There are so many things that you can or can’t take with you on a plane these days. How do you keep track of it all? What constitutes a liquid? How much is 3.4 ounces anyway? Is it still 3.4 ounces? How many wipes can you have in your carry on?
So many rules. What about stuff for your baby and little ones? Are the rules a little more relaxed if it’s for them?
The Quick Answer: TSA rules state that you can take baby wipes, diapers, breast milk, baby formula, bottled water and baby creams and lotions with you without worrying about the liquids rules. That is because when you are traveling with a baby or a young child, fortunately, the TSA rules for what can be taken through airport security are more relaxed.
As well as taking baby wipes on a plane you can also take all other forms of wipes including disinfectant wipes, Lysol wipes, Clorox wipes etc.
As a parent, if you don’t have a pack of wipes with you, particularly in the limited confines of an airline seat then it can create anxiety. You are always thinking of what can spill and stain and the horror of the sticky something or other if you don’t have some wipes within reach.
Then you imagine whatever could be on the seat or armrest of the plane you are about to get on. Ewe. So, can you take them on a plane?
Baby wipes on a plane are a go
Fortunately, baby wipes are an item that you can bring with you on an airplane – imagine having to fly with a baby or young child without them. They will be allowed through the TSA airport security checkpoint. You will also be able to buy baby wipes in the stores after the security checkpoint at most larger airports.
Technically you should be allowed to bring any size wipe pack with you. To be safe, you can always get the smaller travel size wipe packs that you can find in the travel section of the store or in the baby aisle.
You can also get any travel sized container and transfer your wipes into that if you don’t want or need to bring the whole pack. Wipes don’t even have to be in the original packaging. You can take some wipes and pop them into a plastic baggy if you aren’t going to be on the plane for a long time.
The following is a response to a passenger asking the TSA if baby wipes can be taken in their carry on bag using the @AskTSA service on Twitter:
Bring all the wipes
Whether you want to bring baby wipes, face wipes, Lysol wipes or alcohol wipes, you can bring it all. You can have them in your carry-on or check them inside your suitcase. It doesn’t matter.
You want to bring wipes with you no matter what though. From wiping down your tray table to cleaning your hands when you get off of the plane, they are a handy thing to have with you.
It’s a good thing that they don’t count as a liquid because they will be much needed as you travel. You might get a look or two if you wipe your seat down before you sit or the armrest, but you also don’t want to get sick when you finally get to get out of the house.
Just make sure you bring them
I swear that even when I don’t have kids at home, or that my kids are past the point where I should need to be wiping their face every five minutes, that I will still have a pack of wipes on me. They really are a great universal tool to have at all times.
I’m prone to spilling things myself so there’s that. But if you are flying with a child, you should make sure you pack wipes. You have no idea what that baby is going to do while waiting to get through security or on the plane. It’s better to be prepared than not.
There have been so many times that I have pulled out a wipe for a stranger in need and the look on their face has been repayment enough.
Where to pack baby wipes
Okay so you know you can bring them. But please, don’t toss them anywhere in your bag. Even though they aren’t considered a liquid doesn’t mean they can’t open up in transit. You know they are still wet, and wet things always seem to leak while traveling.
Make sure they are sealed as tightly as can be. Put them at the top of your bag too. This will help anything from getting wet if they do leak or open up. More importantly, if they are at the top you can easily grab them for whatever you need them for.
So check your bag, and check it again to make sure you have room for some baby wipes. Keep them at the top for easy use and to show TSA if they do ask you to remove them.
What is the dirtiest part of an airplane?
Basically, anywhere that people regularly touch on a plane are potentially dirty but in a rough order of potential dirtiness you may wish to use a baby wipe to safeguard your baby by cleaning:
- tray table
- air vent
- entertainment system
Be prepared to share. It’s like gum. Once someone knows you have a pack, everyone will want one. Happy flying.
Do wet wipes have to go in liquids bag?
Wet wipes do not have to be put in a liquids bag so they can stay in your carry on when passing through the airport security checkpoint.
Do baby wipes count as liquid by TSA?
Baby wipes and any form of wipes are not counted as a liquid by the TSA so they can be taken through airport security and onto a plane with you without restriction.
Are Clorox wipes allowed on planes?
Yes, Clorox wipes can be taken through airport security and on a plane in your carry on without restriction as although they contain some liquid they are not treated as liquids.
Can you take flushable wipes on a plane?
Yes, flushable wipes can be taken through airport security and on a plane in your carry on without restriction as although they contain some liquid they are not treated as liquids.
I have been traveling around the world by air since the early 70s and living overseas too. I worked for British Airways for a number of years and I am also a private pilot. About Me