10 Full-Size Liquids You Can Actually Take Through Airport Security

By Rachel Chang

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For the better part of two decades, we’ve limited the liquids we carry through airport security. The magic number settled upon was 3.4 ounces, or 100 milliliters, of liquid in a container—an amount that became an  international standard developed by explosives experts . 

As frequent travelers are well aware, bottles that are 3.4 ounces or less can be stashed into a single one-quart plastic bag, and each traveler is allowed one—in a rule that’s been dubbed the 3-1-1 liquids rule. Oversized liquids can still be packed, but need to go into checked-in baggage.

But as screening devices have become more savvy, there has been talk of those limits being eliminated, especially as a  recent report said the UK will scrap the rules by 2024. “The introduction of new technologies has played a significant role in how aviation security has evolved over the past 20 years, thanks to strong industry partnerships and TSA’s agility in adopting technology that enhances security and improves the passenger experience,” a TSA spokesperson says. While there’s no timeline in place yet, the agency “anticipates the limit on liquids will be lifted in the coming years.”

So in the short run, travelers still need to limit the fluids they pack in carry-ons. But, as with all rules, there are exceptions. “TSA requires additional screening to ensure the safety of these liquids,” the spokesperson says of the items. “Travelers in this group should notify security of their medically-necessary liquids.”

In general, those  exceptions need to pass a three-prong test . They need to be required during the duration of your flight or at your destination, they can’t be available at the airport in the area past security, and they can’t be available at the destination. But when it comes down to it, the  TSA says on its site , “The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.”

Here are some of the most common exceptions of oversized liquids that can be taken through security. 

Prescription liquids, creams, and gels

Medication that has been prescribed specifically for you is perhaps the most common item that qualifies as an exception. TSA recommends that it’s clearly labeled so there's no question about what is inside. “You are responsible for displaying, handling, and repacking the medication when screening is required,” the agency’s site dictates. Depending on the situation, medication can either be screened visually or with an x-ray machine. It may also be tested for traces of explosives.

In some situations where the officers aren’t able to properly screen the item, you may be asked to open the container and transfer it to an empty container to test, or possibly dispose of a small quantity. 

In cases where you would like to make sure the medication isn’t opened or X-rayed, simply inform the TSA officer. “Additional steps will be taken to clear the liquid and you will undergo additional screening procedures to include a pat-down and screening of other carry-on property,” the site says.

Liquid medications and contact lens solution

In general,  liquid medications that are not prescriptions and  contact lens solutions are limited to 3.4 ounces, but TSA does allow “larger amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols in reasonable quantities for your trip,” with the caveat you must declare them to security officers first. 

Breast milk and infant formula

Passengers traveling with infants have enough to worry about on their flights—and being able to provide the little ones with the proper nourishment should not be one of those concerns. Technically, TSA categorizes  breast milk and  baby formula as “medically necessary liquids.” The child doesn’t need to be present for the exception. 

In order to expedite the process, TSA suggests—but doesn't require—that the liquids be transported in clear and translucent bottles, so that they can be screened by the Bottle Liquid Scanners. (Those in pouches may not be able to.) While there is a chance you may be asked to open them, nothing will ever be placed in the liquid. The agency also adds that the screening process shouldn't affect the formula, but if you prefer they not be x-rayed, alternative testing means can be taken.

Baby and toddler food and drinks

In addition to breast milk and formula, food and drinks for babies and toddlers are also allowed, including puree pouches. They also technically fall into the “medically necessary” category.  Water for babies is also allowed in “reasonable quantities.” 

Liquid teethers

TSA also recognizes how important teethers are to babies and has “ liquid-filled teethers ” specifically called out as an item that can be brought through the security check.

Ice, gel, and freezer packs and other accessories to medically necessary items

Ice, gel , and freezer packs that are required to keep other medically necessary items in their required cool state are also exceptions, no matter what state they are in (solid ice or liquid gel). Additionally, IV bags or other accessories to medical supplies are also allowed. 

Hand sanitizer 

In the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, one major allowance was added to the list— hand sanitizer . While they may be readily available beyond security check and at your destination, the hygiene item was added, especially for use on the plane, as some experts have said that extra precautions should be taken on airplanes and airports to prevent the spread of germs .

Until further notice, hand sanitizers of up to 12 ounces are allowed since “TSA understands that COVID-19 is at the forefront on the minds of travelers, as health officials are encouraging that individuals wash their hands frequently,” the  site says . 

Live fish in water

Assuming your  live fish in water needs more than 3.4 ounces of water, this is another exception to the rule, as long as they’re in a clear transparent containers and properly inspected by the TSA officer. 

Biological specimens 

Liquid exceptions can be made in the name of science.  Non-infectious specimens in preservative solution can be carried through if it’s for scientific research. But they’ll need to be very specifically packed.

There can be up to 30 milliliters of free liquid in a heat-sealed inner plastic bag and then no more than one liter in the outer packaging, which needs to be marked: "Scientific research specimens, 49 CFR 173.4b applies." (Specific instructions for the regulation are  here .)

Duty-free purchased items in officially sealed bags

Shopping at the airport? Those liquid souvenirs can be taken home as well, as long as they are properly sealed by the cashier in a  security tamper-evident bag (STEB). The system was “developed to allow an exemption" to liquid volume rules for items purchased at duty-free airport retailers or on board an aircraft, according to the  International Civil Aviation Organization . 

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Everything You Need to Know About the TSA’s Liquid Limit

The tsa allows liquids under 3.4 ounces in your carry-on—but what’s considered a “liquid” isn’t always obvious..

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Whether you’re a carry-on-only kind of person or not , knowing the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) liquid limits is essential for anyone who travels by plane in the United States. Yet understanding which of your toiletries, foods, and other items even count as “liquid”—let alone how best to pack them—can get confusing. Use this guide to understand the TSA’s rules and restrictions about liquids, common exceptions, and tips to help ensure your next airport security screening goes smoothly.

What is the TSA liquid limit?

The TSA’s liquid limit for carry-ons—known as the 3-1-1 rule—allows travelers to pack liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes under 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) in their carry-on bags. Passengers are allowed up to one quart-sized bag per person , or roughly nine 3.4-ounce containers in a single quart-sized bag. Anything more will have to go in a checked bag or risk being tossed out.

If your liquids are stored in containers larger than 3.4 ounces, even if there’s only 3.4 ounces left inside the bottle, you can’t bring them through security.

Completely empty bottles, such as your reusable water bottle , are allowed through the TSA checkpoint since (spoiler alert!) they don’t contain any liquids at that moment.

Which toiletries TSA allows in your carry-on

The TSA allows all of the following common toiletries in your carry-on only in containers that are 3.4 ounces or less:

  • Shampoos and conditioners
  • Lotions and sunscreen
  • Gel hair products

In other words: yes, you can bring toothpaste, deodorant, and sunscreen through TSA checkpoints but only if they are in travel-sized containers.

Powders and powder-like substances, including baby powder and some makeup items, aren’t restricted in your carry-on bag. But if you’re carrying more than 12 ounces (350 milliliters) of a powder, you’ll need to place it in a separate bin for X-ray screening, and it may be subject to additional screening—so it’s a good idea to budget an extra few minutes at the security checkpoint if you think this might happen.

Tips for packing your toiletries in your carry-on

To comply with TSA regulations, invest in small, reusable toiletry bottles, like these capsules by Cadence.

To comply with TSA regulations, invest in small, reusable toiletry bottles, like these capsules by Cadence.

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Especially if you don’t have TSA PreCheck , it’s helpful to pack all of your toiletries in a quart-sized (or smaller) clear plastic toiletry bag for screening. Although improved airport technology means that far fewer air passengers (both in PreCheck and non-PreCheck lines) will have to take their liquids out out of their carry-on, it’s still helpful to have all of your liquids in one bag just in case you get pulled aside for additional screening. For an upgrade from that large Ziplock, we recommend the standard-sized Clarity Jetset Case from Truffle ($88), which has a clear window panel and is comparable in size to a quart-sized bag.

Since toothpaste is considered a liquid, paste, or gel by the TSA, most of us toss those tiny one-ounce tubes in our carry-on bags. However, if you want to ditch the hard-to-recycle packaging, consider toothpaste tablets, an ecofriendly alternative that’s not subject to the 3-1-1 rule. We like Humankind’s fluoride toothpaste tablets ($12), which resemble small mints and turn to paste when you crush them between your teeth. Matador has also recently released a reusable toothpaste tube ($10), which you can fill (and refill) with your regular toothpaste.

For travel toiletries that are easy to rebottle (like shampoo or body wash), consider investing in reusable bottles or containers so you can always keep your preferred brand on hand. Some of our favorite TSA-approved toiletry bottles include:

Buy Now: GoToob three-pack of 3.4-ounce bottles, $30, rei.com

These easy-to-fill, leakproof silicone tubes are ideal for shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and body washes. GoToob’s line comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from 1.7 to 6 ounces, and are easy to clean between refills.

Matador FlatPack

Buy Now: $13 for one or $35 for three, matadorup.com

Each three-ounce, TSA-approved bottle is made from a durable, waterproof, nylon-based fabric. Like GoToob, they’re leakproof and easy to fill, but thanks to their flexible, fabric-like design, they will shrink to their contents, taking up less space in your pack. >> Read the full review of the Matador FlatPack

Buy Now: $14 for one or $74 for six, keepyourcadence.com

The refillable travel containers by Cadence are small, leakproof “capsules” that click together with magnets. At 0.56 ounces, they’re best for makeup and toiletries you don’t need much of—like a weekend’s worth of shampoo or a week of that under eye cream you only need a dab of.

Foods are subject to liquid limits

The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule applies to food too, meaning you’ll need to make sure any foods that count as liquids, gels, or pastes (like yogurt, peanut butter, pâté, jams, or that tasty pimento cheese spread you tried to bring home from Charleston) are less than 3.4 ounces or packed in your checked bag. There are some exceptions, like frozen foods and juice for babies, and the TSA’s website is the best resource to check for specific items.

Exceptions to TSA’s liquids rule: Full-sized liquids that you can bring through security

The TSA has several important exemptions to its liquids rule. You’re allowed to bring full-sized bottles of the following:

Hand sanitizer: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the TSA currently allows travelers to bring up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in their carry-on bags. These will be screened separately.

