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While down here in Mexico, I recently met up with some friends from home -- this was their first trip out of the country since the whole ongoing debacle of liquids and gels aboard planes started: one friend ended up having to check her toiletry bag because she'd brought more toiletries, albeit all in three ounce containers, than would fit in the one Ziploc-style baggie allowed. Her tale reminded me to remind you of what you can bring aboard a US, UK or EU plane in a carry-on bag these days, from toiletries to sharp objects. (I won't start ranting about the almost unconscionable waste of having to, before I board the homeward bound plane, throw away the toothpaste and deodorant I had to buy here.)

And, since it's a frequently asked question for practically every traveler, what size is a carry on bag? I divide bag dimensions by sevens to simplify the equation and can thus feel confident that a bag around 21"x14"x7" will meet most airlines' carry on bag size limits, which are often a maximum of 45" (like 22"x14"x9").

Learn more about what you can bring on a plane, and why (or why not):

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April 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm
(1) Valentine's Day Gifts says:

Well, I agree about all those controls because of our security, but really guys, If you take the plane lot of times in a month (for work or pleasure), these controls become really annoying, is crazy!. We need to have lot of patience, agh!

April 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm
(2) Denise says:

Very informative! I’m going to pass this on to my old GS troop tht is heading off to Europe soon. Thanks!!

April 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(3) alana gonzales says:

hi i am alana from canada, i visit cancun this year an stay in the hostal MAR PEZ in cancun down town i i want to say wath is the best hostel of cancun, a very good atmospher and very clean and i really enjoy stay thera, i ask to yours recomend this place for more people have the oportunity of to know and enjoy it…

April 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm
(4) samantha says:

hi i want to say i been in cancun this month in the hostal marpez in down town and it was a very wonderfull experience, i want to recomend this place.

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