Christmas Packing: Airport Dos and Dont’s
Don’t bring toys that look like weapons in your hand luggage – these include toy guns, water pistols, slingshots, darts and sports bats.
Do wait until you get to your destination to buy party poppers, sparklers, fireworks or Christmas crackers. These are considered explosive/flammable substances – and can’t be carried on board as they contain explosive/highly combustible substances which pose a risk to the health of passengers and crew and the security/safety of the aircraft property.
Don’t pack wrapped gifts in your checked-in luggage. Wrapped gifts will be searched and screened by airport security staff.
Do take a gift bag that can be folded and packed flat or save your expert wrapping skills until you arrive at your destination.
Don’t pack liquids over 100ml in volume in your carry-on. Liquids include the following:
- All drinks, including water, alcohol, soups, and syrups
- Creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, lip gloss or lip balms, mascara etc.
- Sprays and pressurized containers including shaving foam and spray deodorants
- Pastes, including toothpastes
- Gels, including hair and shower gel
- Jams, preserves and chutneys
- Water-filled Christmas decorations such as snow globes
- There are two exceptions to these rules:
- Baby food needed during the flight
- Medicines needed during the flight
Do place liquid-based gifts (unwrapped) in your checked-in baggage. Approved liquids of any volume/amount are always allowed to be carried as checked-in luggage. Alternatively, if you’ve got the time, hold off on buying liquid gifts until you get to your destination or take advantage of the deals and offers in the Duty Free, airport shops or on board your flight. If you’re carrying liquids under 100mls, ensure the following:
- They’re brought to the airport contained within a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which itself must not exceed 1 litre in capacity (approximately 20cm x 20cm). The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably and the bag must be sealed.
Do wrap ceramic/fragile gifts inside bubble wrap and then inside a sweatshirt or other soft/chunky item of clothing and place it in the middle of your checked-in luggage so that it’s safely supported on all sides.
Don’t forget, Christmas is about giving AND receiving. Pack a collapsible/fold-able shopping bag in your suitcase for stowing all those gifts you’ll take home on your return journey.
Are you planning a Christmas getaway? Got some tried and tested packing tips? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you!