Medication: You’re allowed to bring medically necessary liquids, aerosols, and gels through security. This also includes the ice or gel packs you may need to keep your medications cool. You are not required to store these items in a plastic, resealable bag, but you should remove them from your luggage and let the TSA officer know what you’ve packed.

Baby formula and breast milk: Like medication, you can bring freezer packs to keep these items cool, and you should remove them from your luggage and notify an agent when you go through security. More baby-related exceptions? Gel or liquid-filled teethers and canned or jarred baby food.

Of course, the final decision on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint rests with the TSA officer.

If you’re ever unsure about a specific item, the TSA’s website has a handy, searchable list of prohibited and allowed items worth checking before you travel. You can also now text the TSA with your questions.

This article was originally published in 2022. It has been most recently updated on March 21, 2023, with additional information.

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5 clear toiletry bags for travel that are TSA compliant

Caroline Tanner

Thanks to being a TSA PreCheck member for nearly a decade, I can't recall the last time a TSA agent asked me to remove my toiletry bag from my carry-on when passing through security. Not having to deal with rummaging through luggage to remove your toiletries (along with electronics) is just one of the many perks of TSA PreCheck, the expedited security program.

But unfortunately, PreCheck benefits do not extend internationally. In my experience, certain airports abroad, including London's Heathrow Airport (LHR) , are much stricter in enforcing the universal quart-sized toiletry bag rule. In fact, the last time I flew from Heathrow, a security agent actually made me empty my entire quart-sized bag, which admittedly had several of the mini-sized products from the hotel I had stayed at sticking out. (In my defense, the products in question were Le Labo from the London Edition in the West End.)

Even so, I stood there and watched him put every last item back into the two plastic bags he supplied. Although I was slightly irritated during this process, it was a good reminder to travel with a compliant toiletry bag and to not let the opportunity for free La Labo result in trying to cram nine bottles into your bag at the last minute.

When traveling in Europe, for example, passengers are restricted to a one-liter transparent plastic bag for their liquids, aerosols, drinks, toothpaste, creams, gels, etc., per the European Union . Domestically, you must put your liquids in a quart-sized bag (approximately 7 x 8 inches in size, though TSA does not specify measurement requirements), with each product less than 3.4 ounces, per the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule.

Even if you are traveling abroad, all travelers departing from the U.S. must adhere to the quart-sized bag rule, which is why we've compiled this guide with some of our favorite clear TSA-compliant toiletry bags.

TPG's favorite carry-on toiletry bags

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Clear Toiletry Bag, Bagsmart 3 Pack , $11.99 at Amazon

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Since we love a deal here at TPG, let's start with one of the cheapest options on this list. Thanks to Bagsmart, you can purchase a three-pack of bags measuring 7.5 x 5.9 x 2.2 inches for just under $12.

"Bagsmart bags are inexpensive and have held up to my frequent use," says TPG family travel writer Tarah Chieffi, who also uses them abroad. "They are great for international travel when you often still have to remove your liquids from your luggage and put them through separately. And they come in a lot of fun colors so you can match them to your luggage."

Stasher Quart Bag, $19.99 at Stasher

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Another budget-friendly option comes to us from Stasher, which I can personally attest to as having high-quality yet affordable products — I've used the brand's Pocket Bag ($7.99) to hold my headphones when traveling. Thanks to the brand's range of reusable bags which meet any size needs, it has at least two options for TSA-friendly toiletry bags, such as the signature Quart Bag, measuring 8.75 x 7.5 inches.

"I started using them as my go-to toiletry bag because they're super durable, washable, see-through (so easy to find what you need inside) and they have a little stretch, which is great when you need to cram in just one or two extra things," TPG global features managing editor Melanie Lieberman told me.

She also likes the brand's stand-up bags, such as the Stand-Up Mini Bag ($17.99, 5.5 x 7.5 inches), whose flat bottoms allow the bags to stand up on their own, a feature that is hard to find.

The Clear Pouch Set , $45 at Away

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Away is known for its ubiquitous hardshell suitcases, including its top-rated carry-on, my personal favorite. Beyond suitcases, the brand has expanded into travel accessories, including its Clear Pouch Set, which in true Away style, features two TSA-approved bags, one large and one small, that are also spill-proof.

With a leather-like trim, these bags have a folded bottom that expands for extra room but still packs flat. The small one measures 7.3" x 0.8" x 4.3" inches with a 0.3 liter capacity, making it suitable for your liquids, while the larger one, at 8.66" x 0.8" x 5.3" inches with a 0.5 liter capacity, also meets TSA size requirements.

Plus, these bags fit seamlessly into the corresponding Away Toiletry Bag ( small and large versions are available online for $55 and $75, respectively) and — like all Away products — you can try this bag combo for free for 100 days and return at no cost if you are not satisfied. But based on my experience with Away products, you won't want to return it.

Small Clear Cosmetics Case , $75 at Cal Pak

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If you are concerned about see-through aesthetics yet still want to be able to carry on your liquids (which to be honest, I can relate to), consider the Mini Clear Cosmetics Case from Cal Pak for $75. At 8 x 4 x 6 inches, it still weighs less than a pound despite being more substantial than the other bags on this list.

"The Calpak Clear Cosmetic Case is large enough to hold all of your toiletries, but still small enough to fit in your luggage," says Tarah. "The separate compartments help you stay organized and because it's clear, it's easy to find what you are looking for."

With a range of classic colors (mauve, stone, caramel and black) and limited editions like the dragonfruit one currently available, this bag is sure to meet your style needs. It has a lay-flat carrying handle, a water-resistant lining and features two zippered compartments to effectively organize your items. And, it's covered by a one-year limited warranty.

If you ultimately need more space and decide to check a bag, Cal Pak also has a larger version of the Clear Cosmetics Case for $95.

Bottom line

Each of these toiletry bag options is TSA-compliant to meet the agency's 3-1-1 liquid rule and quart-size bag requirements, so you shouldn't have any issues using any of them, even if you are not a PreCheck member and have to remove it from your carry-on to go through TSA security.

Although you could technically use a plastic Ziploc quart bag, it's 2022, and we simply cannot be out there using single-use plastic every time we travel.

Remember that these are TPG's top choices for carry-on bags — TSA size requirements do not apply to checked bags. Be sure to stay tuned for our guide to the best larger toiletry bags.

The 9 Best TSA-Approved Containers

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Even for the most seasoned pro, traveling can feel stressful; one major stressor involves going through airport security. Not only do you want to keep your items safe and secure, but they need to be accessible for any possible searches and, of course, must comply with the 3-1-1 rule for liquids . That's why having TSA-approved containers, bags, laptop sleeves, and more is so important. The right cases can reduce stress and help you breeze through airport security.

Here are the best TSA-approved containers.

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Best travel bottles, liquisnugs premium leak-proof silicone travel bottles.

If your at-home shampoo and conditioner bottles are too large to comply with TSA’s 3-1-1 carry-on rule , decant them into these travel bottles instead. The set includes two 3-ounce bottles and two 2-ounce bottles, giving you some size options while staying well under the 3.4-ounce limit. Made from 100 percent BPA-free food-grade silicone, they will store edible items, including baby food, condiments, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Whatever you use them for, these squeezable bottles are designed for convenience with a 1-inch wide mouth for easy filling and a cap that is 100 percent leak-proof. If a bottle leaks or breaks in another way, the company offers full refunds. There are also suction cups on the back of each bottle. No surprise, these also earned the top spot on our list of the best travel toiletry bottles .

Best Toiletry Bag

Cableinthebay tsa-approved clear toiletry bag, 1 quart.

Getting your liquids through airport security will be much easier with this TSA-approved toiletry bag. This clear, quart-sized bag meets all airlines' 3-1-1 rules and regulations so that you won't have issues at domestic or international checkpoints. The 7.7 x 2.2 x 5.5-inch bag is still spacious enough to fit your bottles, cosmetics, containers, and other essential toiletries. And, rather than stuffing your liquids into Ziploc bags, this toiletry bag is durable and is made of waterproof PVC, so your other carry-on items won't get damaged. At under $10, this bag is a total steal, too.

Best Cosmetic Containers

Alink 16 piece travel size toiletry bottles set.

The ALINK Travel Size Toiletry Bottles Set is the perfect purchase for those whose beauty products go beyond a few same-sized bottles. It features 16 bottles and jars of various sizes, all smaller than the 3.4-ounce/100-milliliter limit. These include three flip-cap bottles, one pump bottle, one spray bottle, one squeeze bottle, and six cream jars in varying sizes.

Use the included pipette, funnel, and spatula to transfer products from your at-home containers to your new, travel-sized bottles. All of them feature non-toxic BPA-free plastic and are lightweight and break-resistant. You can wash and re-use them repeatedly and store them together in the included transparent zippered pouch.

Best Backpack

Swissgear 1900 scansmart laptop backpack.

The SwissGear 1900 ScanSmart TSA Laptop Backpack has durable, weather-resistant 1,200-denier ballistic polyester. A key feature is its intelligent design, which allows for rapid, hassle-free movement through airport security . Stash your 17-inch laptop in the heavily padded, separate ScanSmart compartment, which opens up to lie flat on the conveyor belt so that your laptop can stay in your bag through security. The backpack also features a floating pocket for your tablet or iPad, designed to keep it safe while remaining easily accessible. Our tester noted that all the compartments and pockets were easy to access and that the padded straps make this bag comfortable to carry even on hot days. However, our tester did note that the zippers are noisy enough to be a nuisance and the bag tends to be top-heavy when not fully packed.

Also, the backpack includes a large, U-shaped front pocket with slip-in sections for essentials like your passport or boarding pass. The backpack complies with carry-on size restrictions at 18.5 x 13.5 x 9 inches. Choose from various colors, including black, gray, and red.

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Best for Beauty

Convenience kits international store convenience kits international women’s premium 21-piece kit.

Have all of your beauty and toiletry necessities ready in this pre-packed travel kit. With 16, 19, and 21-piece options to choose from, the latter comes with everything you need from trusted brands like Garnier, Dove, Nivea, Colgate, and more. Expect travel-sized items like mouthwash, hairbrushes, and deodorant—so you'll never leave a beauty product behind when traveling. The 7.5 x 3.15 x 5.11-inch bag is TSA-compliant and also makes for a great gift. There's also a men's version available here .

Best Handgun Case

Snapsafe treklite gun safe lock box.

