Packing Your Bags

Travelling overseas?  Exciting! But you do need to be aware that strict security measures are in place in airports right around the world regarding what you can and can’t take on board the plane.

Before you go, you can check out the Travel SECURE website for more specific info about customs and quarantine when flying overseas.

Carry On Luggage

There are restrictions on what you can take on board the plane with you in your carry on luggage.  Any liquids, gels or aerosol products (such as toiletries) must be in a container no bigger than 100mL each, and must be kept within a small, clear, resealable plastic bag.  Containers bigger than 100mL, even if they only have 100mL or less in them (like the last bit in the perfume bottle, or your half-used sunscreen) will be confiscated – make sure you carry these in your check-in luggage.  You will need to present your small clear carry-on plastic bag of liquids separately through the security screening process.

If you buy duty free items before you check-in your suitcase, think about packing any liquids or aerosols in your check-in luggage (but keep the receipt with you), as there are no guarantees that you can take it on board the plane – if it doesn’t pass the security screening process, you will be asked to surrender it, and you’ll lose it forever.  What a waste.

A security screening officer’s decision is final, and getting upset or angry will not help at all.  Try to stay calm – if you get aggressive, you may be told that you cannot board the plane, so it’s best to make sure you know the rules before you pack your bags.

Medications and Prescriptions

Travelling with medications? You should take a letter from your doctor stating that the medicine is for your personal use, what it is, and how much you will be taking (make sure you take enough medication for the whole trip!).  You should also keep the medication in it’s original packaging so that it can be easily identified. Before you go, you should find out if your medication is legal in the countries you are visiting – you can discuss this with your doctor.  For more information, check out Smart Traveller.

It might also be a good idea to take a copy of your glasses/contact lens prescription, just in case.