Planning to see Pope Francis? Before you start packing your bags for the day, you'll want to know what to leave out.

Security will be checking for all of the following, barred by the Secret Service and organizers as the pope visits Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia this week.

  1. Aerosols
  2. Ammunition
  3. Animals other than service/guide animals
  4. Backpacks and bags exceeding the size restrictions (18″ x 13″ x 7″)
  5. Balloons
  6. Bicycles
  7. Coolers
  8. Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  9. Explosives
  10. Firearms
  11. Glass, thermal or metal containers
  12. Laser pointers
  13. Mace/Pepper spray
  14. Packages
  15. Selfie Sticks
  16. Signs exceeding the size restrictions (5′ x 3′ x 1/4″) made of any material except cardboard, poster board or cloth
  17. Structures
  18. Supports for signs and placards
  19. Toy guns
  20. Weapons of any kind
  21. Any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard

Are you seeing the pope? New Jersey 101.5 is looking for New Jersey residents to share their pictures, video and impressions of his happening. Contact with the subject "Pope Visit" and we'll get in touch about how you can help out.

Here's how you can keep up with all the latest news from New Jersey 101.5 as it happens:

  • Keep an eye on our special Pope visit coverage page, which we'll be updating all week with live video, traffic updates, reactions from local leaders and much more.
  • Listen to New Jersey 101.5 on your radio dial, or online at Mobile users: Download Radiopup to listen any time from your Android or iOS device.
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  • Text TRAFFIC or NEWS to 89000 for traffic and news alerts.

And you can contribute, too! Be extra eyes and ears in the crowd. Is the traffic overwhelming? Is the walk from Camden to Philadelphia going as planned? Let us know by:

Want to share lots and lots of news? Email us at before Friday with the words "pope visit" in the subject to make arrangements to get in touch throughout the visit.