Experience stress-free handgun check-in with the SnapSafe Treklike gun safe. It meets the TSA firearm and ammunition requirements, which state that you may check unloaded firearms into your main luggage in a locked, hard-sided container that completely secures the firearm from being accessed. The safe is made from a blend of polycarbonate and steel and has a standard key lock with two keys. There's also a version with a four-digit combination lock.

The exterior boasts a matte gray finish with black accents, while the interior uses protective foam to prevent your firearm from being damaged in transit. Depending on the design of your suitcase, you may be able to use the included 1,500 pound-test steel cable to secure the safe to the inside of your bag. Otherwise, use it to attach the safe to your car trunk or a fixture at home in between travels. Because it uses a mix of polycarbonate and steel, this lock box weighs a mere 1.7 pounds and measures a relatively compact 10 x 7 x 2 inches.

Best Luggage Lock

Travelmore tsa approved combination cable luggage lock.

Although it’s not a container, this TSA-approved luggage lock is an essential accessory for international travel. It features a keyhole opening that can be unlocked by TSA security staff , allowing them to check your luggage without breaking it open and then re-lock it before sending it on its way. You gain access via the 3-digit combination of your choice. The lock features strong zinc alloy with a reinforced, flexible cable that loops through even the smallest zipper pulls. Available in orange or black and protected by a lifetime warranty, each lock measures 3.15 x 1.6 x 1.18 inches and comes in packs of one, two, four, or six. 

Best Travel Kit

W & p carry-on cocktail kit.


Unwind during your flight with this fun, carry-on cocktail kit. The 7 x 4.1 x 2.3-inch tin is TSA-compliant and compact enough to store in your purse or pocket. This specific kit has the tools and ingredients to make two margaritas and two Moscow mules during your flight. Although alcohol does not come with the kit (you'll have to purchase that through the in-flight beverage selection), you get a recipe card, a spoon/muddler, a coaster, ginger syrup, margarita syrup, salt, and a jigger. A great gift idea, W&P also has other kit options for making an old fashioned, gin and tonic, bloody mary, and more.

Best Pet Carrier

Sherpa original travel bag pet carrier.

Traveling with your pet in tow? Ensure a hassle-free travel experience with the Sherpa Original Deluxe Pet Carrier. Measuring 18 x 11 x 10.5 inches, this top-rated carrier has approval for use on most airlines. Even more, its spring wireframe can push down on the rear end of the carrier to fit under your seat. It will make your pet feel as comfortable as possible, thanks to its top and side entry with locking zippers, roll-down flaps for privacy, mesh panels for ventilation, faux lambskin liner, and a side pocket for storing treats, toys, and more. In addition, its seatbelt strap ensures your pet's safety. Easily transport your pet via the padded hand carry straps and an adjustable shoulder strap, too. This medium-sized version is perfect for pets up to 16 x 10 inches and 16 pounds.

What to Look for in a TSA-Approved Container


Stuff starts to add up after a while, so although there are plenty of genius innovations that are also TSA-compliant, only pack what you’ll really need. Sure, the set of 16 toiletry bottles looks excellent, but if you just need two, there’s always the temptation to pack more just because you can.  

Everyday Carry

What items will you need to access most while you’re on the go? Plan your container purchases to make sure the items you frequently need to grab are those that are the most accessible. For example, if you plan to shower in a lounge, toiletry bottles will ensure you have your full routine at the ready.

If you’re a frequent traveler, ensuring you can get through the most stressful part of travel as quickly as possible is important. However, if you’re only occasionally hopping on flights, spending a pretty penny on a ton of gear doesn’t make the most sense.

The TSA website at tsa.gov provides the most up-to-date rules about which items and containers are allowed in carry-on and checked luggage. Some items are only allowed in checked luggage, so it is best to prepare before arriving at the airport.

Liquids and gels do not have to be stored individually in a clear bottle or container when using a carry-on. You can put them in any container, but placing all your toiletry items in a clear bag is easiest. This makes it easier for the TSA agents to know what is inside, and it’s easy to remove one bag from your carry-on when going through a security checkpoint. 

No, the battery inside your laptop doesn't need removed to go through security. If you are traveling with any spare lithium or ion batteries, those must go in a carry-on bag.

Jessica MacDonald is a freelance writer specializing in travel, scuba diving, and wildlife conservation. She is a two-time winner of The Telegraph's  Just Back  travel writing competition and has written extensively for various magazines, travel agencies, websites, and PR companies. Jessica lives in South Africa's Eastern Cape province and has been TripSavvy's Africa Expert since 2016.

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TSA Requirements for Travel-Size Toiletries

Pack smart with dry toiletry alternatives.

TSA Requirements for Travel-Size Toiletries

Traveling light with only a carry-on can save you time at the airport by not having to go through baggage check-in or waiting at baggage carousels when you land. But TSA requirements can make packing tricky. To maximize room in your carry-on bag, substitute TSA-approved items for unregulated alternatives.

Know TSA requirements

TSA's 3-1-1 rule limits you to taking anything you can squeeze out, pour out or spray out in a 3.4-ounce or smaller container. That means limiting the amount of toothpaste, hair spray, cologne and other toiletries you can take on board. To make the task more challenging, all the containers you take must fit in one quart-size plastic zip-top bag.

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Get around the 3-1-1 rule

If the 3-1-1 rule sounds like it will cramp your beauty style, don't worry. Just substitute as many liquids as you can with dry products. Here's a few ideas to get you started.

  • Go back to basic bar soap . Soap doesn't have to be harsh on your skin. Many bar soap brands make a thick, pouf-friendly lather that is a good stand-in for gels. Or, look for a bar that moisturizes and exfoliates. 
  • Do a dry shampoo . Most hotels supply you with free shampoo and conditioner, but if you want to bring your own, switch over to dry. Try sulfate-free bar shampoos with coconut and argan oils to nourish your locks and make a rich lather. Follow up your shampoo with a silky conditioner bar. 
  • Clean your face. Use a solid facial cleansing stick. 
  • Beat dry skin the dry way . Some beeswax moisturizing bars come in their own travel-friendly tin. Your body warmth turns the texture from dry to creamy as you smooth it along your skin. 
  • Protect your skin. Use an SPF 70 sunscreen stick. The formula goes on completely dry.
  • Discourage pests from biting. Use a solid insect repellent stick. Some repellent sticks contain 30 percent DEET to fend off mosquitos, biting flies, ticks and chiggers. Natural bug repellents fend off pests without DEET. Check out after-bug balm sticks to soothe any bites. 
  • Pack alternatives to liquid makeup. This helps you look your best without having to worry about TSA limits. Some major name brands make foundation sticks that you simply rub on and blend.
  • Clean your clothes. Use laundry soap sheets. The sheets dissolve in water and are useful for either machine or hand-washing. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Travel Toiletries (with Printable Checklist)

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Packing toiletries is like an art form. You want to pack the essentials, but you don’t want to overpack and weigh down your suitcase. Follow our ultimate guide to creating the perfect travel toiletries list and master the art of packing!

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Toiletries are a serious struggle for many travelers. How do you take everything you need especially if you’re traveling carry on only?

Store-bought travel size toiletries are convenient but they’re not always the best option. 

This article will help you plan what toiletries you should bring on your trip by giving you a step-by-step walk through of a suggested planning process.

It will also provide you with travel size toiletries examples, a printable checklist, answers to the most common questions, and will also show you how to downsize your favorite beauty products.


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What is a toiletry item?

When I started traveling, someone took me by surprise when they asked me, “What are toiletries?” Before we get started, I want to quickly clarify what they are.

The toiletries definition from Cambridge Dictionary is: “articles used in washing and taking care of one’s body, such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste”.

To be as helpful and efficient as possible, we’re including a variety of items in our toiletries list including grooming items, beauty products, and other essentials.

The secret to traveling light is to create a functional but minimalist capsule wardrobe. Learn more in my guide !


What toiletries can I take on a plane?

One of the most important things to know before you start planning for your trip is what you are allowed to bring in your suitcase. The toiletries you can take on a plane depend on whether or not you are checking your luggage.

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For cabin or carryon toiletries: airlines require that liquid products be no more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) and all bottles must fit in a clear quart size ziplock bag when traveling with a carry on. Products that need to be inside the quart size ziplock bag are liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes. This is called the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule .


Clear Travel Toiletry Bag

For checked toiletries:  items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters (regardless of amount ) should be in checked baggage. Visit this TSA page to find out exactly what items are allowed in a checked bag. It’s actually an interesting read!

These guidelines are for US-based airlines. However, these tend to be the general guidelines across all airlines. For specific items, always check the website of the airline or contact them and ask them directly.


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What’s the best toiletry bag?

The two toiletry bags our readers love the most are the eBags Pack it Flat Toiletry Kit and the  Sea to Summit Hanging Toiletry Bag.

For more suggestions, read our article rounding up the ten best toiletry bags  and the best hanging toiletry bags .

Tip: Make sure that you keep the quart-size ziplock bag (storing your carryon toiletries) accessible when you get to the airport. Once you get through security, place them back into your toiletry bag.


How do you keep your liquids from leaking?

Here’s a tip I shared on Oprah to help you prevent liquids from leaking in luggage: remove the cap from the bottle, place a small square of plastic wrap over the opening, and replace the cap.

The reason your bottles leak or explode on a flight is due to changes in air pressure. As the plane goes up, the pressure causes the bottle to compress (as if you were squeezing it with your hand). The plastic wrap acts as a seal to prevent leaks.


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This is the reason why store bought travel size toiletries are never completely full. You need to allow a little bit of extra space so the liquids don’t get pushed out by the changes in pressure. (This is also the reason why your ears get plugged while flying.)

The solution: Don’t fill your bottles all the way to the top. Instead, only fill them by 2/3 or 75%.

How to Pack Toiletries for Travel

Follow the below step-by-step guide on how to pack toiletries to determine what you will and will not need to bring along with how to downsize items.

Step 1: Planning and Preparation

Step 2: eliminate, step 3: downsize, step 4: travel containers.


Start by laying out all the grooming and beauty products you use on a day to day basis. Which of these can you take on your trip and which will you need to leave behind? Choose anything and everything you think you may need.

Then, place each item into one of these categories:

  • Not required
  • Not applicable


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There are certain things you might find non-negotiable such as your favorite brand shampoo or premium face moisturizer. You can save a lot of space and weight in your luggage by minimizing toiletries and eliminating certain items altogether.


