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Packing Tips

Packing for your trip? Here are some tips to help you pack with ease knowing that what you are bringing is permissible.

What Can I Bring?

Below is a brief summary from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) website listing items that are permissible through security. For a complete list of air travel prohibited items in Canada including baggage carry-on restrictions, please visit the CATSA What Can I Bring? page. For more information please visit www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca or phone 1 888 294 2202, or visit their Facebook and Twitter page.

You can bring 100 ml or less of liquids, aerosols and/or gels providing that they are in containers with a capacity of no more than 100 ml (there are exceptions for baby food/drinks and medicines), and the total number of liquid containers must fit into a small plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre. One per person.

A few examples of items that are permissible in containers with a capacity of no more than 100 ml are:

  • Lip stick, balm, gel or gloss
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoos and conditioners
  • Disposable lighters (e.g. non-refillable Bic type) and Zippo lighters are permitted (with carry-on baggage and not checked baggage). Lighters must be intended for personal use. 

Some general exemptions which apply for medicines/medical products and baby products are:

  • Baby formula, food, water and juice for passengers travelling with children who are two years old or younger. Passengers travelling with or without their child may bring breast milk in in quantities greater than 100 ml. You may bring gel or ice packs to keep your baby products cool.
  • Liquid and gel-based prescription medications
  • Essential non-prescription medicine, such as cough syrup, decongestant spray, contact lens solutions & eye drops

For more information please visit www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca or phone 1 888 294 2202.

Prohibited Items

If you have an item that is not permissible through security there are a few options available to you:

  1. Leave the item in your car or give it to a friend or relative who is not travelling
  2. Send it via courier to your home or destination
  3. Abandon the item at the checkpoint. The item may be donated to charity or disposed of

Tips

  • Valuable personal items such as electronics, wallets and keys should be packed in your carry-on bag prior to the security check.
  • Do not wrap or package gifts so as to ensure easier inspections by security personnel.
  • Please keep in mind that in general having fewer carry-on items speeds the screening process for everyone.

Checked Baggage

Please contact your airline to confirm details regarding the number and size of bags permitted.

Note: A shrink wrapping service is now available at our airport.

Carry-on Baggage

Transport Canada only permits two pieces of carry-on baggage per passenger. Please contact your airline to confirm details regarding the number and size of bags permitted.

For further information regarding items that are permissible in your carry-on baggage please visit www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca or phone 1 888 294 2202.