How to Pack Your Carry-On
Here are some helpful hints from CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Authority). Your carry-on baggage and bins will go through the X-ray machine so that a screening officer can examine their contents. Sometimes carry-on bags require an additional search if screening officers see items that aren’t permitted.
If you are not sure what items are allowed in your carry-on, check the What Can I Bring? list before you pack.
- Ensure you can easily remove your laptop computer, video and film cameras from your carry-on.
- Place personal toiletry items in a clear plastic bag. Only bring liquids, aerosols and gels that are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml / 100 grams (3.4 oz) or less. All these items must fit into one transparent, closed and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1L (1 qt).
- Certain powders and granular materials (e.g. baby powder, foot powder, some cooking powders and seasonings, sand) in your carry-on are limited to a total quantity of 350 ml or less.
- Exempted liquids – like medication, baby formula or breast milk– should be packed so that they can easily be removed from carry-on baggage for inspection.
- Avoid packing gifts and souvenirs containing liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on. These include: liquor, wine, beer, snowglobes, cans of condensed soup, maple syrup, perfume, and lotion. Put them in checked baggage or ship them separately.
- Fragile items such as prescription eyewear and sunglasses, dishes, figurines and glassware should be properly packed inside of your carry-on bag so that you can ensure the item does not get broken.
Use the search box or view the complete list (alphabetical) to determine if an item can be packed in your carry-on or if it has to be placed in your checked baggage.