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Would you be willing to use the shampoo and body moisturizer provided by your hotel for a few days? A few weeks? If not, don’t worry. There are tips in the next steps in the article that will provide a solution to this problem. (Hint: Reusable travel containers !)

If you’re unsure whether your accommodation provides complimentary travel size toiletries, check their website or better yet, send them an email. Want a faster response? Call them.

To help you determine the products you may or may not need, you’ll find a list of toiletries examples below:

Sample Travel Size Toiletries List:

(Click any item for product suggestions)

  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash/Soap/Oil
  • Face Wash/Scrub
  • Feminine Wash
  • Shaving Cream
  • Face Moisturizer
  • Body Moisturizer
  • Body Powder
  • Leave in Conditioner
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Anti-heat Spray
  • Styling Gel/Mousse
  • Hair Smoothing Cream
  • Hand Moisturizer
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Nail Polish
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Hair Removal Cream
  • Makeup Remover
  • Styling Brush/Styling Comb
  • Flat Iron/Straightener
  • Curling Iron
Are there any additional beauty products you use such as other shower essentials ? If so, add them to your initial list.

Printable Toiletries Checklist

Click here to download

  • You can write in an item’s weight (lighter items mean less overall baggage weight)
  • You can note if you need to purchase something or if you already own it
  • And most importantly, you can organize where you’ll pack each item including suggested packing organizers like these
Read this post for a  printable packing list  that includes clothes, shoes, and more!


Now that you’ve gone through the entire list of every possible beauty product you own, create two piles: one for items you don’t need to take and one for items you absolutely do.


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For example:

  • Do you need five hair styling products or can you choose just one? Use something like  this  2-in-1 curling/flat iron duo
  • Instead of razors and hair removal creams, how about a wax before your trip? I like no-heat strips like these
  • Can you leave behind your nail polish and get a gel manicure instead? Read this post on making your vacation nails last
  • Do you need several items to comb or brush your hair or can you use just one like this  foldable wet brush with a mirror?
Is it possible to temporarily hold off on using any products? If so, do it!

TRAVEL BEAUTY TIP:   Find out if your accommodation offers products such as shampoo, shower gel, hair dryer, etc. Some hotels even have additional complimentary items at reception such as razors, toothpaste, and other small essentials. Just ask!


Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

One of the best ways to minimize toiletries is to choose multi-use products or items.  Determine if there are any products you already own that can work double-duty. Choose between two products that serve the same purpose.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps  and  Sea To Summit Wilderness Wash  are two of the most popular travel all-in-one travel products.

Other items to consider:

  • Is it possible to pack 4-in-1 facial cloths like these instead of taking face wash, scrub, and  makeup wipes?
  • Can you use a 2-in-1 shampoo plus conditioner like these ?
  • Would you consider a tinted moisturizer or BB cream? This one’s my fave.
  • Can you use your straightener as a curling iron? Better yet, choose a 2-in-1 curling/flat iron duo like this
  • Have you ever seen double ended makeup brushes? Save space with these

There are various multi-use products on the market, or you can use a few long-term travel hacks like I do, such as:

  • Baby powder as dry shampoo
  • Shampoo as shower gel (only for short periods of time)
  • Conditioner as shaving cream
  • Face scrub as body scrub
  • Body moisturizer to smooth hair flyaways


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You’d be surprised at how many products can be used for multiple needs. Things like coconut oil  or other natural oils can be used as a body moisturizer, shave gel, and split end treatment! Tip: The best coconut oil is cold-pressed, unrefined, and good enough to eat.

There are also various multi-use makeup products  such as my all-time fave:  Nars The Multiple !

Read these tips on how to minimize toiletry products for even more tips!

Have you ever paid attention to how much shampoo you use? I only wash my hair every other day, so a 3 oz. travel size can last me a week!

How long is your trip? Make note of how much product you use for the duration of that time. Now that you know what items you absolutely have to pack, it’s time to determine how much of them you actually need.

Essentials such as shampoo, toothpaste, and moisturizers are particularly important. Don’t forget to test out bath, skincare, and makeup products. Make note so you can refer back when you’re ready to make the final plan.

Tip: avoid taking liquids in your carryon by replacing them with solid toiletries and travel wipes !


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Once you have a better idea of what you actually need then consider other ways to downsize such as:

  • Instead of taking nail polish remover, can you take a few individual wipes like these instead?
  • Do you need an entire bottle of foundation or can you use a small container like this to take only what you will use?
  • Mini-nail polish bottles like these are a good choice, if you can’t stand chipped nails.
  • Read these travel makeup hacks for more ideas!

Skincare tends to be more personalized, but try not to bring more than three skincare items: a cleanser, treatment (for acne or wrinkles), and moisturizer. If you use a skincare system different from this one, try to cut it down to three products.

To downsize your makeup routine, read The Beauty Junkie’s Guide to Packing a Minimalist Makeup Kit and How to Create a Capsule Makeup Collection !


Empty Lip Gloss Balm Container

Choose appropriate travel containers. Many times, 3 oz bottles are too big for a one or two-week trip, so buy various sizes and take only the amount you will use.

Instead of immediately buying “travel-size” containers in 3oz or 100ml bottles, get a range of sizes including 1oz , 2oz , and smaller jars like these , too.

Tip: Replace glass containers with plastic to minimize weight and avoid breakage.

Read this post on the best travel containers  for more info!

Do a test run to see if everything fits in your toiletry bag. If your belongings don’t fit, consider using multi-use products such as a shampoo/conditioner combo, using conditioner as shaving cream, or baby shampoo for your hair and body.

Travel Toiletries Comparison Chart

Watch this video for more tips on how to fit all your toiletries into a carryon:

TRAVEL BEAUTY TIP: For long-term trips, don’t pack full-size toiletries. Purchase travel-size products as you go. Some local drug store brands are common around the world. Here are more toiletry tips for long trips!

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And for every single trick in my packing book, read my full course “ Stop Overpacking “. I created the STOP OVERPACKING program to teach you my exact packing process. Every secret, every detail, nothing is spared.

Learn more about Stop Overpacking here !

What items are a must have on your toiletries list? Share in the comments below!

For more tips on travel toiletries, please read:

  • 10 Best Travel Toiletry Bags
  • The Ultimate Guide to Hair While Traveling
  • Ways to Fit All Your Toiletries into Your Carry-on
  • The Simple Guide to Essential Travel Beauty Products


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Peggy Weatherington

Probably the biggest impact on my packing has been the tips to reduce and decant toiletries. I have followed this website and FB page for several years and the first thing I realized was that my toiletry footprint in my suitcase can be much smaller. This, in turn, makes for more room in small bathrooms (I typically cruise). Thanks for all your great info!!!

Vera Kozlowski

This is a great post, very helpful for thos of us that think we need to bring it all with us. Thank you for helping us travel lighter!

Charlotte Hicks

Sort of in the toiletries category, if traveling to South East Asia, I highly recommend getting a small pack of toilet seat covers and travel toilet paper (or carry tissues). No guarantee that there will be any available in locations other than your hotels. Otherwise, there is a hose with a spray handle for you to use, and that’s it. :0

Tabitha DePaolo

I struggle with packing toiletries and overpacking things. I really appreciate this step by step guide that holds my hand and walks me through every step of packing so I don’t get overwhelmed, confused, or frustrated trying to figure everything out.

Laurie Brown

This is the most helpful travel blog, as I have always struggled with my liquids leaking when I fly. Thx for posting your excellent resources!

meghan brunnock

I love the compass rose packing cubes and look forward to taking them to Paris and Amsterdam the end of October.

Melissa J.

This article has been a lifesaver as my toiletry bag is out of control! I learned many new ways of pairing it down and found some great containers to make that happen. The tips will also help my clear liquids bag be more manageable! Thank you for the great ideas.

Molly Hillman

I love all of these suggestions! I now have the flat-it pack it from eBags and also the lip balm containers which are genius! Thank you!


Lots of good tips, but beware of local restrictions when traveling; e.g., many African countries are very restrictive about plastics. Plastic bags are bad for the animals… If the plastic bag could be a 1-use bag, it might be prohibited even though you plan to use it multiple times during your trip. Some countries prohibit the shopping bags from the duty-free shops. There could be fines and imprisonment. Just a reminder to check restrictions in your designation country.


Very good point, thanks for sharing Dot!


I find it very informative to see what everyone says about downsizing toiletries. Thanks for sharing a great post. And the comments!

So glad you found this guide helpful!


Minimizing my toiletries and my toiletry case is the challenge I must overcome. I just came back from a 16 day trip to Austria. Individual zipper pouches not only create more bulk but also more weight. Reading your well written articles will assist me in this challenge.


I used those round clear jars on my last trip, but I couldn’t really get a grip on the lid and base to separate the two 🙁 I’m going back to using old empty jars of product and decanting into them instead.

Zoey Blue

I just want to thank Travel Fashion Girl and everyone that is part of this community for the inspiration and know-how for successful travel when abroad and also when dreaming from home. Taming toiletries remains a challenge! Using multi-purpose (lips, cheeks, eyes) make-up helps minimize make up, and sample sizes (like tiny mascara) are helpful, as is repotting items into much smaller containers versus buying travel sizes. Thanks for all the tips!

Kelly Settle

Great tips. Toiletries are the most challenging for me.

Kimberly G. Carter

Great info – toiletries are always a challenge for me!

Sallie McFarlane

I loce the tips and be learned from following TFG and pass it a long to friends often! Thanks for the tips

Jennie Woods

Unbelievably thorough! Thank you for these hugely helpful tips and examples. I’m so excited!

Kim Wallace

This is the most thorough and well-written toiletries packing article out there! Thank you 🙂


Suggestions for toner bottle? Everything pours out too fast!


Packing now for my first trip carry on only … and I am finding toiletries are the most challenging part! Thank you for all the info, tips, and tricks!

Karen Rothwell

The empty lip gloss containers … life changing! Thank you!

Christine Campbell

Another great lesson from Alex at TFG! I have more toiletries and medicines than clothes to take on my 15 day trip to the UK. I leave Thursday and am still refining my packing. These toilette tips are sooo helpful! In fact, all of Alex’s blogs are so helpful! I’m so glad I found this group!!


