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    Ice packs

    Trying to determine if I can use one of those hard plastic ice packs in the small cooler bag I am bringing on the plane. The tsa rules say items such as juice that are frozen solid when presented will be allowed. Not sure if this includes ice packs. Anyone use these in carry on before?
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    ice packs are not allowed in carry on
    been there done that and they were taken and discarded.
    if you are bringing any frozen liquid, they count that as liquid (there are exceptions..infant milk/formula and the juice that you speak of etc)
    if the frozen solid juice boxes are allowed, those can be used as ice pack(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by katherine View Post
    Trying to determine if I can use one of those hard plastic ice packs in the small cooler bag I am bringing on the plane. The tsa rules say items such as juice that are frozen solid when presented will be allowed. Not sure if this includes ice packs. Anyone use these in carry on before?

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    Great idea. I'll just freeze some kid juice boxes to keep items cold. I guess the worst will be they make me throw them away -
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    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/formula.shtm

    "...When traveling with your infant or toddler, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3 ounces of baby formula, breast milk, or juice are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of your itinerary, if you perform the following:

    1. Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag.
    2. Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.
    3. Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray."

    http://traveltips.usatoday.com/travel-frozen-food-airplanes-102615.html

    Even easier than all of this is to just ask or buy ice once you have been through TSA security. Bring one of those old fashioned ice packs where you twist off the top. If you leave your home with the stuff cold or frozen by the time you get to the airport, it should still be fine.

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    Also, if you are carrying on medically necessary items, you will be able to declare them separately, along with necessary ice packs.

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    We usually check two boxes (free checking) with things to bring to Aruba so we don't have to bring anything home. This year I wanted to bring some blocks of mozzarella. I have an insulated lunch bag. What kind of ice packs do you use? The only ones I've seen are like a sheet of squares of gel that you freeze. Would putting the frozen mozz in an insulated lunch bag with these sheets frozen keep it frozen for say 8 hours (by the time we leave home, get there & get to our house). If not, what do you recommend?

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    as long as it is frozen rock solid it will arrive frozen.
    freeze it in its original wrapper/container, then wrap in 2 or 3 layers of newspaper or paper gorcery bag, then insert in your cooler.


    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    We usually check two boxes (free checking) with things to bring to Aruba so we don't have to bring anything home. This year I wanted to bring some blocks of mozzarella. I have an insulated lunch bag. What kind of ice packs do you use? The only ones I've seen are like a sheet of squares of gel that you freeze. Would putting the frozen mozz in an insulated lunch bag with these sheets frozen keep it frozen for say 8 hours (by the time we leave home, get there & get to our house). If not, what do you recommend?

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    Thanks, I bought the rubbermaid blue ice packs, they are a solid container. I'll test it out after I freeze it. It will go in checked box, not carry on. thanks, you're the 2nd person who told me about wrapping in newspaper.

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    you wont need those "frozen sheets" ice packs.

    ps...when TSA opens those boxes that you check, do they tape them back up?

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    Last year we had two boxes. I taped them, put our address (where we were staying). when we went to check them in, we had to put them in a different place than the lady at the check in counter. when we got to aruba, one box was opened and retaped and there was a note from Homeland Security that they had been the ones to open it. They did tape it back up but I had it nicely taped with rope around it to pick it up. then when we were leaving the airport, the aruban check out guy or whatever they call him, asked what was in the boxes, I said paper plates, shampoo and before i could continue he waived me on. I guess he was getting bored with my list of items. but yes, they did retape the box and put a note in the box. They only opened one of the two boxes.

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