What NOT to Pack in Your Carry-On Bag: What is Not Allowed on a Plane (2023)
Are you confused about what is not allowed to carry on a plane? I get questions about what you can and can’t bring on a plane all the time, and I get it, it can be really confusing. So I’ve put together the most comprehensive list of what items are not allowed on a plane in hand luggage, and a few surprising things that are allowed.
This article will help you pack a better carry on bag so you don’t end up getting things confiscated at security. You’ll find answers to questions about what items are allowed and not allowed on an airplane, how much liquid can you take on a plane, and more.
What is not allowed on a plane in carry on bags
I’m a big advocate of traveling with only carry-on luggage. It means you have less stuff to lug around, you avoid having to pay baggage fees, and the airline can’t lose your luggage if it’s not checked.
But you should know what not to pack in your carry-on bag. If you were thinking of bringing any of these, you’ll either need to leave it at home, find an alternative, or deal with checking luggage.
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.
What is not allowed on a plane in carry on baggage: the short version
There’s no way to compile a list of every single thing that is not allowed in your carry on bag. Restrictions vary from country to country, and unfortunately some things are in a gray area and up to the whims of the security agents.
If have tons of info about what you can and cannot bring on a plane in carry on bags, including info about liquids rules, things you are allowed to have that you might not realize, and much more, after this quick list.
Here’s a short list of things that are not allowed on the plane in cabin bags:
- Liquids over 3.4 ounces (100ml) or liquids that do not fit in your one permitted liquids bag
- Sharp objects
- Flammable liquids or other flammable items
- Self defense items
- Safety razors or straight razors
- Toys that look like weapons
- Sporting equipment that could be used as a weapon, such as bats
- Tools over 7 inches long or tools that could be used as a weapon, such as saws or hammers
Keep reading for more details and answers to all your questions about carry on luggage rules.
How much liquid can you take on a plane?
The liquids restriction is pretty universal nowadays, though enforcement may vary. In case you need a refresher, this is the TSA liquids rule:
If you want to bring liquids on a plane in your carry on, all of your liquids must be in containers that are no bigger than 3.4 ounces or 100ml. Plus all containers must fit in a clear, one quart sized zip top plastic bag, and each passenger is only allowed to have one liquids bag.
You are not allowed to use a bigger bag for your liquids. Containers that are bigger than 3.4 ounces (100ml) are not allowed even if they aren’t full.
Read more about How Much Liquid Can You Bring on a Plane?
TSA is currently allowing containers of hand sanitizer that are up to 12 ounces. One bottle is allowed per passenger and will most likely be screened separately.
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Buy travel sized containers and fill them with shampoo, shower gel, and any other products you want to bring on your trip.
Buy things like toothpaste in travel sizes. Try these really small ones if your trip is short, or these bigger ones that come in just under the limit if your trip is a little longer.
Or try these solid toothpaste tabs so you don’t have to worry about the liquids issue.
There are special rules for medications, but these vary by country. Check with the country you will be flying out of for their rules, but in most cases you will need to let the screening agents know that you have liquid medication in addition to one quart bag you are allowed.
Take note of these items passengers often forget about which are considered liquids: peanut butter, mascara, snow globes, aerosols.
>>Check it out: Can you bring makeup on a plane and can you bring a hair straightener on a plane, as well as a hair dryer and curling iron
What toiletries can you take on a plane?
You can take toiletries or other liquids that are in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml), and they must all fit in a one quart (one liter) clear zip top bag.
This includes liquids, gels, and aerosols. If you must pack more toiletries than these allowances, you will have to pack them in checked luggage.
Read more about what toiletries you can take on a plane.
My favorite solid toiletries for travel
Solid toiletries are great for travel since they won’t count against your liquids limit. here are what I consider the best solid toiletries for travel. They’ll save you space in your quart sized liquids bag, and they work just as well – or sometimes better! – than their liquid counterparts.
- Ethique Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo Bar: Wonderful solid shampoo that comes in lots of different variations for different hair types. I use this and the conditioner bar (next) at home as well as when I travel because I love them so much.
- Solid Conditioner Bar: I love this conditioner bar more than any liquid conditioner I’ve ever used.
- Hello toothpaste tabs: These are solid toothpaste tabs that come in an environmentally friendly tin and are made with natural peppermint.
- Neutrogena solid sunscreen: A great alternative to liquid sunscreen, and I’ve been using it for years.
- Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Balm Stick: This solid bug repellent is a life saver, so much better than the horrible smell of the spray variety.
- Travelon Laundry Soap Sheets: A friend bought me these non-liquid laundry detergent sheets years ago, and I’ve been traveling with them ever since.
You can also read my full post about solid toiletries for travel.
Can you bring shampoo on a plane?
Yes, shampoo is allowed on a plane in both carry on baggage and checked baggage. The difference for your carry on bag is that your shampoo must comply with the TSA carry on restrictions for liquids.
This means your bottle of shampoo must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller, and it must fit in your liquids bag.
A great way to avoid the problem of too many liquids is to replace your normal liquid shampoo with solid shampoo. I switched years ago, and now I love my solid shampoo and solid conditioner so much, I use them even when I’m not traveling.
What’s the deal with the TSA powder rule?
As if the liquids rule wasn’t enough of a hassle, now we have to wrap our heads around this new TSA powder rule. The first thing to know is that powdered substances are still allowed in both carry on baggage and checked baggage.
The TSA powder rule states: “Powder-like substances greater than 12 oz. / 350 mL must be placed in a separate bin for X-ray screening. They may require additional screening and containers may need to be opened.”
If you have powders in quantities larger than 12 ounces (350 ml) you are encouraged to pack them in your checked luggage. TSA isn’t requiring you to pack them in you checked bag, only encouraging it. So that’s your call.