We first started traveling internationally in 2013 and were determined to do carry-on only. I thought it was impossible until I discovered TFG. Toiletries were the most difficult for me to figure out. 9 years later I still use all the tips I’ve learned from here.

Molly Zimmerman

Thanks to your tips I was able to downsize my toiletries and pack in a carry on only for my recent 11 day trip to Europe. Never did I ever think I could make this happen!

Nikki Hollier

I got so much helpful information! I never thought of downsizing from Travel size for my liquids. This has been a game changer for me when packing my toiletries! Thanks!

Nancy Roach

Such great information! Can’t get enough of TravelFashionGirl!

Laura cyr

My first trip traveling with only a carry on suitcase was an epiphany! Easier to pack and unpack. I wear all the pieces during the trip and there is less stuff to deal with while traveling.


Great blog – so many tips (with links) to help pair down toiletries especially for carry-on only – especially buying different sizes to decanter products! Using these tips for trip next week – thanks!


These tips are great! Honestly, in past trips, I have done fine packing with limited clothes but my toiletries have taken up half my suitcase! Looking forward to using these tips to scale back and miniturize.

Tracy Orr Smith

So many great tips for toiletries. I learned alot and will be applying these ideas on my next trip. Thanks for the great info.

Denise Beisel

Thanks for this great post. Details very helpful! And practical!

Jimmie Sue Collett

Great information. Used these tips on recent flight to Maine. Worked great!


These tips saved me on my recent trip to Italy! Thanks for all of the great advice.

Laurie C

A packing list! I will totally use this and hope to whittle down further. Thank you for another great resource!

Nancy Willmore

I’m so scared to travel with a checked bag theses days and my toiletries are the thing that I was most concerned about fitting into a carry on. I love all the downsizing tips and can’t wait to use them for my next trip in October! Thanks Alex.


I like shopping the travel size section in my drug store and at Target. I find lots of different size containers there. I sometimes buy items just for the containers and then fill them with my products.


This post helped me so much when I was packing for my trip to France in April 2022. I think I was fairly successful in packing only the toiletries that I needed and was planning to check my bag, anyway. I also watched the video again when packing for a shorter trip to NY and was able to take even less toiletries on that trip! Thanks for all of your tips and tricks on safety too in the Paris 2022 Packing Guide!

Nadja Jackson

It’s amazing how little I actually need when I travel—I use lots of products but a tiny amount goes a long way and helps so much with both volume and weight. I decant into a combination of the tiny “lip gloss” tubes and have the tiny deodorant sticks as well for solids (perfect for using up the end of a large stick that wouldn’t have come out anyway). Feels good to not purchase more throwaway plastic for travel sizes since I just refill when I get home and then I’m ready for the next trip! Also I highly recommend lotion bars.

Lisa Bamburg

Oh my goodness! This has helped me so much. Packing my liquids was my number one worry about consolidating to a carry on.


What a helpful post! I’m just going to be traveling stateside, but this gave me some great ideas as our space is limited. Thanks TFG!

valerie mudrow

I have learned so many great ideas for decanting makeup etc. I now have lip gloss tubes, contact lens cases and travel size. It makes traveling so much easier – thank you!


We all have such different needs and non-negotiables, but this article really takes us through the steps to figure out what works for us. Using these tips (and with some trial runs) I’ve been able to get down to a small Sea To Summit toiletry bag. Still refining with each trip….


Downsizing my toiletries is my biggest challenge! Thank you for these great tips.


Wow this information is so helpful. I will use many of these tips.


thank you for these tipps. I always feel very accomplished after I pack my clothes but than comes everything else, like toiletries and electronics and my backpack is bursting.


Your suggestions and tips have been so helpful when preparing for an adventure. Thank you!


Every article you write is helpful, but packing toiletries is my biggest struggle. So thank you for this one!

Robin Polito

Using contact lens cases were a game changer on my recent Safari. We were limited to a soft -sided duffle and we wanted to carry on due to Heathrow so this was the way to go. It is amazing how much product fits in each case and how much product you actually use on a trip. I then used the cases on our recent road trip to Arizona. Never had a single spill either trip.

Fern Rabil

This is my all-time favorite post. Life -changing, making carry-on travel the only way to go now. Huge eye-opener!!!

Tracy Trencher Morra

This post is incredible. So much useful information! Thank you!


I have sliced up solid shampoo and conditioner bars into smaller pieces, to make ones the right size for a weeklong trip.

Katrina Gillett

Thanks for the list!

Vicki L Patterson

There is now available shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, soap, laundry detergent in sheet form, and mouthwash and toothpaste as tablets, lotions in bar form,

Hi Vicki, thank you for sharing your great toiletries tip with us! ?

We love solid toiletries and have a range of options here: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/solid-toiletries-for-travel/


One trick I found on the web that works great is to use contact lens cases. You can put a few days/week supply in them, mark them with a black sharpie, and put in your toiletry bag.

Hi Rick, thank you for sharing your great travel hack for packing your toiletries with us! Happy travels! ?


Someone on your blog had mentioned she uses plastic paint cups from Michaels to put her make up in. What a great idea! I just purchased (16) 1/6 oz cups for $2 ( with 50% off coupon) and put my eye cream, under eye concealer, blush…. in them. They are awesome! And they are airtight, so the product won’t dry out! Thank you, whoever you are!

Wow, that is amazing Barbara, so happy to hear it worked so well with packing your toiletries!! Thank you for sharing! Happy Travels!


I wear contacts and somehow have loads of extra contact cases. I use them for putting my face moisturizer, BB cream, salve (in case of cuts or infections) in for trips up to a week. I just use a sharpie to mark something on the outside of the case so I know what is inside.

Hi Jessica, thank you for sharing your great travel tip! 🙂

Elena Garcia

Love your tips! They have helped me to be a more confident traveler!


I do the same because I know how much I need for products compared to others.

Kay Lewis

Two products worth the money (and I’m a cheapo). Blinc mascara. Order online. It is water-proof and rub-proof. To remove, rub with fingers and warm water. No remover required.

ColoreScience sunblock, SP 50. It’s a powder, with the brush built in. No need to pack powder. And who re-applies gloppy lotion every 2 hours? My dermatologist says the best sunblock is the one you use.

Hi Kay, thank you so much for sharing your travel toiletries! 🙂


🙂 sounds great! Thanks.


I have found that some doctors offices have small and very small bottles that you can get for free, if you ask nicely. One example is eye doctors, who have these bottles for sample eyedrops. I’ve gotten 6 in this way….for free. And they are the perfect size for travel!

Hi Connie, thank you so much for sharing your great travel tip for toiletries! 🙂

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How to Pack Toiletries for Air Travel

John Parker

Toiletry products can be very messy things if they spill so the last thing you want is them leaking all over your clothes and other things in your baggage.

There are things you can do to not only ensure that your toiletries arrive at your destination without spilling everywhere but also how you can get around the carry on liquid rules by taking solid equivalents or decanting shampoo etc into travel-size bottles.

Hopefully you will find a few useful tips here to help you pack toiletries safely and also not get your toiletries confiscated at the security checkpoint.

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How to Pack Carry on Toiletries

You cannot just scatter your toiletries around in your carry on bag and expect to get through the TSA security checkpoint at the airport without experiencing delays and problems.

Any toiletry items that are considered a liquid under the TSA liquid rules must be placed in a one quart size bag. This is basically a toiletry bag that is both transparent and resealable plastic bag. Your liquid toiletries must go in this together with any other liquids you may be carrying.

However, you cannot pack liquid toiletries that are in a container that is larger than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) as they are not permitted through airport security at all. Note that it is the size of the container, not the amount of liquid it contains, that is important.

What this means is that you cannot take a 7-ounce bottle that only contains 3.4 ounces of liquid as this would be confiscated by security agents.

You can carry as many liquid toiletries and other liquid items that are below this size as you can pack in your quart-size bag. Only one quart-size bag containing liquids is permitted per passenger.

Toiletries that must go in a liquids bag

The following is a list of the most common toiletry items that are considered to be a liquid so must go in a liquids bag. It is not an exhaustive list so if you have any other toiletries which can either be poured or spread then they will probably also fall within the liquids rule and will also need to go in the quart-size bag.

  • Deodorant /antiperspirant – this includes aerosols , roll-on and spray but not solid stick types
  • Dry shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Body lotion

Read my post 9 things considered a liquid when flying that really aren’t!

Toiletries that can stay in your carry on bag

You can take solid versions of most toiletries in your carry on bag without removing them or placing them in a liquids bag including:

  • Solid deodorant/antiperspirant
  • Solid bar soap
  • Solid conditioner bars
  • Solid shampoo bar
  • Any other solid toiletries

How can you take full sized bottles of toiletries in carry on bags?

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As you now know you cannot pack full size toiletries in your carry on bag and take them through airport security. So if that is the case, how can you actually take larger bottles of liquid toiletries on a plane?

The answer is, if you are traveling from a reasonably large airport that has stores in the lounge area after passing through the security checkpoint, you can purchase toiletries from there. Those stores are not limited to simply selling travel size products but can also sell regular size too.

Any size of toiletry you can buy in one of these stores can be taken on board the aircraft with you in your carry on bag.

How to pack toiletries in checked luggage

The checked baggage liquid toiletry rules.

Firstly, the regulations on what toiletries you can pack in your checked bag are must less restrictive than those that apply to toiletries and liquids in carry on bags.

The 3.4 ounce rule does not apply to liquids in checked bags so any liquids, including toiletries, can be larger full-size versions and not travel sizes. The one restriction that applies to aerosol toiletries is that the container cannot be larger than 18 ounces and the total no more than 70 ounces.

This is the rule on the TSA website:

“The FAA limits the total amount of restricted medicinal and toiletry articles, including aerosols, in checked baggage. The total aggregate quantity per person cannot exceed 2 kg (70 ounces) or 2 L (68 fluid ounces). The capacity of each container must not exceed 0.5 kg (18 ounces) or 500 ml (17 fluid ounces). See the  FAA regulations  for more information.”

Also , liquid toiletries do not have to go in a zip-lock quart bag so you can just pack them in your normal toiletries bag if you wish.

Don’t worry about your aerosols as they will not explode in checked bags .

See my post How much liquid can you take on a plane in checked baggage? for full details.

How to pack your toiletries

The most important thing to prevent when you pack liquid toiletries is that the containers do not get squashed and the toiletries leak out.

