Can You Bring Shampoo in Carry-on Or Checked Bag? (2024)

You can bring shampoo in carry on and checked baggage, but you can only bring containers of 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less in carry-on bags ( Shampoo tablets are excluded from the TSA liquid rules), on the other hand you can pack large containers of shampoo in your checked bag.

Keep reading to know what size shampoo you can take on an airplane and more about traveling with powdered and medical shampoo.

What Size Shampoo Can You Bring On a Plane?

According to the TSA (The Transportation security administration) you can take bottles of shampoo that are 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less in your carry-on luggage.

If you want to bring more than 3.4 oz / 100 ml in your carry-on bag you can fill multiple bottles and place them inside your toiletry bag, the TSA does not limit the amount of bottles you can take however they must be placed inside a transparent toiletry bag.

Here is what the TSA says about liquids:

You are permitted to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes inside your carry-on bag and through the security checkpoint. but in travel-sized bottles that are no more than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Products must be in a small, transparent quart-sized bag to easily screen. if you have liquids more than 3.4 oz / 100ml place them inside your checked baggage.

Can You Bring Shampoo In Carry-on Luggage?

Yes you can bring Shampoo in carry on luggage, but in small containers of no more than 3.4 oz or 100ml.

Because travel size shampoo can be more expensive, most travelers are using these refillable Portable Travel Bottles to split their full sized shampoo or to take just one container in short trips.

( when traveling internationally )If you are traveling with carry-on only, but you don’t want to take travel size containers, you can also buy full sized shampoo after you pass the security checkpoint at the airport, but they may charge more than your local shop or online stores.

This dude wants the TSA to ease transporting of shampoo in carry-on baggage instead of knives, and obviously what he means is to allow full sized containers.

Can You Bring Shampoo In Checked Luggage?

Can I Bring Full Size Shampoo In My Checked Baggage?

According to the TSA liquids like shampoo, or other hair products can be transported in checked baggage in their full sized containers without restrictions, and they do not have to be in a transparent Ziploc bag if you don’t want that.

If you are going for a long trip, it is a good idea to take all your necessary toiletries inside your checked bag, meanwhile take some of them in your carry-on bag, in case your bag didn’t make it or was delayed.

How do you bring shampoo on a plane? I just fill a travel container, less than 3.4 oz with shampoo and place it inside my carry-on bag and put the rest inside my suitcase which I will be checked later on.

Can I Bring Dry Shampoo On A Plane?

Dry shampoo shampoo are good to go on planes in both carry-on and checked baggage.

@NJibog asked the TSA if he can bring this dry shampoo (in aerosol form) in carry on baggage.

The TSA customer service replied that dry shampoo is permitted and as long as the bottle is 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less is is accepted in carry-on.

The bottle above has a size of 0.75 oz (0.22 ml) that means the containers are allowed on board.

Take Shampoo on International Flights

Almost the same rules are applied on traveling with shampoo on international flights.

You will need to take a small amount of shampoo in carry-on luggage and send the large amounts in checked baggage.

However, if you do not mind buying a bottle of shampoo at your destination country you can save the space inside your bag for another item.

How Much Shampoo Should I Bring On a Trip?

Most of the time two travel size shampoo bottles can last two months when using tiny amounts daily, but if you are using shampoo excessively a 8 oz / 230 ml can last only for a month.

And as long as the TSA and many airlines do not allow a full sized bottle of shampoo it is preferable to travel with a full size shampoo in checked baggage.

I take a full sized 17.9 oz 530 ml of shampoo and conditioner for my trip, and if I run out of shampoo or conditioner I usually find it in a local store.

How Do I Pack Shampoo For a Flight?

It is important to pack your shampoo or liquids in general wisely especially for long haul flights, using a strong toiletry bag will help protect your items while keeping your liquids inside even if they spilled out.

Here is what Nadine takes for a month of travel, and how she packs her shampoo and other liquids for flights.

Best Travel Size Shampoo

If you intend to take travel friendly shampoo with you it’s always better to pick them prior to your flight, they are much better than what hotels have on hand.

Here are some of our picks for travel-size shampoos that work for a variety of hair types, and are easy to carry in your carry-on for your next trip.

TRESemme Moisture Rich Shampoo & Conditioner Travel Size View
Pantene Shampoo Daily Moisture Renewal Hydrating Travel Size View
Head and Shoulders Classic Clean Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Travel Size view

Final Thoughts

You can bring Shampoo on most airplanes, but in carry-on baggage it must be in containers of less than 3.4 oz / 100 ml packed in quart sized bags and with no quantity limits in checked baggage.

Ultimately, and as stated above, you can buy more than 3.4 oz bottles after you pass the security checkpoint and you don’t need to adhere to the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule, but it can be more pricey.

We hope this helps

Happy travels

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