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Old 07-28-2013, 05:52 PM   #16
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Out of curiosity, why would you make him carry your stuff? You AND he both get one baggie...not one for each traveling party. You can put your mascara and secret in your own baggie. Course, that is assuming you haven't filled your own first...
Mine's full.

I had two not-so-wonderful (as in "awful") experiences where our checked luggage went on to our destination without us and we were stranded without stuff I really wish we had with us, so now I take necessities and conveniences I want in my carryon in case we run into the same situation.

Do travel hand wipes need to be in the quart bag?
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:28 PM   #17
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My dd has been able to go through security with her full sized bottle of solution every time. She keeps it out, by itself though...just in case.

When I take mousse or hairspray (or anything that is under pressure), I always wrap it in a facecloth, and put it in a ziploc baggie. I bag all my liquids and gels, just in case!!!!
Good idea! I'm going to do that.

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I never knew that about taking a full-size contact lens solution in the carry on. I will definitely be doing this. The travel size ones are such a rip-off!
When I go to my eye doc he always gives me a sample/travel size bottle of my disinfecting solution that I save for traveling.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:51 AM   #18
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Mine's full.

I had two not-so-wonderful (as in "awful") experiences where our checked luggage went on to our destination without us and we were stranded without stuff I really wish we had with us, so now I take necessities and conveniences I want in my carryon in case we run into the same situation.

Do travel hand wipes need to be in the quart bag?
Nope, they don't ...they're solid. Even though you can technically "spread" or "smear" them, the sheets are solid.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:16 AM   #19
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Nope, they don't ...they're solid. Even though you can technically "spread" or "smear" them, the sheets are solid.
Thanks. Years ago, a TSA agent had a hissy fit that they weren't in the quart bag, so either that changed or she was just overzealous back then.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:48 AM   #20
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BFF once had a bottle explode in her luggage when she was coming to visit us - short hop, just half-way across North America, too. And, of course, she hadn't double bagged it or even bagged it because she'd never, ever had anything ever explode before in thirtysomething years of flying. It wasn't an aerosole can though, just a plastic bottle of lotion that exploded, although all the bottles around it were fine. (She'd even single bagged it in with all her other cosmetic/health goods type stuff, but the bag shredded when the bottle exploded.)

Still. After spending a few hours helping her clean up, I now double or triple bag everything. I've never had anything explode (I travel a few times on business every year) but just the thought of how long it took us to get that lotion out of her clothes and her shoes and her jewelry and her luggage still makes me shudder and become over zealous.

OTOH, I only carry travel sizes, carry the absolute minimum, and try to keep it all in my backpack instead of my checked luggage. I hate wasting that much weight and space - I want to save room to go shopping or for overpacking clothes!

ETA: I know it sounds a little weird, I say she didn't bag it, then I say she put it in a bag with other things. . .In my luggage every thing gets bagged and bagged and then put into a big bag with other things. . .
I'm sure that by "exploded" you don't really mean that the pressure inside the bottle got so great and the seal did not release such that the bottle was reduced to pieces and lotion went everywhere. You probably mean that the seal gave way and some lotion got out.

A can of aerosol hairspray is very different from a soft plastic bottle of lotion. The soft plastic bottle will react differently to the changes in air pressure than the metal can of hairspray. Also, the "placement" of the product inside the bottle when it is subject to the pressure will affect what happens. If the bottle is "upside down" and the product is all near the opening, when the pressure increases, the opening will release and product will be forced out. If the product is at the bottom of the bottle and air is at the end near the opening, when the pressure changes and if the force is great enough to surpass the seal, mostly air will be forced out the opening. Of course, if the pressure is great enough, even some product will get out.

My rules of thumb: a metal can designed to contain pressure (like hairspray), I don't bag it. Plastic bottle - especially a soft one - I will bag it separately to contain any leaks. I've also been known to squeeze all the air I can out of soft bottles before packing them giving the expanding air somewhere to go before it breaches the seal. However, if the bottle is not airtight to begin with, it will just suck in air through the not-so-air-tight seal anyway.

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Old 07-29-2013, 10:28 AM   #21
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You can get travel size hairspray and mousse at

http://www.minimus.biz/Hair-Styling.aspx

They carry a lot of hard to find travel size items like color safe shampoo etc.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:52 PM   #22
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The only Liquids, Gels or Aerosols (think things that don't keep their shape when taken out of their container) that can be carried in carry-ons must be under 3.4 ounces each. Each person traveling is allowed one baggie (quart size, zip lock type) and as many of the 3.4 ounce bottles as can comfortably fit in that bag and zip shut.

Full size toiletry articles are not (and have not been since August of 2006) permitted in carry on baggage. There are a few exceptions - those include medications and contact lens solution. Those do still need to be "declared" to the officer as you're going through security.

