Can You Bring Deodorant On a Plane 2023? TSA Rules

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Deodorant is an essential cosmetic product and must have toiletry when traveling, but can you bring deodorant on a plane? And And what type of deodorant you can take on a plane?

The short answer is yes.

Deodorant and antiperspirant in liquid, and spray containers need to be 3.4 ounces / 100 ml or less and fit in a toiletry bag when packed in hand luggage. Larger containers of deodorant are good to go in checked bags.

This post explores the TSA rules on all types of deodorant and how big of deodorant can you bring on a plane hand and checked luggage.

Let’s dive right in.

Does Deodorant Follow 3-1-1 Rule?

If you are traveling within or from the U.S the Transportation Security Administration ( TSA ) stated that you can bring both liquid and aerosol deodorant in carry-on baggage but they need to follow the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule.

You can only bring 3.4 Ounces or less for each container, you must fit all your toiletries in 1 quart sized bag and each passenger is allowed to take only 1 baggie.

The TSA 3-1-1 meaning

So only deodorant with 3.4 ounces / 100 ml or less in size are allowed through the security checkpoint and in carry-on baggage.

Here’s what the TSA says on their website about liquid deodorant:

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Screenshot from the TSA website

Here is what they about aerosol deodorant.

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Screenshot from the TSA website

The TSA clerks will most likely read the deodorant label, and If your favorite deodorant is too big for carry-on the TSA officer will confiscate it.

Stick deodorant does not count as a liquid so is allowed in carry on baggage without worrying about the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rules.

Can You Bring Deodorant In Hand Luggage?

The best place to take your deodorant is in your carry-on bag or personal item.

Just ensure that you take travel sized containers to avoid any inconvenience at the airport.

Screenshot from the TSA website

Can You Bring Powder Deodorant On a Plane In Carry-on?

I found this answer about powdered deodorant on X (Formerly Twitter).

Carrie asked the TSA team about taking her powder deodorant on carry-on.

The TSA customer service replied that she is allowed to bring powder deodorant with no limits- powder and stick deodorant are not considered liquids so the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule do not apply on them.

But if the container contains more than 12 OZ / 350 ML she will be required to remove the deodorant from the bag for further screening.

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Screenshot from Twitter

Is Deodorant Allowed In Checked Baggage?

You can bring stick and liquid deodorant in checked luggage with any limits.

But aerosol deodorants are limited to a total of 70 oz / 2000 ml, and each container must not exceed 18 oz 500 ml.

But it is really a sufficient amount if you are willing to carry deodorant for personal use.

@Kumar asked the TSA on twitter about bringing his 10 OZ or 300 ML Aerosol Deodorant in checked baggage,and the TSA answered that Aerosol Deodorant on checked baggage is limited to 70 OZ or 500 ML so he’s good to go.

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Screenshot from Twitter

Can You Take Prescribed Deodorant On a Plane?

If your doctor says you need a prescribed deodorant or spray ( like Driclor deodorant ) for medical reasons, then you can bring it through the security checkpoint in larger containers more than 3.4 ounces / 100 ml without any problem.

However; ensure that you inform the TSA officer that you have larger containers and your doctor note before you go through the security checkpoint.

Larger amount of liquids or medical products are always subject to additional screening, but this is only done to ensure the safety of all passengers and the airplane.

Alternatives To Travel Size Deodorant

There always some alternatives for taking small containers of deodorant on a plane.

Place it inside your checked bag

Chances are, you won’t need your deodorant during the flight. so If you have a checked bag, consider stashing your deodorant there.

But it’s a good idea to place it in a ziplock bag to prevent any potential leaks or spills.

Buy Deodorant after you pass the TSA security Checkpoint

Once you’ve cleared the TSA security checkpoint, you can purchase deodorants larger than 3.4 ounces or even several containers and bring them on board the airplane without any issues.

Buy deodorant At Your Destination

Another hassle-free alternative is to buy your favorite deodorant at your destination.

What Is The Best Travel Sized Deodorant?

If you are looking for a travel sized Deodorant check out this Schmidt’s Aluminum Free Natural Deodorant with only 3.25 oz .

Nadine packing deodorant for a plane

Nadine recommends to travel with a full sized deodorant stick as it is ok to bring in carry on, but if you want to bring a full sized deodorant spray you will need to place it on your checked bag.

Final Thoughts

You can carry your deodorant in carry-on or checked bag as long as you follow the TSA rules and guidelines.

Make sure that you place your liquid or aerosol deodorant in your checked bag if it is more than 3.4 ounces / 100 ml if it is a liquid or aerosol.

Stick or solid deodorant are good to take in both carry-on and checked luggage without any restrictions.

Types Of Deodorant And AntiperspirantCarry-on bagsCheck in bags
Spray DeodorantOnly 3.4 oz / 100 mlAllowed ( a total of 70 oz and 18 oz for each container)
Roll-On DeodorantOnly 3.4 oz / 100 mlAllowed
Antiperspirant DeodorantOnly 3.4 oz / 100 mlAllowed
Gel or Cream DeodorantOnly 3.4 oz / 100 mlAllowed
invisible deodorantOnly 3.4 oz / 100 mlAllowed
Solid DeodorantNo limits Allowed
Deodorant wipesNo limits Allowed
This table is an overview of types of deodorant, and if they are allowed in carry-on and check-in bag.

We hope this helps

Happy travels

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