My experience with the TSA powder rule
I once flew with store bought salt and pepper shakers, clearly smaller than 12 ounces, and the security screener still pulled my bag aside. He took out the salt and pepper shakers, and tested the salt and pepper for whatever it is they look for with those tests.
It was all fine, and I was allowed to take my salt and pepper with me. But it’s worth knowing they could inspect your powders more closely even if they’re smaller than 12 ounces.
Also, I’ve seen quite a few airline websites that state that powders larger than 12 ounces (350 ml) are NOT permitted in carry on bags. This contradicts what is stated on the TSA website.
I tend to go by TSA rules since they are the security authority and they are the ones inspecting my bags, and there really isn’t a point at which the airline would even know if I had large amounts of powder. But this is a judgement call you’ll have to make.
Can you bring sharp objects on a plane?
This one should be self-explanatory, but sharp objects are prohibited in carry-on luggage because they could be used as a weapon. If you simply must bring a knife, box cutter, or sword on your trip, it must be packed in your checked luggage.
Scissors in cabin bags
Scissors that are less than 4 inches long, like nail scissors, are generally allowed by TSA. But since the final decision rests with the agent, just be aware that they could confiscate it.
Rules in other countries can be different from those in the US, so check it out before you fly from somewhere else. I’ve had my nail scissors confiscated in other countries, so it does happen.
For example, many countries state that scissors are only permitted if they are shorter than 6 centimeters from the pivot point. That’s only 2.36 inches, which is shorter than what TSA allows in the US.
What about knives in hand luggage?
Knives are not allowed in cabin bags, although TSA does say that plastic or round-bladed butter knives are permitted in carry-on baggage. But metal knives, pocket knives, and Swiss army knives are not allowed.
If you want to bring one of these, pack it safely in your checked baggage. It should have a sheath on it so that it can’t accidentally cut through your bag and injure a baggage handler or baggage screener.
Can you bring glass on a plane?
I get a lot of questions about bringing glass on a plane in carry on luggage, and I can see the concern. Glass can be rather sharp and potentially dangerous when it’s broken.
However, according to the TSA website, you can take glass on a plane in hand luggage.
They specifically mention that glass picture frames and glass vases are permitted in both carry on and checked baggage. So as long as the glass item fits in your bag, and your bag fits within the size and weight restrictions for your airline, you’re good to go.
Always wrap glass and other fragile items to prevent them from breaking during the journey. Whenever possible, pack glass items in your carry on bag since checked baggage can get banged around quite a lot.
Can you take knitting needles on a plane?
For those of you who like to knit, especially as a way to pass the time, the answer is yes, you can bring knitting needles on a plane in your carry on bag. TSA also allows crochet hooks in your hand baggage.
I’ve read that plastic or wooden knitting needles are preferred over metal ones, and circular knitting needles are preferred over straight ones, however the TSA website doesn’t mention this.
As always, the TSA agent on duty has the final say, and other countries may have different rules.
Can you bring a razor on a plane?
Taking razors on an airplane can be a little confusing. Straight razors and blades for safety razors are not allowed in your carry-on luggage.
However, you can take a razor through security if it’s a disposable razor. That means the actual blade is attached to a handle, like the kind most of us use to shave. Electric razors are also allowed in your carry-on.
Read more about taking a razor on a plane.
Baseball bats, ski poles, pool cues, bows and arrows, hockey sticks, golf clubs, and pretty much any other sporting equipment containing the words stick, pole, bat or club cannot be brought on the plane as carry-on. That’s because they could be used as a weapon.
If playing sports will be part of your travels, consider renting equipment at your destination.
For those of you who are quite attached to using your own sports equipment, you’ll probably need to check it.
Roller skates and roller blades are allowed in carry on baggage. Oddly enough, the TSA website states that it’s ok to bring ice skates in your carry-on. I’m not sure I want to test this one though.
Guns on planes
Obviously a gun is a weapon, and they don’t want you bringing it on an airplane in your carry-on bag. Most guns are permitted in checked luggage as long as they are empty, and they must be in a locked, hard-sided container.
Check with your airline about other restrictions and/or fees they might have. Some items, such as flares and gun powder, are not even permitted in checked luggage.
Before you travel, research the gun laws in the state or country you’re going to. Different states throughout the US have different laws, and many other countries heavily restrict or prohibit personal gun use and ownership.
Anything else that is considered to be a weapon is not allowed on a plane in carry on luggage.
Can you take self-defense items on a plane?
Self-defense items, like pepper spray or mace, are not allowed in carry-on luggage. These could be considered a weapon by TSA, so leave them at home.
If you really want to bring it along for your trip, the TSA website says you are allowed to have one 4 ounce container of mace or pepper spray in your checked luggage “provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge.”
But always check with your airline since they might have stricter regulations on this.
Are tools allowed on a plane in carry on bags?
Most, but not all, tools are prohibited in carry-on luggage. If you’re planning on bringing your tools with you, you will most likely need to put them in checked luggage.
You might not think of a hammer or drill bits as weapons, but TSA’s opinion differs.
Tools that are 7 inches or less in length are permitted, but not sharp tools. I think you’ll find that most tools are unfortunately longer than 7 inches, sharp, or something that could be considered useful as a weapon.
It’s best to pack tools in checked baggage or simply leave them at home.
What about bringing flammable items on a plane?
I think we can all agree that starting a fire on the airplane is not a good idea.
Please leave all flammable chemicals and items at home. If you feel you must have fireworks, bleach, chlorine, or paint thinner on your vacation, buy them when you arrive.
These and other flammable and explosive items are things you can’t take on a plane in either carry on or checked baggage.
Camping gear used for fires and cooking, such as a camping stove, is considered flammable as well.
