Can You Take Lotion on a Plane?

Flying, particularly on a long haul flight, can be very dehydrating, not only internally, but also for your skin and your eyes. So being able to use some of your favorite hand, face or eye lotion during the flight can go a long way to making you feel a little more human. But can you take lotion on a plane in your carry on bag?

You can bring lotion on a plane in your carry on or checked bags. The TSA liquids rule applies which means you can only take lotion in your carry on if it is no larger than 3.4 fl ozs (100 ml). Any size of lotion can go in your checked bags.

Hopefully I have answered all of the questions you may have about bringing lotion on a plane with you below. This applies to all types of lotion which includes face and body lotion, sunscreen lotions, eye lotions, moisturizers etc

Can You Take Lotion on a Plane?
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Can you take lotion through airport security in your carry on?

The TSA allows you to carry lotion in your carry on bags through airport security, but you need to comply with the stringent guidelines regarding liquids.

Solid lotions (I didn’t know there was such a thing but there are it seems) do not fall under the liquids rule so can be carried without restriction.

Lotions can be quite expensive so the last thing you need is for a security agent to confiscate it. Lotion often does come in bottles which are larger than is allowed so make sure you check the size of yours before packing it in your carry on or your purse.

The specific guidelines of the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule are mentioned below:

1) The container of lotion should be no larger than 3.4 oz (or 100ml).

2) The lotion should be stored, in a quart size transparent toiletries bag along with any other gels, creams and liquids.

3) Airport security only allows one resealable quart size bag for liquids per passenger.

Also don’t forget any lotion you may have in your purse if you are carrying that separately from your carry on, which must also go in the quart size liquids bag.

You can always check with the TSA using their very helpful service on Twitter called #AskTSA where they will reply to any questions about what can be taken on an aircraft. This is a question regarding taking lotions on a plane in carry on:

Can you take lotion through airport security in your carry on

If you are intending to carry lotion in your carry on then you need to be cautious of the amount each liquid item in your quart size bag contains. Generally, a quart bag can only carry approximately 7 small bottles.

Can you take lotion on board in your carry on?

Although we have already mentioned that you cannot take a container of lotion that is larger than 3.4 fluid ounces through airport security, you can actually take a larger bottle than that on the aircraft with you.

The reason for that is you can purchase it in one of the stores at the airport (perhaps duty free if traveling internationally) after you pass through the security checkpoint.

Most airlines, particularly when flying internationally, don’t miss a trick to get a few extra bucks out of you by bring round a trolley selling perfumes, colognes, aftershave etc so you can also buy some then.

The same thing applies to any other liquids such as water, deodorant, sun cream, body lotion etc.

Can you take cologne on board in your carry on

Exceptions to these rules

There are two main exception to only being able to take lotion through airport security and on a plane if it is no larger than 3.4 fluid ounces. Although they will not need to go in your liquids bag, you should inform the security agent that you have them prior to them going through the x-ray machine.

The exceptions are:

Traveling with a baby

In this case you can take liquids, and things such as lotions and creams that are considered a liquid, that are larger than 3.4 ozs. Obviously these can only be carried if they are actually for the baby such as diaper rash cream, Johnson’s Baby Lotion etc.

The following is a reply by the TSA regarding taking lotions for babies through security:

Traveling with a baby liquid rules exception

Medically necessary lotions

If you need to take a lotion for medical purposes on the aircraft in your carry on then these will normally be permitted even if they are larger than 3.4 fluid ounces.

The following is a reply by the TSA regarding taking medical lotions through security:

Medically necessary lotions through airport security

Ways to take lotion in carry on

If your lotion is in a container larger than the permitted 3.4 ozs and you really want to take it in your carry on to use on board then probably the best way is to buy some smaller bottles specifically made to be within the rules such as those below that you can put a smaller amount in.

3 oz Travel Containers for Travel Size Toiletries with TSA Quart Bag.

4 Leak Proof Travel Bottles - 3 oz Travel Containers for Travel Size Toiletries with TSA Quart Bag

Can you take lotion on a plane in checked luggage?

If you want to pack your cologne in your checked bags then you can almost without restriction as the strict liquids rules only apply to your carry on bags when passing through airport security. The one restriction is that individual containers cannot be larger than 18 ozs (so quite large).

The bottle or bottles of cologne need to be stored very carefully in your suitcase because the last thing you want is for the bottle to leak or break as your clothes will have an overwhelming smell for the duration of your trip.

So when packing cologne, make sure to place it in a plastic bag and with things that will pad it out to prevent breakage.

This is a reply from the #AskTSA service confirming that a lotions larger than 3.4 ozs can go in checked bags:

Can you take lotion on a plane in checked luggage?

How can I pack lotion for a flight?

Packing a container of lotion for a flight is easy so you just need to take care of few essential steps:

  • Before packing, make absolutely sure that the container of lotion is properly closed with either the stopper on tight or if a pump action that it has a cap to prevent it being pressed accidentally.
  • If packing the lotion in checked baggage then put the bottle or bottles in separate transparent zip lock bags to avoid any breakage or friction between the bottles during travel. Distribute these separate bottles amongst your clothes or inside shoes to protect them.
  • If you are taking the lotion in your carry on, then it will have to go in your one quart size ziplock bag.
  • In case you are taking cologne in your check-in luggage. wrap them nicely in bubble wrap or place the zip lock bag in-between clothes. This step helps in reducing the chances of breakage of bottles during travel.


Lotions can be an essential item for many people to take in their carry on bag with them while traveling on long flights.

According to TSA regulations, as long as cologne bottles comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule, then they can be taken through airport security. This means the container of lotion should be no larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 ml.

While packing lotions in your checked luggage, make sure you pack it safely to avoid any type of breakage or spillage.


Can you carry lotion in your purse?

Yes, you can carry lotion in your purse or handbag as long as it complies with TSA 3-1-1 liquid rules ie. it must be no larger than 3.4 ozs.

Can you take more than one bottle of lotion in your carry on?

You can take as many bottles of lotion as you wish in your carry on provided that they are no larger than 3.4 fluid ounces each and that they all fit in your resealable quart size liquid bag

Can body lotion go in hand luggage?

The TSA permit body lotion to be taken in carry on if no larger than 3.4 ozs and it must go in your quart size liquid bag.