Travels with Baby Tip #12: Remember to 3-1-1 Your Baby’s Travel Kit for Carry-On

Be sure to follow the TSA’s guidelines for any diapering and medicinal goodies you’ll want for your child onboard the aircraft: 3 ounces or less of each product, all stowed in a one-quart zip-top bag. The allowance is per passenger, so you can keep your own items in your own zip-top bag as well, or combine for simplicity if it all fits in one. Here is a sample modified “travel kit” for your child’s carry-on, with some items you may like to have onboard, especially for longer flights:

Sample modified travel kit for carry-on with 3 oz. liquid restrictions:

Infant’s Tylenol, 1 fl. oz.
Infant’s gas relief drops, 1 fl. oz.
Small tube of diaper crème, 2 oz.
Small tube of teething gel, .33 oz.
Tube of healing crème (sample from doctor’s office), .25 oz.
Saline nasal spray, 1.5 fl. oz.

Be sure to present your zip-top bags at security, placing them in clear view in your bins. For any questions about the TSA guidelines and the latest on what’s permitted, visit www.TSA.gov/travelers.

For more tips on preparing for you flight with baby, including Carry-on Considerations, Checking Baby Gear, Installing Car Seats on Airplanes, Lap Child Safety, and more, see Part 5 of Travels with Baby.

Safe journey,

Shelly Rivoli, author of Travels with Baby
The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children
http://www.travelswithbaby.com/

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  5. Anonymous

    Thanks, Shelly! I've been getting such inconsistent info on a range of baby things — from airline to airline and customer rep to customer rep. It's quite frustrating. Your travel tips are great. Really appreciate it.

  6. Shelly Rivoli

    Wow! That's interesting to hear – I just spoke with United and verified you were given incorrect info, so I hope this comment finds you! (Unticketed passengers are generally not given a baggage allowance, other than a diaper bag, so perhaps that was the source of confusion?) In my experience I have MANY times presented my ziploc right along side of my childs at the TSA screening. However, in more recent trips I have tried to simplify by combining my few goodies (travel-size toothpaste, eye drops) in the same bag with my lap child's carry-on travel kit. What may be more useful for you, however, is to pack one 3-1-1 zip loc with small items (similar to the above) and a second LARGE zip top bag to present in which you put all those additional, larger liquids you might need just for your child, including any milk boxes or prepared / breastmilk bottles, baby foods, or juice / milk boxes. These are also permitted for any baby or toddler, whether flying in a paid seat or on a lap. Please see the guide books for more details and tips.

  7. Anonymous

    This is a great tip, but should be noted that an additional 3-1-1 is not permitted for a lap infant — or at least that's what United tells me. According to them, a 3-1-1 is only permitted for passengers occupying a seat.

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