If you have any questions about exactly what Liquid, Gel or Aerosol is:

If you can:
Spray it
Splash it
Spread it
Smear it
Pour it
Drink it

it is a liquid and must be put in your zip lock type baggie.

I work for TSA.

great response.

The only caveat I will mention is the contact lens solution. Remember, this is TSA inside the US. I was departing CDG (Paris) and my full size contact solution was NOT allowed through security. Luckily, it wasn't terribly full, so I didn't lose a whole bottle (I use a brand that is extremely difficult to find and not available everywhere). However, I couldn't take out my contacts on the way home across the Atlantic. I was happy I had eye drops to keep them moistened.

so... contact solution? yes... in the US.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:40 PM   #23
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I'm really tired today, but what does the saran wrap under the lids do? Does that really keep the product from leaking out? Should I do that, along with putting my stuff in baggies? I have had a couple of times where my baggied stuff had some leakage.
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I'm really tired today, but what does the saran wrap under the lids do? Does that really keep the product from leaking out? Should I do that, along with putting my stuff in baggies? I have had a couple of times where my baggied stuff had some leakage.
It helps to keep the lids from unscrewing themselves or popping open b/c of the pressure, as saran wrap will stretch somewhat. It's usually not a bad idea.

Cans CAN leak if the store seal has been broken; usually not much, but it happens. It is always best to put any kind of container holding liquid in a bag with absorbent material in it. It protects the rest of your things, and those of other passengers as well.
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You can get travel size hairspray and mousse at

http://www.minimus.biz/Hair-Styling.aspx

They carry a lot of hard to find travel size items like color safe shampoo etc.

I find many of these in the travel size / trial size sections of most drugstores, and especially in Walmart or Target. No need to special order this stuff. Especially as these stores now know that this size is needed for airplane travel.
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You can get travel size hairspray and mousse at

http://www.minimus.biz/Hair-Styling.aspx

They carry a lot of hard to find travel size items like color safe shampoo etc.
Unfortunately, they don't carry my brand of hairspray or mousse. I'm picky about what I use because some brands make my hair look greasy,
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:53 PM   #27
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I have been trying to take trips with one small carryon that fits under the seat, especially or just a weekend.

I bought my first Lush product recently-the toothpaste tablets. Not wonderful but not bad either. I put them in a different container though because the box isn't really sturdy.

They also have a shampoo bar that's supposed to be good.

I tend to use the hotel toiletries so don't have to bring a lot. I usually stay at Marriotts and they often carry extras of many items.

However I am a little embarrassed that my quart bag is usually full, as I carry some small bottles of alcohol in it.....amaretto, Baileys, etc so I can have a little nightcap.
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I remember a houseguest who redistributed multipurpose contact lens in a small generic looking squeeze bottle. That sort of violated every rule I ever rule I ever learned about contact lens sanitary practices, but I suppose he never had an issue. The main issue is that every time you rely on the disinfectant in a CL solution to kill microorganisms, it depletes some of that disinfectant. When you keep on using a contact lens case, the disinfectant is actually disinfecting the interior surface of the case.

Still - I've heard that even saline can actually disinfect a contact lens if kept in contact long enough. I remember using one type of saline that used the same preservative that's the disinfectatant in most contact lens disinfecting solutions - Bausch and Lomb Sensitive Eyes Plus. It contains polyaminopropyl biguanide, which is a preservative and disinfectant, but in about 1/3 the concentration of most disinfecting solutions. Not many people do this any more, but an old recommended practice was to store a contact lens in sterile, preserved saline after being disinfected. The idea was that even if it got contaminated a little bit during transfer or when the case was opened, the preservative in the saline was enough to keep it disinfected.

That being said, the last time I got some sample contact lenses, the eye doc handed out several 2 oz bottles of contact lens solution. Just saline doesn't usually come in this size though, and the smallest size I've seen is 4 oz. Most people who use saline go through lots of it, and 4 oz wouldn't be enough.

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Thanks. Years ago, a TSA agent had a hissy fit that they weren't in the quart bag, so either that changed or she was just overzealous back then.
You really can't predict how Airport Security Screeners will react.
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Mine's full.

I had two not-so-wonderful (as in "awful") experiences where our checked luggage went on to our destination without us and we were stranded without stuff I really wish we had with us, so now I take necessities and conveniences I want in my carryon in case we run into the same situation.

Do travel hand wipes need to be in the quart bag?
Somewhat veering OT, but I can't stand the "new improved" citrus scent of those. It smells like a pina colada. I previously didn't like the "fresh scent" version because it smelled like scented baby wipes, but that's less offensive to me than the coco-nutty smell of what used to faintly remind me of lemon. The old smell was mild and not likely to make you smell like you just slammed down a tropical drink.
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