Post # 1
I’m going on vacation with the SO in a few weeks. It’s been literally about 10 years since I’ve flown on a plane and I was in middle school since then.
I know you are allowed 1 carry-on luggage, and 1 personal item (purse, laptop, etc.) on the plane.
I will be using a tote bag as my personal item, looks very similar to those Longchamp tote bags.
I will be on vacation for 2 weeks and I need to bring a few pairs of shoes. I have already strategically packed 3 pairs of heels (I’m talking 4 inch ones) in my carry-on, but need to pack at least 3 more pairs of shoes (1 pair of heels, 1 pair of running sneakers, and 1 pair of flat shoes). Reason for all the heels is because I am attending formal events and a birthday…and well I just can’t leave em home.
Am I allowed to pack those 3 shoes in my personal item tote bag? I’m flying from JFK airport, NY.
Has anyone stuffed their personal item w/ shoes? I don’t want TSA giving me a hard time :/ and I don’t want to check them as they are quite expensive.
Thank you x
Post # 3
yeah you can bring shoes in your carry on. The TSA website has a list of prohibited items.
Post # 4
Yes, it’s definitely fine.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@flyinkatie: You can put whatever you want in your purse/tote/personal item! Just be aware that if it’s a full flight, they will want you to put it under the seat in front of you instead of in the overhead. So make sure it’s not huge…
Have fun on vacay – where ya going?
Post # 6
I’ve packed all sorts of shoes (e.g. boots, flip flops, heels) in my carryon. It’s fine.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
They won’t have a problem with you packing shoes in your personal item. As long as it isn’t on the list of prohibited items (http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items), you can carry it on.
Post # 8
I would try and consolidate. I travel quite a bit for work and pleasure, and always try and limit my shoes. I love them, but they take up too much darn space. Can you decide on 1 pair of formal shoes that will go with all your outfits? I used to overpack like crazy and found I didn’t wear all the shoes I packed.
Just so you know, the smaller carry-on MUST fit under the seat in front of you. I’ve noticed a lot of airlines are enforcing this, with flight attendants on board only allowing you to stow your larger carry-on in the overhead compartment. I just came back from Atlanta on Tuesday, and they were doing this coming and going.
Post # 9
There’s no issue putting shoes in your carry-on, but i’d really recommend at least one pair of comfy shoes for walking, and taking fewer pairs of shoes. If you pack strategically, you really shouldn’t need more than 2-3 pairs, including the ones you wear on the plane. It’s just more crap to carry/lug around, otherwise!
Post # 10
There are no rules regarding what you put in your personal item, it just has to be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you (most flights these days have very full overhead compartments because no one checks bags, so flight attendants can be pretty strict about the second item going at your feet).
Post # 11
Sorry, I shouldn’t say there are no rules–obviously the rules about liquids, firearms, knives, etc still apply. I just meant that as far as shoes and clothing go there are no rules.
Also, as a heads up if you haven’t flown in awhile: they make you take off your shoes at security, so make sure that they are easily removed ones.
Post # 12
Thanks bees for all your help. I feel A LOT better knowing that I can tote my shoes.
@lolot: Thanks for your help! Yeah lol I’ve done a lot of research making sure my tote bag will fit underneath the seat. We’re just traveling domestic nothing special…going to LA, Cali. My cousin’s wedding rehearsal, wedding, a birthday party, dinner(s), dancing, nightclubs, sightseeing LOL. We’re really excited! 🙂
@BlondeBee: Lol belieeeveee me. I tried to consolidate and thought over and over again, if I reaaally needed the shoes I want to bring. I gotta have them with me haha.
@Leprechaun: I gotcha. I did tons of homework reading about TSA guidelines and whatnot. I need to remind myself to bring a pair of socks bc I do not want to walk on those dirty airport floors! I’m actually wearing a nice pair of flats that day. 🙂