Deodorant in carry-on

Maybe this is silly or I missed the memo - but can you take a full sized solid deodorant in your carry-on? Obviously you can't take roll-on or spray, and I know that even solid was banned for awhile but I wondered if that has changed. For the last few years I've taken a travel-sized solid deodorant but I would much prefer to take a full size if I can - and not have to put it in the little plastic bag. Does anyone know?

Posted by Julie
SF Bay Area, CA, USA
446 posts

Kira - I have never had a problem with a full sized solid antiperspirant in my carry-on during either domestic or overseas air travel. And, I do not put it in my liquids bag... Julie

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
12890 posts

I think this one depends on who is doing the watching. My wife had a large solid deodorant taken away because it looked too large. She pointed out to the TSA agent that the package said 2.7 oz. He just shook his head no, no, too large and took it away. Guess his reading ability was limited or missed the math session on decimals in grade school.

Posted by Paul
Cedar, IA, USA
2658 posts

I have full size deodorant that is under 3 oz, and I put it in my liquids bag. Best to figure out how to live with the quart bag. As mentioned, TSA often operates on what "looks right", and unfortunately, you have little room to argue. I fit in the most important things (I use a certain unscented=hypoallergenic deodorant) then figure other things (shampoo) I can always go shopping for if I run out.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
8400 posts

If you can spray it out (aerosol), squeeze it out (gel/paste), or pour it out (liquid), it goes in the liquids bag. Solid deodorant does not fall into any of those categories.

Posted by Kira
Seattle, WA, USA
1019 posts

Wow - another Kira on the site! When I saw this and couldn't remember asking the question, I darned near passed out! Turns out - it's not me! I admit I haven't been brave enough to try taking the regular size deoderant.... I get hassled enough by the TSA folks, without deliberately provoking them! Having now read this thread, I am going to go for broke and take a ful-sized stick with me tomorrow, when I fly to Iowa. :D

Posted by Kira
Calgary, Canada
78 posts

Hi other Kira! I'm interested to hear what happens when you take a full sized stick tomorrow. I know intellectually that you should be allowed to but they are so weird about some things. I've now bravely started taking nail clippers again (I know, I'm crazy!) and would love to take a disposable razor but haven't worked up the courage. We leave on Saturday for Italy and I'm still trying to work out whether to do it or not...

Posted by Lindy
Kansas City, Kansas, USA
62 posts

I carry a full stick and don't put in the liquids bag in my carry-on. Never had a problem and have done it 20+ times.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
4295 posts

I've been carrying a full size deodorant for the last 10 years. Mine is a squeeze it out so it is in the bag. It has never been questioned. Pam

Posted by Paul
Tuscaloosa, AL
887 posts

I don't think the restrictions apply to solid deodorant. I've kept in my carry-on, but not in the quart bag, and have had no problems. But, I'll admit, I didn't think the 3-1-1 rules applied to toothpaste, either, so I didn't put my tube in the quart bag. No TSA agent or European agent ever said anything. I see from the TSA site that I should have. Oops. The thing that threw me on my last trip was a ban on gel shoe inserts. I guess that makes some sense with the shoe bomber, but it made me scramble to find an arch support that didn't feel "gel-ish." With all the walking, I had to have some additional support. As far as I can tell, no agent gave my shoes a second thought. I almost think the insert would have to fall out on the conveyor belt for them to notice.

Posted by Laurel
Rome, Italy
3116 posts

Remmber you can buy pesonal hygiene supplies "there." And it's kind of fun to get Italian toothpaste, doedorant, lotion and shaving cream! Stick to the 3-1-1 rules and go to a department store your first day for that local shopping experience.

Posted by Michael
Des Moines, IA
2193 posts

Yes, it's okay & it should be placed in the quart-size zip bag. For the record, I can't recall the last time I actually took my quart-size bag out of my carry-on for separate inspection. It began as an accident a few years back, but now I never remove it for domestic or international flights, ever. I've flown a lot in the last few years, and no security person has ever said a word about it anywhere. I figure it's my own little protest against a ridiculous system that may make some feel safer but adds no incremental value whatsoever (proven time and again by the TSA's own audits). If anyone ever says anything, which is doubtful based on my experience so far, I'll say, "Oops...I forgot" and will remove it. In the meantime, I won't inconvenience myself to worry about it. I guess my point is that you really don't need to worry or get too worked up about security as it relates to the quart size bag.

