Liquids in luggage – what you need to know

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always extremely confused about traveling with liquids!  What is allowed into my luggage and what needs to go in my suitcase?  Here are the latest rules around this topic to prevent you from having to part with your beloved toiletries!

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Please note that all airports have their own rules when it comes to liquids in luggage so make sure you double check these before you travel.

How much liquid is allowed in hand luggage?

You are only allowed small individual containers of liquids with a maximum capacity of 100 ml each in your hand luggage. These  need to be packed in a durable, transparent, resealable plastic bag (e.g. a Ziploc bag) that is no more than 20cm x 20cm in size and no more than 1 litre in capacity.  There you have it!

 

Note: You can bring as many small containers as you want as long as they fit into the resealable plastic bag.

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Is there a limit to the amount of liquids in checked luggage?

There are no limits to the amount of liquids that are allowed in checked luggage apart from alcohol. However, you will need to take certain precautions:

  • There are a list of restricted items, make sure your stash does not include any of these.
  • Make sure all items are properly sealed or repackaged in a leak-proof container as air pressure might cause containers to pop.

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What is considered liquid?

Any substance with a fluid, free-flowing or ‘gooey’ consistency is considered liquid. This includes items such as aerosols, creams, pastes, and gels.

LiquidsAerosolsGels
PerfumeShampoo

Conditioner

Mouthwash

Oils

Vinegar

Sauces (e.g. salsa, gravy etc.)

Soups

Stews

Salad dressing

Soft drinks

Juice

Bottled water

Canned food with high liquid content (e.g.  sardines, tuna etc.)

Creams

Liquor (e.g. wine, beer etc.)

DeodorantHairspray

Sunscreen spray

Shaving cream

LipglossHairstyling gels

Jam

Yoghurt

Honey

Peanut butter

Cheese spread

Soft cheese (e.g. brie, camembert etc.)

Vegemite

Shaving gel

Toothpaste

Gel-filled tablets (e.g. fish oil tablets)

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What items are exempt?

As with most rules, there are exemptions to the 100ml rule.  Items that are exempt from this ruling includes:

  • Breast milk, baby formula, baby food, and baby juice (note: only when traveling with a baby!)
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Liquids or liquid nutrition for people with disabilities or medical conditions (note: you may be required to prove the necessity and authenticity of these items)
  • Frozen items (if they’re frozen solid)
  • Cosmetic or medical items with saline or liquid

Note: These items will need to be declared for inspection at the security checkpoint. You may also need to provide a doctor’s letter for certain medications.

List of prohibited items

You can find a comprehensive list of prohibited items here.

Can you put alcohol in luggage?

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Alcohol in carry-on luggage must comply to the rules mentioned above, while the amount of alcohol you can pack in checked luggage depends on three things:

  • It must be unopened or packaged in a sealable bottle.
  • There are no restrictions on liquor with an alcohol content of less than 24% (e.g. beer and wine)
  • Liquor with an alcohol content of between 24% and 70% is restricted to 5 litres per passenger

Remember, luggage is tossed onto conveyor belts, trucks, and planes, so be careful when putting glass bottles in your luggage.

Note: Every country has its own rules regarding alcohol. The amount of liquor you are allowed to pack can vary from country to country and from airline to airline.

 

 

What about duty-free items?

This is where things can get complicated.

These items can generally be taken through checkpoints if they are sealed in the ICAO tamper-evident bag that is provided at the time of purchase (be sure to ask for one of these). If the seal is broken or any items are removed they may be subject to liquid restrictions.

However, this is not the case with all countries so it is better to wait until the last leg of your trip before you make any purchases.

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It is advisable to contact the airline you will be travelling with to find out about regulations in the countries you will be transiting through.

More handy tips

  • Resealable bags will need to go through the x-ray machine separately. Ensure they are packed on top of your clothing to avoid having to unpack your luggage at the airport.
  • Buy a travel kit or travel containers and repackage liquid toiletries. These containers usually come in 100 ml sizes and are designed to fit neatly together.
  • Buy travel-sized items (e.g. mouthwash, toothpaste, shampoo etc.)
  • Go for two-in-one items such as shampoo and conditioner combos to save space.
  • Lush, a popular cosmetics shop, sells products such as solid deodorant, deodorant powder, and shampoo bars that have an array of benefits and will go through security effortlessly.

