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Simple tricks to get around 100ml liquids rule in airport when packing your hand luggage

By Julie Delahaye & Aaron Morris

Packing for your summer holidays can feel like a challenging game of Tetris - especially with regards to hand luggage and the various rules and regulations that must be adhered to.

For many, one of the largest hurdles is the ban on liquids in excess of 100ml while passing through airport security.

While you can take liquids under 100ml on board, they must be in a resealable plastic bag that can be no larger than 20cm x20cm and cannot exceed one litre. You're also limited to one plastic bag per passenger - The Mirror reports.

Read more: Newcastle Airport: Full destination list for summer holidays in 2022

If you're off on a mini break abroad and only planning to take hand luggage, it can make packing tricky. Luckily, there are some easy hacks for getting around the 100ml liquids rule, without actually breaking it - and it's all about being strategic when it comes to packing.

If you've got a product that are over 100ml, such as a beauty creams or shampoo, one of the easiest ways to take it all with you is to decant it into smaller, transparent travel-sized bottles.

Travellers are told to remove all liquids, gels and pastes from luggage over 100ml (Birmingham Mail/Darren Quinton)

As long as each bottle remains under 100ml, it doesn't matter if you have multiple ones with you - although you will still need to be able to fit them all comfortably into the one resealable plastic bag. Still, it does give you a bit of leeway if you want to take more than 100ml with you.

It's also worth considering solid beauty products. Nowadays you can find solid shampoo bars and conditioners, deodorant sticks, and even solid mouthwash.

All of these can be easily packed into hand luggage and they won't take up precious space in your one plastic bag that can be used to store other liquids.

Another solution is to buy your products airside, aka once you've gone through security. Once you've passed the checks and you're just waiting for your flight, you can actually buy full-sized products from the shops inside the terminal.

Remember that for the majority of countries you'll still need to meet the 100ml rule on your way home, so only use this option if you think you'll get through the products through that week, or if you're happy to pack them into your checked luggage on the way home.

If you're in doubt about an item, it's worth checking your departure airport's website or getting in touch with your airline to check whether you'll be able to carry it in your hand luggage.

You can also get more information at gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions.

Do you think the 100ml liquids rule should be scrapped? Let us know in the comments below.

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