Packing for a trip—especially when it involves either kids or sporting equipment (or both!)—can be a daunting task. And stricter restrictions by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since 9/11 have made it even more difficult, making you second-guess what you’re even allowed to bring—empty water bottle? Nail clippers? Disposable razor? (The answer to all of those is yes, by the way).
And while some odd things are restricted in your carry-on—like gel insoles and snowglobes that appear to have more than 3.4 fluid ounces—you can actually bring a wider variety of items on a plane than you might think, especially in your checked luggage, as long as you pack them correctly.
So don’t let the fear of packing keep you from taking a trip or going on the adventure of a lifetime. As long as you do your research ahead of time on what you can take, bring some creature comforts with you to make the flight more enjoyable, and take some extra precautions to stay healthy on the trip, you’ll be ready to start that vacation as soon as you land.