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Easing travel with liquids

By Terry Gardner, Special to Tribune Newspapers

8:51 PM EDT, July 30, 2013

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Name: AirQuart travel bag from Flanabags

What it is: a TSA-compliant quart-size 3-1-1 vinyl travel bag (3 ounces, 1 quart, 1 bag) that makes it easy for you and the Transportation Security Administration. AirQuart is trimmed in a colorful patterned fabric (with a choice of 10 designs) and features a wide gusseted bottom that allows it to hold more stuff. The bag's zipper is designed to last and provides a secure seal.

The good: Security officers can easily see your 3-ounce liquids, and its integrated wrist strap makes it a piece of cake to grab from a purse, backpack or suitcase in the security line. I let it dangle from my wrist until I can drop it into an inspection bin. And I love the expandable bottom that allows me to cram more into it than I could fit in other 3-1-1 bags. My toothpaste, hand lotion, sunscreen, cleanser, moisturizer, foundation, eyedrops and more easily fit in the AirQuart.

The bad: I'd like to see Flanabags come up with more fabric styles for men.

Cost: $19.95

Available from: flanabags.com and many luggage stores.