Can You Take Baby Formula on a Plane?

Can You Take Baby Formula on a Plane?

Can You Take Baby Formula on a Plane?

Are you planning your next vacation?  If your trip includes your baby's first airplane ride, there are some facts you need to know.


When it comes to traveling with a baby, there is a great deal you need to plan beyond enough clothes and sunscreen.  If your baby is on a formula diet, you need to make sure that you have enough for the airplane trip and maybe even beyond.  You just need to understand the guidelines for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).



Checked Bags 

If you are taking baby formula with you in case it is not available at your destination, you are allowed to bring formula “in reasonable quantities”.  If you are leaving for a few days, you don't need to bring a month's supply.  Besides, too many baby formula containers take up space that can be filled with other important items to pack.  For checked luggage, you will want to keep your sealed containers in there to show that it is the actual product.  If you are worried if it gets bumped around in flight, wrap it in a bag to keep the contents away from your other items.


Carry On Bags

Just like with checked bags, baby formula is allowed within reason.  It is best to keep it separate and easy to reach from other items.  They will need to be screened separately when you go through security.  This also includes the ice packs that keep the pre-made formula or juice cool.  If you do not want it X-rayed or opened during screening, you are allowed to inform the TSA officer of your choice.  You may have to go through additional screening procedures, especially if your formula is in liquid form.


Liquid Rule

Your toiletries and other liquids are subjected to the 3-1-1 liquid rule.  This means that any liquid must be no more than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters and in a quart-sized bag.  Baby formula, breast milk, and juice for your baby is exempt from this rule.  Anything that is for your baby's nutrition is exempt from liquid rules, but just like the baby formula, it may be subject to additional screening. 


Older Babies 

If your baby is already starting solid foods and you plan to feed them on board the airplane, you are also allowed to bring those items.  Keep them in your carry on bag like your formula so that it can be screened separately.


By planning ahead, you can ensure that you have all you need.  It can even help you move through security faster when everything is easy to reach separately.  You can even talk to your airline or flight attendant to have someone prepare hot water to mix your formula.  This can lighten your load from bringing bottles of water as well.


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