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Camping Gear

Traveling with Special Items

Outdoor enthusiasts should prepare and pack carefully so that they don't have to surrender items at the security checkpoint or have them removed from their checked baggage.

Below is information specific to camping and outdoor activities:

Camp Stoves - These can travel as carry-on or checked luggage only if they are empty of all fuel and cleaned so that there are no vapors or residue left.  Simply emptying the fuel container will leave flammable vapors. We recommend that you ship the fuel containers to your destination ahead of time - passengers frequently have to leave them at the checkpoint because of fuel vapors.

Gasoline - You cannot bring any flammable liquids, including gasoline, in either your carry-on or checked luggage.

Aerosol insecticides - You cannot bring any hazardous aerosols, such as insecticides, in either your carry-on or checked luggage.  Personal items like hair sprays and deodorants in limited quantities are allowed.

Compressed Gas Cylinders - If you plan on traveling with a compressed gas cylinder such as carbon-dioxide, please read our information on traveling with these items. Transporting Compressed Gas Cylinders

Flare Guns - You may pack flare guns in checked baggage, but they MUST be unloaded, packed in a locked hard-sided container, and declared to the airline at check-in. You may not pack these items in your carry-on bag.

Flares - You may not bring flares in either your carry-on bag or checked luggage.

Knives and Tools - You may not bring knives and certain tools in your carry-on luggage. Pack these items in your checked luggage. Please sheath or securely wrap any sharp objects in your checked luggage so that it does not injure baggage handlers and security officers.

Animal Repellants - You can bring chemical repellants in your checked luggage if the volume is less than 4 ounces and less than 2% active ingredient of either CS or CN. Most bear repellants exceed these limitations. We suggest you buy these items at your destination and leave them behind when your trip is over.

Hunting and Fishing - If you are planning on taking hunting or fishing gear on your trip, please read our information on traveling with this equipment. Traveling with Hunting and Fishing Equipment

Latest revision: 10 June 2014