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Now that you have all the information you need, BOOK THAT TRIP with us today!

 

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Get rid of airplane ears quickly

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Traveling by plane can really take its toll on your body.  The seating arrangements are cramped, someone is constantly coughing over you and the food is mediocre.  On top of that your ears are clogged causing discomfort and in some cases serious pain.

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Why do I get airplane ears?

Airplane ears or ‘ear barotrauma’ is caused when a plane climbs or descends and the barometric pressure falls rapidly.  The tube that regulates the ear pressure around the eardrum does not change fast enough and causes a feeling of pressure or blockage in the ear.

The only way to fix this is to open the tubes so that air can regulate the pressure.  You can do this by using natural methods designed to drain the fluids from your ears.  These techniques promise to come in very handy!

So how do I get rid or prevent airplane ears?

  • Move your mouth muscles as much as possible during takeoff and landing:
    • Yawn as much as possible to try open the Eustachian tube
    • Chewing gum will also assist in keeping this tube open
    • Move your jaw muscles continually from side to side (no-one will laugh, promise)
  • Equalize your ears by pinching your nose and blowing air through your ears. Please take great care when doing this as too much pressure can cause serious damage!  Blow as hard as what feels comfortable until your ear ‘pops’ and your ears are unclogged.
  • Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated throughout the flight.
  • Keep your nasal passages open by taking a decongestant or nasal spray before the flight takes off

Your ears should unclog itself a few hours after your flight but if the condition persists, you might have fluid stuck in your ears.  Seek medical attention immediately to avoid permanent damage.

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Stay in shape over the silly season!

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clickclickgo_stayinshapeIt’s holiday time, it’s Christmas time, it’s family and friends and good times and it requires a lot of eating and drinking!  Most of us work really hard throughout the year to get our summer bodies ready for the beach and we are quite reluctant to just give in now.  We’d like to come out of this season of silliness with our hard work still visible and those bodies not completely undone!

Everyone wants to relax over the holidays so you don’t have to stick to your normal rigorous routine, but stick to these guidelines and you will survive this festive season with almost no harm done!

 

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Take the stairs

Whether you’re at the hotel or visiting a museum or sightseeing, leave those elevators behind and take the stairs.  You will be exercising without even realising and burn some of that Christmas feast.  If you’re at the beach or camping, try running outside stairs where possible.  These high intensity workouts are super effective and burn fat fast.

Walk or cycle

Do all your exploring on a bicycle or by walking.  As long as you keep moving you’ll be getting that blood flowing.  Leave the taxi’s or buses behind and stay active.

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A skipping rope takes up almost no space, it’s light and its the cheapest and most effective fat burning workout you can do.  Throw one in your luggage and try skipping for only 10 minutes a day.  It will give you the same health benefits as a 45 minute run!  You can get a skipping rope from Takealot.

Move on the beach

While lying on the beach working on that tan, get up regularly and move around.  The options are endless!  Go for a brisk walk in the loose sand, play a game of beach bats or volleyball, hire a canoe and get some upper body exercise.  Moving around in lose sand burns up to 30% more calories than a normal workout.  When you’re done, cool off by taking a dip in the ocean.

Pool activities

In between lounging and enjoying cocktails, do a few laps in the pool or simply tread water for a couple of minutes.  Exercising in water is not strenuous and is, above all, very relaxing.  You can even involve the kids in a game of ‘Marco Polo’ which will entertain them and help you reach your fitness goals all at the same time.

Core strength

To keep that midriff under control,  you will have to maintain core strength!  A simple plank twice a day for 2 minutes is all that’s needed to keep you from losing all your hard earned core strength.  Mix it up with a few sit-ups and push-ups for a quick endorphin fix.

