If using a hair straightener is part of your daily beauty routine, you might be asking yourself, can you take a hair straightener on a plane? Well, never fear, you don’t have to sacrifice your hairstyle to travel carry on only. Read on for answers to whether you can take hair straighteners in hand luggage, plus info on flat irons in checked bags.
Since there are a few details relating to butane hair straighteners, be sure to read the full article to avoid getting your flat iron confiscated. And if you’re taking your hair straighteners overseas, I’ve got info about how to deal with different voltage for your hair appliances.
Note: This post is written referencing TSA rules for travel from airports in the USA. Some countries may have different rules, so if you’re flying from an airport in another country, please look up the rules for the authority in that country.
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So can you take hair straighteners in hand luggage?
I get this question a lot: Can you bring a hair straightener on a plane? And I totally understand, you want to be able to style your hair while traveling just like you would at home. Luckily the answer is yes, you can bring a hair straightener in your carry on bag.
Since you might have to pack your bag in the morning right after using your hair straightener, I recommend bringing a wash cloth or small hand towel to wrap your hair straightener. That way you’re not putting it directly into your luggage while it’s still hot, which could burn your clothes or other items in your bag.
Does your hair straightener have a butane cartridge? This gets a little more tricky to travel with, so keep reading for more details.
Can you bring a hair straightener on a plane in checked luggage?
If you’re traveling with checked luggage, it might be more convenient to pack your hair straighteners in your checked bag.
Luckily you can pack your hair straightener there as well, in most cases. As with your carry on luggage, you should wait for the hair straightener to cool down before packing it, or wrap it in a towel if you don’t have time.
The one exception to packing a hair straightener in checked bags is if it’s a butane hair straightener.
Butane hair straighteners and curling irons are not allowed in checked luggage, but they are allowed in carry on luggage as long as there is a safety cover to prevent accidental activation.
Can you take a butane hair straightener on airplanes?
Some hair straighteners have a butane cartridge. The appeal here is that they are cordless, but the butane cartridge makes it a little more complicated when bringing your hair straightener on a plane.
According to TSA, butane hair straighteners are not allowed in checked luggage, but they are allowed in carry on luggage as long as there is a safety cover to prevent accidental activation since they are a fire hazard.
Here’s the exact quote from the TSA site:
A safety cover must be securely fitted over the heating element. The device must be protected from accidental activation.
For more information to portable electronic devices, see the FAA regulations.
Gas refills (spare cartridges) are not permitted.”
I’ve read that it’s acceptable to separate the cartridge from the flat iron, but TSA doesn’t mention this on their site. Be aware that the final decision is always with the TSA agent.
Will your hair straightener work when traveling internationally?
Voltage and plug style are two different things you need to be aware of when traveling to other countries. Before you pack your bags, I have a warning about traveling with your favorite hair styling appliance.
There might be electrical issues with using your hair straightener abroad. Different parts of the world use different voltages, which means your hair straightener might not be compatible.
For example, the US electrical system uses 110 voltage, while the European system is 220. Having a dual voltage hair straightener means you could switch the voltage between 110 or 220 depending on where you are in the world. Although many people say they still don’t work as well.
Another option, if you travel to the same region a lot, is to buy one there to use when traveling. So if you are from North America and you’re traveling to Europe, buy a hair straightener once you arrive and keep it for future trips.
Do you need a travel plug adapter? Or a voltage converter?
If you don’t have a dual voltage hair straightener, you would need a converter. A converter would switch the voltage in order to avoid frying your appliance, blowing a fuse in the building, or even risking a fire.
When you’re traveling abroad with any electrical device, you might need a plug adapter to make sure your plug fits into the wall socket.
For example, the US and Canada use the same plug style as Central American countries, but the plugs in Europe are different. Even within Europe, the UK uses a different plug style from most of the rest of the continent.
A plug adapter will not convert electricity, but these days, most things that don’t heat up convert on their own, so your laptop and phone charger should be fine with just an adapter.
Any appliance that heats up, like a hair straightener, might not function as well even if it’s dual voltage or when using a converter. Some even have warnings that you should use the lower setting when traveling abroad.
Hopefully this article answers all your questions about bring hair straighteners on a plane in carry on bags!
Read more about packing:
- What toiletries can you bring on a plane?
- Carry On Luggage Size Chart with 170+ Airlines Worldwide
- Best Carry-On Luggage
- What NOT to Pack in Your Carry On Bag
- Carry On Toiletries: Non-Liquid Options for Carry On Travel