious materials

For health safety, medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms and bacterial cultures are not allowed.

8. Corrosives

Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye and mercury are things you can’t have with you.

9. Organics

You can’t bring fiberglass resins or peroxides as well.

10. Radioactive materials

Also for health reasons, radioactive materials radioactive pharmaceuticals and other radioactive materials or smoke detectors are not allowed.

11. Dry ice

Dry ice of frozen carbon dioxide is only allowed on board if it is up to four pounds (1.8 kg) for packing perishables. You must make sure that the package is vented.

12. Magnetic materials

Things like strong magnets like in loudspeakers and laboratory equipment are a no go.

And after the 9/11 event, the TSA also began regulating the carriage of the following items on board aircrafts:

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Box Cutter. Image Source: Flickr

13. Carpet knives, box cutters (and the spare blades) or any device with a folding or retractable blade

Things like a Swiss knife or ice pics, straight razors, and metal scissors with pointed tips are not allowed on your carry-on. You may check with the airline though if you can bring them in your checked luggage if, for example, you are on a hiking trip and need some of these things.

14. Corkscrews

15. Lighters (already listed above), lighter fluids and strike-anywhere matches

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Lighter and matches. Image Source: Flickr

Only four books of safety matches are allowable.

16. Baseball and softball bats

17. Gold clubs


18. Pool cues

19. Ski poles

20. Hockey sticks

Make sure to thoroughly plan your luggage accordingly. What you can carry on, what you can put in your suitcase or what you can leave behind will help you in having an easy time boarding on your plane. Make sure to consult your airline since rules may vary among airline companies before booking your flight.

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