Last Updated on May 24, 2020
Before you head out for your latest travel adventure, you should always make sure that your carry on meets the restrictions enforced by TSA.
Is deodorant considered a liquid? Can you bring deodorant on a plane?
In this post, we discuss some of the most important travel tips and tricks to get your deodorant up to Transportation Security Administration standards.
TSA Deodorant Rules
So What Types of Deodorant Are Allowed In Your Carry-On Bag?
The first, most important piece of advice to keep in mind is that not all store-bought antiperspirants are allowed on international and domestic flights.
Also, depending on your type of deodorant, it may be considered a liquid and therefore subject to the Transportation Security Administration liquids rule.
Here’s what the TSA say about the matter:
So liquid deodorant needs to go in your plastic quart-sized bag in containers smaller than 3.4 oz. Roll-on deodorant is a liquid.
Solid stick deodorants don’t need to go in your quart-sized bag.
Does Deodorant Count As A Liquid?
So when is a deodorant liquid or solid?
Roll-on deodorants are a broad category and usually come either as liquids or gels. When first applied, roll on antiperspirants feel wet and then quickly dry on your skin.
Since the liquid is hidden away inside the container it’s not obvious at first glance that roll-on deodorants are restricted by the TSA.
But if a product is a liquid, gel, cream, or paste it’s restricted! The general rule of thumb is that roll-ons are technically liquids, so they should be stored in small containers no larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 ml.
Additionally, make sure to store the deodorant bottle in a clear, quart-sized baggy so that it doesn’t look like you’re trying to hide it from TSA staff.
Aside from being restricted by the TSA, gel deodorants will expand at high altitude so be careful it doesn’t leak all over your clothes.
Solid Stick Deodorant
This is the good news…
Stick, powder, and crystal deodorants are a type of solid deodorant that applies dry to the skin. No matter your flight provider, all solid deodorants are not considered liquids, which makes them legal to carry on your flight.
In general, you may want to opt for stick products since they’re easier to control and cause less product waste during use. You can carry a solid deodorant of any size onto your flight and don’t have to adhere to a 3.4 oz rule.
Aerosols and Sprays
Without a doubt, large aerosols and spray cans are subject to size restrictions.
With Aerosols, it may seem like a gas that comes out the can but inside the pressurized container, it’s a liquid.
Sprays create a fine mist that first apply to your skin as a wet, cold layer and then quickly air dry.
In addition to being environmentally unfriendly, aerosols are never allowed in your carry on baggage over quantities of 3.4 ounces.
Luckily Renita realized before she got to airport security:
What Are Alternative Methods of Bringing Liquid Deodorants to Your Destination?
Maybe your specific brand of aerosol, medicated, or gel deodorant is absolutely necessary to pack for your destination. Thankfully, you’re not out of luck. There are several different ways you’ll be able to bring your deodorant with you through the airport.
Check Your Bag
You might be wondering? Can you bring deodorant on a plane in your checked baggage?
Yes you can, but it can incur extra expenses. All aerosols, sprays, and gels are legal to carry in your checked baggage.
This makes checked luggage a good option for full-size toiletries that are restricted in cabin luggage.
Keep in mind that checked bag charges will vary depending on when you check your bag.
If the main reason you are checking your bag is because of hand luggage liquids like deodorant it probably does not make financial sense. The fees for checked bags are much more than other solutions.
Also checked bags are can sometimes get lost or end up in different destinations than you. Don’t check a bag just because your deodorant is greater than 3.4 oz, there are better solutions.
Carry a Doctor’s Note
Do you use a particular aerosol, spray, or gel for medical purposes? If your deodorant is prescribed, it’s legal for you to carry larger amounts than the standard 3.4 ounces.
When you head to the airport, make sure to keep a copy of your prescription or a valid doctor’s note on hand. If you’re stopped during the bag checking process, just proffer the note to show to a TSA official.
It’s recommended that you are upfront with security before your bag is formally checked. Mention that your deodorant is medically necessary, then take it out of your carry-on and in a separate bin. Ultimately, this show of transparency will go a long way in decreasing the time spent at an additional security check.
If you don’t have a doctors note or want to check a bag you have other options to consider.
Buy Your Deodorant After The TSA Security Check
Often airports will have a pharmacy after the airport security gate. You could wait until you have passed through security before purchasing deodorant or other toiletries while you are waiting for your flight.
Even although the prices in these stores can be expensive it will probably be cheaper than paying for checked bags.
Ship Your Deodorant to Your Destination
It’s always an option to ship some of your belongings to your destination.
Typically, hotels will allow you to send packages and will keep it for you behind the front desk until you arrive. Before you ship anything, give your hotel a call to make sure they’ll be able to hold it for you.
As a last resort, you can ship a toiletries package to any participating post office in the area you’re visiting. When you’re ready, just head down to the post office to pick up your parcel.
This method is really recommended for those that want to ship several full–size hygiene products to their destination. It’s also a good way to lighten the weight of your bag by shipping some clothes or heavy shoes too.
Buy a Travel Size Deodorant
Nowadays, travel size hygiene products have become increasingly popular as TSA restrictions have grown more punitive. Just head down to your local grocery store to get TSA approved travel-sized antiperspirant.
Typically, travel-sized items can be found near the checkout or in the Beauty section of large grocery stores. You can expect to find robustly stocked travel sections in any CVS, pharmacy store, or large retailer.
The drawback of this option is that travel-sized items are comparatively more expensive than full-sized items, in terms of cost per unit of product. Although it’s not the most cost-effective option, it’s perfectly suitable for short trips taken domestically and abroad.
Buy Deodorant at Your Destination
When all is said and done, it may be much more convenient to simply buy a product at your destination.
Get yourself onto Google maps and search for a pharmacy near where you will be staying. It’s usually not hard to check the opening hours so you can be confident you will be able to get the products you need.
In general, keep in mind that all “liquid-like” deodorants, such as aerosols, sprays, and gels, are restricted. All liquids should be carried in a small container that holds no more than 3.4 liquid ounces. Additionally, you should put your deodorant in a small, clear baggy so that it’s easier to make it through security.
By contrast, all solid deodorants, sticks, powders, and crystals are completely legal to keep in your carry-on bag. In this case, your bag will not be subject to additional screening, unless you’re carrying other restricted items.
The simple answer is that solid deodorants rock for air travel! They don’t have any travel packing restrictions, if you don’t like solid products then look to travel-sized options or buying after the security gate.
Before I go I just want to say. It’s absolutely 100% permitted to WEAR deodorant on a plane!
Please respect your fellow passengers and let’s create a stink-free environment for everyone!
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