Navigating airport security can be a daunting task. Especially when you’re unsure about TSA-approved toiletries. What can you bring? What will be confiscated?
- The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule governs carry-on toiletries. This rule refers to 3.4 ounces (100ml), 1 quart-sized bag, and 1 bag per traveler. Therefore, your toiletries should be within these limits.
- Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are essentials. But remember, they must be in travel-sized containers. To save space, consider using 2-in-1 products. Or, swap them out for solid bars or sheets.
- Toothpaste and mouthwash follow the same rule. They should be in travel-size tubes or bottles. Don’t forget your toothbrush, it doesn’t have a size limit. Dental floss is also allowed without restriction.
- You can carry disposable razors in your toiletry bag. Electric razors are also allowed in your carry-on. However, safety razors must be bladeless. Blades must be stored in checked luggage.
- Deodorant in stick form doesn’t have restrictions. However, gel or spray deodorants must comply with the 3-1-1 rule. Aerosol items are allowed but need to follow the same rule. Perfumes and colognes also follow the 3-1-1 regulation.
- Regarding makeup, powder products have no size limit. Liquid or gel cosmetics, like mascara or foundation, must respect the 3-1-1 rule. Lipstick and lip balm are also allowed without restriction. However, lip gels or creams must adhere to the rule.
- Prescription medications and medical necessities are exceptions. These can exceed the 3-1-1 limit. Always declare these items at the checkpoint. TSA officers have final discretion on these items.
Remember to check the current TSA guidelines and restrictions before purchasing travel-size toiletries and packing your carry-on bag.