You can try and stop this by stuffing them into shoes and other items that will protect them.

You can also pack toiletries in a rigid toiletry bag with your other toiletries kit. This will offer them some protection and also protect items outside of the toiletry bag as the bag will be quite leakproof.

Resealable sandwich bags make a great deal of sense to use too . Pack each toiletry item that could leak in individual bags, so should one leak it will not damage anything else in your bag.

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Toiletries packing tips

Buy travel-size toiletries.

Some toiletry manufacturers are aware of the TSA liquid rules so manufacture small bottle versions of their products in what is referred to as travel sized bottles. These are 3.4 ounces or less in size so are permitted in carry on luggage (in your liquids bag). Hunt them out in your local store or online.

Buy refillable bottles

Decant each of your favorite liquid toiletry products into an individual refillable bottle that is designed for air travel and as they (normally) hold 3 ounces each. This way you should be able to take enough for a week-long trip if traveling with carry on only.

You can purchase them together with a TSA approved toiletry bag on Amazon here – TSA Approved Travel Bottles with TSA Approved Toiletry Bag

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Buy solid equivalent toiletries

Since there are no restrictions on the size of solid toiletries you can take on a plane it makes sense to consider substituting your normal liquid toiletries if going on a trip, particularly if you are only taking hand luggage.

They are also easier to pack too and can save space, particularly if you dispose of any unnecessary packaging.

As well as soap there is a whole range of solid toiletries you can buy, some of which I had never heard of before researching this article, such as:

  • Solid stick deodorant – Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick (for women) or Degree Deodorant Stick (for men)
  • Solid shampoo – Solid Shampoo Bar And Conditioner Effect Hair Soap
  • Body butter – NATUREWELL Shea Body Butter Variety Pack
  • Perfume – Jasmine & Clary Sage Fragrance Solid Perfume by Roots Rose Radish
  • Cologne – Calamity Jane Solid Cologne
  • Even solid mouthwash! – Listerine Ready Tabs Chewable Tablets

Share space with a partner

If you are traveling with someone, it may be that they will not be using all of the available space in their liquid bag (particularly if they are male) so you could put some of your additional toiletries that qualify as liquids in that too.

Buy toiletries at the airport

Particularly if you are flying from a larger airport, there are likely to be some stores after you pass through security where you can buy full-size toiletries. There are no restrictions on actually taking these on the flight with you if purchased after the security checkpoint.

You will probably need to use them up and perhaps throw away some that are partially used though as you will be unable to take them through security for your return flight.

Buy at your destination

Believe it or not, if you are flying to most other countries, particularly in Europe and other developed countries, they actually have these items for sale there too!

So just save weight and space in your carry on bags and buy them when you arrive.

What is the 311 rule?

The 311 rule is what the TSA refers to as the liquids rule – no larger than 3 ounces (actually 3.4), in a 1 quart liquid bag and only 1 liquid bag per passenger.

Do toiletry bags have to be clear?

A toiletry bag that is being used to take liquids through airport security must be a clear plastic bag that is resealable with a capacity of no larger than 1 quart.

Is deodorant allowed in flight?

You can take deodorant on a flight if it is no larger than 3.4 ounces (or you buy it after the security checkpoint) and you can use it during the flight.

Does stick deodorant count as a liquid?

Stick deodorant is not considered a liquid for the purposes of TSA security liquid rules so its size is not restricted and it does not have to go in a quart-size liquids bag either.

Can I take full size toothpaste on a plane?

You can take full-size toothpaste on a plane in checked bags but not in carry on as it will be larger than the maximum size of 3.4 ounces.

Is Vaseline a liquid TSA?

Vaseline does fall within the TSA’s liquids rules so to be carried through security in carry on it can only be in a container that is no larger than 3.4 ounces and must be in a toiletries bag (quart size resealable liquids bag).

Is mascara considered a liquid when flying?

As surprising as it may seem, mascara is considered a liquid under the TSA’s liquids rules so to be carried through security in carry on it can only be in a container that is no larger than 3.4 ounces and must be in a toiletries bag (quart size resealable liquids bag).

Do wipes go in liquid bag?

Wet wipes do not need to go in a liquid bag as the TSA does not consider them as being liquids even though they are wet.

Can I bring full-size shampoo in checked luggage?

You can bring a full size shampoo container in your checked luggage as the carry on liquids rules do not apply to liquids in hold baggage.

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While you won’t find much make-up or extra bits and bobs in our quart-size bags, you’ll find all the essentials you need for your carry on toiletries. After four years of travel to all different climates, we’re bringing you the best items for your travel toiletry bag, and better yet, making it all carry-on friendly!

Following TSA’s carry-on toiletries rules and sizes, this toiletry packing guide will leave you with room to add a few of your personal “must-have” items too! Now, let’s get to packing!

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What toiletries to pack for a trip abroad

  • Prescription Medication
  • Over the Counter Favorites (Tylenol, Benedryl, etc.)

Fingernail Clippers

  • Conditioner

Carry On Toiletries Rules

After the tragedy of 9/11, airlines have really honed in on safety of items passengers carry on to airplanes. Although the new carry on rules cause headaches when packing toiletries the rules are there for good reason.

Stay away from sharp objects like straight razors (regular shaving razors are allowed), or things like long metal nail files or scissors. And stick to the 3-1-1 rule when packing liquids for hand luggage.

Maximum Liquid Carry On Airplane | the 3-1-1 ratio

TSA now has a liquid carry on rule that follows a 3-1-1 ratio. Though, even with airport travel as often as we’ve done, we’ve never really looked into this rule much. Come to find out, it’s meant to ease the understanding of liquids brought on a plane!

The 3-1-1 rule simply means that all your liquids must be three (3.4) ounces or less , fitting into one quart size bag , and limited to one quart size bag per person .

Now, before you think how is that even possible to fit all your toiletries into one quart size bag, keep reading to find out it is in fact possible!

What Goes In The Quart Size Bag

The quart size bag is for only liquids. Keeping that in mind when bringing things like shampoo, conditioner, and soap is essential.

Gone are the days of bringing the liquid form of showering necessities, and in are the days of bar soap, shampoo, and conditioner (recommended brands below).. allowing more space in your quart size bag for other essentials.

Depending on the TSA agent you get as you go through security, both toothpaste and deodorant are technically considered liquids, meaning they must fall under the 3.4 ounce liquid rule.

Powdered make-up, pills/medication, and other “dry” toiletry items do not have to go in your quart size bag. You’d be surprised how many “dry” products are offered for travel toiletries these days!

How To Pack Toiletries And Makeup For Carry On Travel

Keeping in mind that only liquids have to go in a clear quart size bag, following the 3-1-1 rule mentioned above, the rest of your toiletries can really be anything you wish. Below we’ve recommended what exact items to pack in your carry on toiletry bag, but we understand some people need more things like make-up and the like.

  • When packing your toiletry bag, be sure to separate anything that could be pokey, i.e. tweezers, nail clippers, or bobby pins, from the quart size bag with your liquids. If any of these liquids leak, you don’t want it to ruin your belongings!
  • Pack your toiletry bag in a place that’s easy to access, so when you go through security, you can quickly pull the quart size bag out.
  • Take the cap off the liquids and add plastic wrap under the cap to prevent spillage when the containers expand in flight

The Carry-On Toiletries Bag To Get

When searching for a carry on toiletries bag, keep in mind something that is packable, and thin, allowing the toiletry bag to fit into the smallest place possible! We love our  Sea to Summit  travel light toiletry bags and have used them for four years of travel.

Special things to look for when purchasing a carry on toiletries bag are separate compartments to keep your toothbrush away from make-up and hair stuff, and simple mesh dividers to keep your toiletries organized!

We recommend against getting the  hanging toiletry bags  as these take up more space and weight than the simpler travel light bags!

Exact Items to Pack In Your carry on toiletries bag

Both prescription and nonprescription medication go in your carry-on luggage. And while you may think you don’t need it, we recommend bringing your favorite kind of medicine like Tylenol , Ibuprofen, or Benadryl . It’s easier to have just in case, rather than trying to find these medications while in a foreign country!

Though going to a foreign pharmacy is always a great adventure! Haha

Do not bring your electric toothbrush while traveling. We both use electric toothbrushes at home, but find the weight and annoyance of bringing a charger not worth having it while abroad. Grab a simple toothbrush , and maybe some floss and call it good!

Traveler’s Tip …If you get the smaller Sea to Summit travel bag, you’ll have to cut off part of a normal size toothbrush so it fits in the bag. Jay did this with a pocket knife and used a lighter to heat up and smooth the edges!

While Dr. Bronner’s soap works for toothpaste, we’d argue it is not a very nice toothpaste to have! Bring a couple of small travel size toothpaste , the kind you get from a dentist’s office.

Remember, the toothpaste should be 3.4 ounces or smaller to fit TSA liquid rules.

There are so many kinds of deodorant , bring whatever one suits you best. Just again remember to keep it small, as depending on the TSA agent you get, they may consider deodorant a liquid.. major eye roll here!

Do not, I repeat, do not bring a brush! Get used to having a comb. Brushes are big and bulky and just take up too much space… Also, who actually brushes their hair these days anyways?

While you cannot bring a straight razor in your carry-on luggage, you can bring a normal razor used for shaving in your carry on toiletry bag. It does not need to be set out while going through security, and we suggest getting one that has a cover on the blades so it doesn’t create tears in your bags!

While fingernail clippers were once in question of being allowed in carry on luggage, they aren’t in question anymore. Obviously not necessary when traveling for shorter durations, but if traveling for a longer period of time, fingernail clippers come in clutch!

They work great to “cut” snags on clothes and luggage too!

Travel-Friendly Shampoo

Gone are the days of fitting your shampoo into 3.4 ounce containers and in are the days of bar shampoo . We haven’t actually tried bar shampoo, but have heard raving reviews of it from more and more people recently.

We typically pack Dr. Bronner’s soa p and use it for our shampoo, and basically everything else under the sun too!

Conditioner for Travel

Arguably you could probably get away with not bringing conditioner if you’re not traveling for that long, but if you absolutely need it, you can now find bar conditioner ! It’s like bar soap, but is instead conditioner.. how great is that?!

Body Soap For Travel

As you could have guessed, we’re recommending bar body soap here too. Although, we also understand that bar soap can sometimes not be the best for everyone’s skin. This is why we recommend Dr. Bronner’s soap!

