Checked Baggage: What You Can Pack And What You Can’t

When it comes to traveling, there are a lot of rules to be aware of. Honestly, it is hard to keep up sometimes. Checked bags and carry on luggage rules are a constant source of confusion.

Not least of which is the fact that the norms are always changing. And, in addition to the things we aren’t allowed to bring on board or in our checked baggage, there are things that we should avoid even when allowed.

For instance, you are allowed to pack your medication in your checked bag, but it isn’t a good idea in case your luggage doesn’t make it to your destination. When coming back, maybe you have your eyes set on those kukri knives from your trip to Nepal. And yes, you can actually pack those in your checked bags.

In this article, we will focus on your checked bags and what you can and cannot pack during your trip.

Vaping and smoking gear

You are allowed to take your vape pen or mod box with you on board in your carry on. But you cannot pack it in your checked bags.

Since the lithium batteries are quite powerful and have been known to explode, they aren’t allowed to be in a bag in the cargo of the plane in case something happens. Even if it doesn’t explode, the change in pressure could cause them to leak and damage your bag and others.

In addition to that, no lighters are allowed in either the checked bags or your carry on. Matches can be brought in your carry on but not your checked bag.

Firearms and self defense weapons

You can actually check your weapons in your baggage. Obviously, you can’t bring your gun or knives in your carry on, but you are allowed to check them.

There are restrictions, however. Ammunition has to be packed separately from your firearm in a box made of fiber, wood or any other material that is designed for ammunition specifically.

Guns have to be packed in a hard sided box and unloaded. You have to declare this at check in. Not all airlines allow this even though it is allowed by the TSA. Not only that, but you have to be aware of the local laws in the area where you are traveling as there may be restrictions.

Food and alcohol

When you are traveling internationally, you can’t bring many types of food. Any fresh fruit or vegetables, plus plants are not allowed. Even domestically if you are traveling to Hawaii.

Coming back from abroad means you can’t bring meat products and cheeses have to be vacuum sealed. You can bring back alcohol as long as it isn’t above 140 proof.

What you can pack but shouldn’t

Since checked bags can get lost, you shouldn’t pack anything you will need when you reach your destination. Besides medication, don’t pack any IDs like passports or driver’s license, tablets, cell phones or laptops and anything of value like jewelry and cameras.

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