How to pack a TSA-approved liquids bag for a long trip

I prefer to travel light, with a carry-on bag instead of checked luggage, and one of the biggest hurdles faced by those who travel as light as I do is the restriction on liquids. Under Transportation Security Administration regulations (and similar restrictions around the world), liquids carried on board an airplane must be under 3 ounces — and all your liquids must be able to fit into a single quart-sized plastic zipper bag.

But what if you’re going on a longer trip — say, two weeks? This is the length of most of my trips, and I’ve been traveling with a carry-on only since 2011. Unfortunately, these TSA restrictions probably keep many people — especially women — from even attempting to travel with just a carry-on. However, it is possible to fit all or at least most of the liquids you need for a trip of that length into a single Ziploc. It takes some creativity, but traveling that light is worth it.

Here’s how I manage to make it work:

Note: In 2014, I wrote a weekly blog series on budget travel for eHow. This post is from that series, so you'll have to head over to their site to read it in full. Thanks for reading!

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Travel TipsMegan Van Groll