Traveling With Cremated Remains?

By: Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation
Monday, April 24, 2023

If you’re traveling long distances with cremated remains, you might be a bit worried. Whether you're lost loved one is cremated somewhere far away, you’re bringing your lost loved one’s cremated remains somewhere far away after their cremation service in Fulton, IL, or your lost loved one wanted their cremains to be scattered in an exotic location, you need these tips. 

Traveling with the cremated remains of a loved one over a long distance to honor a final wish or to keep them at home can be very nerve-wracking. You want to ensure that nothing happens to the ashes, and you want to be sure you’re following any laws or regulations around transporting cremated remains.  

Driving gives you the most control over how your lost loved one’s ashes are handled during transit. While there are some factors you cannot control, such as the quality of the roads or other drivers, traveling by car is a good way to calm your nerves while transporting cremains.  

When traveling with cremains by car, you need to make sure they are in a sturdy, unbreakable container. If you’ve purchased a glass urn or an urn made from another delicate material, do not put the cremains in it until you’ve made it to your final destination. Instead, keep them in a cardboard, wood, cloth, or plastic container so they won’t spill if knocked over on a bumpy road or if you get in a fender bender. You can also get an heirloom urn that houses an internal container with the ashes inside. This double layering will ensure there is no damage to the urn during travel. Put the urn or other container inside another holder of some kind to keep the urn steady on the road. You can use a carry-on case like you would use if going on a short plane trip. Put the case inside, place it in your trunk or backseat, and hit the road.  

Flying with an urn is more complicated than driving with an urn. First, you should always bring the cremains on the plane with you. Do not check them in a bag as some airlines will not accept checked cremated remains and you can never be sure the bag will not get lost or damaged along the way. Carrying the ashes on the plane with you is the best way to make sure they’re safe and secure. Second, you need to be sure the urn is TSA compliant so it will pass a security screening. The only acceptable urns you can carry on a plane, by TSA standards, are made from wood, non-lead ceramic, glass, or plastic.  

Whether you are honoring a final wish to scatter the ashes somewhere sentimental or take the ashes back home with you, use these tips to safely travel with cremated remains by car or by plane to help calm your nerves during your time of grief. It is a terrible thing to lose a loved one, but hopefully, these tips will help soothe your mind during your time of loss. Call or visit us today for more information on Fulton, IL cremation services.  

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