If you’ll be flying with a baby or toddler, remember that your pint-sized companion is entitled to bring aboard a “reasonable amount” of liquids or gels beyond the 3-1-1 rules for carry-on. This includes: Liquid formula, expressed breast milk, baby foods, shelf-stable milk boxes, or medicines that may be needed in flight.
For swift passage through airport security, place any of these larger-quantity liquid items in a clear gallon-size zip-top bag, which you can easily remove from your diaper bag or carry-on to set on top of other items as you ready your items for the X-ray.
The clear, zip-top bag will also help keep your child’s items organized and accessible during your flight, and will help contain any leaks or sticky residues as you travel (like that medicine cup you don’t want to make a special trip to rinse out in the lavatory).
NOTE: Be sure that any formula and liquid items beyond a “reasonable amount” for your flight itinerary are in your checked baggage.
For more help planning and packing before your flight, see Part 5 of Travels with Baby, and for on-the-go survival tips to use as you travel (ahem, soothing fussy babies in flight, keeping toddlers entertained on the go…) be sure to keep your Take-Along Travels with Baby handy at the airport and on the airplane.
Will you carry on extra liquids for your child on an upcoming flight?
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