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Airport Forecast: Before You Go - Packing Your Carry-On Baggage

Before You Go - Packing Your Carry-On Baggage

Tips on packing your carry-on baggage

Most flights originating in Canada allow two carry-on items per passenger, including one carry-on bag (maximum size 23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm) and one personal article (maximum size 16 cm x 33 cm x 43 cm). In addition to this, you are permitted an outerwear garment, a small purse, an infant care item such as a diaper bag, and a collapsed stroller. Other allowances based on special needs may also be permitted for more specific guidelines consult your travel agent or your airline. Here are some other tips on packing your carry-on baggage:


  • Efficiently packing your carry-on baggage will help facilitate and speed up the process at the pre-board screening checkpoint.
  • Place personal items (i.e. toothbrush) in clear plastic bags.
  • It is recommended that medication be placed in your carry-on baggage. Please ensure that it is properly labelled (professionally printed label identifying the medication or a manufacturers name or pharmaceutical label).
  • Do not wrap gifts. Their contents may need to be inspected.

Items permitted in carry-on baggage include:


  • Liquids, aerosols or gels packed in containers of no more than 100 ml each. These containers must be packed in a single closed, clear, resealable plastic bag, no more than one litre in capacity.
  • Electronic equipment, such as cellular phones, portable computers, portable music players.
  • Electrical equipment, such as hair dryers, portable radios.
  • Nail clippers, nail files (metal or otherwise).
  • Disposable razors, razor blade cartridges.
  • Syringes and hypodermic needles as well as needles for personal medical use with the needle guards in place and accompanied by labelled medication.
  • Food (packing food in checked baggage may result in additional screening procedures which could cause delays. If you are travelling outside the country, you should check with your airline or Canada Border Services Agency regarding bringing foreign products into Canada as some restrictions may apply.)
  • Walking canes.
  • Umbrellas.

Items NOT allowed in your carry-on baggage include:


  • All knives.
  • Any sharp and/or pointed objects (can include some types of tweezers).
  • Scissors with pointed tips.
  • Replica or toy weapons.
  • Strike-anywhere matches.
  • Fireworks.
  • Sports equipment such as: golf clubs, hockey sticks, ski poles, baseball bats, pool cues.
  • Alcoholic beverages are subject to the guidelines for liquids listed above. Duty-free purchases of alcohol (or other liquids or gels) exceeding these limits should be packed in checked baggage.
  • Unidentified liquids are NOT allowed in carry-on baggage. To avoid delays, do not carry any open bottles or unidentified containers of liquids as they will not be permitted through the security checkpoint.
  • Dangerous goods (i.e. lighter fluid, rubbing alcohol, paint, varnishes).




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