Turkey trot on your way through the airport

Room in your suitcase for Mr. and Mrs. Gobble Gobble?

Dancing turkey

Who are we kidding, we know you always travel with extra room in your carry-on just in case you need to transport the Thanksgiving piece-de-resistance. So fear not, the cooked avian creature can tag along in your carry-on at the airport.

Stuffing, aka, the power side-dish of champions


Super foods got nothin’ on Thanksgiving stuffing! Whether it’s pineapple cranberry stuffing, vegetarian blueberry stuffing, or whatever other gourmet powerhouse stuffing concoctions you’ve created, these are welcome guests in your carry-on bags. Pack it up and to grandma’s house you go!

Thanksgiving sides and desserts, oh my!


Thankful for yummy Thanksgiving pumpkin pies, green beans, mac & cheese, and yams? Who isn’t?! You’ll be happy to know that calorie-rich sides and desserts are fine and dandy to bring in your carry-on. Just make sure that any dishes containing liquids follow the 3-1-1 rule. And if you’re not positive if your scrumptious dish would be considered a liquid, go ahead and pack it in your checked bag just to be safe.

Yummy antioxidants… are there cranberries in there?

Cranberry sauce

Whether it’s homemade (booyah!), or straight from the superb aluminum can itself, cranberry sauce is good to go in your checked bags. Since this festive sauce would be subject to the 3-1-1 rule, make sure to pack it in your checked bag if it’s over 3.4 ounces!

A bottle of bubbly or merlot anyone?


Oh the joys of family get-togethers and holidays… thank goodness for chardonnay! We know that you know about the 3-1-1 rule already. Which means, check yo’ bottles, in yo’ checked bags.

Go ahead and bring decadent holiday wine in your checked bag right along with your cornucopia. You can pack as many alcoholic beverages as you want as long as they contain less than 24% alcohol. However, passengers toting alcoholic beverages containing 24% to 70% alcohol can only bring a total of 5 liters of alcohol and they should be in their original unopened packaging.  

Check out TSA’s What Can I Bring food section for more information.

But how are we gonna open that vino?!

Wine opener

So many bottles of wine and so little time. Fear not, my pilgrim wine connoisseurs, there are several types of corkscrews that are allowed in your carry-on bags. However, if your corkscrew has a blade, please place it in your checked bag and make sure that it’s securely sheathed or wrapped.

On the rocks – Ice ice baby

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Regular Ice

Remember, if you are planning on packing your sumptuous Thanksgiving dishes on ice, or if you’ve decided that this is finally the year to present the family with the ultimate iconic ice sculpture for the holiday table setting, the ice needs to remain frozen so it sticks to the 3-1-1 liquid rules.

Dry Ice

Brrrrr, that’s cold! Dry ice can be a great solution to keeping the turkey and its trimmings in tip top shape at the end of a long pilgrimage. FAA rules allow up to 5 pounds of dry ice in a package properly marked and vented. However, the airline has the final say so make sure to check with them to see if they will allow this icy item in either your carry-on or checked bag.

For more information, visit the TSA’s What Can I Bring page and the FAA website.

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