By Mary N. DiZazzo

Traveling Beautifully Through The Checkpoint!

Ciao bella,

These days I've been finding myself traveling by plane quite frequently. Not an easy task when preparing not to check a bag. I lost one set of luggage once on Christmas Eve in Miami and had to find a department store that carried my plus size! Burdick's was similar to Jordan Marsh and I shopped there frequently when I lived in Florida for a stint. Well there were no bathing suits to be bought, the salesgirl told me since it was winter there were none in stock! I creatively made due with a sleeveless swing, lovely black top and black underwear. I did find clothes for the Christmas Eve party and charged it all to the airlines! All I wanted for Christmas that year was my suitcase! It arrived on Christmas Day. I have never checked a bag again! I do enjoy packing all my fav clothes and accessories after all I usually go on a shopping spree just before a trip. However packing your toiletries these days with all the TSA rules is a chore not to be ignored. Here are some tips for a relaxed checkpoint and flight;

  1. Remember TSA's 3-1-1 rule. To be taken in a carry-on bag, all liquids, gels and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce or smaller containers that fit in a 1 sealed quart size zip-top plastic bag, with only 1 bag per passenger.

  2. Pack your liquids, gels and aerosols separate from other toiletries.

  3. Pack oversize liquids in your checked bag.

  4. You don't have to throw it away-in case you find yourself with an expensive jar of face cream at checkpoint there are kiosks in many airports where you can mail it home or leave checkpoint to find a store that has a smaller container to be placed in your zip-lock bag. Best idea is to purchase regulated 3.4 ounce empty containers at your local beauty store or pharmacy.

I usually will try a very good sample brand of skin care along with my Kosmea Rose Hip Oil (meets TSA Rules) and tuck it in the zip-lock bag.

FYI -- one time traveling to Washington, D.C. a TSA agent wanted to confiscate an important medication cream in a jar and I flipped out. He said he would have it "checked" and finally let it through. I've also noticed the agents "checking" baby formula and certain drinks.

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Wishing you all happy and safe travels!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or