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Can You Bring Toothpaste On a Plane 2023?

So can you bring toothpaste on a plane? And what size toothpaste can you take on a plane?

Toiletries like toothpaste, liquids, gels and aerosols in general are allowed in the cabin but with certain restrictions.

The TSA allows toothpastes in carry-on baggage if it is within the 3-1-1 liquid limits, which is less than 3.4 oz or (100 ml) for a single container and inside a single quart sized bag.

In this post we will answer all your questions about traveling with toothpastes and other dental care products, like toothbrushes and similar items.

Let’s dive right in.

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Sensodyne Strong and Bright Enamel Toothpaste/ courtesy of Amazon

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Bring Toothpaste Through The Security Checkpoint

While the toothpaste is considered a liquid By the TSA , you can’t take more than 3.4 oz (100 ml) to the security checkpoint in your carry on baggage.

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If you have the TSA PreCheck you don’t need to remove all your toiletries in the security point, or the agent will ask for additional screening.

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What Size Toothpaste Can You Take On a Plane?

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If you decide to take only a carry-on bag to keep things handy during your flight , travel sized toothpastes of no more than 3.45 oz or less.

if you are traveling for small trips a 0.85 oz toothpastes (Amazon link) will just do the job, in addition that you’re just within the limit set by the TSA.

Travel sized toothpastes are usually a good idea if you want to take your toothpaste with you, other ways you can get one after the security checkpoint, in a duty free shopping area.

Make sure also you travel with non essentials inside your toiletry bag, that may reduce some space for additional items on your bag.

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You can’t take full sized toothpaste on a plane, but this guy can smuggle some penguins 😀

How Much Toothpaste Can You Bring In Checked Baggage?

There are no limits to the quantity of toothpaste you can bring in checked baggage, so You are allowed to take larger containers more than 3.4 oz (100 ml) inside your checked baggage and without even placing it inside a toiletry bag.

What is good about traveling with your toothpaste in checked baggage, is that you can take more than one full sized container, not only toothpastes but also, shampoo, perfumes or any other liquids.

How Do You Take Toothpaste On a Plane?

You can take your toothpaste in either its original container or fill a small one, the container must be less than 3.4 oz or 100 ml when taking them in carry on baggage.

Generally, there is nothing wrong with toothpastes; however the TSA includes them in its 3-1-1liquid rule; and it is advised to stay within the limits and carry a small amount or travel size toothpaste inside a toiletry bag and avoid any inconvenience at the security checkpoint.

Here some tips on how to take your toothpaste on a plane:

  • choose the right size (under( 100 ml), as the size is the factor for liquids when traveling with only carry on
  • If you can travel with the original container that will be better, because the Airport security will quickly identify the item without a manual or additional inspection.

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Why Is Toothpaste Not Allowed On Airplanes?

Anything that you can pour, pump, spread, squeeze, smear, spray, or spill is considered a liquid and must follow the 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less rule, and apparently toothpastes can be squeezed.

The reason of banning large quantity of liquids like toothpaste is for security purpose, terrorist attacks or bad guys can use those kind of liquids to made or hide explosive, so the reason is the safety and the security of the passengers a and the aircrafts.

There are attempts that involve liquids, acids or explosives that the security can not detect if they are in large quantities, so the TSA and other security tend to ban taking more than a personal use on board the airplanes.

Can I Use My Toothpaste On a Plane To Brush My Teeth?

Yes you can brush your teeth on your flight, and it is advised to clean and rinse your mouth especially if you have a meal or eat sugary foods.

it is even preferable to brush your teeth twice on long haul flights, (like US to Australia, or China to Canada)

Bye-Bye Quart-Sized Baggie For TSA!!

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Photo by Sarah Chai on Pexels.com

There is a Trend of Toothpaste Tablet on Amazon among travelers, because Tablets are not liquids, so they can be carried on planes without any limits.

A traveler says about the tablet toothpaste “These are part of my standard conference travel packing. I use a single hard-case suitcase that fits in an overhead bin, and the only thing I hate worse than checking a bag is having to fish out a baggie of liquids for inspection by the TSA. So I pack these for toothpaste, use the hotel products for other hygiene needs (conditioner makes for great shaving cream), and never worry about it. My bag stays closed, one less thing to meddle with.

Final Thoughts

If you take a travel size toothpaste which is less than 3.4 oz (100 ml) inside your transparent toiletry bag, you will not be asked any question in the security checkpoint.

If you are traveling to a place where you know there are no toiletries or you will need to pay some extra money to get your toothpaste, it may be smart to pack an extra tube of toothpaste, especially if local shops are difficult to find.

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