What gifts can I take on a plane?

If you’re travelling over the holidays, you’re probably going to be packing a few gifts either in your checked luggage or carry-on bags. For anyone who’s ever wondered: What can I take on a plane, I’ve got you covered.

What can I take on a plane? These gifts + some hacks for airport security
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Today I’m going on CTV News at Noon to chat about the rules you need to know, plus the gifts you’ll want to bring in your carry-on bag versus checked luggage. Oh, all these items you see below will be given away in December. Read on to learn how you could win.

What can I take on a plane?

It’s not so much what you can take on a plane, but what you can get through security. The big deal is the 100 ml per liquid item.

You may be wondering if you can bring wrapped gifts on an airplane, in your carry on luggage. You shouldn’t. The TSA and Canadian Air Transit Security Authority workers need to be able to clearly identify what you’re trying to take on the plane.

If you’re only taking carry-on, the solution is to bring flat wrapping paper – I’ve found fun, retro Christmas wrapping at second hand stores. Or, you could bring brown packing paper folded up. Pre-cut your wrapping paper to the size you need and bring tape. Scissors over 2.4 inches long will get confiscated in Canada, in the U.S. the blade can be up to 4 inches.

Best airplane toys

Technically, you’re allowed to bring on toy weapons so long as they look fake. Still, be prepared to get the once over by security. 

This Barbie® Color RevealTM is a great choice for kids who like surprises. The packaging is part of the fun. You remove the outer layer and it reveals a clear tube. Inside is a mystery pink Color Reveal™ Barbie and four bags hiding surprises. Take the bags out and fill the tube with warm water. Place Barbie in the tube, swirl her around and watch her hair, skin tone and eyes change colour. Inside the bags are accessories – which you can store in the tube once it’s dry.

If you’re facing lengthy travel or want to keep wee-ones occupied for a long period of time, this gift is it. Also, it’s lightweight and conveniently fits in any size of carry-on bag. But don’t wrap it inside your carry-on, or security might rip it open. Instead, keep the Color Reveal™ Barbie in a small bag, so it’s easily accessibly for scrutiny, but not obvious to tiny tots with their eyes all aglow. 

Best e-reader for travel

Smaller gifts especially those you know are a hot ticket item ought to be packed in your carry-on, in case your checked luggage gets lost. E-readers are great gift, but be sure to pull them out with your laptop as not to hold up the security line.

A great e-reader for travel is the Kobo Libra H20. That’s because it’s fully waterproof and can handle unexpected spills in your bag. It’s also durable enough to take with you in the bath.

Anyone who’s going to a sun destination will appreciate its glare-free, touchscreen that makes reading in the sun look just like print on paper. Kobo e-readers are Indigo products, and it’s always nice to support Canadian company during this season. Orders over $25 also receive shipping!  

Best handheld gaming system

Another hot item this year is Nintendo Switch Lite. Every kid I know wants one of these because it was made specifically for handheld play. The controls are built right in. It’s really light, making it easy to stow in a backpack or carry-on bag.

Because you can play Nintendo Switch Lite literally anywhere, it’s a great travel surprise, especially for kids who are stuck in cars for any length of time. And newly released games like Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield can be used on both the Nintendo Switch Lite or the Nintendo Switch gaming system. 

Stasher bags

One of my favourite multi-purpose gifts is the Stasher. It’s a reusable bag that’s way better than any ziplock because the Stasher isn’t plastic, it’s silicone.

That means you can freeze it, boil it or throw it into a microwave. It’s air-tight, self sealing and can withstand high temperatures, so into the dishwasher it goes after use.

Pack any food you want to take on the plane in a Stasher and it won’t leak out. Then you can reuse the bag at your destination. I picked mine up at Indigo Signal Hill in Calgary, but you can also find them online.

Holiday baking hack

One of the saddest things that’s every happened to me at an airport was having my tub of Crave icing confiscated by security. Apparently anything that melts when heated is categorized as a liquid, and that tub was over the 100 ml limit. Sigh.

santa north pole cupcakes
There’s a Crave Cupcakes pop up coming to the Calgary Airport!