TSA does say camp stoves “are allowed in carry-on or checked bags only if they are empty of all fuel and cleaned so that no fuel vapors or residue remain.”
Remember that their standards for “cleaned” might be stricter than yours, so if they detect even the tiniest amount, your camp stove could be confiscated.
Check with TSA and the airline for rules and restrictions. If possible, get the equipment you need once you arrive to avoid the hassle.
Are lighters or matches allowed on airplanes?
You can bring a lighter on a plane in your carry-on, though usually only one is allowed. Lighters can only be checked if they have no fuel in them, but they have to be seriously 100% empty, AND in a DOT approved case.
TSA does allow one book of safety matches in your carry-on, but matches are another one of the prohibited items in checked baggage.
Read more about taking matches and lighters on a plane including certain types of lighters that are not permitted.
Can you bring e-cigarettes or vaping devices on a plane?
Yes, you can take e-cigarettes or a vape on a plane. In fact, TSA requires you to pack your e-cigarette/vaping device in carry-on, not checked luggage.
The liquid you need for it must also fit within the liquid allowances. Read more about bringing a vape on a plane.
And of course remember that you are not allowed to smoke cigarettes or use a vaping device at all while on an airplane.
Bringing meat, fruit, vegetables, and other agricultural products in carry on bags
When traveling internationally, most countries prohibit you from bringing in meats, fruit, vegetables, plants, and other agricultural products.
If you want to bring an apple as a snack, just make sure you eat it on the plane. Otherwise it will be confiscated on arrival, and you could find yourself facing an angry border agent.
Certain countries, like Australia and New Zealand, are even more strict and won’t allow things like wooden souvenirs you may have picked up somewhere else.
What can you carry on a plane but maybe shouldn’t?
These are some items that are allowed on an airplane in carry on luggage, but out of respect for other passengers, you probably shouldn’t pack these in your carry-on. Or simply refrain from using some of these items while in flight.
I know airline food is notoriously bad, or often not even offered, so it makes sense to bring your own occasionally. But please be respectful of your neighbors and leave the fish and other stinky food at home.
But in general, can you bring food on a plane? Yes, normally it is allowed, but some airlines might be more strict than others.
Also remember that any food that can be considered a liquid is not allowed if it is more than 3.4 ounces (100ml). So leave your peanut butter at home, it counts as a liquid.
Can you bring nail polish on a plane?
Ok, bring the nail polish (in your liquids bag) if you want, it is allowed in your carry on bag.
But please don’t paint your nails in flight. This falls under the disrespectful smell category. Plus can you just imagine what happens if you hit unexpected turbulence while painting your nails? Yikes!
>>Learn more about traveling with makeup in your carry on.
Perfume on a plane
We’re all glad you care about how you smell, but perfume can be unpleasant and bothersome to many people. Some are even allergic.
So even though perfume and cologne are allowed in carry-on baggage, as long as they comply with the liquids rules, please wait until you reach your destination to spray on the perfume. That way your seatmates can breathe easy during the flight.
Guidebooks can be really helpful, but chances are you don’t need to bring that heavy book with you on the trip. Either rip out the pages you think you’ll need, photocopy them, or take pictures with your phone of the pages you need.
Better yet, buy digital copies for your Kindle or other e-reader.
FAQs about carry on luggage rules
Some topics about what is not allowed on a plane in carry on luggage are quite detailed. Here are some frequently asked questions about which items are allowed on a plane, including links to full articles I’ve written with more details to help you avoid problems at the airport.
How much liquid can you bring on a plane?
In general, you can take one clear quart sized (liter sized) zip top bag as your liquids bag. Each container in that bag must be 3.4 ounces or smaller.
What counts as liquid on a plane? What other rules are there about flying with liquids? Learn more here: How Much Liquid Can You Bring on a Plane?
Can you bring food on a plane?
Understandably, many people want to bring snacks or even a full meal on the plane with them. Learn which kinds of foods are allowed and which ones aren’t. Read more here: Can you bring food on a plane?
Can you take alcohol on a plane?
There are rules about flying with alcohol in both carry on and checked baggage, so make sure you know what’s allowed. No one wants an expensive bottle of wine confiscated!
Plus you’ll find tips for packing these bottles to minimize the risk of breakage. Learn more here: Can you bring alcohol on a plane?
Can you take makeup on a plane?
Some makeup is liquid, some isn’t. Then there’s that weird new powder rule to figure out.
Read my tips for taking make up on a plane here: Can you bring makeup on a plane?
Can you bring disinfectant wipes on a plane?
Understandably there is some confusion about whether wipes count as liquids and whether or not you can take them on a plane in your carry on. Disinfectant wipes, makeup wipes, any kind of wipes you’re thinking of, it’s all in here.
Plus I’ve included some important tips to help you rid your airplane seat from germs. Learn all about it here: Can you take disinfectant wipes on a plane? Plus how to disinfect your airplane seat!
Can you take hand sanitizer on a plane?
The world is a dirty place, and you might not always have access to soap and water to wash your hands. Learn the rules about flying with hand sanitizer and how much is allowed: Can you bring hand sanitizer on a plane?
Can you take aerosols on a plane?
Aerosols are considered liquid, but there’s a little more to it than that, especially if you’re putting them in checked luggage. Learn the rules for bringing aerosols on a plane in this post: Can you take aerosols on a plane?
Can you bring hairspray on a plane in carry on bags?
What about bringing hairspray on a plane in checked bags? Is hairspray considered a liquid?
Find answers here about flying with hairspray: Can you bring hairspray on a plane?
Can you bring deodorant on a plane?
Is deodorant a liquid? Can you pack it in your carry on bag? Get all the answers to your questions about flying with deodorant: Can you take deodorant on a plane?
Can you bring sports equipment on a plane?
