Question: Can Wrapped Christmas Presents Go In Hand Luggage?

If you’re jetting off at this time of year, the chances are you will be flying with Christmas presents in your hand luggage.

So needless to say, one of the biggest confusions lies around whether you can or can’t travel with gift-wrapped presents in your hand luggage.

Well the answer is yes, you can... but you need to bear the following in mind:

Your presents will still go through all the normal security checks, and they must adhere to the current rules and regulations that regular hand luggage must follow:

  • No sharp objects, like nail scissors, razors etc.
  • Any liquid goods, such as toiletries, aftershaves and perfume, make up etc., can only be 100ml or less and must be placed in a resealable plastic bag – only one bag per passenger.
  • You are also not allowed to carry crackers and party poppers in your luggage – these are deemed explosive items.

The gifts in your hand luggage will be scanned, and if they get flagged up through the x-ray scanners, they will need checking. This will mean that they will be unwrapped by airport officials. Causing delays to you and your fellow passengers.

Don’t want to risk your wrapping getting ruined?
The best advice if you want to carry your presents in your hand luggage is, rather than wrap them in paper and bows, simply pop them in a festive gift bag. If you really do want to wrap them within the bag, just take some tissue paper, which can be folded into itself at the ends, negating the need for sellotape.

You can however, place wrapped Christmas presents in your main hold luggage without any problems.

Happy holidays and merry Christmas!