Q – What can I carry-on an airplane?
A – Different airlines will have their own rules about this so be sure to check before you depart. Transport Canada allows a maximum of two carry-on bags per person. The acceptable size for carry-on bags is set by your airline. I have had to stuff my purse and airline pillow into my carry-on bag, and even my pockets, due to rules about 1 carry-on only. See more about this here.
Q – How do I transport batteries?
A – Carry your batteries in your carry-on luggage. Not all airlines allow AAA, AA or D batteries. See here for more on this and be sure to read about how to transport spare batteries. If you do not have original packaging, tape them onto a piece of paper or cardboard so they will not move while in transit.
Q – Should I lock my checked bag?
A – I say yes. We have all heard stories of people getting arrested at the far end after someone has planted something in their bags. You can claim innocence all you like; but ultimately you are always responsible for what is in your baggage. In Canada, officers may open certain locks to check the contents of bags. If they cannot open the bag, they are not allowed to break the lock, so your bag may be kept behind. Read more about this here and use the approved locks. If you are travelling to the US, check the TSA website.
Q – What can I bring into Canada?
A – Check the Canada Border Services website so that you are up to date with exemptions and allowances. Declare everything! For other countries, check with their Governments.