Can I Bring a Curling Iron in My Carry On?

I remember my wife asking me “can I take my curling iron in my hand luggage?” when we first got together and, to be honest, I didn’t have a clue. If I had known then what I know now I would have said yes!

You can bring your electric corded curling iron on a plane and either carry it in your carry on bag or put it in your checked bags. If it is gas powered then you cannot put it in your checked bags.

Now I know these can also be called a curling wand or curling tongs – you learn something new every day.

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Can I Bring a Curling Iron in My Carry On

Can you take a curling iron through airport security

There are no restrictions on taking a curling iron through a security checkpoint at the airport. They can be often be left in your carry on when the bag goes through the x-ray machine although it may be easier in the long run if you remove it and place it in a tray.

@AskTSA Service

The TSA offer a very good service on Twitter where you can ask a specific question about whether you can take something through the security checkpoint and they will respond quickly.

This is an example response to a passenger’s question regarding carrying a curling iron:

tsa can you take a curling iron on a plane

Can you take a gas curling iron in carry on?

You are permitted to take a gas curling iron on a plane in your hand luggage with you provided:

  • you only have one with you
  • the safety cover is fitted over the heating element
  • you are not carrying any spare gas canisters

You cannot put a gas curling iron in your checked bag under any circumstances. If you do then your bag will be opened and the curling iron confiscated.

Also you cannot carry spare gas cartridges in either carry on or in your checked bags. If you are likely to run out of gas while you are away you will have to try and buy a new gas cartridge wherever you are.

Can you take a curling iron in your checked bags?

The rules regarding packing curling irons in your carry on are a little complicated.

  • Electric curling irons. These can be packed in your checked bags without restriction
  • Gas/butane curling irons. These cannot be carried in your checked bags under any circumstances. They must be taken in your carry on bag if you wish to take them with you.
  • Spare gas canisters. These cannot be taken on a plane in either your checked bags or your carry on bag.

Will my curling iron work if traveling internationally?

Electrical sockets are not the same worldwide. US plugs will not fit in sockets in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere.

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You will need to purchase a travel adapter to so you can charge or use your devices when traveling overseas.

The most popular is the Ceptics World Travel Power Adapter – 3 USB Ports Wall Charger Type I C G A Outlets 110V 220V A/C – 5V D/C – EU Euro US UK. This will allow you to plug your devices into sockets overseas. It also has 3 USB sockets to charge phones, laptops, tablets etc without taking a different one for each.

One more thing you need to be aware of is that most US devices operate on 110 volts whereas in most other countries they use 220-240 volts. Now many devices these days are designed to operate on dual voltage so they will work anywhere. However this is not always the case so you should check the specification of your devices to be sure.

Other hair related items

The rules regarding carrying other tools and products you may use for your hair are as follows:

  1. Hair straightener
  2. Hair dryer
  3. Hairspray
  4. Dry shampoo


You should have no problems taking a curling iron with you when traveling in your carry on bag.

Have a good and stress free flight – and nice hair!