Posted by Pauline
British Columbia, Canada
188 posts

Hi Kira, I took a disposable razor and a solid deodorant in my carryon into and out of the USA last year and no one asked to see it. No one asks to see my quart bag anymore either. I used to ask "them" if they wanted my baggie out and "they" would say no, so I don't do that any more either.

Posted by JER
Seattle, USA
982 posts

Solids don't have to go in the kippie bag. Not to say that an individual TSO won't enforce his own, private idiosyncratic rules, but there's nothing you can do about that. For those who like gel deodorants but don't like the room they take up in the 3-1-1 baggie, you can decant them into little jars or clamshell containers and they take up much less space. I travel with a clamshell plastic tub about the size of a fifty cent piece and about a half inch deep and it easily holds two weeks' worth of gel, weighs close to nothing, and takes up very little baggie space.

Posted by Devon
833 posts

Some airlines do consider things like lip stick and deodorant "liquids" and you will need to put them in a quart sized bag. This doesn't mean it will happen every time, but it can happen while traveling with them. For example, Easy Jet: There are a number of rules to remember about what to put in your hand baggage and what to leave at home. Importantly, the word "liquids" has a wider meaning than you would perhaps think in the first instance. For example: lip balm, lip sticks, hand creams, deodorant, and hair spray are all considered liquids in this context.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
4295 posts

On a very funny note, a man that I work with has a British wife. She swears that the British of Sure Deodorant is magnitudes better than the American version and my poor colleague always has to load up when he's returning to NYC from a business trip to the UK. ; )

Posted by Toni
Charlotte, NC, USA
3048 posts

My last 4 domestic flights (weekend of July 31)) the TSA was making a big "to do" about removing the 3-1-1 baggie for inspection. Each airport had 1 or more TSA agent "shouting" to remove the baggie and be sure it was visiable in the plastic bin. Don't know why it was such a big deal then- they had seemed to be backing off that recently.. se la vie! I'd use a 3 oz size and put it in the baggie and don't worry.

Posted by Karen
Seaside, CA, USA
49 posts

Some security agents can be pretty particular. I was traveling in Thailand with my dad a few years ago and he had a larger (maybe 6 oz.) tube of toothpaste with about 1 1/2 oz. left in it and he got it taken away. The rules are based on the size of the container, not how much is in it. You never know when you are going to run into someone who interprets the rules very strictly. Just keep that in mind if keeping the product is important to you, or if replacing it quickly would be a hassle.

Posted by Kira
Calgary, Canada
78 posts

This whole thing has been interesting! I leave in a few hours and I'm just going to do what I always have - put a travel sized one in the little baggie. If I run out I'll buy some in Italy; my 'issue' is that in the past I've found that they have limited choices. I've been spoiled by the excessive North American deodorant choices - my fave is cool cucumber. In both France and Spain I noticed that they had either unscented or super-scented and neither appealed to me. But, c'est la vie! I agree that it depends on the person - Heathrow last year was filled with screaming agents who I swear were giving themselves (and all the travelers) ulcers unnecessarily.

Posted by Pamela
New York City, NY, USA
4295 posts

Well, based on my British friends, if you run out, look for Sure. But make sure it was made in the UK. ; ) Have a great trip! Pam

Posted by Kent
Pacific Northwest
9155 posts

We need to make sure the deodorant posts get at least as many posts as the public restroom in Europe posts. Come on, folks, let's think of more things we can say about deodorant. What says Europe more than deodorant?

Posted by Angela
Chicago/Rural WI
811 posts

You see, Kent, it's no Secret that deodorant can be a sticky topic. There's no solid Degree of evidence whether or not the TSA will Ban it, that's for Sure. Even though I always try to look confident and Suave going through security with it, my knees are usually gel-like because I never know if they will give me the Axe. Usually, though, it's no sweat.

Posted by Denyse
L'Épiphanie, Quebec, Canada
2 posts

Kira, for all your packing concerns out of Canada, at least, there is a helpful website at go to Pack Smart, permitted and non permitted section where you enter the product and get an answer.
Bon voyage! Denyse