Bringing baby food on a plane
Whenever we have to travel with baby food I treat it just like any other liquid we need to carry on a flight. Everything gets put in a clear quart size plastic bag. I make sure to stick it in a tray with all of my other bags of liquids. I also schedule in extra time for security to scrutinize. Only once, during an international flight, have we ever been stopped. The agent did insist on opening one package. I was glad I pack extra just in case this happened.
I always stick with the squeeze packs instead of glass jars as well; less chance of breaking (I think) and less weight. The added bonus of putting your pouches in a Ziploc back is that if they do break you aren’t left with a huge mess all over your carry-on luggage.
Some things to remember:
- Check TSA and local security regulations for every country you will be flying to. The US is pretty strict, but some countries may scrutinize and confiscate your baby food. It is better to know ahead of time than to be shocked at the airport.
- Always be upfront with whatever baby food you have. It’s just easier to put it all out there than to have to wait for a TSA agent to rifle through your bag.
- Be prepared to defend your baby food. If the first TSA agent questions whether you can bring the amount you have packed be sure to ask for the head agent on duty.
- Pack extra just in case. You never know when you will be delayed, when a TSA agent will want to test the food or when a pouch will explode in mid-air (I’ve never had it happen, but I do dread it).