If you like to do sports when you travel, you might want to bring your own equipment. But some items are not allowed in carry on luggage, so read up on the rules and tips before your flight: Can You Pack Sports Equipment in Your Carry-On?
Can you take batteries on a plane?
With so many different types of batteries, it’s no wonder there are lots of different rules about bringing them on a plane. Learn which ones are allowed and the differences between packing batteries in hand luggage and checked baggage: Can you take batteries and power banks on a plane?
Can you bring a drone on a plane?
Lots of people like to travel with their drones these days.
Each airline has slightly different rules about flying with a drone, so it’s important to know what your airline says. Read more about taking a drone on a plane, including rules from popular airlines and other FAQs about traveling with a drone.
Can you take a mobility scooter or wheelchair on a plane?
If you have a physical disability and require a mobility device, you might have some questions about traveling with your device. Check out these expert tips for flying with a mobility scooter or wheelchair: Can You Bring a Mobility Scooter on a Plane? Plus Flying With a Wheelchair
Can you bring a lighter on a plane?
Lighters and matches can start fires, so obviously there are restrictions about bringing them on a plane. Surprisingly it’s not a flat out no, make sure you know the rules ahead of time: Can you bring matches or a lighter on a plane?
Can you take your vape on a plane?
Vaping has gotten more popular in recent years, so if you use one, it’s important to pack it properly to avoid getting it confiscated: Can you take a vape on a plane?
Should you pack a hair dryer?
I understand the temptation, but should you even bring your hair dryer on your trip? Read this post before your trip to decide if you really need to pack that hair dryer: Should You Pack a Hair Dryer?
Can you bring a hair straightener/hair dryer/curling iron on a plane?
If you’ve decided to bring your hair dryer, hair straightener, or curling iron on your trip, you need to know the rules about packing them and tips for how to pack them. And if you use a cordless hair appliance, you’ll definitely want to read this: Can you take hair straighteners in hand luggage? Plus hair dryers and curling irons.
Can you take a razor on a plane?
Razors can be tricky since they’re sharp, but certain types are allowed in carry on luggage. Read the rules here to avoid packing the wrong kind: Can you bring a razor on a plane?
Can you bring toothpaste on a plane?
Toothpaste stumps a lot of people when packing for a trip. Is toothpaste a liquid? Can you pack it in your carry on? Get the answers to your toothpaste travel questions in this post: Can you bring toothpaste on a plane?
How many ounces can you take on a plane?
To answer the question, how many oz can you fly with, you have to understand that each container of liquid, cream, gel, or aerosol must be 3.4 oz (100ml) or smaller, and each container must fit into a clear 1 quart (1 liter) zip top bag for the airport.
You’re only allowed one liquids bag per passenger, so whatever you can fit in that bag is as much as you can take on the plane in hand luggage.
Can I bring lotion on a plane?
Yes, you sure can. Lotion is allowed on a plane in either carry on or checked luggage, but if you’re packing it in your carry on bag, make sure it complies with the TSA rules for liquids.
How many carry on bags are allowed?
The number of carry on bags allowed for each passenger is controlled by each airline individually. Most allow one carry on item that goes in the overhead bin and one personal item that must fit underneath the seat in front of you.
However, not all airlines are the same. Some strictly permit only one bag. Others, especially some low cost airlines, allow one personal item and make you pay to add a carry on item.
Check out our comprehensive carry on luggage size chart for size and weight restrictions by airline, including how many items each airline allows.
This list of what not to pack in your carry-on bag is not all inclusive. Regulations change often, so please check the TSA (or other countries) and the airline websites before you fly so you know what you can’t bring on a plane.
Despite the long list above, it’s still pretty easy to travel carry-on only. Be realistic about what you need to take on your vacation, buy restricted items you need once you arrive, and enjoy your trip!
Read more about packing:
- Carry-On Luggage Size Chart
- What to Pack in Your Carry-On Bag
- How to Pick the Best Carry-On Luggage
- What to Pack for a Day Trip
- Packing Light With Liquids
- Or check out all of our luggage and packing tips posts here
March 12, 2020 @ 12:26 pm
I was wondering if I can take a Tens machine in my carry on. & use it in flight?
1st time flyer & the machine helps with my arthritis When I’m sitting too long to prevent muscles from tension.
March 13, 2020 @ 6:48 pm
Hi Amanda! Yes, you can take it with you, and you can read more about what TSA says here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/tens-unit. I don’t really know enough about the tens machine to know if you’re allowed to use it in flight, but the airline should be able to give you an answer on that.
March 10, 2020 @ 6:28 pm
Can I bring a pair of shoes on the plane in a carry on bag?
March 10, 2020 @ 8:29 pm
Hi Charlena, you sure can.
March 9, 2020 @ 1:03 pm
oh sorry and 30ml liquid hand sanitizer in my carry one?
March 9, 2020 @ 3:41 pm
As long as your hand sanitizer fits in your liquids bag, a 30ml bottle is fine to take on the plane. And tissues are always allowed, I don’t leave home without them!
March 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
can i take face cream of 30ml and tissues in my carry on to use on the plane?
March 9, 2020 @ 12:53 pm
good day, can i wear mask over my mouth on the plane, for fear of picking up the coronavirus,
March 9, 2020 @ 12:55 pm
You can…but experts have said it’s not really that effective. If it makes you feel less stressed out, go for it. The most important thing is to wash your hands thoroughly and often. I have some tips here about using disinfectant wipes to clean your airplane seat area that might be helpful for you.
March 7, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
I see you can bring lysol wipes in your carry on. My question is, am i able to put some lysol wipes in a baggie and put it in my purse so i can wipe things down where i’m going to sit.