But, get this, you can bring iced cupcakes through security. I mean, how cute is this North Pole six pack from Crave Cupcakes? Their cake mix is also a lovely thing to gift any former Calgarian who’s craving Crave.

If you’re stumped for holiday baking, Crave will have a pop up at the Calgary International Airport Dec 20-22. And of course, there’s lots of lovely seasonal goodies you can snap up at any Crave location in Calgary, Edmonton or Saskatoon to get yourself out of holiday baking.

best christmas baking bites
Just like mom made. Only WAY better! Unless, of course, you’re Mrs. McIntyre.


I’ll be giving away ALL these items over the next week. You could win a Kobo Libra H20, Nintendo Switch Lite, a Color Reveal™ Barbie, a Stasher bag or some scrumptious Crave cupcakes!

To enter

  1. Comment below with what you’d like to win. Ideally, give me your top two choices. Super easy, right?
  2. All comments must be received before midnight, December 20, 2019. (Because it’s so busy at this time of year for mail and deliveries, realize if you win, you likely won’t receive your product until after Christmas.)
  3. Net an additional entry for subscribing to Travels with Baggage. (Very bottom left hand corner on my homepage.)
  4. Score more entries for sharing my Facebook post, Tweet, Instagram and/or liking the Travels with Baggage Facebook page.
  5. Contest open to residents of Canada.

Thank you to: Nintendo, Barbie Canada, Indigo and Crave for generously offering their amazing products to Travels with Baggage readers. Thanks to everyone reading for supporting the brands that make Travels with Baggage possible. 

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203 thoughts on “What gifts can I take on a plane?”

  1. Andrea Amy

    Really great info – thanks! And thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win a Nintendo Switch for my son, or a Kobo for myself.

        1. Zowie Douglas

          The switch for my daughter, or the Kobo for me! Thanks for the chance, and Merry Christmas everyone.

    1. Candis Fudge

      My picks are definitely The Nintendo Switch Lite for my son and the Kobo for my daughter. Thanks for the chance!

  2. desiree Mitchell

    We have never been on a plane with the kids . To scared to travel with the four of them . Thanks for the tips Id need all the help I could get . And we would love to win the nitendo switch lite for the Kidos 🙂 They would be absolutely thrilled to take turns with it and would be great for travel even if it was travel by caravan for now LOL . 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Merry Christmas!! And thank you for your generosity this holiday season. I would pick the Nintendo Switch Lite for my son, and the cupcakes for me ???????????? I hope you have a truly beautiful season!

  3. justin mitchell

    Would be pretty neat to win a nitendo switch lite for my son ! And second choice would be nitendo switch lite LOL . Thanks for the travel tips and the chance for winning a prize !

    1. Pierrette Mazerolle

      Best two gifts would be Nintendo Switch for my son and cupcakes for myself lol

    2. I’d love to win the Nintendo Switch Lite and the kobo. I have 2 kids that would love them!

  4. I would absolutely choose the Nintendo Switch Lite! My 7 year old son has asked Santa for it repeatedly… we seriously just found out my husband was laid off yesterday (WHO DOES THAT RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS?!), and we would love to be able to give him this gift off his wish list! My 4.5 year old girls would also love the Barbie set! So cool! Thank you!

  5. Lesley Nielsen-Bjerke

    Nintendo Seitch or Kobo would be wonderful! Thanks for all your great tips for traveling!

  6. Arlene Donkin

    The Nintendo lite or the ereader! Would be awesome to win! Great info as well!

    1. Shelly wambolt-Cooper

      Would love to win a travel hand held video game and maybe a tablet or ereader

  7. Kelly Auvigne

    1.The Nintendo switch
    2.Kobo E reader
    Those would be my top 2 choices.
    Something for me and something for my daughter.
    Thank you!

  8. Joanna Sleik

    Would absolutely love the Nintendo Switch Lite and the Kobo Libra H2O. With a European trip planned for next fall these would make the plane ride a breeze for my 9 year old!

  9. Amanda Masters

    I’d love a switch light for the kids to keep busy on our long drive to Florida or the kobo because I wouldn’t mind treating myself on the long ride to Florida either.

  10. Jenna McDonald

    The Nintendo switch! Hard choice so many wonderful things! Thanks for this generous chance!

