Can you bring deodorant on a plane? Fortunately, you can carry this important hygiene product, but there are restrictions. Find out what types you can fly with.
When you’re traveling, you understandably want to bring all your toiletries, but are deodorant and antiperspirant allowed? The TSA has implemented many restrictions for carry-on and checked baggage items, with the possibility of more in the future. It can get confusing about what you are and aren’t allowed to bring. Here, we break through the red tape to answer the basic question: can you bring deodorant on a plane?
The short answer is yes—but with restrictions. It’s important to know what is and isn’t allowed because TSA agents will make you dispose of items that don’t meet the guidelines. There’s nothing more embarrassing and inconvenient than having to toss your favorite deodorant while other passengers watch. To avoid this experience, make sure you’re reviewing the right instructions for your type of antiperspirant or deodorant.
Deodorants and antiperspirants come in many different forms, some of which are easier to travel with than others. For example, classic stick deodorant doesn’t have any limitations, so you’re free to pack whatever size you want.
Liquids and semi-liquids, on the other hand, are subject to restrictions. This includes many of the popular alternatives to stick deodorant:
The TSA prohibits containers with more than 3.4 ounces of liquid in carry-on luggage, so if you have a liquid or semi-liquid antiperspirant, be sure to check the quantity on the container. For example, many stick deodorants and antiperspirants come in sizes under 3.4 ounces, so it’s fine to bring in your carry-on bag. However, roll-ons tend to be larger, meaning they must be packed in checked luggage.
Want to bring your favorite brand, but it’s too big for a carry-on? Most companies sell travel-size options for their customers’ convenience. For example, you can get a Ban® Mini Roll-On in 1.5 ounces.
To help travelers remember limitations, the TSA has released a rule it calls 3-1-1. Each number corresponds to one of the guidelines for flying with liquids and semi-liquids.
3: 3 Ounces
You can only bring 3.4 ounces or less of a particular substance in your carry-on luggage. Any product bigger than that needs to be stored in checked baggage or discarded.
1: One Baggie
You may carry more than one substance that falls under the 3-1-1 rule, but they must all be in one baggie. The baggie must be clear, zip closed, and can’t be larger than one quart.
1: One Per Passenger
Each passenger may only have one of these baggies. Even if you bring on more than one carry-on item, you can only have one clear, quart-sized plastic baggie.
You are allowed to bring on liquids and gels in your checked bags but will have to pay the costs which will be more than your deodorant.
A simple work around would be to pick up more when you land. Visit any drug store that sells Ban deodorant and grab a new Roll-On.
If you can’t wait until you’ve reached your destination then you can buy another deodorant after you’ve passed the TSA security checkpoint. There is usually a duty free store or convenience shop passed security.
Those with medically prescribed deodorants or sprays are allowed to bring larger amounts than the regulated 3.4 ounces. You can simply present your doctor's note or prescription to security but its recommended to be upfront about the medical sprays before they discover them in the x-ray.
Many convenience or drug stores carry travel sized items of your necessities that are designed to be brought through security. Double check the size and make sure its less than 3.4 ounces and you are good to go.