If you’re packing for your next trip and you’ve decided to fly carry-on only, you might have a few questions about what is allowed in a carry on bag. Razors in carry on bags might seem like an obvious no since they can cut, but it’s not as straight forward as that. Keep reading to find out, can you take a razor on a plane?
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.
Can you bring a razor in a carry on?
Even though razors can be used to cut, you can bring a razor on a plane in your carry on. But only certain types of razors are allowed! Make sure you take the right kind of razor with you, otherwise security will confiscate it at the checkpoint.
Can you take disposable razors on a plane?
Yes, luckily you can take disposable razors on a plane in your carry on luggage. You should still make sure these are covered so you don’t accidentally cut yourself when reaching into your bag. Disposable razors are also allowed in checked luggage.
Can you take a straight razor on a plane?
This one is a big no. Straight razors are not allowed on a plane in your carry on. The same goes for box cutters, safety razors that still have the blades on them, and any kind of razor blade not in a cartridge.
If you want to travel with any of these types of razors, pack them in your checked luggage. Make sure the blades are properly sheathed so they can’t accidentally cut through your luggage and injure a baggage handler.
Can you bring an electric razor on a plane?
If you prefer electric razors, you’ll be happy to know that they are also allowed on a plane in your carry on or checked luggage. You might want to pack these with a little more care to make sure they don’t get broken, especially if you’re packing your electric razor in checked baggage.
TSA razor rules
So let’s make things clear. TSA has rules about taking a razor in carry on baggage that you need to know before you get to the airport. No one wants their stuff confiscated! So here’s a summary of the TSA razor rules:
Disposable razors: These are permitted in both carry on and checked luggage. Just make sure the blades themselves are covered so they don’t accidentally cut through something or injure a baggage handler.
Electric razors: Yes, these are allowed in your cabin baggage and your checked baggage. But if you’re traveling overseas, be sure to read the next section about traveling internationally with your electric razor.
Razor-type blades: This includes things like box cutters, safety razors, and razors that are not in a cartridge, and these types of razors/blades are not permitted in carry on bags. However, you are allowed to pack them in your checked luggage, but again, make sure they’re properly sheathed so there’s no possibility of the blade cutting through your luggage and hurting someone.
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Will my electric shaver work overseas?
Are you traveling internationally with your electric razor? If so, you need to be aware of the differences in voltage and plug style from one part of the world to another.
For example, if you live in North America and you’re traveling to Europe, at the very least you will need a plug adapter to be able to plug your electric razor into the wall. You’ll need a plug adapter for any electronic device, and they’re not expensive, so it’s worth picking up one or two before your trip.
The other issue is the voltage. These days, most electronic devices will automatically convert the voltage, so if you want to charge your phone from the US while traveling in Germany, it will work fine.
But other items, like electric shavers, hair dryers and hair straighteners, need a converter to work properly. If you plug in your electric shaver without using a converter, not only could it burn out your shaver, but it could also blow a fuse in the building or even start a fire.
Your best bet is to buy a dual voltage shaver for your trip if you’re going somewhere that uses different voltage. You’ll still need the plug adapter, but with a dual voltage electric razor, you won’t have to worry about electrical issues.
Can you bring shaving cream on a plane?
If you’re taking a razor in your carry on, you might be wondering about bringing shaving cream on a plane, too. Shaving cream is allowed, but it is considered a liquid, so you have to follow the standard rules about packing liquids to take it with you.
This means the container of shaving cream or shaving gel must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller and must fit inside your 1 quart clear zip top liquids bag if you plan on packing it in carry on. If you’re packing the shaving cream in checked luggage, it can be bigger, but I’d still recommend putting it in its own bag in case it leaks in transit due to changing air pressure.
I hope this answers all your questions about bringing a razor on a plane!
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