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  1. Sarah Reyes
    April 20, 2021 @ 6:20 pm

    Im am worried caz my dog has never been on a plane . dont no what to. Expect.

    • Ali Garland
      April 22, 2021 @ 2:53 pm

      Hi Sarah! I only just got a dog last summer, during the pandemic, so I haven’t traveled with her yet. But a good friend of mine has been traveling with her dog for years, so I can direct you to her blog. Her dog is small enough to travel in the cabin with her, so keep that in mind, that if you have a bigger dog you will have to put your dog in the hold. Start with this post: and explore her whole dog traveling category: Once I can travel again, I will write about traveling with my own dog, but it might still be awhile!

  2. Suzanna Evans
    November 13, 2019 @ 12:22 am

    Ask u first time I will go flight to Edinburgh (scotland) so do I allow to bring travel hairdryer/mini nano hair straightener, one my favorite perfume ?

    • Ali Garland
      November 13, 2019 @ 9:53 am

      Hi Suzanna! You are allowed to pack your hair dryer and hair straightener in checked bags or carry on bags, UNLESS it’s the type with butane gas cartridges. Then it must go in your carry on bag. Read more about taking hair straighteners, hair dryers, and curling irons on a plane here. You are allowed to pack your perfume in either checked luggage or carry on luggage, but if you pack it in carry on, the bottle must be 3.4 ounces/100ml or smaller and it must fit in your liquids bag. If the bottle is bigger, it must go in checked baggage. Read more about bringing makeup on a plane here.

  3. Sanjeevareddy
    November 11, 2019 @ 7:05 pm

    Can we carry computer CP U & minister in checked luggage

    • Ali Garland
      November 12, 2019 @ 9:57 am

      Hi, I don’t know what a minister is, but a CPU is allowed in either carry on or checked luggage. I might be concerned with packing it in checked luggage since it could get damaged, but I understand it might be too big for your carry on bag. So if you do pack it in checked luggage, just do the best you can to cushion it and protect it from potential damage. Also be aware that most airlines won’t take any responsibility to damage or theft of valuables packed in checked luggage.

  4. Skip
    October 7, 2019 @ 11:55 pm

    Can you take a metal water bottle with your carry on, or does it need to be see-through? Thanks

    • Ali Garland
      October 8, 2019 @ 10:56 am

      Hi Skip! Yes, metal water bottles are allowed in carry on bags, just make sure it’s completely empty before you go through security.

  5. Mr Grey
    March 22, 2019 @ 11:09 am

    So can you put in suitcase a tin of shaving gel ?

    • Ali Garland
      March 25, 2019 @ 11:24 am

      Shaving gel can be packed in either checked luggage or carry-on. The only difference is if you’re packing it in carry-on luggage, the container of shaving gel must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller and it must fit inside your 1 quart (1 liter) clear zip top liquids bag. Even if you pack if in checked luggage, I’d recommend putting it in some kind of toiletry bag in case it leaks while in flight.

  6. Ronald Stephens
    July 3, 2018 @ 1:08 am

    You can answer me here if you like . thank you. Camping knives are just to expensive to leave behind and buy new ones for a week of camping

  7. Ronald Stephens
    July 3, 2018 @ 1:04 am

    My wife and i flying to go camping with some friends in Arkansas wood. I want to bring my camping knives can I pack them in check in luggage that goes in the cargo and not in the cabin ?

    • Ali Garland
      July 3, 2018 @ 11:11 am

      Hi Ronald! You can pack camping knives in your checked luggage, but not your carry-on. Just make sure the knives are safely stored so they can’t accidentally stab through the suitcase and injure someone.

  8. carrie horner
    June 26, 2018 @ 11:38 pm

    Hi we are a family of 5 going to Orlando for 2 weeks. We have 32′ inch suitcases each, we got big ones as the 3 children will want to bring loads of suvinors and toys back and clothing and footwear for us. We will also be taking 4 carry on luggage but I’m thinking of scrapping mine. We are going with our checked in at under 7kg each. As this is my first abroad trip so have no idea what I’m doing. Would I be better of putting my youngest clothes in mine and putting the smaller case inside the larger case? Is that allowed? We have 23kg of luggage allowance each. Thank you in advanced

    • Ali Garland
      June 27, 2018 @ 11:24 am

      Hi Carrie! Yes, you can pack a smaller suitcase inside a larger suitcase, which sounds like a good idea if you anticipate coming home with a lot more stuff than you’re going with. I suggest packing anything valuable in your carry-on luggage, plus a change of clothes for each person just in case your checked luggage gets delayed. I have some great tips on what to pack in your carry-on and what not to pack in your carry-on that might help you, too.

