Your Best Packing Tips: Flying with the 3-1-1 Rule

Posted by Amy D on September 09, 2011 at 3:30:00 PM EDT | Post a Comment
The TSA’s 3-1-1 security rule for flying with carry-on liquids (3.4 oz bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger) is nothing new, but packing to fit all of your lotions and potions into a 1-quart-sized bag can still leave even the most experienced travelers puzzled. JetSetGirlsWeekenderKit.jpg We asked our Facebook followers to give us the 411 on the 3-1-1 rule and we'd love to hear from you too. Here are a few of our favorite tried and true tips for solving this toiletry packing dilemma: Consider Alternatives to Liquids: "I bought the solid soaps for shampoo and conditioner so they don't have to go into the 311 bag . . . You don't need huge sizes of anything. . . You need a toothpaste . . . small hair spray, contact solution, tinted face cream. I bring the makeup remover cloths so they don't need to go into the 311 bag. I love the 3-1-1 bag. It has made me re-think what I really need." – Pat B. Pare Down: "[I] save my liquids for moisturizer, toothpaste, mouthwash, sanitizer, lotion, sunscreen spray, and scented lotion . . . after having a bottle of perfume break once while going through screening . . . I stick with my small bottles [of] Valentino and Vera Wang lotion when traveling." –Abby W. Prioritize for the Flight: "I actually carry them in my ‘personal item’ . . . to reduce weight. Priorities are moisturizer, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, hydrating nasal spray, and pretty much anything related to staying hydrated in the plane . . . then small perfumes, make-up, and anything more expensive to replace should my checked luggage disappear." – Margot B. Use Special Containers: "I picked up some 3 oz liquid containers for gels and liquids that come in larger sizes; long and slim vs. short and fat containers work great!" –Macky W.

Your turn – what are your tips for packing liquids in your carry-on?

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  • Belletravella on Sep 15, 11 at 03:31 AM

    Agree with BuffCrone - towelettes are the way to go. (Liquid hand santizers are a no no on internal flights in China because they contain alcohol.) Even sample perfume bottles have leaked - save the perfume sachet samples that come in magazines - wipe on the wrists and behind the ear lobes and you'll smell grand!

  • Iowa_Redhead on Sep 14, 11 at 05:58 PM

    Tiny jars are wonderful things! I don't need an entire 3oz bottle of face lotion, just a dab each day. A tiny jar takes up about 1/4 of the space and saves a bit of weight. Since buying a pack of a dozen different size tiny jars at WalMart, I've found 100 uses for them!

    Two tiny toothpaste tubes often fit in a ziplock easier than a larger 2-3oz tube.

  • BuffCrone on Sep 14, 11 at 12:01 PM

    I was sick of the dry skin from hand sanitizers. So I've become addicted to Herban Essentials, which are antibacterial towelettes with amazing scents. I wipe my hands and then use them to wipe of the arm of the airplane seat and the tray table. Then everything smells nice and is a least a little bit cleaner. And since they are towelettes, they don't have to go in the plastic bag, as hand sanitizer does. I tuck them into my coat pocket, purse, briefcase, and use one every time I am sitting in a public place, or touching something (like an escalator) that exposes me to germs! I can't tell you how much they have helped me avoid getting sick during travel. http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=herban+essentials+towelettes&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=4388062005&ref=pd_sl_649sljtg72_e

  • Amy_D Fodor's moderator on Sep 12, 11 at 05:46 PM

    Thanks for all of the great suggestions! Any other carry-on products that you don't leave home without?

  • Swantraveller on Sep 12, 11 at 07:37 AM

    I tried toothpaste tablets!
    These are the kind of useful tips that travelers need - good job!

  • BeachGirl247 on Sep 9, 11 at 05:16 PM

    Instead of bringing a bottle of cologne I bring a couple of sample size colognes that I've received from a purchase to cut down on liquids and weight.

  • annw on Sep 9, 11 at 05:09 PM

    Container Store carries many of the small travel bottles.

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