Invest in resistance bands

Pack your resistance bands right next to your skipping rope in your suitcase.  They are a great and cheap way to stay fit while on holiday and can give your whole body a toning workout in a couple of minutes.  You can do it anytime anywhere and will be well worth it!

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If you’re traveling with family and friends, make exercising a group activity and have fun!  Go for a hike or play a game of cricket.  The idea is to get everyone moving without them even realising that they’re exercising.

Don’t forget however, that you are still on holiday and you have to enjoy it!  Allow yourself some treats and rest.  Remember, your body also deserves the recovery time and will thank you for that when you hit the gym again in the new year.

Now get on that plane and show off that summer body!

 

 

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TOP TIPS for traveling with a family!

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Let’s face it, traveling with a family is a bit different from traveling as a couple!  We’ve all done the solo traveling in our youth and the romantic getaways with our significant others, so traveling with the little ones brings a new dimension and might be a daunting prospect.  Fear not as we bring you a few trips and tricks to make this holiday a rewarding one with minimum hassle.  You can come back relaxed and rested with a heart full of family memories to cherish – and no extra grey hairs!

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CHECK FOR FAMILY DEALS – Always check for discounted family deals when looking at a hotel vacation.  This will help you save on meals as a few meals might be included as complimentary.

PRE-BOOK ACCOMMODATION – You don’t want to keep this for the day of arrival with a bunch of kids in tow.  Try pre-book your accommodation for the first few nights and book the rest as you go.  This way you will still have the flexibility that you want to allow yourself while on holiday.

PREPARE YOUR KIDS FOR THE TRIP – It helps to prepare your kid for a trip so that they know what to expect and what is coming.  Create a holiday countdown or tell them stories about your destination.  This way they won’t be completely overwhelmed by the whole experience.

PACK MEDICAL SUPPLIES – Visit your local pharmacy and stock up on all the standards that you might need during a trip.  There is nothing worse than having to run around trying to find a doctor in a new town.  Be prepared!

PACK SMART – You don’t want to be carrying around heavy bags all day every day.  Pack light by rolling tshirts and socks and pick items that can be worn more than once. A good idea is to get the kids involved in the packing.  This will help build excitement and make them feel part of the preparation.  Always remember to pack items you will need first at the top of your bag.

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GETTING THERE – If you’re planning a roadtrip, make sure to take regular breaks to stretch those legs and allow the kids to burn off some energy.  Most rest stops have play areas that the kids can enjoy while grabbing a bite to eat at the same time.  When flying, keep the kids entertained with the in-flight entertainment.  You can also consider packing story or activity books to keep them occupied.  Also make sure that the favourite blanket and stuffed toy are on standby for sleepy time.

GIVE THE KIDS JOBS TO DO – This sounds harsh but it keeps the little ones busy and make them feel important.  If you’re flying, let them try find your seats, allow them to order their own food or tell the taxi the destination address.  If you go camping, let them set up their own sleeping area and help with general cleaning every day.  It creates a sense of responsibility and accountability.

clickclickgo_familyholidayGET YOUR KIDS TO TRY NEW THINGS – Creating challenges for your kids on holiday, allow them to step out of their comfort zones and build their confidence.  Many opportunities will present itself during the course of the holiday, embrace them!  Jump into a rock pool, learn to swim in the waves, play bats, take a surf lesson, catch a fish….and take the photos!

PACK A FEW COMFORTS FROM HOME – Pack a few items that are familiar like favourite stories, stuffed toys, colouring books or board games.  These can be a lifesaver when they feel disorientated or miss their own bed.

KEEP MEAL COSTS DOWN – Constantly eating out can quickly add up!  Take the family out for a big breakfast or lunch and have snacks ready for during the day.  Try self catering wherever you can or make use of the local grocery store instead of the tourist streets with their food traps.

STICK TO ROUTINE – Although hard, try stick to the same rituals around sleep time as you would at home.  Dress them in their favourite pajamas and read them a story.  It’s familiar and will help with a good night’s rest, which is essential to keep them going during the day.

