Can You Take Vaseline On A Plane? 2024

Vaseline or petroleum jelly is used worldwide, as it relieves dry skin, prevents chafing, but can you bring Vaseline on a plane?

Generally Vaseline is allowed on planes in both carry-on and checked baggage, but in carry-on it falls under the TSA liquid rule, so it must be in containers of 3.4 ounces / 100 milliliters or less and it should fit with other liquids in 1-quart sized bag.

Let’s find out more about traveling with petroleum jelly and how to pack it for your next flight.

Let’s dive right in.

Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly 1.7 Fl Oz / 50ml
Carry on baggageAllowed but only 3.4 oz / 100 ml for each container or tube
Checked baggage Allowed with no limits

Is Vaseline a Liquid TSA?

Although the TSA didn’t specifically mention Vaseline on its website, they have a large line of similar items like creams and gels.

the screenshot below Elena didn’t know if her item is considered a liquid, all she knows is that its text is similar to Vaseline.

But here is a definition of what TSA counted as a liquid :

If you can pour it, pump it, squeeze it, spread it, smear it, spray it, or spill it, it’s subject to the 3-1-1 limits, 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less for each container or less placed in a single quart sized bag with other toiletries.

So, according to the TSA Vaseline is counted as liquid.

You will need to take small containers ( 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less ) in a quart sized bag, you can place as many as you want in your toiletry bag.

I checked Twitter to find more info and exactly how they answer some of the travelers’ questions.

Here is a short answer from the TSA to Kosalko stating that Petroleum jelly must be 3.4 oz / 100 ml or less if placed in carry-on bags.

The same answer was given to Sara about taking a small container of Vaseline.

If you need to take a large tube of Vaseline for medical use, you will need a prescription, otherwise it will depend on the security officer to decide whether your Vaseline will be allowed or not.

Though not mentioned with the TSA in the response below.

All they said to Rakeiba is to let the officers at the security checkpoint know she has these items and place them in a separate bin for X-ray screening.

Don’t need to stress too much about the Vaseline travel size.

Most of the containers and tubes come in small travel friendly sizes, so if you will need to take more Vaseline you can place several containers inside the toiletry bag as long as you have space inside it.

Take Vaseline In Checked Baggage

There are no limits on how much Vaseline you can bring in a checked bag, as long as you don’t exceed the weight limits of your airline.

If you are worried that your Vaseline will spill out inside your bag you can follow the packing tips below or you can just take a small container inside your carry-on bag.

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How To Pack Vaseline In Your Luggage?

Vaseline is not hard to keep safe during travel as it is not 100% liquid that is easy to spill inside your bag.

Even though you will need to take some precautions, you can place it in a sealed container if it does not come with one or in a tube.

For the tube you can also use some tape. It’s a good way to secure the flip top cap in case it gets squeezed with another item.

You can also add a layer of protection by placing it inside a Ziplock bag or a sandwich bag, that will ensure the material stays inside the plastic bag, if the container opens up during your journey.

Final Thoughts

You can take Vaseline in your carry-on bag, but in travel size containers, only 3.4 oz / 100ml is allowed for each container as it is considered a liquid.

Alternatively, If you want to bring larger containers or tubes, you can place them in your checked bag.

Just ensure that you neatly secure them inside your bag.

We hope this helps

Happy travels

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