What You Can Bring on a Carry-on Plane?

Top 4 Items Air Travelers Want to Know About Carry-on Allowance

  1. 🪒Shaving Razors
According to TSA regulations, certain types of shaving razors are allowed on the plane, while others are prohibited.
Disposable razors, cartridge razors, and electric razors can be placed in your carry-on or checked baggage. If you have a safety razor or a straight razor, you can bring it in your carry-on, but the blades must be removed and placed in checked baggage.
  1. 🔋Batteries
TSA allows the use of alkaline batteries (such as AA, AAA, C, and D), rechargeable batteries, lithium-ion batteries, consumer-grade lithium-ion batteries, and lithium metal batteries—all of these can power your devices like cell phones, digital cameras, camcorders, laptops, and other small personal electronics. You can also carry up to two larger lithium-ion batteries; for batteries between 101 and 160 watt-hours, prior approval from the airline is required.
Lithium batteries, portable chargers, external battery chargers, and power banks should not be checked and must be carried in your carry-on. TSA recommends keeping batteries in your carry-on in case of fire and for the crew's potential use.
On the other hand, car batteries, wet batteries, and spillable batteries are completely prohibited from being brought on the plane. However, if you need one of these battery types for a scooter or wheelchair, they can be brought on board but only as checked baggage and must be declared to the airline. For more information on batteries, contact the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  1. 🧼Cosmetics
Solid and powder cosmetics have no restrictions and can be packed in either your carry-on or checked baggage without limitations.
If you want to bring liquid, lotion, gel, cream, or paste cosmetics in your carry-on, these items must be stored in containers of 3.4 ounces or smaller, and all containers must fit into a single quart-sized zippered bag.
Any cosmetics not placed in the liquids bag must undergo inspection.
  1. 🫧Shampoo and Deodorant
The rules for carrying shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and deodorant are the same as those for liquid cosmetics. Shampoo and conditioner—as well as roll-on, aerosol, and gel deodorants—can only be carried in travel-sized containers and must fit into a one-quart-size zippered bag to comply with security requirements.
If any containers are larger than 3.4 ounces, they need to be placed in checked baggage.
However, note that if you prefer using solid or powder deodorants, you can pack them in your carry-on without placing them in the liquids bag.


What Else You Can Bring on a Carry-on Plane? 

  • ✂️ Small tools You can bring small tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers as long as they are 7 inches or less in length. Nail clippers, pill cutters, and small scissors with blades measuring 4 inches or less from the pivot point are also allowed in carry-on luggage. Remember to securely wrap sharp tools and pack all other tools in checked baggage.
  • 🧴 Liquids, Gels, and Aerosols You can bring nonflammable liquids, gels, and aerosols in quantities of 3.4 ounces or less in your carry-on. Make sure all items fit in one quart-size, clear, zippered plastic bag. Exceptions may apply for medically necessary liquids. Check with your airline for their specific guidelines.
  • 🔥 Matches and Lighters You can carry common lighters and one book of safety matches in your carry-on. However, strike-anywhere matches are prohibited. Matches, including safety matches, are not permitted in checked baggage.
  • 🧶 Knitting Needles Knitting and needlepoint materials are allowed in carry-on and checked bags. Ensure that knitting needles are wrapped or protected to prevent any injuries.
  • 🎁 Gifts You can bring wrapped presents on board, but keep in mind that they may need to be unwrapped for security inspection. It's advisable to leave gifts unwrapped until you reach your destination.
  • 📱 Electronics Small electronic devices like cell phones and tablets can stay in your bag during screening. Larger electronics, such as laptops and DVD players, should be removed from cases and screened separately.
  • 💊 Medication and Medical Equipment All prescription and over-the-counter medications can be carried on board. Medical necessities like inhalers, EpiPens, and crutches are also allowed. Declare these items to screeners before going through security.
  • 🍼 Baby Needs Baby formula, breast milk, and baby food are permitted on board if a baby or small child is traveling. They do not need to comply with the 3-1-1 rule but should be declared and may require additional screening. Baby wipes, car seats, and carriers are also allowed.
  • 💍 Valuables Although not required, valuable items like jewelry and currency should be carried with you, following security regulations. Keep them organized and in a separate compartment of your travel bag or carry-on.
  • 💨 E-liquids and Vaping Devices E-liquids in containers of 3.4 ounces or less can go through security. Larger quantities must be checked. Battery-powered vaping devices can be taken in your carry-on, but the FAA prohibits them in checked bags.
  • 👰 Wedding Dress You can bring a wedding dress through security, but pack it carefully in a protected garment bag. Check with your airline for their policy on stowing the dress in the cabin and arrive early to discuss arrangements.
  • 🐾 Small Pets Contact your airline for their specific policy on traveling with small pets. They will need to go through security and be screened separately.

Remember to check with your airline for any additional guidelines specific to your journey. Safe travels! ✈️🌍


What is allowed in a carry-on bag?

In a carry-on bag, passengers are typically allowed to bring essential items such as electronics, medication, documents, personal care items, and other necessities for the duration of the flight. 

What toiletries are allowed in carry-on?

Passengers can bring small toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and liquid soap in carry-on bags, following the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule: liquids must be in containers of 3.4 ounces or less, all fitting in a quart-sized clear bag.

What is not allowed on a carry-on bag?

  • Sharp objects such as knives, scissors (with blades longer than 4 inches), and razor blades.
  • Firearms and ammunition.
  • Tools longer than 7 inches.
  • Sporting goods such as baseball bats, golf clubs, and hockey sticks.
  • Self-defense items like pepper spray and stun guns.
  • Explosive and flammable materials like fireworks and lighter fluid.
  • Certain types of batteries, especially lithium batteries.

Does toothpaste count as a liquid?

Yes, toothpaste typically counts as a liquid or gel and must adhere to the 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) limit for carry-on bags. It should be placed in a quart-sized, clear plastic bag with other liquids, gels, and aerosols for security screening.

How many 3 oz bottles can I take on a plane?

Passengers can bring multiple 3-ounce containers of liquids, gels, and aerosols in a quart-sized bag, as long as they fit comfortably without exceeding 1 quart in total volume.

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