Can You Take a Hair Dryer in Hand Luggage?

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If you are traveling by air and want your hair to look its best for that important meeting or glamorous social occasion then you will want to ensure that you will have a decent hair dryer available. Often those in hotel rooms or cruise ship bathrooms are useless so taking your own makes sense.

You can carry a hair dryer through airport security and on a plane in your carry on bag or you can pack it in your checked bag, if you are taking one, without restriction.

Standard hair dryers are not exactly packing friendly so perhaps you should consider buying a good travel version. The Conair Vagabond Compact is my wife’s favourite.

Can you take a hair dryer through airport security

Can you take a hair dryer through airport security

There are no restrictions on taking hair dryers through a security checkpoint at the airport. As with most electrical items you will usually be expected to take the hair dryer out of your carry on and placed in a tray to go through the x-ray machine.

@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 hair dryer:

TSA hair dryer rules

Can you pack a hair dryer in your checked bag?

You can place any hair dryer in your checked bag to be carried in the aircraft’s hold and to be honest, it is probably the most sensible place to carry them (if you are not traveling hand luggage only) as:

  • they are quite bulky
  • you cannot use them on board the aircraft as you can neither wash your hair nor can you plug it in to a socket.

Travel hair dryers

hair dryer in carry on

One of the bad things about standard hair dryers is that they are generally pretty bulky so use up lots of space in your very limited carry on bag allowance.

Particularly if you travel frequently, you may want to consider buying a small, folding travel hair dryer to take with you on trips which will use up much less space in your carry on bag.

The Conair Vagabond Compact 1600 Watt Folding Handle Hair Dryer is the most popular one (and the one my wife takes with her) so check it out on Amazon.

Will my hair dryer 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.

You will need to purchase a travel adapter to so you can use your hair dryer and other devices when traveling overseas.

International travel power adapter

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 of the world, particularly in Europe, they use 220-240 volts. 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 hair dryer 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. Curling iron
  3. Hairspray
  4. Dry shampoo


You should have no problems taking a hair dryer with you when traveling in your carry on bag either domestically or internationally.

Have a good and stress free flight and keep your hair looking good!