Here’s What You Shouldn’t Pack in a Carry-On

5 things you shouldn't pack in a carry-on.
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Have you ever gotten ready for your vacation and when you started packing your carry-on wondered if you could pack something or not? Chances are you’ve been in this situation a few times. In addition to the TSA rules, there are some items that just shouldn’t be in your carry-ons. Here are five items to leave behind.

Smelly Snacks

While it is always nice to have snacks with you, some foods like meats, cheeses, and fish shouldn’t be kept in your carry-on. Other items to avoid are garlicy, stinky, and spicy ones.

Battery-Operated Items

Battery-operated items like razors and electric toothbrushes can turn on when they move around your bag, drawing the attention of security. The last thing you want to deal with is being stopped by security and missing your flight. If you need these items either pack them in your suitcase or bring them in your carry-on with the batteries packed separately.


By now this should be obvious, but weapons should never be packed in your carry-on. Items like mace, knives, nail clippers, and box cutters are considered weapons, so never bring them with you.

Liquids Over 3.4 Ounces by Volume

Liquids, gels, and aerosols must be 3.4 ounces or less. Buy travel-sized toiletries or get reusable travel-size bottles for your perfumes, shampoos, and soaps.

Sports Equipment

Sports equipment like golf clubs, baseball bats, ski poles, hockey sticks, and pool cues can be used as weapons, so they aren’t allowed in your carry-on. Smaller sports equipment like tennis balls and basketballs are allowed.