• Use clear, airtight plastic bags for transporting food and beverages to avoid spillage
  • Weapons and objects that can be used as weapons are prohibited.
  • Often travellers need a medical certificate to take medication on holiday.
  • Any items that require electricity, such as batteries, powerbanks, powersticks or electronic cigarettes, must be kept outside the luggage.

What does it actually look like when we are about to leave? Which items can I take in my hand luggage when travelling internationally, which have to stay in my checked luggage, and which can I wear on my body? General guidelines are contained in the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO T.I.).

What am I allowed and not allowed to pack in my bag?

You can take liquids in your checked baggage. Food in household quantities can also be safely transported in checked baggage. However, holidaymakers should bear in mind that additional regulations apply to food of animal origin.

Sunscreen, shower gel and other toiletries that come in large bottles do not take up too much space in your luggage, nor do perfumes that contain more than 100 millilitres of liquid. Nail clippers and nail files as well as razors and razor blades fall into the same category.

However, there are some things you should not pack in your bag for obvious safety reasons. For example:

  • Matches and lighters
  • Batteries, powerbanks and rechargeable powersticks
  • E-cigarettes
  • Material that can easily catch fire (e.g. explosives, spray paint, fireworks, gas containers, etc.)
  • Possession of or access to weapons or weapon-like objects
  • Accessories of any kind, e.g. golf clubs, skateboards, tools, etc.

What you are allowed to pack in your hand luggage

As a tourist, you can of course take everything you need in your hand luggage. In addition to your wallet and papers, take your smartphone, handkerchiefs, sunglasses and a travel book. Special restrictions apply to liquids if you are only travelling with hand luggage.

Up to one litre (1 litre) of liquid may be carried. In addition, each liquid must be contained in a container no larger than 100 ml (0.1 l). All containers must be sealed in separate plastic bags. The plastic bag must be transparent, resealable and airtight.

Medication and special diet food, e.g. for infants or diabetics, may be taken on the flight in hand luggage. However, it is the passenger’s responsibility to inform the security staff at the checkpoint about taking medicines or special diets with them.

Proof of necessity is required for taking medication, which can be provided in the form of a medical certificate. Lithium-powered electronic devices may be carried in hand luggage and checked baggage.

The devices must be completely switched off (no stand-by mode) and stored safely. The total power of the lithium batteries should not exceed 100 watts. To give just a few examples of what can be packed in your hand luggage:

  • Power banks, power sticks and rechargeable batteries
  • E-cigarettes
  • Diving equipment
  • Medicines and cosmetics
  • conventional alkaline batteries
  • Improved lighting equipment with secured matches

Passenger baggage – advice on carrying dangerous goods