Back to School Packing and Traveling Tips

Back to School Packing and Traveling Tips

August 26, 2013

As the Labor Day weekend approaches, it means people will be heading back to school, if you aren’t already there. We have found some great tips to help all of you back-to-school packers and travelers. These tips are also transferable to really packing for any trip, so make sure to give it a read!

Vintage-suitcase-copyDouble Check:
If you’re packing in a bag that you haven’t used in a while, make sure you double-check it. Many people who have brought prohibited items to a checkpoint, like ammunition or knives, say they did so unknowingly. Double-checking can easily prevent this.

Anything with a blade is prohibited. So if you’re packing items to stock your kitchen, for instance, make sure all of your knives, your blender, and your food processor are safely stowed in your checked bag. Corkscrews and nail clippers are not prohibited, but some have knife blades, which makes them prohibited. This iffyness about them makes it better off to pack in your checked bag, if possible.

surfboards-in-airportSporting Equipment:
Baseball bats, hockey stick, golf clubs, surfboards, and even bows and arrows, and spear guns are allowed on the plane, but all of them must be checked. Even a mini slugger bat must be checked.

Liquids get complicated on airplanes. Stick deodorant is not limited to the 3.4 oz or less, but gel or spray is. Any liquid makeup for example nail polish, eyeliner, mascara or liquid foundation must be placed in your 3-1-1 bag. Powdered makeup is fine. Some razors are okay to take in your carry-on. Read this short TSA blog to make sure, but most disposable are okay. If you’re unsure, check it. Refer to our blog on Liquids in Your Carry On for more detailed information.


Note: This picture says 3 oz or smaller containers, but it’s actually 3.4 oz or smaller containers.

Food and Drink:
Food is tricky as well, because you wouldn’t think that peanut butter would count as a “liquid.” Once again refer to our Liquids Blog and it will help you with what foods you can take on board. For the most part, dry foods like cake, bread, meat, etc. are all okay. Anything that is a sauce, dip, spread (is spreadable), salsa, jam, helly, dressing, syrup, oil, or something like that is a no go. Drinks, like wine, liquor, or beer, are also a no go unless you have a bottle that is 3.4 oz or less and is in your 3-1-1 bag.

WATERSTATIONOur Exito tip for traveling: Bring an empty, reusable water bottle with you. Once you get through security you can fill it up at a water fountain and save yourself the money. Also, you’ll have a water bottle for all of your travels! Do you still need to book a ticket somewhere? Feel free to call one of our flight specialists and they’ll be happy to help you. Happy travels, and for those of you going back to school, good luck!


Check out the original blog from TSA for more in depth writing on each of these tips.

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