      Maybe do a practice run with your packing to see how much you can fit in each suitcase. A 32 inch suitcase is pretty big, and kids’ clothes, depending on how old they are, take up less space than adult clothes. You probably don’t need many shoes – definitely comfortable walking shoes for the theme parks! And maybe one nicer pair of shoes for dinners? But also remember that you can dress casual almost anywhere. Also remember that you can buy just about anything you might need while you’re there, so if you forget to bring something, you can probably find it in Orlando. Don’t feel like you have to pack for every possible “what if” situation. Most of the year, Orlando is hot, so pack for warm weather, but it’s still worth packing maybe one pair of pants and one sweatshirt or something since everything inside is air conditioned.

      I hope this helps, and enjoy your trip!

  9. Jim maxfield
    February 3, 2018 @ 1:15 am

    Can I have colonge and after shave lotion in my carry, they are both marked flamable

    • Ali Garland
      February 4, 2018 @ 3:58 pm

      Yes, you can pack those in your carry-on bag. You’re only allowed containers that are 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller, so at that small volume, I think they’re not worried about the fact that those particular liquids are technically flammable.

  10. Sonja
    June 29, 2016 @ 3:37 pm

    I recently spent a whole month in London, combining work and diversion. I knew that I had to cross town to get from the airport to my accommodation, and I did not want to schlep a huge suitcase through the tube. But I was also aware of the fact that I would probably buy quite some clothes and books during my stay. So here is how I resolved it: I checked my luggage for both flights, because I wanted to bringe my usual cosmetics in big bottles, not the little bottles allowed for carry-on luggage. On the way to London I packed my clothes and cosmetics in a small carry-on size suitcase with wheels. I also put an empty 40 liter-backpack inside the suitcase. My carry-on on this flight was my small daypack. For the flight back I squeezed everything I had accumulated during the month into both the little suitcase and the 40 liter-backpack. They were much easier to transport than one big suitcase. I put the cosmetics in the big backpack and checked it in, because it was larger and heavier as the little suitcase. The suitcase was my carry-on and the daypack my handluggage.

    • Ali Garland
      June 29, 2016 @ 6:05 pm

      Sonja, that sounds like a great way to do it! I personally love traveling carry-on only, but I know it isn’t for everyone and it doesn’t work in every situation. I love that you were able to find a way that works for you to check luggage and still not have giant suitcases to lug around.

    November 24, 2015 @ 6:02 pm

    Can I take clothes dye in powder form in the hold luggage or in hand luggage?

    • Ali Garland
      November 25, 2015 @ 5:07 pm

      Hmm, that’s a new for for me! If it’s in powder form (I’m guessing this is something you mix with water?) and as long as it’s not flammable, it should be fine in either the hold luggage or hand luggage. You might want to verify with the airline to be sure.

  12. Corinne
    March 12, 2014 @ 8:41 am

    You are so right! I think it’s difficult to still think light when knowing you are going to check luggage, which we almost always do thanks to our mondo-tripod! No matter what, we only pack one small bag to check and then Jim and I each have our day packs for carry on. It’s perfect. Great info!

    • Ali Garland
      March 12, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

      Thanks Corinne! It somehow seems easier to pack a lot of stuff when you have the extra allowance of checking luggage, but you still have to lug it around for your whole trip. My husband and I tried packing really light (a 40L backpack plus a daypack each) on our past trip, with the 40L as checked luggage, and it was great.

  13. Joan
    March 10, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

    good advice Ali. We’re so used to travelling by car that we don’t ever think about packing lite. this will really come in handy when we go to Italy later in the year. thanks

    • Ali Garland
      March 10, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

      Thanks Mom! It’s easier to deal with the trains when you pack light too!