The Hassle-Free Way to Pack Gifts for Holiday Flights

Written by: Amanda on December 22, 2015

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This is one of the busiest weeks of the year for air travel, and chances are, many people will be traveling with gifts. It can be a struggle to pack presents in a way that ensures they make it to the destination in one piece, and also don’t cause any security slowdowns.

These tricks will help you tackle your luggage woes, and glide through security lines – though they may be long!

1. Wrap It Up.

TSA allows wrapped gifts in carry-ons and checked bags. However, if something suspicious goes through the x-ray, they can open it. If you have a gift that might raise some red flags, wait until after your flight to wrap it.

2. Pack Smarter with Gift Bags and Tissue Paper.

Rather than worry about TSA tearing up your wrapped gifts – or having them torn up during flight – bring along a few gift bags! They won’t add much room or weight to your luggage, nor will a few sheets of tissue paper. Once you’ve landed, it’ll be easy to throw your gifts into the bags, top with tissue paper, and stick under the tree.

3. Have a Carry-On versus Checked Bag Strategy.

A large hard-case roller suitcase will give gifts a lot of room and extra protection during the journey. Pack small gifts, or one or two more valuable presents in your carry-on, so you won’t have to worry about going over weight or size limits.

4. Consider Your Ground Transportation.

Once you arrive, is someone going to be picking you up at the airport, or are you renting a car? In either of these cases, it might be manageable to bring a few extra suitcases of gifts. If you have to deal with public transportation on your way to your final destination, it will probably be less hassle to just have a few things shipped to the recipients instead.

5. Bring these Items in Your Checked Bag.

Just as a reminder, these popular gift items are prohibited in your carry-on bags, and should be placed in your checked bags:

  • Bottles of wine
  • Snow globes
  • Powerdrills, hammers, & any tools longer than 7 inches
  • Baseball bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks
  • Cutting knives

Still have questions? Check out the TSA’s full list of prohibited items here or ask your travel agent!

We hope everyone has a safe and smooth journey this holiday season!

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