What to Wear and Pack When Moving by Airplane

Moving by airplane can be a complex process, and packing for the journey can be a challenge. Knowing what to wear and what to pack is essential for a successful move. In this article, we'll discuss the restrictions on clothing and shoes when traveling by air, as well as other items you may need to bring with you.

Clothing and Shoes

When it comes to clothing and shoes, there are no restrictions on what you can wear when traveling by air.

However, it's important to dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather at your destination. You should also consider the type of luggage you'll be bringing with you. If you're bringing a carry-on bag, make sure your clothing and shoes are lightweight and easy to pack.

Other Items

In addition to clothing and shoes, there are a few other items you may need to bring with you when traveling by air.

Inflatable mattresses with built-in pumps are allowed in hand luggage, but check with your airline for size or weight restrictions. Mixers are also allowed in hand luggage, as well as skateboards. Umbrellas are also allowed in hand luggage. You can lock your luggage with a key, but you'll need to use a TSA-approved lock so that TSA inspectors can open it if your luggage is selected for inspection.

If you don't use this type of lock, TSA inspectors will simply cut the locks if they need to fit in your bag. The TSA PreCheck program provides access to fast security lines. If you frequently travel abroad, Global Entry may be a better option, as it also includes the PreCheck membership. You can also request a checkup as an alternative to metal detectors and imaging technology.

Name on ReservationIt's important to note that the name that appears on the airline reservation must exactly match the name you provided in your request for TSA PreCheck. This program is available when you leave a U. S. airport bound for a foreign country and for domestic connecting flights once you return to the U.


Renewal of Membership

Yes, you will keep the same number as long as you renew your membership within one year of its expiration date. After 1 year, you will receive a new KTN if approved.

Security Checks

Yes, you can keep items such as head coverings in place during your TSA exam.

However, keep in mind that you may be required to undergo additional security checks if an alarm is triggered. If the alarm cannot be resolved by a search, you can request that the head cover be removed in a private control area. People over 75 years old can leave their lightweight shoes and jackets on during the evaluation. If an alarm is triggered, these items may still need to be removed.

FoodYes, you can pack food in both your hand luggage and checked baggage, but all food will be x-rayed. Foods that are liquids, gels, or aerosols should still comply with the 3-1-1 liquid rule. Refillable, travel-sized containers are allowed as long as they comply with the 3-1-1 rule. Film should be taken out of all containers and wrappers and placed in a transparent bag before being x-rayed.

Beauty ProductsLipsticks, solid lip balms, and other solid beauty products such as compressed blushes and eye shadows are not subject to regulations and can be carried in hand luggage without restrictions.


Yes, you can travel with medications in both hand and checked baggage; however, the TSA recommends carrying all necessary medications in your hand luggage. The TSA doesn't require passengers to carry medications in prescription bottles; they can put them in smaller containers for transportation.


Yes, vaporizers are ONLY allowed in hand luggage.

You can request a manual inspection of your undisclosed film if needed; however, if the TSA decides they want to check the contents of your checked bag, then yes, they will likely cut the plastic wrap.

Rolls of Film

Yes, you should be able to bring rolls of film without problems; however, make sure they don't exceed the size and quantity limits of the hand luggage allowance set by your airline or country of origin. Moving by airplane during a move adds another level of complexity to what is already a complicated process; knowing how to pack for a cross-country move is the mark of a seasoned moving veteran while knowing how to pack for an international move is a rare skill.

Ross Yetto
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