So can you bring Chapstick, lipstick and lip gloss on a plane?
Chapstick ( lip balm), lip-gloss and lipsticks has been around for quite a long time, they are handy items, functional, they will serve you everywhere, make your lips feeling nourished and dehydrates, but what are the rules when flying with these items and is lip balm considered a liquid when flying?
Here is the simple answer:
Chapsticks and lipsticks are allowed in both carry-on and checked luggage without any limits, while lip-gloss is permitted in carry-on with no more than 3.5 oz / 100 ml for a single container, larger containers should go in checked luggage.
In this post, we will answer all your questions about traveling with Chapsticks, lipsticks and lip gloss, and how to pack them properly prior to your flight.
Let’s dive right in.
|Items||Carry-on Luggage||Checked Luggage|
|Chapstick (lip balm)||No limits||No limits|
|Lipstick||No limits||No limits|
|Lip Gloss||No more than 3.4 oz / 100 ml||No limits|
Tip: Chapsticks is a form of Lip Balm and if you want to know more about the difference between lip balm, lipstick and lip-gloss, you can check this well detailed post by Jen, but if you already know the differences, you can proceed to the rules below.
Can You Take Chapstick In Carry-on luggage?
According to the TSA, you are good to bring your Chapstick through the security checkpoint, and in carry-on luggage without any restrictions.
The TSA liquid rule does not apply on Chapsticks, as they are considered solid items.
Here is what the TSA has to say about Chapsticks on its website.
The TSA will count as liquid any item that can be poured, pump, squeeze, spread, smear, spray or spill. Chapsticks can be confusing as they are not 100% solid and most of them contain beeswax, but still the TSA does allow them without any limits, which is great.
So you can bring any amount of Chapsticks inside your carry-on bag without even placing them in a quart sized bag, you can easily throw them inside your purse and you are good to go.
Can You Take Lipstick In Carry-on Luggage?
Lipsticks have the same rules as Chapsticks; whether it is Carmex or any other brand they are not considered liquids so you can bring them without any restrictions.
Sarah asked the TSA if she can take this lipstick in her makeup bag or does it have to go in the liquid bag her carry-on.
The TSA customer service replied that solid lipstick is allowed in carry-on bags. And the lipstick isn’t required to be placed in a single quart-sized liquids bag as it is not counted as liquid.
Can You Take Lip Gloss in carry-on luggage?
Lip-gloss is considered a Gel, so the same rules as liquids applies, no more than 3.4 oz / 100 ml and packed inside a quart sized bag with other toiletries.
The good news is you can take as many as it fits inside your quart-sized bag.
Linda asked the TSA if “lipstick” which is in a solid form, is allowed in carry-on, and if “lip gloss” should go into the 3-1-1 liquid bag.
The TSA customer service replied that lipstick in solid form is good to go in carry-on luggage without any restrictions, but if it is liquid like lip gloss it must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces or less
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Take Chapstick, Lipstick, Lip-gloss In Checked Luggage
All the items mentioned above whether it is lip-gloss, lipsticks or Chapsticks are allowed in checked luggage without any restrictions.
However, I don’t think it will be necessary to take Chapstick, Lipstick or lip gloss in checked luggage as they are small and easy to take inside your carry-on bag, unless you want to transport large quantities.
So overall, you are good to bring any type of lip-gloss or lip balm in checked luggage.
How To Pack Chapstick For Your Next Flight?
Traveling with makeup in general is easy and smooth.
Now that you know everything and what is classified as liquid and what is not according to the airport security and the TSA.
It is better to be prepared, especially for the security checkpoint, to speed up your screening process.
You can use a toiletry bag (quart sized-bag) to gather all the items that are considered liquids like lip gloss or mascara , and on the other hand you can just throw solid items in your purse or you can use a separated make up bag.
I will not recommend placing your expensive makeup items inside your checked luggage.
Not just because they will be damaged or missed also, but also in case you want to apply some Chapstick for your dry lips.
Best Lip Balms (Chapstick)
There are many great types of lip balm to travel with. Here are some popular brands of lip balm most of them are travel size.
Yes, you can take Chapstick, lipstick and lip gloss on a plane in both carry-on and checked luggage.
Chapstick and lipsticks do not have any restrictions on carry-on luggage, while lip-gloss is a liquid so it has to be in your quart sized bag and no more than 3.4 oz / 100 ml for each container.
On the other hand there are no additional restrictions on taking all the items in checked luggage.
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