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5 Tips on what you must be aware of when taking a bag on board a flight

5 Tips on what you must be aware of when taking a bag on board a flight.

 Below are 5 tips on what you must be aware of when taking a bag on board af light.  Make sure you are aware of the restrictions and avoid having to deal with the airport security.
5 Tips on what you must be aware of when taking a bag on board a flight
Are you aware of what you can and cannot take onboard your flight?



Make sure your liquids or gels are not larger than 100ml – You cannot bring any full-sized bottles of shampoo, condition or sunscreen on board in your hand luggage. They have to go in your suitcase when you check in. Containers must be in a single, transparent resemble plastic bag which holds no more than a litre and measures approx 20cm x 20 cm. So how can you overcome this. You may worry that if you pack these items in your check in case that on arrival they may have split. You can take smaller bottles (as detailed in limit above) or why not purchase 7 Piece Air Travel Bottle Set and you can fill each bottle with your requirements and take on board the plane.

You can of course purchase items in duty-free before you board – but why pay for extra items that you already have at home.

There are some exceptions which also include essential medication. If you are in doubt about the medication you are bringing on board then bring a letter from your doctor.

The following are also banned Each country’s government has slightly different rules about what can and can’t be brought aboard a plane, but as a general rule you should never put any of the following in your carry-on: firearms, explosives, baseball bats or other sporting equipment that could be used as weapons, self-defense sprays (such as mace), and sharp objects such as knives and safety razors.

Banned items – each country has a slightly different rule about what is banned. However the following cannot be in your hand luggage:



Baseball bats or any other sporting equipment that could be dangerous.

No self-defence sprays

No sharp objects

Swiss army knives

  • 5 Tips on what you must be aware of when taking a bag on board a flight
    Also band are snow globes – unless small enough to fit inside one of the small plastic bags with the rest of your liquids and gels

What about sharp objects? – Scissors are fine providing the blades are shorter and 4 inches (or some countries only allow up to 6 cm). Nail clippers and disposal razors should be fine.

Check the link below for banned items and further information. Or if you are in doubt call your airline before you travel.


Do not pack too much – We are all aware of the luggage restrictions on bags that are being checked in. However, did you know that many airlines have a weight restriction for hand luggage as well.  For example on Ryan Air your hand luggage bag must be no bigger than  35x20x20cm and should easily fit under the seat in front of you. The weight of the bag must not exceed 10kg
What else an I take in my hand luggage? – The following cannot be taken in your hand luggage, but please note that these rules are to and from all countries with the exception of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Mobile phone


Tablet devices

MP3 Player

Hair dryer or straighteners – Do you really need to bring these. Most hotels will have an amply supply

Travel iron

Electric shaver

E cigarettes

Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel. If your device doesn’t switch on when requested, you won’t be allowed to take it onto the aircraft.
Never assume your hand luggage will not be checked at the gate before you board the flight  – Even if after following all these tips your hand luggage can still be checked before you board. Do not think you will get away with a slightly heavier bag or have items in your luggage which are banned. Also be aware that some flights do get full and maybe your hand luggage will have to be stored with the rest of the luggage already checked in. Be aware that sometimes the plane you are going to be flying g on could be a smaller plane than originally intended. If this happens to you then make sure that all your essentials including travel documents, passports, medicines etc are kept with you 
The above restrictions in this blog post may see excessive but at the end of the day it is for our personal security which we can all agree is a good thing and will give us peace of mind when we are travelling.
Bon Voyage


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