Can You Take Lotion On A Plane? 2024

Lotion is an effective product to soften and soothe your skin, it comes in different brands and forms, creams, milks, light mousses or hydrating oils, but can you bring lotion and cream on planes?

You can bring all types of lotion, cream, milk, or oil on planes in both carry on and checked bags, but; when transported in carry on bag, lotion need to follow TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule, only 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less is allowed for a is angle container packed inside a quart sized bag, you can take larger bottles in your checked baggage.

Keep reading to know every detail about traveling with lotion in both domestic and international flights.

Let’s dive right in.

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Take Lotion Through The TSA Security Checkpoint

What size lotion can you take on a plane?

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration ), regulates what you can and can’t bring on planes within and from the United States.

They have limited the size of lotion you can take on a plane.

According to them, body lotion is allowed through the security checkpoint, but it needs to follow the TSA 3-1-1 liquid rule.


No more than 3.4 oz / 100 ml of liquids for each container, placed in a resealable quart size bag.

If you are not sure what The TSA liquids rule covers here is what the TSA says:

Any item that you can pump, squeeze, spread, smear, spray or spill must follow our liquids rule in carry-on bags.

I checked the TSA social media to find some answers.

Brian wanted to bring unopened 150 ml bottle of lotion as a gift in a carry-on bag.

The TSA customer service replied that lotion must be 3.4 ounces or less and fit comfortably in a single quart-sized resealable bag containing other travel-sized liquid items.


If the container takes more than the permitted size and you want to fill it only with 3.4 oz / 100 ml, the TSA still does not allow that, you need to take only small containers.

Remember, you will be required to remove your toiletries from your bag at the security checkpoint.

On the other hand if you purchase your lotion after the security checkpoint or you have a prescription that you are using a medical lotion you can take larger quantities.

Here is an answer from the TSA customer service.


They reply to Frida that medically necessary products including creams are good to go in carry on bags and they can exceed the 3.4 oz / 100 ml size, but she will need to inform the security officer that she have medical liquids and place them in a separate bin for x-ray screening.

Even though the prescription is not recommended, If you don’t have one you may need to use some selling skills to convince the security officer that your lotion is for medical use.

If you are traveling carry-on only and you need to take more, lotion bars are a good replacement, as there are no limits to the quantity of solid items you can take on board the airplane.

Additionally; lotion bars have less chemical ingredients and they are priced reasonably compare to the liquids.

Can You Bring Lotion In Checked Luggage?

You can pack lotion in checked luggage without any limits.

Taking liquids in checked baggage is generally more lenient compared to carry-on bags

The capacity of each container must not exceed 0.5 kg (18 ounces) or 500 ml (17 fluid ounces).

And the total quantity per person cannot exceed 2 kg (70 ounces) or 2 L (68 fluid ounces).

Jim wanted to know if he can fly with a can or two of aerosol suntan lotion in checked baggage.


The TSA gave him the green light but as we mentioned above, lotion in aerosol form is allowed in checked bags, but each bottle need not to exceed more than 18 ounces.

Take Lotion on International Flights

Can you take lotion through customs?


We could say the rule on traveling with lotion on international flights is almost the same as traveling domestically.

Unless for medical use, the maximum each bottle can to be is 3.4 oz / 100 ml in carry-on baggage, you can put larger containers in checked baggage.

It is probably better to take lotion in checked baggage on international flights. If you want to take more than the allowed amount, you will need to save space in your carry-on baggage for more essential items.

Final Thoughts On How Much Lotion Can You Take On a Plane.

You can bring lotion in both carry on and checked baggage along with your other toiletries.

Pack only containers of 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less in carry on luggage, large bottles (For instance a 8 oz lotion bottle / 230 ml) need to be placed in checked bag.

If you are traveling with a type of medical lotion or buy lotion after the security checkpoint, then it is fine to bring any quantity, and you don’t even have to place it inside a quart sized bag.

We hope this helps.

Happy travels.

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