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Hello. I’m traveling from NY to Orlando in February-wondering if I’m allowed to bring crystal lite in my bag? What about Water bottles? I will check out the airline website to see what’s allowed but wondering if you all have any tips for travel. It’s not a long flight for me but I want to have access to water and can’t drink without the crystal lite. Any other travel tips? I’ll be seven months post op at travel time.

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Yes you can bring crystal light packs but no waters(unless frozen solid)through security. Doesn’t matter what airline it is. Snacks are absolutely ok.

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The info above is not totally correct.

You can carry bottle Water on the plane, but it has to be purchased after your security checkpoint. You can try to bring it from home, they will find it and riffle thru your bag until they find it, and toss it in the trash bin.

Heads up- airport water will probably cost double what it does at any store. That’s how they get ya. Lol.

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...or carry empty Water bottle though security and fill at water fountain or at restaurant...

(i've asked flight attendants to fill also, and they usually do, but not all of them will be nice about it)

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Bring an empty Water bottle (or dump it out in the bathroom before security) and some of the individual packets of Crystal Lite. When you're on the other side of security, tip the Crystal Lite into your water bottle and fill at a water fountain. That's what I do, I carry about six of those packets with me for any trip.

Based on what I've seen from other frequent flyers, one thing that will surprise you is how LITTLE you need to eat on the plane now. I always, ALWAYS over-purchase in a panic in the airport (protein bar, drinkable yogurt, nuts, spare water) and then end up carrying it around with me the rest of the trip. It's also annoying because some airports now require you to pull Snacks out of your bag during screening (they won't tell me why). More and more I've found myself just doing the water bottle/Crystal Lite and a small bag of cashews or something. If I'm on Alaska Air, I'll buy one of their in-flight cheese plates.

If you're seven months out, there's little you need to worry about after landing. Before four months out things get sticky and I advise that people check a bag with things in it like Protein Shakes and Jerky and other stage-appropriate foods. But after four months you can pretty much source anything you need onsite.

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Thanks for the replies everyone!

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Yeah, powdered Crystal Light can go through the checkpoint, and then you can mix it with tap Water from a fountain (more and more airports seem to have those water fountains that dispense water vertically into water bottles).

I don't know that I've been on a flight post-surgery that had a full meal service, although I seem to recall being able to polish off a box of cheese and crackers for sale on American about two months post-surgery.

Of all the places I've tried to find post-surgery-appropriate food, airports are probably the most challenging.

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4 hours ago, Letsgetgoing2018 said:

Hello. I’m traveling from NY to Orlando in February-wondering if I’m allowed to bring crystal lite in my bag? What about Water bottles? I will check out the airline website to see what’s allowed but wondering if you all have any tips for travel. It’s not a long flight for me but I want to have access to Water and can’t drink without the crystal lite. Any other travel tips? I’ll be seven months post op at travel time.

Start practicing. It's TSA dependant. If they don't allow you to bring it through unchecked you'll have to throw it away. Other options is find something commercially available like Vitamin water zero, Snapple diet that you can tolerate, it'll likely be in the airport stores. Or drink plain water.

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