Simple tricks to avoid the 100ml liquid rule when packing your hand luggage

Holiday travel carry-on rules include airlines and airport security requiring your liquids to be no more than 100ml – but there are ways to circumvent the system

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There are some easy ways to get around the 100ml rule

Packing for vacation can feel like a challenge, especially when it comes to carry-on luggage and the various rules we have to follow, including airline banned items.

One of the biggest hurdles for travelers is the ban on liquids over 100ml at airport security.

You can bring liquids under 100ml, but they must be in a resealable plastic bag no larger than 20cm x 20cm and no larger than one litre. It’s worth noting that you’re limited to one plastic bag per person.

If you are going on a short holiday abroad and only want to take hand luggage with you, packing can be difficult. Luckily, there are some simple tricks to avoiding the 100ml liquid rule without actually breaking it — and it’s all about being strategic with your packing.

If you have a product larger than 100ml, such as a beauty cream or shampoo, the easiest way to transfer it is to smaller, clear, travel-size bottles.

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As long as each bottle stays under 100ml, it doesn’t matter if you’re carrying several – although you still need to be able to fit them all in a resealable plastic bag and they need to fit comfortably. Still, it gives you some leeway if you want to take more than 100ml with you.

Solid beauty products are also worth considering. These days you can find solid shampoo bars and conditioners, deodorant sticks, and even solid mouthwash. All of this packs easily in your carry-on AND doesn’t take up valuable space in your one plastic bag that can be used to store other liquids.

Another solution is to buy your products airside, ie after going through security. Once you’ve cleared the controls and are just waiting for your flight, you can go to the shops in the terminal to buy full-size products.

Keep in mind that in most countries you still have to follow the 100ml rule on your way home. So only use this option if you think you’ll use up the products that week, or if you’re happy to pack them in your checked baggage on the way home.

If in doubt, it’s worth checking the website of your departure airport or contacting your airline to see if you can take it in your hand luggage.

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