When we started talking about taking a vacation that required us to fly, my first question was obviously, “Can I take my crochet hook on an airplane?” I see this and other travel-related questions on Facebook all the time so I decided to share my travel tips and what I’ve found in my research for my own trip here for you.
Can I Take my Crochet Hook on an Airplane?
If you’re travelling in Canada or the U.S. then you can definitely travel with your crochet hooks (and knitting needles) in your carry-on luggage (and in your checked luggage). Both Canadian and U.S. TSA sites state that you can travel with crochet hooks and knitting needles of any size and material. The Canadian TSA and the U.S. TSA have handy tools where you can look up to see if something is allowed on a plain or not. (Check out the Canadian tool HERE and the U.S. tool HERE.)
Can You Take Scissors on an Airplane?
At the time of writing this, Canadian travellers can take small scissors in their carry-on luggage as long as the blades measure less than 6 cm (2.4″). In the U.S. the blades on the scissors must be less than 10cm (4″) long if packed in your carry-on luggage. Sharp objects must be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to people checking your bags so little foldable ones like THESE are perfect and require no additional work.
The U.S. TSA site notes that “Circular thread cutters or any other cutter or needlepoint tools that contain blades must be placed in checked baggage. You are permitted to keep scissors smaller than 4 inches in your carry-on baggage. ” So if you have one of those thread cutting pendants, don’t take it with you or place it in your checked bags.
If you’re unsure about the scissors or don’t have a small set like these, then you can always take nail clippers. They are allowed in your carry-on luggage and they can cut yarn in a pinch.
The rules can be different depending on where you’re travelling so avoid disappointment and check out the TSA equivalent for wherever you’re going as well as wherever you’re leaving from.
Can I Take Needles?
Both Canadian and U.S. TSA sites note that you can take “small needles” with you. Tapestry needles should be fine as long as they are secured with your hooks or knitting needles.
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Tips for Travelling With Your Crochet
Don’t Take Your Best Stuff With You
Now that we’ve established that you can take your crochet hook on an airplane, let’s talk about which ones to bring with you (and which ones to leave a home). That gorgeous and expensive crochet hook you got as a Christmas gift? Leave it at home. In fact, if the thought of losing your hook in your couch makes you panic, don’t take it with you. Luggage gets lost all the time or you could potentially have something confiscated so play it safe and leave the good stuff at home. I have a set of cheap ergonomic hooks that I’ll be taking with me on vacation. It costs me $20 to replace the whole set so if I lose one, it isn’t going to devastate me.
The TSA site does state that the final decision as to whether or not items are permitted are the TSA officers so there could be a chance that even if an item is on the allowed list, it could be confiscated if the TSA officer feels it poses a risk to safety.
Choose Small Projects for Carry-On Luggage
It’s not news that space on an airplane is limited. You’re not going to be making friends with the person (or people) sitting next to you if you bring your queen size afghan project with you on the flight. Maybe they’ll be into it and want to snuggle under it but odds are, they aren’t going to be thrilled. So keep larger projects in your checked bagged and only take smaller projects with you on the plane.
Use Project Bags For Your Project
I like to keep my project, yarn and hook case all contained in a small project bag inside my carry-on. It helps keep my stuff accessible and organized. If your bag has straps, you can keep the bag on your wrist, lap or hang it on the back of the seat in front of you on the plane. If you have space to put your bag on the floor during the flight, it helps keep your project clean. Something like THIS looks like it could do great for a trip.
Be Realistic About How Much to Take With You
Confession time (it’s a real shocker): I ALWAYS overpack when it comes to yarn. Everytime I have to pack I tell myself I’ll limit what I take and then next thing I know, I have more projects with me than I could realistically finish even if I was vacationing for weeks. Don’t do what I do. I have to do better with this vacation because we’re flying so I have to limit what I bring. Bring what you need for your project because running out and not being able to get more while you’re away could be upsetting. So take what you need and that’s it.
Take an Empty Bag
If you can fit most of what you need in your checked luggage, keep your carry-on empty or near-empty. Why? So you can buy more yarn! If you’re going to a place you haven’t been before or to a place that may have yarn stores you haven’t been before, you’ll thank me for this. On our trip to Orlando, I’ve already scoped out there is a Hobby Lobby a short distance from our hotel. We don’t have Hobby Lobby’s here in Canada so you can bet I’m hoping to get a chance to go check it out and that bag will come in handy.
Thanks for reading and safe travels! Don’t forget to take your crochet hook on an airplane with you the next time you travel! What have your experiences been like travelling with your crochet stuff on an airplane? Got any tips? Share them below!