How much powdered formula can i take in my carryon luggage?


Rebecca - posted on 02/25/2009




I just traveled with my daughter in december. There is no issue with formula liquid or otherwise. Make what you need for the flight. Carry some extra if you are worried that what you made would be enough then put the rest in your luggage. I made three bottles plus had a can of formula in my diaper bag for a four hour flight. i knew it was extra but better to be safe than sorry. For children under two they dont really care. The last thing they want is a small child screaming for hours on end because they wouldnt let the parents take enough formula or baby food. :)

Brenda - posted on 02/24/2009




Hey Michelle. When my son was 2 months old... so 2 months ago.. we flew from New hampshire to South Dakota and i brought the biggest can of formula in his baby bag and on the plane. They didnt have a problem with it, they just search through the baby bag more thoroughly the only thing they had a problem with was the water and they made sure that any meds i had were 3oz only!! You'll be fine to stock up. I also checked online with the security guidelines, you can check that out too if you need reassurance. Its to feed your baby so you can take as much as you want! Hope your flight goes well!

Ericka - posted on 02/24/2009





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:

Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag.

Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.

Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening.

You are encouraged to travel with only as much formula, breast milk, or juice in your carry-on needed to reach your destination.

You are allowed to bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred, or processed baby food in your carry-on baggage and aboard your plane.

For information on creams, medicines, or other essential items for your child, please read our guidance on these items. for the list of permitted and prohibited items.

Liquids and gels, including baby formula, breast milk, or juice, may be packed in your luggage and checked with your airline.

After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.


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Enfamil has travel packets of formula where all you have to do is add water and shake it up.  I used it all the time with taking my son to classes with me.  I have also just put forumla into little tupperware containers that hold one to two bottles worth of formula.  I aslo took bottles of water.  I had no problems what so ever...even when traveling :)

Audrie - posted on 02/25/2009




I just traveled with my daughter about 1 month ago and I only took what I needed for the flight/that day. On the way there I used the pre-made bottles that are like what the hospital has, and on the way back, I had 1 bottle that I made right as I was entering security. It was 3 oz and they did check it to make sure it was the correct amount. I think they put it in a machine too to make sure it was formula. This was at the Indianapolis airport; when I left Atlanta, they didn't say or do anything which surprised me b/c they are usually more strict.

One thing to keep in mind, assuming you are traveling here in the states, you can always buy it when you get there; that's what I did--I bought formula, diapers and wipes when I got to my mom's house and we used pretty much all of it so I didn't have a lot to bring back. It's less to carry in your luggage too!

Casandra - posted on 02/24/2009




Quoting Melissa:

 Unlike Casandra, however, they did make me pour the water out. Stating it wasn't necessary, I could purchase bottled water in the terminal. I was very thankful that I had not mixed the formula!! Hope this helps, have fun!

I played a little dumb when I was going through security so I got lucky (some of security told me they werent supposed to and others said I could take 2 bottles of water for a baby under 2) I was prepared to have to dump it.  the worst that could happen is you have to buy more water.

Melissa - posted on 02/24/2009




I actually have flown twice with my baby also. She is now 18 mths old. The first time I was nursing, they actually let me bring my pumped milk on the plane, they didn't care about the volume. They also don't care if you bring powdered formula. Unlike Casandra, however, they did make me pour the water out. Stating it wasn't necessary, I could purchase bottled water in the terminal. I was very thankful that I had not mixed the formula!! Hope this helps, have fun!

Casandra - posted on 02/24/2009




I have flown twice with my 10 month old so far, one in the country and one out of the country and never had a problem with taking formula (either in the original can sealed or in plastic bags) and water already in his bottles. most security guards don't even think twice about letting you take water (for the baby) or formula and they didnt check it with any of the scanners except when boarding on the flight from Mexico City back into the states. each security guard just suggested to pull it out and set it on top so they know its there and dont have to search your bag. good luck!

Heather - posted on 02/24/2009




I would take more than you need!  Just like diapers.  I have flown with my daughter 6 times and she is has gotten much easier.  You will have to send it in seperate container threw x-ray and afterward go off to the side.  There they will either use the new scanner or put a test strip in it.  They do nothing for dry formula.  If it is liquid leave them sealed until you need them and most likely they will just question where you bought them and that they have been with only you. -Also they took my water bottles but most places sell them and if you ask will give you room temp ones.

Mikayl - posted on 02/24/2009




I flew with my 3 month old son last year.  I was able to take all the formula I wanted.  I tryed to take so warm water with me on the plane but was unable to... I had to mix the formula before I passed through security!!  Just a heads up

Mauricia - posted on 02/24/2009




You can bring the  can if you want. When I traveled last time I packed a can and put the rest in my check in luggage. They were fine. They have a special machine that they use to check the formula that is powder and the one that is mixed. It's much easier to check the can in if it's not open but if it is just put it in a large zip lock bag. Good luck.

Michelle - posted on 02/24/2009




When my older son (he's 2 1/2 now) was drinking formula, we took an entire canister. If you're super concerned though, bring an empty little tupper ware just in case they tell you you're not allowed to take it all on board.

Patty - posted on 02/24/2009




That is a really good question, sorry I'm no help I just want to know the answer aswell.

Bridgette - posted on 02/24/2009




Last time I flew (1 yr ago) they only limited the liquid. So what I did was have bottles, formula and just bought bottled water after you cross security to make the bottles. You can check with your airline. Usually you can find the info online!!

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