  11. My favorite would be the kobo libra. I pack too many books…everytime. I also love Crave cupcakes, so yummy!!

  12. Jacqueline Sanchez

    My daughyer has been askinf fora ninyendo switch, for myself I would love the kobo

  13. Lola Medjedovich

    I’d love an e-reader for the plane & my son would definitely go for the Nintendo Switch!

  14. Doreen Fox

    Great info for our Florida trip in February!

    The Nintendo switch or the Barbie would be great for us!

  15. Dawn Frison

    I would take the e reader and the Barbie Reveal and of course some crave cupcakes for an airplane snack.

  16. Thank you for the chance! It would be great to win the Kobo or the Barbie (Or anything on your list!). Have a great weekend!

  17. Ashley Schwab

    Would love to win the E-Reader or Nintendo switch Lite. Great recommendations! Have a Merry Christmas

  18. I would love the Kobo personally, but my daughters love Barbie! We would be pleased with anything. ????????

  19. Lori Simon

    My two favourite things on your list are Nintendo Switch Lite and the Kobo Libra H2O. Thanks for the cool contest!

  20. Colleen Laskowski

    Thank you for the chance to win. My favourite items are the Nintendo Switch Lite (to keep the kids busy while we travel) and the Kobo e-reader to help mama relax. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years.

  21. Marla Forman

    I’d gift myself the Kobo (OMG – you can take it in the tub???) and the Switch Lite would go to my kids!

  22. Paige McEachren

    My kids like the Nintendo switch lite, but as a mom I think the snicker bags are the best gift!

    1. Vanessa Froese

      I would love to win any of the choices listed, but my top two choices would be the Nintendo and Kobo. Thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas.

  23. I would love to win a Nintendo Switch &/ or a Kobo, they both would be wonderful for the everyone in the family

  24. The Nintendo switch would be great! I also love cupcakes! And the stasher bag. Great prizes! Thanks for the shot at winning!

  25. Jane Fernandez

    The Kobo would be an amazing prize for me!! But my son would love the Nintendo Switch, so either would be wonderful!! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  26. Shelley Belau

    I would love the Kobo Libra H2O and my Grandkids would love the handheld Nintendo Switch.????????

    1. Suzanne perry

      The switch and the kobo would keep my daughter occupied, I’d even play with her or read a book to her for extended play time!

  27. Shannon Hedin

    The Nintendo Switch or Kobo would be amazing to win however I would be happy with anything. Merry Christmas!

  28. Sally Canuel

    I would love the Kobo, but can always use more Stashers too! Great travel ideas!

  29. Marie Van Chadwick

    How wonderful it would be to win the Kobo Libra H2O – I love reading, this would be great!
    As a Celiac, my second choice would be the Stasher would help me bring food from home.
    Thank you !

  30. Shelley Buckler

    Merry Christmas. I would love the Kobo H20 as I am a big reader my second choice would be the stasher bags to be more environmentally friendly

  31. Sarah perry

    I can see the Kobo Libra and the Nintendo switch being perfect!! My daughter and my son would definitely be busy and happy.

  32. I have an old Kobo that doesn’t work so well in the sun so if I had the Kobo Libra H2O my chill time travelling would be complete!

  33. Jenny Wilson

    I’d love to win the Nintendo Switch Lite or Kobo Libra. Third choice is Crave Cupcakes because who doesn’t like cupcakes??? Such an awesome gift set and thank you for the wonderful travel tips!

  34. Jennifer (@JusticeSadie) Conlin

    Happy Christmas Jody! I loved the Segment. I was shocked that you could not take the icing. The things you learn everyday. I am subscribed and follow on all social platforms. I would love the switch for my nephew and the Kobo for my Auntie. Both are having a tough time this year and I know that they both would be over the moon with these.Thanks for the chance.

    1. Marcedés Mack

      What an amazing giveaway Imy top 1 picks would be the kobo libra for myself since I absolutely LOVE Reading & the Nintendo Switch for my son That way we can both be occupied at the same time while we get a moment of quietness. ???? ???? thanks for the chance

  35. Christina Faria

    The kobo Libra and the switch look like great entertainment for a plane ride !