March 9, 2020 @ 12:23 am
Hi Darla! Yes, wipes are allowed in your carry on bag or personal item. I’ve actually gotten this question a lot recently (for good reasons!) so I just wrote a whole post about taking wipes on a plane and tips for disinfecting your airplane seat. I hope it helps!
March 6, 2020 @ 7:32 pm
Can I pack a regular size can of root color or hair spray in my regular luggage? What size is allowed to pack?
March 9, 2020 @ 12:21 am
Hi AJ! There’s no limit on the amount of liquids you can pack in your checked luggage, other than a few limitations on aerosols which you can read about here.
March 5, 2020 @ 6:50 pm
Can you bring Lysol Disinfected wipes in a container in a carry on
March 5, 2020 @ 9:13 pm
Hi Debbie, yes wipes are allowed in your carry on bag, and TSA does not consider them to be liquids, so they don’t have to go in your liquids bag.
March 5, 2020 @ 12:38 pm
Dear Ali, I wonder if a undercoat deshedding tool (for pets – FURminator deShedding-Tool Katze) could be taken on my carry on? Thank you a lot for your advice. Best
March 5, 2020 @ 5:47 pm
Hi Paula! I’m not familiar with this, so I looked it up, and I can’t quite tell if it’s sharp or not. My worry is that if it’s sharp, TSA might confiscate it. But if it’s a comb type thing, I think it would be fine in your carry on bag. I can’t make any guarantees, but you could try asking TSA through their Twitter or FB profile, supposedly they’re pretty responsive.
March 6, 2020 @ 2:47 pm
Thanks a lot 🙂
March 4, 2020 @ 1:33 pm
Can I bring sneaker on the plane cuz I just brought them and I want them in good shape. Also what about a gaming console and controllers are they allow on the airplane as well ??
March 5, 2020 @ 5:45 pm
Hello, of course your sneakers are allowed in your carry on bag. Your gaming console and controllers are allowed too, I’d pack them in your carry on so they don’t get damaged. Security sometimes gets picky and wants all kinds of electronics taken out for screening, so be aware that you might have to take them out of your bag like you do with your laptop and liquids bag, but there’s no rule against having them with you.
March 2, 2020 @ 6:06 am
can a guitar be taken on the plane as a carry on?
March 2, 2020 @ 12:36 pm
Hi Hayley, that depends on the airline’s rules. A guitar is quite large and will usually be larger than the luggage size allowance for carry on, but each airline has its own rules about musical instruments, so I recommend you check their site.
February 28, 2020 @ 11:13 pm
Where can I get the teal backpack that is on top of the grey hardback bag in the picture? I don’t see it in your carry on post. Thanks!
February 28, 2020 @ 11:30 pm
Hi Marcie! I believe it’s this bag here, although I don’t see that color anymore unfortunately.
February 27, 2020 @ 10:08 pm
We have a trip planned to the UK, Ireland and Scotland in June. From what I’ve read, it will be permitted to carry our toiletries and make up in our carry on bags as long as the liquid items are in a CLEAR ONE QUART, ZIP LOCK TOP BAG, correct?
QUESTION: So, you’re allowed as many containers of liquids in your zip lock bag you can fit in as long as the containers are not over over 3.4 oz, correct?
Any item that can keep it’s shape outside of it’s container is considered a solid, correct? Like a tube of lipstick, stick deodorant, stick foundation?
February 28, 2020 @ 11:38 pm
Hi Linda! Any liquids, gels, creams, or aerosols that you pack in your carry on bag must be in containers no bigger than 3.4 ounces, all containers must fit into a 1 quart clear zip top bag, and each passenger is allowed to have one liquids bag. If you have containers that are smaller than 3.4 ounces, you should be able to fit a bunch in there, so as many as you can fit and still completely close the bag is fine. Just don’t pack it so tight that the bag bursts. The items you listed – tube of lipstick, stick deodorant, stick foundation – all sound like solids to me. Makeup like liquid foundation, mascara, etc. should go in your liquids bag. Read about traveling with makeup here and solid toiletry alternatives here. And remember you can buy just about anything you need while you’re there if you can’t pack enough toiletries for your trip. Have a great trip!
February 24, 2020 @ 6:23 am
good morning, my daughter wants to take a gift with to the Netherlands, can she take some African beads with or a small wooden sculpture?
February 28, 2020 @ 1:38 pm
Hi Hayley! As long as the stuff she’s taking isn’t on a banned list by the Netherlands (like many places ban ivory) it should be fine. I don’t know the rules about wooden objects being brought into the Netherlands. Australia and New Zealand typically don’t allow wood but I think European countries are less strict. You should check the customs and agricultural rules for the Netherlands if you’re worried.
February 22, 2020 @ 9:41 am
May I know if I can bring the x-ray compact disc on my carry on bag?
Or better leave on checked luggage?
Thanks and wait your kind reply.
February 23, 2020 @ 8:12 pm
Hi Rafa! I’m not exactly sure what you’re talking about. Do you mean a compact disc that has x-rays on it? Like computer files that are x-rays? That sounds like something you wouldn’t want getting lost, so I recommend keeping it in your carry on luggage.
Thomas T Pieper
February 18, 2020 @ 10:07 pm
What about meds in pharmacy bottles??
February 22, 2020 @ 11:03 pm
Hi Thomas! That is fine in your carry on bag. ALWAYS pack your prescription medication in your carry on. If you pack it in checked baggage and the airline loses your luggage, it could be a big problem for you medically. Remember TSA is looking for things that could be a security risk, and your pills aren’t sharp or explosive or anything like that.
February 17, 2020 @ 6:57 am
good morning, can I take sanitary towels in my carry on? and I am using a leather backpack is that allowed as a carry on?
February 17, 2020 @ 3:14 pm
Hi Hayley! Yes, sanitary items are allowed in your carry on bag, and your bag can be leather.
