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Old 02-20-2016, 06:38 PM   #1
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Does heavy cream count as a lotion in carry on?

I have a few trips coming up involving connections with puddle jumpers. I don't dare check a suitcase.

I know about the 3-1-1 rule. But I'm not clear if heavy cream (like in a jar) counts as liquid. I assume lotion does, but does heavy cream?

It's a terrific foot cream that works wonders, esp in winter. I'll need more than just a couple ounces. It's only sold online so no buying it at destinations.

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Old 02-20-2016, 06:50 PM   #2
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I once had to toss a wonderful facial scrub..... was probably less of a liquid than your cream. Was 4.2 oz and I had forgotten to move to my checked bags. I was like "can you just squeeze some out?" nope...

If you don't mind tossing it if caught, go for it, but if you go "damn there's me tossing a $40 spa scrub" - then don't.
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Heavy cream is a liquid.

If you get caught you could whip it in which case it will no longer be a liquid.
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Old 02-20-2016, 07:00 PM   #4
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I was totally thinking about heavy whipping cream when reading this title.

Yes- gel/cream consistencies count as a liquid.
Your solution is to buy smaller travel containers and transfer to them.

Something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Purple-Clear-L...ream+container
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My pregnant daughter was traveling down to Disney a few weeks ago, and TSA confiscated her Mama's Belly Butter, so I doubt anything else would be safe either.
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But I'm not clear if heavy cream (like in a jar) counts as liquid. I assume lotion does, but does heavy cream?
Yes, it will definitely be considered a liquid. I've seen the TSA people reject a stick of underam deodorant as a "liquid", so it's a bit arbitrary.
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I have a few trips coming up involving connections with puddle jumpers. I don't dare check a suitcase.

I know about the 3-1-1 rule. But I'm not clear if heavy cream (like in a jar) counts as liquid. I assume lotion does, but does heavy cream?

It's a terrific foot cream that works wonders, esp in winter. I'll need more than just a couple ounces. It's only sold online so no buying it at destinations.

Thanks!
I treat it as that. I've simply loaded a smaller travel jar with the cream I needed. Those empty smaller jars and bottles are easy to find in the travel-size section of the grocery store.

I see Rodi beat me to it.
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I recently traveled with some prescription cough syrup. They gave the bag a thorough check, but let me through with all 800 ml of it.

So just get a prescription for your cream.
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You can put the cream into several small containers. Or maybe you could ship some to one of your destinations?
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Can you just buy a little bit when you get where you are going?
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Can you just buy a little bit when you get where you are going?
She mentioned already it's a specialty mail order item.
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She mentioned already it's a specialty mail order item.
i should learn how to read.
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I actually thought she was using "heavy cream", like you get in the grocery store.

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Okay! I am curious. What is this "heavy cream" that is only available mail order? Is it not something found in the kitchen?


Heavy Cream vs. Whipping Cream
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Does heavy cream count as a lotion in carry on?

My experience with TSA is that it is a crapshoot as to what they will allow. What someone else suggested bring the whole jar at the risk of losing it or take what you need at the risk of losing it. I travel a lot and you just don't know outside the well defined limit. TSA you get the full spectrum of people very nice and courteous to the rude and on a power trips.


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My advice is to double wrap the container in zip lock bags and pack it in checked luggage.
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:07 AM   #17
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OP, the rule I've encountered as to what constitutes a liquid is that if it maintains its shape when taken out of its container, it's not a liquid. So cheddar cheese is a solid, but burrata cheese is a liquid because it spreads. Foot cream spreads out, so it's a liquid. Sorry!

I second the recommendation to repackage it in a smaller container, that's what I do with my creams. I then wrap it in Saran Wrap because sometimes the threads on the travel containers aren't great.

To everybody asking about heavy cream from the grocery...she is using that phrase to describe a thick foot cream, not the dairy product :-)
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I have a few trips coming up involving connections with puddle jumpers. I don't dare check a suitcase.

I know about the 3-1-1 rule. But I'm not clear if heavy cream (like in a jar) counts as liquid. I assume lotion does, but does heavy cream?

It's a terrific foot cream that works wonders, esp in winter. I'll need more than just a couple ounces. It's only sold online so no buying it at destinations.

Thanks!
One option might be to mail some to yourself at the destination address.
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One of my responsibilities in the last 35 years was the handling and use of explosives, especially water gels. I can't, literally, for the life of me, see ANY gelatinous substance allowed on an airplane. A small amount goes a very long way.
They must be extremely sure of themselves that bad stuff can be detected. Years ago when luggage was "wiped down", the family's luggage was always searched when I handled it but I don't see that anymore.
I would either put it in checked luggage or mail it like MichealB suggests.
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To everybody asking about heavy cream from the grocery...she is using that phrase to describe a thick foot cream, not the dairy product :-)
Yea, here I thought great, heavy cream isn't just for my Oatmeal, coffee, and blueberries anymore.
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