  36. Caroline Lozinski

    I would love to win the Nintendo Switch for my grandchildren or the Kobe reader for myself ! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  37. Tara Rolof

    With three kids I would def want the switch and kubo for on the plane!! That way they can keep busy!!

  38. Sandra Dufoe

    Would love the Kobo Libra H20 and the Nintendo Switch Lite. Thanks for the chance.

  39. My top 2 choices would be the Kobo reader (gotta have something to read!) and the Stasher bags! Cheers!

  40. kristen visser

    My favorite 2 items would be the nintendo switch for the kiddos and the Kobo H20 for myself 🙂


    Love it Jody! That Kobo and the Stasher bag would be great for the trip to Thailand this Spring Break!

  42. David Kelly

    The reuseable Stasher bags would be great for the everyday – and the Nintendo Switch Lite to keep the kids entertained!

  43. Top 2 choices are the Kobo Libra H20 and the Nintendo Switch Lite.

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  44. I would love the Nintendo Switch Lite (for my daughter) and the Kobo for myself! 🙂

  45. Renee Nehring

    Tha is for the chance! I would love the switch, it’s the only item on my son’s list. Also, the Kobo would be fantastic!

  46. I know some of my grandchildren want a Nintendo Switch so I would pick that and another grandchild loves Barbies so those would be my picks. I almost said Crave Cupcakes because they are so good! Anyone who has not tried them should!

  47. Nitendo switch or the kobo please & thank you! I will be doing all the other steps as well????

  48. Holly Reykjalin-Allain

    We would LOVE the Ninetendo switch and the Libra H2O! They would both be awesome for for the kids AND us! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

  49. Heather Howard

    Wow! Thanks so very much for the chance! Good luck everyone! My top 2 choices would be Kobo Libra H20, Nintendo Switch Lite,

  50. Heather Howard

    Following on Instagram via @whatsnewrockabillysteam Liked and commented on giveaway post

  51. Kristy Reid

    My top two from your list would be:
    1.) Nintendo Switch Lite
    2.) Kobo

    Thanks for the chance and Merry Christmas!

  52. Lisa Frechette

    The Crave cupcakes and Stasher bags sound great! You definitely can’t go wrong with cupcakes for a gift lol!

  53. Love the e reader and stasher bags. We could all share as a family and would keep everyone entertained. Kids are 3 and 6.

  54. Katy Emanuel

    The kobo would be wonderful to have to share with my daughter as we are both avid readers and so this would help free up some shelf space and prevent us from having to pack multiple books when travelling.
    My kids would be big fans of the Nintendo Switch lite.

  55. Hi,
    I wouldn’t mind the;
    1. Nintendo Switch Lite, or the
    2. Kobo Libra H20.

    My 3rd choice would be a Stasher bag since I like food, and tend to get/bring too much when I’m hungry.

  56. Would love to receive the cupcakes or stasher bags – in that order too because who can resist crave cupcakes?! Subscribed to your website too! Cheers!

  57. Lynzee Freeman

    My kids would definitely love the Nintendo switch lite ok I would too & we’d also love the kobo Libra H20

  58. Lesley Morris

    Merry Christmas ????.
    1. Nintendo Switch
    2. Kobo or Stasher Bag
    Thanks for the chance ????.
    Following on Instagram too ????

  59. My top two choices would be the Kobo Libra H20 and the Nintendo Switch Lite to keep everyone busy and happy but the stasher bags and cupcakes would also be appreciated.
    thank you

  60. Heather Lucas

    I would definitely take the Nintendo switch light, and download all the old school Nintendo games

  61. Amy Stackhouse

    We travel by air at least once a year a with our kids. I’d pick the Nintendo Switch Lite for them and the Kobo for me. Reading books in the pool sounds delightful!

  62. Michelle Steeves

    I love taking a tablet and a good book on the plane. I would love to win the switch to keep the kids entertained and the kobo so I could read a good book. Now if you want to throw in some crave cupcakes as well we won’t complain. Lol.

  63. I would love the Nintendo for my kids and the ereader for myself! Thank you for the awesome giveaway! Merry Christmas!!