We love Dr. Bronner’s all-natural soap , and use it for washing everything from dishes to our bodies and even our clothes while we travel! It’s a great all-in-one soap!

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Heather and her husband currently live in a van with their cat, Georgie, traveling and finding nature escapes all over the western United States while sneaking in trips abroad when they can.

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Airport guidelines are usually a hassle for most travelers, even if they’re used to traveling. You’ll find yourself, on every trip, asking yourself what beauty products and skincare bottles to pack and what to throw away. Will the TSA agents approve the liquids in your luggage bags, or they’ll easily throw them away because they aren’t compatible with the guidelines? If you can relate to these issues, then you should start thinking of TSA travel-size toiletries bags. For avid travelers who buy travel-size bulk toiletries, you need a transparent spill-proof bag to contain those toiletries. Thus, we have done a lot of research to find out the top 13 TSA travel-size toiletries bags that should be placed on this list to help all travelers. Keep reading to find out the best bag for your needs below.

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Coming in a half transparent and half opaque design, EzPacking Clear Tsa Approved 3-1-1 Travel Toiletry Bag is a suitable TSA travel-size toiletries bag for most travelers. However, some people believe it isn’t approved by all TSA agents. So, check the approved dimensions before you attempt to buy this bag. If you have already bought Amazon bulk travel-size toiletries, this is a good bag to store your things in. It’s a large bag with a half-transparent design to see through the bag and easily find what you’re looking for. Also, the double zipper design makes it a lot easier to access your stuff. Available in around 10 colors, this bag is a nice choice to start with. And it isn’t pricey at all!

  • Available in 10 colors
  • Easy to open
  • Has a top handle
  • Not approved by all TSA agents

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No more hassles and stops at the airport for passing the security checks with CableintheBay TSA Approved Clear Travel Toiletry Bag . This toiletries bag has a clear logo that shows and confirms it’s a TSA-approved bag. When you find a bag like this, don’t hesitate to purchase it because it has all that you might need to store all the Amazon bulk travel-size toiletries, thanks to its spacious large size. The bag is sold as a solo bag, a pack of two, three, or a bag with a handle. All of them are reasonably priced, considering what you get from the bags. In addition, it’s waterproof and easy to clean because it’s all transparent plastic. Best of all, it’s sturdy with a smooth zipper.

  • Available in four options
  • Reasonable price
  • Smooth zipper
  • No color options

For light travelers who don’t need travel-size bulk toiletries, Ogato Clear TSA-Approved Toiletry Bag is a good option. This bag is very small compared to most other toiletries bags. However, it’s 100% TSA-approved. So, if you don’t pack a lot, this bag is for you. The bag is sold in a pack of three sealable bags; they have triple seals to ensure no liquids can ever leak from the bag. Check those travel-size empty bottles for toiletries and get some of them to ease your packing process inside those toiletries bags. On another side, the bags are made of PEVA; this material is better than plastic and more friendly to the environment as well. Ogato bags are suitable for any kind of traveling, even road trips. They’re small and lightweight so that they can be packed anywhere.

  • Eco-friendly material
  • Pack of three bags

Amazon bulk travel-size toiletries need a pack of TSA travel-size toiletries bags to get all of these products in. Here is ANRUI TSA Approved Toiletry Bag that comes in either a pack of three or five. Use the five bags altogether to divide your stuff between the bags or store them as backups in case one of your toiletries bags wears out or torn apart. Yet, we believe they won’t because the bags are made of high-quality polyester with enough thickness to withstand all your beauty travel-size products . Even if you decide to store some electronic devices or other items inside those bags, they’ll serve the best. The bags open like a clamshell giving you 100% access to your stuff. Also, they’re all transparent to see the items from all sides. Thus, there is no way that the TSA agents suspect the toiletries bags.

  • Packs of three or five
  • Durable thick material
  • See-through from all sides
  • All the bags are of the same size

Olanmark TSA-Approved Toiletry Bag is made for organized travelers, whether men or women. The bag has two inner holders to store a toothbrush, razor, or any similar item. Plus, it has a separate outer pocket for things like tissues, earplugs, and other stuff that you don’t want to get dirty. Aside from how it’s divided, the bag is completely transparent for TSA approval. Plus, it’s just the right size to include Amazon bulk travel-size toiletries. The zippers are strong enough to stuff the bag with your items without having the zippers broken after a series of trips. Want more? The bag has a handle strap to hang it on any hook in a bathroom or so.

  • Two inner holders and a separate outer pocket
  • Strong zippers
  • Handel strap
  • Not the easiest to access

Lermende 3pcs TSA Approved Toiletry Bag is a TSA travel-size toiletries bag that no one can doubt its eligibility for travel. The bag has travel icons on one side that directly notify TSA agents they’re following the rules. So they might not even need to check what is inside. However, if they have to, the bags are transparent and easy to see, speeding up the security check process. On the other side, your bag will come in a pack of three at a very affordable price. All your travel-size bulk toiletries will have a container, and you can even organize them in three bags. Apart from that, the zipper is durable and corrosion-resistant. Plus, the bag is waterproof and spill-proof as well. No liquids can leak into or from those TSA travel-size toiletries bags.

  • A pack of three
  • Durable materials
  • Waterproof and spill-proof
  • Doesn’t fully open

APREUTY 6-Piece Toiletry Bag is the best option for travel-size hygiene products bulk buyers. Those who love to go after clearance and get the best offers will like this toiletries bag a lot. The bag is sold in a set of six bags; one large bag, two clear TSA-approved bags, and three smaller bags for small items like makeup or cosmetics. Hence, everything is organized inside your travel bag. Even if you want to store some electronic devices such as a tablet or a notebook, the largest bag has enough space for storing such items. The bags are also durable, waterproof, and have sturdy zippers. The largest bag also has a strap handle to carry it from, and the bag is well-supported with reinforced edges to withstand the heaviest items you can pack inside. Don’t hesitate to go for this option if you have a lot of things to pack.

  • Set of six bags in different sizes
  • Reinforced edges
  • Versatile uses
  • Comes in different colors
  • Might produce a bad smell

Keep the small items, such as travel-size mouthwashes , wipes, and earplugs, in a small TSA-approved bag and the larger items, such as travel-size shampoos, lotions, and deodorant sprays , in a larger bag. To do so, you don’t need to buy two separate bags; just get this GAGAKU TSA-Approved Clear Toiletry Bag Set, including two bags in two different sizes. Both bags come in the same transparent PVC material with colored frames; you have three colors to choose from. But the best thing here is each bag’s side handle, making it easier to carry the bag or attach it to a hook inside your larger travel bag.

  • Two bags of two different sizes
  • Bags come with a side handle
  • Comes in three colors
  • Zippers aren’t the sturdiest

Another set of two toiletries bags to keep all the liquid and non-liquid toiletries safe while traveling. ProCase TSA Approved Clear Travel Toiletry Bag includes a 3.9×5.5 inches bag and a larger 5.9×7.8 inches bag. Both can be used together to store most of the travel-size hygiene products, yet, some travelers believe the bags are a bit stiff and not so versatile to include all the bottles. If you think this size is suitable for you, the bags are really a good deal because they’re high-quality at an affordable price. Also, the zippers are durable and won’t fail even if you use them daily. Although the bags are a bit tight, some people like this tightness because they’re compact and don’t take up much space.

  • Set of two bags
  • High-quality materials
  • Lightweight and compact
  • A bit tight

Frequent travelers will love this set a lot as it includes all that they might need for Amazon bulk travel-size toiletries. Yictek TSA Approved Travel Size Toiletries Tubes Kit has tubes or bottles to empty the products inside and the bag you’ll store the bottles in. This set includes seven bottles of different shapes and designs to use for different purposes. For example, there are squeeze bottles, pump bottles, sprayers, and jars. Each is intended to contain different travel-size hygiene products. Further, you don’t need to use all the bottles at once. You might even use the container or the toiletries bag only if you don’t need any of the bottles. Most of the bottles are sealed to prevent liquids from leaking. However, some travelers complained of leaking bottles, so don’t forget to try them all before traveling.

  • A set of a bag and bottles
  • Leakproof bag
  • Value for money
  • Easy-to-open bag
  • Some bottles aren’t perfectly sealed

Are you looking for a different toiletries bag? BORSALI TSA Approved Toiletry Bag is different from all other bags as they’re vertically oriented. Those bags are designed for minimalists who only need the smallest, lightest, and simplest toiletries bag to take essential items. The bags are tight but long to contain bottles. Any travel-size bottles will be suitable for this bag. Apart from that, the bags are similar to most toiletries bags approved by TSA guidelines in that they’re transparent from all sides, allowing complete see-through. As for the material, the bags are made of non-toxic plastic with enough thickness for durability. Plus, there are options to choose from; one bag, two, or three bags altogether.

  • Sturdy material
  • Thick plastic
  • Sold separately or in sets
  • Suitable for minimalists

You might have some travel-size bulk toiletries and a few other bottles that need to be separated between two bags. Packism TSA Approved Clear Toiletry Bag comes in three options, whether a pack of five, three, or two. The two-pack option comes in two sizes, so you can easily divide your stuff between the two bags, so you’ll never go wrong with these toiletries bags. As for the material, it’s made of PVC material which is durable, waterproof, and easy to clean. Speaking of cleaning, just wipe off the bag with a wet cloth, or you can wash it with soap and running water and dry it with a cloth. The bag is generally easy to clean and use, where all the edges are reinforced to keep your bottles and toiletries in place.

  • Sold in packs
  • Durable materials and zippers
  • There’s no handle or hook to hold it from

Finally, the last option we’re introducing is BAGSMART Travel Makeup Organizer with TSA-Approved Cosmetic Bag . This bag includes a traditional travel makeup bag that isn’t transparent but very handy to organize your makeup inside, plus a plastic transparent toiletry bag for TSA approval. Further, the bag is available in two sizes; medium and large. The travel bag has a 360-degree swivel hook to hang it from. Plus, it includes many pockets and holders, so everything is organized perfectly. On the other side, the transparent toiletry bag is just the right size, following 3-1-1 regulations. Moreover, it features a strong frame and strong metal zippers for storing all your things inside.