February 11, 2020 @ 2:38 am
Can an emotional support dog ride in the cabin with the owner, also can bottled water be taken in a carry on bag?
February 17, 2020 @ 12:32 am
Hi Jan! The rules about emotional support dogs vary by country and airline, so I can’t give you an easy answer on this. I suggest contacting your airline to find out about it, and check out my friend Gigi’s blog here. She travels with an emotional support dog and has lots of info from her own experiences. As for the water bottle, you can pack an EMPTY bottle, but not one with any liquid in it because it won’t get through security. But then you can fill up your empty bottle after clearing security.
February 10, 2020 @ 1:02 am
Can I carry a can of chew on plane
February 17, 2020 @ 12:25 am
Hi Billy! Yes, just please don’t use it in-flight.
January 30, 2020 @ 5:24 am
Can you bring an electronic toothbrush on a plane?
January 30, 2020 @ 12:54 pm
Hi Samantha! Yes, you can bring your electric toothbrush in your carry on or in checked luggage.
January 24, 2020 @ 12:00 am
I take lovenox injections. Will my pre filled (completely sealed) syringes be allowed?
January 27, 2020 @ 3:02 pm
Hi Joan! Medical items, including syringes, are allowed in your carry on bag, but you have to let the security screener know that you have that kind of thing before your stuff goes through the xray. Here’s what TSA says about traveling with unused syringes: “Unused syringes are allowed when accompanied by injectable medication. You must declare these items to security officers at the checkpoint for inspection. We recommend, but do not require, that your medications be labeled to facilitate the security process.” And I recommend reading TSA’s info about traveling with medical supplies here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures
January 20, 2020 @ 5:37 pm
Can a suit bag be used as a carry on?
January 22, 2020 @ 3:13 pm
Hi Carolyn! Yes, most airlines allow a suit bag instead of a carry on suitcase/backpack. It’s worth checking the airline’s carry on info since some actually list measurements for how big a suit bag can be.
January 12, 2020 @ 4:49 pm
Very good information , but I did not see anything about medication. I have may have over looked it, if so I apologize.
January 13, 2020 @ 12:01 pm
Thanks Patrick! I’m actually working on a separate post all about traveling with medication, but it’s giant so it’s taking me awhile to get through. The short version though: Always pack your medicine in your carry on bag. You never know when your checked luggage might get delayed or even lost, so I always pack all of my medicine in my carry on. Standard medicine like pills can be transport in their original packaging or if you want to use one of those daily pill cases or something else, that’s fine, especially for flights within the US. If you’re flying internationally, you should keep it in the original packaging whenever possible. If your medicine is liquid, it does NOT have to comply with the carry on liquids rules, but you need to tell the security screener you have liquid medicine before your stuff goes through the xray. Check out TSA’s info about special procedures for traveling medication here.
January 8, 2020 @ 6:32 pm
Can I take a set of glass dishes in my carryon
January 13, 2020 @ 11:36 am
Hi Bree! That should be fine as long as they fit within your airline’s rules for carry on weight. And make sure you wrap them in something to prevent them from breaking.
January 6, 2020 @ 4:07 pm
I’m planning on bringing pop tarts and sticks to our hotel.
I was wondering if i packed them in my carryon but don’t plan on eating them on the plane is that acceptable?
Also i wear a magnetic belt on my back while doing a lot of walking. Is this acceptable to put in my carryon.
January 13, 2020 @ 11:27 am
Hi Brenda! Pop tarts should be fine in your carry on. Most food is allowed as long as it isn’t liquid, and even liquid food is fine if it fits within the liquids rules. You can read more about taking food on a plane here.
The belt is fine in your carry on too. If you happen to be wearing it when you’re at the airport, you will probably have to take it off before going through the scanner.
January 5, 2020 @ 10:50 pm
I have a hand-painted cow skull, (gift from relative). I am flying from Texas to California, can i pack it in my carry-on?
January 13, 2020 @ 10:58 am
Hi Tracy! When I look up “bones” on the TSA website, it says artificial bones are allowed. I can’t find anything about real bones though. But I can’t think of any reason why your painted skull would be denied, as long as there aren’t any sharp points on it. I can’t be 100% sure though, so you might want to ask TSA directly through their Twitter of Facebook profile.
January 5, 2020 @ 2:22 pm
could i take euro profile replacement lock barrels in hand luggage
January 13, 2020 @ 10:55 am
I’m not 100% sure what that is, but it’s a lock for a door or window or something, right? I don’t see any reason why security would have a problem with that, unless it’s so heavy that they worry you could use it as a weapon. I can’t make any guarantees, but I think it would be fine.
December 27, 2019 @ 8:13 am
I am 53 and have not flown since I was 16, am needing to fly for sons Marine graduation and have several misc medications, all capsules/tablets, 2/3 day trip~
These are in a large daily dispenser, do I need them in bottles?
HOW do I pack them?
Thanks so much!
December 28, 2019 @ 11:17 am
Hi Darci! If you’re just flying domestically within the US, you should be fine to keep them in your daily pill box if that’s what you prefer. TSA doesn’t actually care much, if at all, about medication in pill form. Since they are looking for dangerous items and items that could be used as a weapon, your pills don’t really concern them. If you’re flying internationally, it’s best to keep them in the original package, but it doesn’t sound like that’s what you’re doing. I’d recommend taking what you need for the length of the trip, plus a few extra days just in case there’s a delay for some reason. Packing them in your daily pill container is fine. And definitely pack all medications in your carry on bag so they’re always with you.
December 27, 2019 @ 12:11 am
You list says knitting needles are okay. What about loom knitting, specifically, the loom hook tool?