  64. Breanna Baker

    I would love to win the Nintendo Switch and the Kobo would be awesome for travelling!

  65. Marissa Buffett

    My top two favourites are the kobo Libra & the nintendo switch lite.

    I would personally love the kobo, while my children would love the switch lite. Thanks for this awesome chance!

  66. Lauren Miller

    Th Switch Light and the Kobo are my favourites! Thanks for the chance to win ????

  67. Chantelle Scott

    The switch lite, and kobo (I didn’t realize it was glare free in the sun – that’s amazing!!)
    Thanks so much!

  68. I would love the switch for my kids!23 travel to hospitals a lot so it would be amazing!!

  69. Amber Smith

    I would love the Kobo and Nintendo Switch. We’re a tech family over here, lol. Merry Christmas – thanks for this awesome chance to win!! I’m subscribed

  70. Lisa Frechette

    I would take the Kobo Libra and Nintendo Switch Lite to keep busy on an airplane trip!

  71. I’d love the Nintendo Switch for my son and the Kobo reader for myself! The perfect way to stay occupied on a long flight!

  72. Christine mansi

    I’d love to win the Nintendo switch for my son. He would go nuts. We have never been on a plane. Would LOVE TO tho

  73. Ember Findlay

    I love duct tape and my kids would love a switch… fingers are crossed… good luck all!!

  74. Tina Richardson

    Wow I would love the stashed silicone bag, no more loosing kids ???????? my children would love the switch lite ???? Merry Christmas

  75. The switch is perfect for the kids as well as the ereader, with kids that love to read its a easy choice, plus mom can use it too 🙂
    Also flash cards are good to for the young omes that are just learning to read, spell, etc

  76. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)

    The stasher bags are super smart. They look like they’d be easy to clean too.
    And the Kobra, nothing like a good book to read while you’re traveling.

    1. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)

      I think I combined Kobo and Libra, but you know what I mean right. 🙂

  77. Brandi Enns

    Thank you for sharing these tips. Now I have more ideas on what to pack for our next trip on a plane.
    I would choose the Nintendo switch or the stasher silicon storage bags!
    Thanks for the chance to win! Merry Christmas ????

  78. Tara Gauthier

    My kids would love the Nintendo switch lite and I have been wanting to try those stasher bags.

  79. Amanda-marie MacDonald

    I would love to win the kobo for my mom and the switch would definitely help keep the kids busy while travelling. Thanks so much for the chance. Merry Christmas ????

  80. Krista Miller

    Extraordinary giveaway! Travel at Christmas does create some new challenges with security for sure! My top picks are the Nintendo Switch Lite and the Kobo Libra H20 because the kids and I could take turns with each on the plane! (mama likes to play video games, too!)

  81. Veronica Joudrie

    Barbie and the e-reader would be the perfect 2 to travel with for my family.

  82. Jenna McDonald

    Definitely the switch for my kids and the kobo for for my wonderful husband who loves to read! Thanks for this generous chance! Merry Christmas!

  83. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Loss of icing! I wouldn’t have had a clue either. Such a shame. Their icing is for sure the bomb! I also was unaware about not being able to bring wrapped gifts on planes. Thanks for the tip. Thanks for the Giveaways too. The switch lite would be great for my nephew. I’m trying to get more into reading so I think the kobo would be a nice addition for myself. However, the stasher bags and cupcakes are tempting..

    Merry Christmas!

  84. All are great, but my top two picks would be the Kobo and the Nintendo switch.

    Sorry to hear about your icing.

    Happy holidays!

  85. Lisa Van De Ligt

    As a new mom, I would love an e-reader to sneak away for some mom time. And the stasher bags are a great idea!

  86. Connie Wong

    My kids would go nuts if we won the Nintendo switch lite or color reveal barbie. Thanks for the chance of possibly winning these items 🙂

  87. Ohh id love to have the Kobo Libra H20 & kods would love the Nintendo Switch! Happy Holidays!

  88. Anna Wilkinson

    Wow! What an amazing giveaway! My kids would love the Nintendo Switch and I would love the e-reader. Good luck everyone and Happy holidays,

  89. I would love to share the Crave treats with my friends and use that Nintendo Switch Light on my next trip!

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