  • A set of a travel bag and toiletries bag
  • Hard metal zippers
  • Available in different colors
  • Two size options
  • Some people might not need the travel bag

How To Choose The Best TSA Travel Size Toiletries?

Are you an avid traveler who buys Amazon bulk travel-size toiletries once for all upcoming trips? Then, you should get some toiletry bags to store those toiletries in. If this is the case, here are quick guidelines to help you choose the best TSA travel-size toiletries.

There is a specific size for carry-on toiletries bags if you want to have them on the airplane. The right size is a quart size to be TSA-approved. However, you might go for smaller or larger sizes according to the TSA requirements of the specific airline you’re traveling on. You always need to check those requirements before buying any bag.

Toiletry bags should be transparent to pass security checks faster. Thus, TSA agents can easily check the bag without opening it. Also, it’s more friendly for you as a user because you can easily see through your bag and find what you’re looking for

Choose a bag that is easy to clean, mostly plastic bags that just need wiping. Cleaning your toiletry bag is necessary because it might get dirty as a result of any leak or so. Thus, get a bag that cleans easily using a wiping tissue or even running water.

TSA toiletries bags are small bags where you store your toiletries, but they should follow the TSA requirements so they pass the security checks and you can carry them on the airplane.

Yes, they have to be transparent, at least from one side, to pass the security checks, and the TSA agents can see through the bag.

TSA toiletries bags must be quart size and not even a little larger because TSA guidelines are very strict about this rule.

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Checked bag policy

Checked bag allowances.

Changes to bag allowances and fees have been updated as of February 20, 2024.

Travel within / between the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands – 1st checked bag fee is $40 ($35 if you pay online) and the 2nd checked bag fee is $45.

Travel to / from Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and Guyana – 1st checked bag fee is $35 and the 2nd checked bag fee is $45.

All bag fees are non-refundable and apply per person, at each check-in location, each way, even if you purchase or get an upgrade that includes free checked bags. If you believe you've been incorrectly charged for bag fees, contact an American representative for help or file a refund claim within 45 days.

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How many bags can you take?

Check up to 10 bags on american airlines operated flights if your trip is:.

  • Transatlantic
  • Transpacific

Check up to 5 bags on American-operated flights if you’re traveling to / through / from:

  • Mexico / Caribbean / Central America*
  • South America*
  • Bag regions

*There are seasonal and year-round bag restrictions

We calculate the size limits of your bag by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height.

For all regions, except to / from Australia or New Zealand, your checked bag allowance is:

  • Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
  • Weight: 50 lbs / 23 kgs
  • For First / Business, weight is 70 lbs / 32 kgs for complimentary bags and 50 lbs / 23 kgs for excess charged bags

For all confirmed customers on flights to / from Australia or New Zealand:

  • Weight: 70 lbs / 32kgs for complimentary bags and 50 lbs / 23 kgs for excess charged bags
  • Oversize and overweight bags

What it will cost

In some cases, you won't have to pay the fees for up to 3 bags when traveling on itineraries marketed and operated by American Airlines. If you qualify for complimentary bags based on your AAdvantage ® status or one world ® status, the benefits are based on your highest status level at time of ticketing or check-in.

If your status level is:

  • Higher at ticketing than at check-in, show your ticket receipt to the airport agent
  • Lower at ticketing than at check-in, current benefits will automatically apply

Free checked bags may not apply to codeshare flights operated by our partners. Visit the website of the airline operating your flight for details.

Other airlines

1st checked bag is complimentary for:

  • Eligible AAdvantage ® Aviator ® and Citi ® / AAdvantage ® cardmembers (on domestic American Airlines operated itineraries)
  • AAdvantage Gold ® status
  • oneworld ® Ruby

or when traveling to these destinations:

  • El Salvador*
  • New Zealand^
  • South Korea^
  • Transatlantic*

*Excluding Basic Economy

^Excluding Basic Economy for tickets issued on / after June 7, 2023

1st and 2nd checked bags are complimentary for:

  • AAdvantage Platinum ® status
  • one world ® Sapphire members
  • Confirmed Domestic First customers
  • Confirmed Business customers
  • Confirmed Premium Economy customers

1st, 2nd and 3rd checked bags are complimentary for:

  • Confirmed Flagship ® First and Flagship ® Business Plus customers*
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum ® status
  • AAdvantage Platinum Pro ® status
  • one world ® Emerald
  • Active U.S. military and / or dependents with ID traveling on orders (1st - 5th bags free of charge)
  • Active U.S. military with ID on personal travel

*Applicable only to Flagship ® First International, Flagship ® First Transcontinental and Flagship ® Business Plus. AAdvantage Executive Platinum ® status, AAdvantage Platinum Pro ® status and oneworld ® Emerald members traveling in Flagship ® First may check a 4th bag at no charge

Save time, pay online

Don’t wait in line at the airport – get the best price available and check up to 3 bags when you check-in on aa.com or in the app.

Pay for your checked bags online within 24 hours of departure and receive the best price available for travel on domestic flights within and between the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska, and select markets in the Caribbean and Central America.

For tickets issued on / after February 20, 2024, save $5 on the 1st checked bag fee for travel within and between the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information about paying for your bags online, visit our customer service FAQs.

Customer service FAQs

All published bag fees apply at each check-in location and are base rates according to travel dates and destination; applicable taxes are not shown.

All bag fees are non-refundable and apply per person, each way, even if you buy or get an upgrade that includes free checked bags. If you believe you were incorrectly charged for bag fees, contact an American representative for help or file a refund claim within 45 days.

^Main Plus includes 1 extra free checked bag in addition to the Main Cabin allowance (max of 2)

^^A $30 1st checked bag fee and a $40 2nd checked bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before February 19, 2024. A $40 1st checked bag fee ($35 if paid online) and a $45 2nd checked bag fee applies within / between the U.S. (including HI / AK), Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands for tickets issued on / after February 20, 2024. Otherwise, a $35 1st checked bag fee and a $45 2nd checked bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after February 20, 2024.

*Free bag excludes Basic Economy: For Basic Economy travel to / from Haiti, a $30 1st bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before February 19, 2024 and a $35 1st bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after February 20, 2024. For Basic Economy travel to/from Panama / Colombia / Ecuador / Peru a $45 1st bag fee applies. For Basic Economy travel to / from South America (excluding Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname) a $45 1st bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before September 19, 2023 and a $60 1st bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after September 20, 2023. For Transatlantic Basic Economy travel, a $75 1st bag fee applies. For Transpacific Basic Economy travel for tickets issued on / after June 7, 2023 a $75 1st bag fee applies and for tickets issued on / before June 6, 2023 there is no 1st bag fee.

**For travel to / from Honduras, a $65 2nd bag fee applies seasonally for travel November 27, 2023 – January 10, 2024 for tickets issued on / before September 19, 2023 and for tickets issued on / after September 20, 2023 a $40 2nd bag fee applies year round. For travel to / from Panama and South America (except Guyana and Suriname), a $65 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / before September 19, 2023 and a $100 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after September 20, 2023.

If your region isn’t listed, we can still help:

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Through checked bags

We only through check bags if all your tickets are in the same reservation and you’re connecting to another American Airlines or one world ® flight.

Each passenger traveling to Cuba may only check up to 2 bags* with a maximum weight of 70 lbs / 32 kgs per bag, plus 1 carry-on bag and 1 personal item.

  • Carry-on bags

*Seasonal exceptions apply to Havana, Cuba effective for travel on / after March 14, 2023

*For travel to Cuba, a $30 1st bag fee applies to Basic Economy and Main Cabin for tickets issued on / before September 19, 2023. For tickets issued on / after September 20, 2023 a $30 1st bag fee applies to Basic Economy and there is no 1st bag fee for Main Cabin. For tickets issued on / after February 20, 2024 a $35 1st bag fee applies to Basic Economy and there is no 1st bag fee for Main Cabin.

**For travel to Cuba, a $150 2nd bag fee applies for tickets issued on / after March 14, 2023 for travel on / before November 15, 2023 or travel on / after January 10, 2024. A $200 2nd bag fee applies otherwise. Excludes Main Plus for tickets issued on / after September 20, 2023.

^Main Plus includes 1 extra free checked bag in addition to the Main Cabin allowance (max of 2).

What else can you travel with?

  • Mobility and medical devices
  • Traveling with pets
  • Special items and sports equipment

Restricted items

There are some items that are only allowed in checked bags or your carry-on. Check to see how to pack and travel with restricted items.

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What Can I Bring?

Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport. Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by reviewing the lists below. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. Read about civil penalties for prohibited items .

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The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.

Officers may ask you to power up your electronic device, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. TSA does not read or copy information from your device.

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American Airlines Increases Its Baggage Fee and Updates How Loyalty Members Earn Miles — What to Know

The increased bag fee went into affect on Feb. 20 while the airline's new rewards-earning method goes into effect in May.

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Passengers flying American Airlines will need to pack lighter or be ready to pay, the carrier announced Tuesday of its increased bag fees along with an array of other customer-facing changes.

For travel booked after Feb. 20, a passenger's first checked bag. purchased in advance, will cost $35, up from $30, for domestic flights (including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). A traveler's first checked bag paid for at the airport will cost $40.

A second checked bag paid for in advance is also $40, while one purchased at the airport is $45.

For Canada and short-haul international flights, the fee is a flat $35 for first checked bags, regardless of where it’s purchased. 

Passengers who hold elite status, certain AAdvantage credit card members, and those who are booked in premium cabins on domestic and international flights will continue to receive complimentary bags. 

The airline also announced upcoming restrictions on earning AAdvantage miles and status-eligible Loyalty Points. It’s a move that the airline hopes will encourage passengers to book directly with the airline. 

“Not only does booking directly with American provide the best possible experience, it's also where we offer the best fares and it's most rewarding for our AAdvantage members,” Vasu Raja, American's Chief Commercial Officer, said in a statement.  

Starting on May 1, American will require passengers to book directly with the airline or on an eligible partner carrier to earn redeemable miles and Loyalty Points for status. Booking as an AAdvantage Business member, a contracted corporate traveler, and via a soon-to-be-announced list of “preferred travel agencies” will also be eligible for mileage earnings, except for basic economy fares.  This is the first move by a major U.S. airline to restrict mileage earnings based on where a flight was booked. American promises to release the list of “preferred travel agencies” in late April. Come early May, mileage-savvy travelers will want to pay even closer attention to where they’re booking their flights.

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