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Old 07-26-2008, 10:03 AM
 
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I'm goin to Europe next week so I just read up on the rules. Why was the small toothbrush and toothpaste a hassle? It says on the TSA website that you can't carry on a regular-sized toothpaste. All gels, liquids etc must in in 3 oz containers or less! They said that like in about 100 places on the website - ok, i get the point!! I think I'm just going to pack all that stuff and take my chances!
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I traveled over the weekend and coming home they just about didn't let me carry on my bicycle parts. I had pedals, a crank, a bottom bracket and various other bike parts. The look on the x-ray person, priceless. I got the stupid pat-down after that happened.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Foma, where are you going in Europe? In May I went to England, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Italy on a three week backpack trip. I love my Rick Steves convertible carry-on bag. I used that and a Northface day-bag for the trip. I have a photo thread in this forum and in the photography forum. Hope you have a great trip!
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:35 AM
 
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We're doing a cruise. I'd love to backpack across Europe but this time it'll be a cruise with my Mom. We'll be visiting Spain, Italy and France. I can't wait! The conversion rate sux but oh well ... this is something I really want to do with her before she's too old. I can't wait!
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I learned a lot on my trip, pack lighter! If you think you have too much with you, then you do! I wound up shipping some items home, extra pants, a jacket, and a bunch of socks. We used the train system getting around except for a night ferry from England to Netherlands, it is very neat and efficient. Have a great trip and don't forget to post pictures!
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Old 07-26-2008, 02:02 PM
 
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I'm goin to Europe next week so I just read up on the rules. Why was the small toothbrush and toothpaste a hassle? It says on the TSA website that you can't carry on a regular-sized toothpaste. All gels, liquids etc must in in 3 oz containers or less! They said that like in about 100 places on the website - ok, i get the point!! I think I'm just going to pack all that stuff and take my chances!
Sorry. What I meant was that the short toothbrush was very difficult to brush with.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:49 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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MAKEUP IS OKAY TO TAKE ON YOUR CARRY-ON! You CAN keep your mascara and everything else besides a LIQUID foundation in the same make-up bag. Just take the make-up bag out of your carry-on and place it in one of the plastic bins w/ your QUART sized ziploc. Put your liquid foundation in the ziploc w/ other liquids. No big deal at all. Most don't even care if the liquid foundation is in your make-up bag as long as you pull the bag out and put it w/ the ziploc. If you don't sometimes they will pull it over to the side to make sure what it is and that can take all of 2 minutes just for them to make sure it is indeed makeup.

We just got back over the weekend from vacation and fly many times a year domestic AND international. This latest trip was international and no problems at all.

As for how many ziploc bags you can take - the sky is the limit. All of our medicines will not fit in a quart sized ziploc so we have to use a gallon sized one. No one has ever said a word about it since the inception of this rule. One child has asthma and we have all of her inhalers, liquids, meds, etc along w/ our regular meds and normal stuff like Tums, Excedrin, Tylenol, etc. All in one HUGE gallon sized ziploc. Just pull it out and put it in the plastic bin.

I usually have a ziploc bag for the stuff that is liquid that I normally keep in my purse and that does NOT INCLUDE LIPSTICK! I've NEVER had to take lipstick out of my purse or put it in a ziploc bag. The stuff in my purse that I do put in a baggie is: small tube of hand lotion, small bottle of tylenol, nail polish. In my carry-on the ziploc bags contain: small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, hairspray (small areosol cans they now make - FINALLY), small tube of toothpaste (usually TWO to THREE of these), tube of body lotion.

I normally I myself 3-4 plastic ziploc bags to pull out. No big deal. Just keep the right on top and when you sit your bag down to unzip it they are right there. I don't even keep them in the large carry-on nor anything else in there that needs to come out at the TSA screen. I keep the ziploc bags in my backpack and the 1 sitting on top of the inside of my purse.

This last trip one of the kids forgot to take out their ziploc bag of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, lotion and they just got pulled over to the side and the agent opened the suitcase, pulled it out saw what it was and put it back and off we went.

It really is pretty simple and not as bad as it is made out to be.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Florida
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wow, thanks momof2! great post and very helpful.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:54 PM
 
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Isn't it funny that you can bring knitting needles in carryon? Wierd, right? TSA: Transporting Knitting Needles & Needlepoint (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm - broken link)
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Florida
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LOL, I am pretty sure I could put a hurting on someone with knitting needles, in the event that I needed to!! That's amazing.

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Isn't it funny that you can bring knitting needles in carryon? Wierd, right? TSA: Transporting Knitting Needles & Needlepoint (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm - broken link)
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