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Packing your clear bag for the TSA 311 rule

Packing your clear bag for the TSA 311 rule

The days leading up to a getaway are some of the most stressful. Prepping for a vacation and packing for a getaway can be incredibly hectic. Especially when it comes to packing your travel toiletry bag and liquids for your carry-on bag. No one wants to be caught away from home without their favorite cosmetics and beauty must-haves. Worse yet, no one wants to have to toss expensive body care items at the security checkpoint when they don’t conform to the TSA 311 rule for liquids.

What is the TSA 311 rule?

TSA limits the liquids that can be carried on to airplanes. Current TSA regulations allow liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes that are under 3 oz.* to be carried through TSA security checkpoints. These items must be packed in 1 quart-sized, zip-top, clear bag and each passenger is limited to 1 bag. This is what the TSA 3-1-1 rule means. *It’s actually 3.4 ounces, 100 milliliters.

TSA bag size

TSA defines the 311 bag size as 1 quart but does not give explicit dimensions. TSA clear bags are normally around 6 by 9 inches and all Truffle TSA-approved bags and clear pouches are equivalent to what TSA considers a quart-sized bag.

So now that you know all about the TSA 311 rule for liquids, how do you get all your favorite lotions and potions in 1 bag without losing your mind? Keep these tips in mind when packing your clear bag for the TSA 311 rule.

TSA 311 rule packing tips

1. Be set like a Jetsetter

The first rule of stress-free packing is to not have to pack at all! Day-to-day, keep your beauty must-haves in a Clarity Jetset travel case that is always ready to go and you’ll be able to jet away with a mini version of your medicine cabinet at a moment’s notice. You won’t have to sacrifice style, because ourJetset is artfully constructed of fine Saffiano leather with clear eco-friendly plastic panels made of TPU material. It’s also available in multiple colorways to suit your individual flair. The Clarity Jetset travel case will transition seamlessly from your vanity to your carry-on and is sure to become your most trusted travel companion.

Jetset Packing Tips

2. Find liquid alternatives

Free up space in your TSA clear bag by replacing liquids with solid forms. Lotion, shampoo, conditioner and soap are all available in bar form and don’t have to take up space in your TSA 311 bag. Makeup cleansing wipes can be substituted for liquid makeup remover too. Less space for lotion means more space for lip gloss! 

3. Minify and maximize your cosmetics and toiletries

Now’s the time to break out all those goodies from your subscription box(es). Deluxe samples, GWP goodies, holiday sampler lip kits and travel-sized products are all great ways to maximize your liquid makeup haul in your TSA 311 bag. Also, consider multi-tasking formulas like body-bath-shave gels and shampoo-bath-shower gels to cut down on individual body care products.

4. Strip down to just the essentials

If you are going on a spa or luxury vacation, you can be sure your resort will have luxury versions of basic toiletries available. (And don't forget to bring home the extras for your next trip!) If you aren’t wed to a particular lotion or shampoo, plan on using the provided amenities of your hotel (or your mom’s house). You’ll still need toothpaste, sunscreen, makeup and more, but you’ll save space on soaps, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and possibly mouthwash too.

5. Invest in silicone reusable travel bottles

There are lots of different styles of travel-size bottles available, but the latest and greatest are silicone travel bottles. These silicone bottles have a tight seal so that nothing leaks and they are squishy so they can fit better in tight and awkward spaces in your 311 bag. Most are even food-grade silicone too, so if you also can’t live without a favorite hot sauce, you can take that in your TSA clear bag too.

6. Don’t forget gifts! 

Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough, don’t be faced with the heartache of having to throw away a liquid gift that you forgot you had in your carry-on bag. The final step of packing your TSA 311 bag is to crosscheck you have accounted for everything liquid in your carry-on.

Truffle TSA-approved clear travel bags

Clarity Jetset Case

Our most popular carry-on companion for stowing cosmetics, travel size liquids, or cables and chargers is sure to become your most coveted travel accessory. This chic Saffiano leather trimmed case with clear panels and a zip-around opening is TSA approved for carry-on. It's sure to delight even the most discerning jetsetter. 7 1/2” W X 2" H X 5 1/4” D.


Clarity Clutch Small

This small, clear clutch is the perfect size to stow your everyday essentials. With luxe leather trim and gold plated hardware, it’s a chic option to carry alone or toss in your coveted handbag. Its TSA approved size also makes it the perfect companion for any carry-on. 9 3/4” L X 7 1/2” H.


Clarity Pouch Small

This TSA-approved Clarity Pouch Small features an expandable bottom with more room for your bulkier carry-on liquids. Its gusseted pouch sits upright on a vanity or counter and is perfect for holding your coveted beauty essentials, travel-sized creams and lotions. 9” L X 7” H X 2" W.


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