I’ve been traveling a bit lately, and I have a couple tips that might help someone else out there. I carry-on my bags a lot, and twice over the last year I’ve had my entire bag emptied only to discover that what they were after was my tweezers or my nail clippers. My solution is to simply put my tweezers and nail clippers in the clear plastic bag that I keep my toothpaste, shampoo, and other “liquids and gels not to exceed 3oz”. Since I started doing that, the TSA folks have stopped the belt, picked up the plastic bag, peered at it, and put it back. Hooray – no more repacking my entire bag!
Some people successfully put their entire Dopp kit in the plastic bag, but my electric razor doesn’t fit, and my toothbrush is too long, so that solution doesn’t work for me.
My other tip is just to always empty your water bottle and take it through, then fill it at the water fountain on the other side. Staying hydrated while flying is really important, and I like having my water with me all the time.
Simple, basic, but really helpful when you fly a lot.