Can You Bring Candles On a Plane? 2023

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So can you bring candles on a plane? And how many candles can you bring on a plane?

Whether you want to travel with your own candle or you bring some as a gift, to give you the short answer:

Here is a quick answer: According to the TSA solid candles are permitted in carry-on and checked bags, gel-like candles when packed in carry-on luggage must be 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less.

In this post will give you more details about taking candles in hand luggage and checked luggage in addition to some tips on how to pack candles for your next flight.

Tip: Scented candles (Amazon link) are allowed on planes, and they actually make great gifts to pack in a suitcase due to their small size and solid nature.

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Jasmine & Sandalwood Candle / Courtesy of Amazon

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Can You Bring Candles Through TSA?

As mentioned in the TSA website  (Transport Security Administration) you can bring solid candles through the security checkpoint at the airport, and in your carry on luggage without any problem.

You can also bring solid candles in your checked baggage without limits or restrictions, while Gel-type candles are allowed only in checked baggage.

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If you wonder how gel Candles look like here is an example on Amazon.

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Do Candles Count As Liquid In Hand Luggage?

Solid wax candles are not considered liquids when transported in carry-on baggage.

And if you have other types of candles you are not sure if you can take it in hand luggage here is what the TSA consider liquids, “If you can pour it, pump it, squeeze it, spread it, smear it, spray it, or spill it, it’s subject to liquid rules

Can You Bring Candles In Your Carry-on?

As stated above solid candles are allowed in carry-on baggage without any restrictions, and you can take them either in your personal item or carry-on bag.

@Miae Asked TSA If she can bring her Candles in a glass container on the plane.

The TSA confirmed that Solid candles are cool in carry-on bags, however it is advised to pack your candles in a solid box.

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Can I Bring A Glass Candle In My Carry-on?

Yes, glass candles and birthday candles are allowed on carry-on, and obviously the best way to fly with glass candles is in your carry on bag.

Transporting glass in check baggage is more prone to be damaged or broken.

You can also inform the airport security politely to carefully handle your glass candle.

Are Candles Allowed In Checked Baggage?

You can bring solid candles on checked baggage without any limits, though i don’t recommend placing them inside your check in bag as they are prone to damage or break especially on long flights.

if you are bringing candles as a gift make sure to place it inside your carry on bag that way you won’t be worried about all the tile about it.

@Ashlee wants to take matchbooks and her wax candles in checked baggage and the TSA replies that they don’t have a problem with wax candles; however matches are allowed only in carry-on baggage and only one book or pocket matches are allowed.

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How To Pack Your Candles For a Flight?

There are so many types of candles and you can pack them differently, but the ideal ways to secure your candles with your clothes, if you don’t plan to place them inside a solid box.

You can also roll your candles in bubble wrap and place it between your clothes on your carry on bag and tuck it in the middle.

That will make it protected and prevent it from being broken.

If you are traveling with your lovely glass jar it will need more care, you can just use a solid box and it will protect it just fine.

How Many Candles Can You Bring On a Plane?

The good news is there are no limits to the amount of candles you can bring on planes, however; you will need to always take into consideration your airline baggage rules weight and size.

Can You Bring Candles On a Plane Internationally?

Most countries do not have strict rules on taking reasonable quantities of candles when traveling.

But if you are taking a large amount of candles, there is more chance that the customs will ask the reason for traveling with a large quantity of candles, and if your purpose is for commercial use and you don’t have any permission you will need to pay taxes or your candles will be seized.

What are Airlines Rules About Traveling With Candles?

United Airlines

@Jess asked @United airlines about this Bath & Body 3-Wick Candle, and United Airlines confirmed that candles are allowed without any problem.

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American Airlines

@American Airlines also confirmed to @Kylie that solid candles are okay to pack in hand luggage.

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Delta Airlines

@Delta also confirmed to @Gunyenye that candles are allowed on board, however they must be packed carefully.

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Jetblue Airlines

@Jetblue answered that Solid candles are permitted in carry-on baggage .

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Southwest Airlines

@Southwest confirmed also that Candles are allowed in carry-on baggage, and what they don’t mention is that they must be solid candles.

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Final Thoughts: Can You Bring Candles On a Plane?

All types of candles are allowed on planes, but gel-type candles need to be in containers of 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less when packed in carry-on baggage larger quarries need to be transported in checked baggage.

The same applies for international travel, just ensure that you bring reasonable quantities when traveling to other countries to avoid any inconvenience at the airport.

Ensure that you also protect and pack neatly your candles when transported in checked baggage.

We hope this helps

Happy travels

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