Published August 26, 2020
If you’re wondering whether you can bring deodorant on a plane, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, the TSA revealed that deodorant is one of the top five items people usually ask them about.
This is probably because deodorants are extremely useful if you’re in a cramped space with lots of other people – like a plane. And also because some deodorant brands don’t really fit the conventional definition of solid and liquid.
So can you bring deodorant on a plane?
Seems pretty straightforward, right? Wrong. As mentioned, not all deodorants can be identified as solid or liquid from the get-go. This accounts for most of the confusion (and the huge pile of confiscated deodorants in the TSA bin).
How to Tell If a Deodorant is Solid or Liquid
Deodorants come in a wide range of containers and states of matter. That’s why it’s difficult to tell if the one you’re using will qualify as solid or liquid. To you it may look solid, but will the TSA agree?
To settle this once and for all, here are the types of deodorants that count as “solid” according to the TSA. As such, you can freely carry it without any restrictions:
- stick deodorant
- powder deodorant
- crystal deodorant
While the following deodorants are considered liquid. So you can only carry it in your carry-on bag if it’s less than 3.4oz:
How to Get Your Deodorant Past TSA’s Inspection More Quickly
Since solid deodorants are allowed in both checked and carry-on luggage, you don’t have to worry about it going down the TSA bin. But if you’re using a liquid-type deodorant, here are some things to keep in mind to avoid clogging up the line at the airport:
Pack Your Deodorant in Travel-Sized Containers
This is one of the most obvious solutions and one that many seasoned travelers religiously practice. You can buy travel-sized containers from basically anywhere: your local convenience store, Walmart, and online sources.
This obviously isn’t applicable to spray deodorants. They’re inside pressured cans so opening them can be dangerous. But you can always look for a travel-sized variant.
Take it Out During TSA Inspection
This isn’t really necessary as the all-seeing TSA x-ray machine can see liquid stuff even if they’re at the bottom of your bag. But taking out your liquid toiletries and putting them in a separate bin shows transparency. It also allows the TSA to do their job more easily.
Bring Your Doctor’s Prescription (If Applicable)
If your deodorant is medically-prescribed, don’t forget to bring your doctor’s prescription. Just hand it to the TSA personnel and they’ll usually let you put it on your carry-on bag even if it’s way beyond the allowable limit.
If you really can’t bring your deodorant with you, here are some alternatives you can consider:
Check Your Baggage
Since checked baggage tends to be pricey, this is only feasible if you’re bringing a lot of things with you. But if you’re only checking your bag because you don’t want your deodorant to be confiscated, it doesn’t really make financial sense.
Buy a Deodorant at Your Destination
If you’re not picky about which deodorant brand you’re using, you can always leave your deodorant at home and just buy one at your destination. Besides, we’re living in a globalized world so there’s a high chance that the brand you’re using is also available in that country.
Buy a Deodorant at the Airport
Most airports have pharmacies just inside the waiting lounges. You can buy your deodorant from there if it’s an immediate need.
Ship Your Toiletries Beforehand
Some hotels will agree to hold your things for you prior to your arrival. So if it really matters, just ship your toiletries beforehand. Then tell the hotel about it so they can make the necessary arrangements