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Make a TSA-Approved Carry-On Emergency Kit

Airline travel is complicated, even more so if you plan on being prepared in flight and at your destination. Sometimes traveling light is a necessity and checking bags isn’t in the cards. Sometimes the airlines can misplace your bags for a day or more.

Regardless, it’s a good idea to have some items in your carry on that are approved for TSA.

Carry-On Emergency Kits for Before the Plane Ride

Don't keep this kit in your luggage. Bring it with you on the plane in case the luggage becomes lost. Because that will be the day you really need it, according to Murphy's Law.

During my last trip to West Virginia, we hit a deer not 5 miles from an international airport, totaling the car with the airbags deployed.

I have since added my tactical flashlight to the mix, since the deer ran off into the night (a nice 8-pointer, might I add). We were able to drive to a garage (with a deployed airbag, and one headlight), no thanks to roadside assistance.

So having an emergency kit ready to go in the carry before the plane ride is a good idea, too.

TSA-Approved Carry-On Emergency Kit

This list of items is put together for someone planning on spending a good amount of time outdoors. I have given some alternatives for someone wishing to pack a bit less, or don’t plan to venture outside too much once they reach their destination.

Dealing with the TSA

The first thing to know about TSA is that items that are questionable, yet permitted, are judged based on the appearance of the person carrying them. I have carried a tactical pen on 10 or so flights. On the 11th flight, I was told it was prohibited, and TSA proceeded to take my boarding ticket and ID, then had a sheriff run me through the system for warrants. (Great news, I'm not wanted for any crimes!)

This sort of special treatment is usually reserved for people carrying illegal items. Things like the Bic lighter and the multitool should be declared at the x-ray machine (along with your keys and coins) to make the screener’s life easier, and to cut down on your time through security.

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