DO FREE STUFF – Do your planning before you go and find out what free events are in and around the area you’ll be visiting.  Quite often their are loads of free things to enjoy like a beach day, a picnic in a forest, a hiking trail, a free concert in a park.  Make a big thing out of normal day to day events like watching the sunset or having a stargazing slumber party.  Holidays do not have to be expensive!

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TAKE PHOTOS – Don’t forget to capture your special memories by taking loads of pictures.  A great idea is to give your kids a cheap digital camera or disposable and allow them to capture the holiday through their eyes.  All these pictures can be put into a scrapbook afterwards.  What a precious keepsake!

WHEN THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS – Things will happen that were not part of your plan!  See your family holiday as an adventure and deal with whatever gets thrown your way.  Try stay calm and positive to keep the holiday spirit alive.

TEACH YOUR KIDS NEW THINGS – If you find yourself in nature, teach your kids about animals, flowers, clouds. Allow them to ask many questions and try answer them as best you can.  If you’re traveling to a new country, tell them about the local culture, let them try local food and converse with local people. This all adds to the enriching experience of travel and will have a huge impact on those little minds.

MAKE MEMORIES – Create moments for yourself and your partner to just be still and take it all in.  These trips are what life is all about.  Enjoy and cherish it rather than rushing around and getting all consumed with looking after the kids.  It’s your holiday too!  Book that flight today!

 

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Pack your suitcase like a PRO

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I love holidays.  But I simply hate packing.  Working with limited space and deciding what to squash into that limited space is hard.  Clothes are always wrinkly, jewelry gets tangled and your favourite shoes or jacket must always stay behind because there is just not enough space!  Luckily for people like us, some clever travel experts have discovered the secrets of packing the perfect suitcase and have been so kind as to share some of those tips with us.

If you follow these tips (and I will most definitely try them as well!), you should be able to pack everything you need hassle-free and arrive on the other side with everything still in place!

1. Roll your clothes, don’t fold it.  It’ll make packing go much quicker and will save you lots of valuable suitcase space.  Stack clothes that are prone to wrinkles on top of the rolled up items.

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2. Always pack 2 tops for every bottom.  This will keep you from over-packing!

3. Stacking your bras inside each other will keep their shape and save valuable space.  A good idea is also to pack small underwear items in the cups.  And once everything is stacked, fold it in half for even MORE space saving.  Just genius.

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4. Protect your clothes – Turn light coloured items inside out JUST in case.  Once all the clothing items are packed and/or rolled, cover it with a dry-cleaning bag to keep it separate and clean from the rest of the suitcase content.

5. Don’t forget the belts!  Coil your belts around the edges of your case.  You’ll be able to fit all your !

6. What to do with the shoes?  Cover the bottom of your shoes with shower caps, that way they won’t dirty the rest of your stuff.  Another brilliant idea is to pack electronics, chargers, earphones and/or sunglasses inside your shoes!

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7. Always always pack your leaky and/or fragile bottles and tubes in a zip lock bag.  The one time you don’t do it, it will spill in your suitcase and create a mess and probably spoil the first few days of your trip!  Also opt for smaller travel sizes. You can also cover the opening of bottles with cling wrap before replacing the lids.  All just extra tips to make sure you have peace of mind on your journey!

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8. Oh but what about the jewelry…?  You can set big jewelry pieces between 2 sheets of cling wrap to prevent them from tangling and moving around.  Smaller pieces, like earrings and rings, can be placed in a pill container. (Why did I never think of that?)

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9. Fold your underwear – yes, fold those babies.  You’ll be surprised at how much space a bunched up bundle of undies can take up!

 

10. Protect your valuable perfume and other glass bottles by slipping them into socks before stacking them in your suitcase.

11.  Make sure your powdery makeups stay protected during travels, place a cotton ball inside the compact before you close the lid.

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12. Pack an empty bag for laundry.  This way your dirty clothes will always be kept separate from the rest.

Now you have absolutely no excuses!  Try these tips and you might actually start enjoying packing!  Book your flights today and put these new tricks to the test!

 

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