December 28, 2019 @ 11:13 am
Hi Gail! I don’t know enough about the specific types of needles and hooks, so this might be a judgement call for you. Is the tool you’re talking about sharp? If it’s sharp, I wouldn’t take the chance because TSA is likely to confiscate it. If it’s not sharp and it’s similar to a knitting needle, TSA probably won’t have a problem with it, though I can’t make guarantees. You can also take a picture of it and ask TSA through their Facebook or Twitter.
December 25, 2019 @ 2:07 am
I just bought my husband a titanium money clip for Christmas can he bring it through security or should I check it in the bag? Thank you so much!
December 28, 2019 @ 11:11 am
Hi Maureen! That should be fine in your checked luggage, or if he’s using it, he just needs to take it out of his pocket to go through security. But since it’s holding money, make sure he puts it in his bag, not just thrown into the bin, that way no one can steal it when he isn’t looking.
January 25, 2020 @ 6:13 pm
Hi my daughter is flying from South Africa to Netherlands can she take her Cell phone and tablet and laptop in her carry on? She also wants to take a recording mic in her carry on
January 27, 2020 @ 3:20 pm
Hi Hayley! Yes, she should definitely keep all of her electronics in her carry on bag.
December 19, 2019 @ 7:55 am
Hello dear pubber, I have a car washing pipe and its tap. Can I take it into the Hand carry?
Positive answer will be appreciated.
December 23, 2019 @ 1:13 pm
I’m not quite sure what that is, but when I google it, I see pictures of a hose and spray nozzle for washing a car. If that’s what you’re talking about, I can’t think of any issues, but I can’t make any guarantees. If it’s actually a pipe, like a hard metal pipe, I would lean towards no for that, simply because I’d be afraid that security would consider it something that could be used as a weapon.
December 17, 2019 @ 6:28 pm
Can you take a middle size glass candle like Yankees candle wraps with tissue and bubbles wrape around it… on your carry
December 18, 2019 @ 11:36 am
Hi Vivian! Yes, you can take that in your carry on. Glass is allowed and normal candles are allowed (although for future reference, gel candles are NOT allowed) so you’re fine. And wrapping it sounds great, you don’t want it to break in transit!
December 17, 2019 @ 12:00 am
I have a glass repair kit because the lenses fall out of my glasses. Can I bring that?
December 17, 2019 @ 10:22 am
Hi Linda! That should be fine. The only thing I can think of in an eyeglasses repair kit that could possibly be of concern is the little screw driver, but TSA says screw drivers shorter than 7 inches are allowed in carry on luggage.
December 16, 2019 @ 10:43 pm
I am flying to pick up a car I just bought. Can I bring a garage door opener in my carry on?
December 17, 2019 @ 10:19 am
Hi Christian! Yes, a garage door opener is fine to bring in your carry on bag.
December 16, 2019 @ 9:57 pm
I have a square wooden box with creamation ashes in them I need to take it to my destination How do you want it to be as a carryon or it needs to be packed in my luggage
December 17, 2019 @ 10:18 am
Hi Sandra, you should check with your airline. Most airlines have special procedures regarding cremated ashes, and most do not allow you to pack them in checked bags, only carry on. But the airline will have more information about anything special you might need to do.
December 14, 2019 @ 9:37 pm
I have a JBL portable speaker small but it has a clip, can I take that?
December 16, 2019 @ 12:11 pm
I can’t think of any reason why security would have a problem with that. Electronics are allowed, and the clip isn’t sharp, so you should be fine.
December 9, 2019 @ 2:35 pm
I wear a gold necklace which I never take off, am I going to have a problem going through the body check machines. And what about watches too. I am going from Europe to Australia via Singapore. Thank you for your response.
December 9, 2019 @ 2:58 pm
It really depends. Certain metals aren’t a problem, but some are. I have small hoop earrings I never take out and I never take off my wedding and engagement rings, and they’ve never been a problem. I think the best you can do is ask the security agent before you go through the scanner. If they do tell you to take off your necklace and/or watch, put them in your carry on bag, not loose in the bin.
December 6, 2019 @ 9:40 pm
Can I bring homemade jerky in my carry on
December 9, 2019 @ 2:34 pm
Hi Kelly! Sure, I don’t see a problem with that. I think the only issue would be if you’re flying internationally, some countries have strict customs rules about what kinds of food you can bring in. You can read more about taking food on a plane here.
December 5, 2019 @ 11:42 pm
Can I bring wrapped gifts in my luggage?
December 9, 2019 @ 2:33 pm
Hi Lorraine! TSA recommends that you don’t wrap gifts before going through security because they might need to unwrap them. I don’t know why an xray can’t see through wrapping paper, but I’ve heard too many stories of people’s gifts being unwrapped, so your best option is to wrap them once you arrive at your destination. It’s annoying, but you could cut out the amount you’ll need, fold it up and bring it with you.
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December 3, 2019 @ 6:01 am
Can I carry homemade sweets like LADDU, CHAKLI ,CHIVDA , GHIEE & INDIAN MASALA POWDER ?
December 3, 2019 @ 12:06 pm
Hi, I don’t know what all of those things are, but if any of them would be considered liquids, creams, or gels, they must comply with the liquids rules. So each container must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller, and all containers must fit in a 1 quart (1 liter) clear zip top bag, and you’re only allowed one liquids bag per person. Someone else asked about ghee recently, and I feel like that’s debatable whether the security officer will consider it liquid or not. You can read more about taking food on a plane here. Also, the US and a few other places have recently put into place rules about powders. TSA says: “Powder-like substances greater than 12 oz. / 350 mL must be placed in a separate bin for X-ray screening. They may require additional screening and containers may need to be opened.” I hope this helps!
November 19, 2019 @ 3:02 am
Hey! I recently purchased a baggage scale, the one with the metal hook to pick up the bag. Am I allowed to bring that in my hand luggage?
