I hate having a “five o’clock shadow” and always feel rather grubby if I am unshaven, particularly after a long overnight flight. So being able to shave before landing can make me feel much better, but can you take an electric razor on a plane and use it?
All types of electric razors can be taken on a plane including rechargeable, battery operated and corded razors. These can be carried in both your carry on bag and your checked bags.
You have no need to worry about turning up to that important meeting when you arrive at your destination looking like a hobo as you can smarten yourself up before you land.
Can you take an electric razor through airport security
There are no restrictions on taking an electric razor through a security checkpoint at the airport, whether it is a battery, rechargeable or corded razor. They can be left in your carry on when the bag goes through the x-ray machine so you do not normally need to remove them and place them in a tray.
If you are unsure about anything you want to take through airport security in you carry on or in your checked bags you can use the TSA #AskTSA service on Twitter. This is their reply to a query about carrying an electric razor on a plane.
Can you take an electric razor in your carry on?
You can take an electric razor on a plane in your hand luggage, whether they are rechargeable, battery operated or corded. So you will be able to shave on board if you wish to smarten yourself up, unless it is corded of course as there will not be any outlets to plug the razor in to.
These are particularly suitable to use when flying as using the little sink in an aircraft washroom to wet shave on a plane isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do.
Can you take an electric razor in your checked bags?
There are no restrictions on packing electric razors in your checked bags, no matter what type they are.
Even rechargeable razors containing lithium ion batteries are allowed as they cannot be removed. If they were removable then the battery could not go in your suitcase separately but would have to be installed.
Electric razors and overseas electric sockets
Remember that if you are traveling overseas, particularly to Europe, that your US plug will not fit into a wall outlet there. In order to use your razor, or charge it up, you will need to take an adapter with you. The one I use, which covers every possibility, is the Ceptics World Travel Adapter and is available on Amazon.
Also the voltage is different in other parts of the world to the 110v used in the US. For example, 220-240v is the standard voltage in Europe and elsewhere. Fortunately most electric razors available today automatically adapt to different voltages but you should check the specification of yours before you leave just in case it is 110v only. Your razor could be damaged and burn out if you use it on the wrong voltage.
Can you take aftershave in your carry on?
You will probably want to splash some aftershave on your face after using your electric razor. You can take after shave on board with you but you cannot take bottles larger than 100ml (3.4oz) through airport security due to the restriction on liquids.
Fortunately many aftershave bottles are smaller than this so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. But remember, it is the size of the bottle, not the amount of aftershave in it that is important. So you cannot take a 200ml bottle with you that is only 25% full.