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Can You Bring Lotion On A Plane

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    Jonathan Chum

If you want to get a better traveling experience and save extra charges for checked bags, then it is very important to pack everything properly. However, packing clothes and other things is not that complicated but most people don’t know about the rules for packing toiletry items such as lotions and toothpaste. Many people ask whether they can bring the body lotions and creams while traveling on the place, which is a very important question. So can you bring lotion on a plane? Well, then the simple answer is yes, you can but there are some things you have to take care of to save your toiletries while going through the security. So if you are curious to learn more, then this article will provide you all the important information.

If you want to bring lotions, gels, and liquids along with you on the carry-on luggage, then you will have to follow the 3-1-1 rule. This rule is specially made for passengers, so they can easily remember what they can bring on the carry-on luggage. To help you understand better, here is the brief explanation:

  • All the liquids, lotions, and gels should be stored in a 100 ml container (3.4 ounces).
  • All of your products should be stored in a 1 quart-sized clear Ziploc bag
  • Every passenger is only allowed to carry one bag. Apart from this, you will also have to keep this bag on a bin and to pass the security (screening machine)

Though if you don’t have experience in packing liquids for carry-on luggage, then here are some things that you should do to make the packing more convenient:

1. Carry Refillable Perfumes

Perfumes are very important daily use items and everyone needs them. But as you know you can’t take more than 3.4 ounces on the plane. That’s why instead of taking large bottles, you should use small refillable perfume dispensers. This way you will be able to carry your favorite perfumes without violating any toiletry rules.

2. Pack Your Liquids Separately

There are many people who prefer keeping their basic items together in one bag. For example- some people keep toothpaste and toothbrush in one bag and foundation and powder brush in one bag, which somewhere makes sense. But when you traveling in a plane, it makes more sense to keep your liquids in a zip-top bag and put your other basic items such as toothbrush, lipstick, gloss, razor in a separate bag. This will help you organize everything properly, and you won’t face any problems during the security screening.

3. You Don’t Need to Throw Your Items

In case, if you have more quantity of an expensive cream at the checkpoint, then you should not throw it right away. In most airports, kiosks service is available, where you can transfer your items back to your home or at your destination. Apart from this, if this service is not available, then you can check out the airport stores and look for a small container to put your products.

However, these tips are very helpful but you also must know about all the things that are considered liquids. For example- any type of liquids, gels, pastes, aerosols, shampoo, sanitizers, mouthwash are some things that come under the category of liquids. So make sure to pack smartly to avoid any kind of security problem. These are some common items that most people carry but you can also check the toiletry rules before packing to get more clarity.

Apart from this, if you have any powder-like substances such as baby powder and if you want to bring it on the plane, then you should make sure that it’s not more than 12 ounces. Anything more than this quantity is not allowed, so be very careful while packing it. In case, if the items exceed this limit, then the security executives will screen them and if deemed unidentifiable or harmful, then they might seize them or you will have to shift them into your checked luggage.

Now some of you might be thinking about what if we have more liquids than the allowed quantity. Well, as mentioned above, you can either pack them in you checked luggage or easily ship them directly to the destination. Though if don’t want to ship your liquids, then you must pack them properly in the luggage bag to avoid any leakage.

Tips To Pack Liquids In A Luggage Bag

Unlike carry-on bags, luggage bags don’t have restrictions, that’s why packing your liquids in a luggage bag is a great idea, especially if you have liquids in larger quintiles. So here are some things that you should do to pack liquids in a luggage bag more efficiently.

The main thing you should do is choose the right containers to store your stuff. Only use leak-proof containers, so it doesn’t explode during the trip. Buy good quality boxes and make sure to not overstuff anything.

If you have shampoos, mouthwash, and similar stuff like that, then you should use some plastic wrap to double the protection. By doing so, your liquids won’t spill over your luggage even if the container explodes or breaks. Simply remove the caps of your liquid bottles, cover them with the plastic wraps, and then put the caps back.

Pack the bags in a toiletry case or packing cube and nestle the bag in the middle of your luggage. This will provide a protective layer, which will make sure that your toiletry bag is cushioned by clothing

You should also try to look for 2 in 1 product to save space and make packing easier. For example- you can store a BB cream, instead of moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation. If you are comfortable, then you can also use toiletries that come in liquid forms.

Apart from this, repackaging is also a great way to make packing easier and comfortable. As you know that most commercial liquids come in big bottles, which occupies a lot of space and you also cannot keep them in your carry-on bag. The best way to deal with this problem is by using travel bottles. They are specially made to help you store your liquids properly. The good thing about travel bottles is that they are very easy to use. Here are some tips to use plastic bottles properly.

How To Use Travel Bottles To Pack Your Gel and Liquids

There are many types of travel bottles available in the market but you should only choose the flexible ones. They come with squeezable materials, so you can get the last drop of your expensive product out

Also make sure that the mouth or opening of the bottles is wide enough, so you don’t need any funnels to put your liquids in it.

Once you have your bottles, you can simply transfer your liquids into them. Now if you want to take it on the plane, then make sure it is less than 3.4 oz., otherwise, you can fill it as per your needs

You should put your face soap, shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion into the travel bottles and to increase the protection, you can also use a masking tape to cover around the bottle

After doing this, you can simply put them in a see-through pouch and you are good to go

After discussing the basic information regarding lotion and toiletry packaging, it’s time to talk about some other important items such as make-up and accessories. So here are the packaging rules that you should know about the following items:


If you are carrying make up items such as liquid foundations, moisturizers, nail polish, and other things, then you will have to follow the 3-1-1 rule. However, these things come in travel-sized containers but still if you want, then you can also travel jars to store them. Apart from this, there are no restrictions on solid make-up items like blushes and lipsticks, so you can bring them without any problems. Though if you have some liquid make-up or nail polish removers, then you should use small spray bottles to store them.


Coming to the accessories, if you have lenses, then you will need contact lenses solution. Though it is allowed to bring contact lenses solution but you should use a travel-size solution bottle. Apart from this, only disposable razors are allowed in the carry-on luggage, so if you have razor-type blades like utility knives, box cutters, then you should keep them in your checked luggage. You can also carry nail scissors and nail clippers, but make sure their blades are no longer than four inches as anything larger than this is not allowed.


However, there are many battery-powered objects that we use but not all batteries are allowed in the plane. For example- you can carry laptop batteries on the carry-on luggage but car batteries (liquid-based) are not allowed. Though you can take chargers for solid batteries but airlines do not allow to charge objects during the flight. In case, if you have battery-powered toothbrushes, then you can put them on your carry-on luggage.