November 19, 2019 @ 4:49 pm
Yes, you can pack your luggage scale in your hand luggage.
November 18, 2019 @ 1:46 am
I will be traveling from China on emirates and wanted to find out if I can place three submersible metal water pumps in my checked baggage without issues
November 19, 2019 @ 4:48 pm
Hi Steven! I don’t have any experience with things like water pumps, but I can’t think of a reason why they wouldn’t be allowed, especially in checked luggage. There’s always a chance security might want to open your bag to look at them more closely, so I can’t make any guarantees.
February 19, 2020 @ 3:04 pm
HI, I am shortly travelling from Cardiff to Melbourne via Doha. Would I be allowed to take a gel seat cushion as part of my hand luggage.
February 22, 2020 @ 11:05 pm
Hi Julia! I’m not sure I can give you a concrete answer on that one. I worry that the gel in the cushion would be considered a liquid (the rule is liquids, gels, aerosols, and creams) and security might confiscate it. If it’s something you need for medical reasons, you could try getting a letter from your doctor. And you can try contacting the TSA equivalent in each country where you’ll go through security and see if they can give you an answer. But as an alternative, could you bring a foam pillow or an inflatable one instead? Sorry I can’t tell you for sure on this one!
November 15, 2019 @ 2:18 pm
I just wanna say thank u so much for ur advice and that was so helpful..
Have a lovely day
November 16, 2019 @ 10:52 am
Thank you! Glad to help!
November 15, 2019 @ 12:37 pm
Is a CPAP Machine in a case counted as a carry on?
November 16, 2019 @ 10:52 am
Hi Maxine! Since it’s a medical item, usually airlines can’t count it as one of your carry on items, which means technically you’d be allowed to bring it in addition to your normal carry on luggage. Verify that with the airline you’re flying, and it’s also important to read the TSA info about traveling with a CPAP machine here.
November 14, 2019 @ 1:04 pm
I’d like to ask
Can i bring JBL BLUETOOTH SPEAKER BOOMBAX to travel from USA TO INDONESIA.. and should i put on luggage or carry on bag becaue this one is huge. Lol
I need ur advice
November 15, 2019 @ 10:22 am
Electronics are allowed in carry on luggage or checked luggage, so I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t be allowed to bring that. However, since it’s something that can probably get damaged easily, you might want to consider taking it in your carry on bag…assuming it fits. Look for your airline on our carry on luggage size chart here and make sure you can pack it in a bag that fits within the size and weight restrictions of the airline you’re flying on.
November 11, 2019 @ 2:02 pm
Is it possible to bring cheese and jewelries on my carry on bag? Is it also allowed if I bring a handbag aside from the carry on bag?
November 11, 2019 @ 2:26 pm
Hi Emiliana! Definitely pack any jewelry in your carry on bag, never in checked luggage. This is so you don’t have to worry about your jewelry being stolen or any issues if your luggage gets lost, and the airlines always say to pack jewelry and other valuables in carry on baggage because they won’t be held responsible for valuables in checked luggage. As for the cheese, that depends on a few things. If it’s a softer cheese, security personnel might consider it liquid/cream/gel, which means you’d only be allowed to bring 3.4 ounces/100ml and it would have to fit in your liquids bag. If it’s a hard cheese, they’ll consider it a solid and you can bring as much as you want in your carry on bag. Also, where are you flying to/from? If you’re flying domestically, there aren’t any other issues to worry about, but if you’re flying to another country, you need to read the customs and agriculture rules for bringing food into that country. Cheese and other dairy products are sometimes not allowed to be taken into some countries. You can read more about bringing food on a plane here.
November 11, 2019 @ 2:34 pm
Sorry, just realized I forgot to answer your question about your handbag. Most, but not all, airlines allow you to have a carry on item plus a personal item, but this is up to the airline. Look for the airline you’re flying on our carry on luggage size chart and click on the airline name to read more about their allowances and restrictions.
November 9, 2019 @ 12:08 pm
Can take car number plates
November 9, 2019 @ 3:25 pm
Hi Adam! Yes, car license plates are allowed in carry on or checked baggage.
November 9, 2019 @ 9:40 am
I am going to a fancy dress party and wanted to know if my suit covered in el strip lights with 2 battery packs will be allowed in my hand luggage? Any help is appreciated.
November 9, 2019 @ 11:24 am
Hi Colin! I can’t think of any reason why this would be a problem. You’re definitely better off packing it in your carry on bag since it has batteries. You can read more about taking batteries on a plane here.
November 8, 2019 @ 4:29 pm
Can I take 4 oz bars of soap and 3.5oz glass bottle of cologne on plane?
November 9, 2019 @ 11:23 am
Hi Jackie! Bars of soap are allowed in your carry on bag since they are solids. But the cologne is too big by just a little bit. Liquids in your carry on must comply with the liquids rule, which means each container must be 3.4 ounces/100ml or smaller, and all containers must fit in a one quart clear zip top bag. Since 3.5 oz is over the limit, it will be confiscated. Even if it’s only half full. So you’ll either have to pack it in your checked bag or leave it at home.
November 8, 2019 @ 4:28 am
Can we take ghee on plane which weights a kg or more?
November 8, 2019 @ 11:50 am
That’s a tricky one! I honestly don’t know if security would consider ghee to be a liquid or not. Things like peanut butter, dips and spreads, and creamy cheeses are considered liquid and would have to comply with the liquids rules. My instinct is that butter would be considered a liquid/gel/cream since it’s spreadable, and ghee is pretty close in consistency. Ultimately I think it comes down to the opinion of the security agent, so this one is a hard call. Checked luggage, yes, but carry on…that’s questionable. Sorry I can’t give you a more definite answer on this one!
You can read more about taking food on a plane here.