TSA-Approved Beauty Products


Passing through airport security can be a nightmare—especially if you accidentally packed a full-size bottle of liquid, gel, or aerosol in your carry-on bag. To ensure passenger safety, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enforces strict regulations on which beauty products you can and can’t bring onboard. Their packing protocol is easy to follow if you remember these carry-on guidelines:

  1. You’re allowed to pack individual 3.4 ounce (or 100 mL) containers of liquids, gels, and aerosols.

  2. All toiletries must be placed in one clear quart-size, zip-top bag—one per passenger.

  3. You must declare medically necessary liquids, such as breast milk, baby formula, and insulin to a security officer prior to boarding. You are allowed to bring more than 3.4 ounces, but it must be in a reasonable quantity.

  4. While technically allowed on the plane, never apply nail polish during your flight! It’s inconsiderate and dangerous to other passengers.

  5. If you’re not sure about a product, don’t pack it. Better to leave it at home than have it confiscated.

If you’re still unsure on what to pack, try these five airplane-ready products and stay stress-free in the security line!

Dr. Barbara Sturm Discovery Set, $110

Discover this 7-piece skincare set before you explore your next travel destination. From purifying facial cleanser to anti-aging body cream this collection provides an under 100ml product for each step of your regimen. Consider your skincare packing time shortened! The mini moisturizing solutions are great for prepping all skin types, plus the kit comes with a cute and compact pouch that fits into any carry-on.

Briogeo Farewell Frizz Hair Kit, $20

Keeping your style sleek in any climate is possible with this travel-sized, frizz-fighting hair kit. The silicone-free collection comes with smoothing shampoo and conditioner along with detangling leave-in milk. Each formulated with rosehip, argan, and coconut oils, this 3-piece travel necessity provides a hydrating cleanse, condition, and lightweight finish for every hair type.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Hyaluronic Cloud Moisturizer, $52

Weighing in at only 1.7 ounces, this small but mighty SPF moisturizer multitasks by drenching skin with fluffy-light moisture while shielding it against harmful UVA/UVB rays. The SPF 45 sunscreen keeps skin protected and hydrated with a 30% Hyaluronic Acid Complex, plus it’s invisible with a feather-light finish. No white cast here!

Bumble and bumble. Suncare for Hair Set, $20

Your hair needs suncare on vacation too, and why not protect while enhancing beachy-mermaid waves? This travel-friendly duo features Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat / UV Protective Primer to shield, detangle, and condition along with Surf Styling Leave In for added conditioning and frizz reduction. Pack these into your carry-on (and later bring them to the beach) for the softest waves on your upcoming trip.

Oribe Fragrance Experience Set, $18

These gender-neutral scents transport wearers to dreamy destinations from the French Riviera to the Valley of Flowers in India–before you even step off the plane. Leave large perfume bottles at home, and successfully slip these tiny (0.07 oz!) glass bottles into your carry-on, no matter how cramped.

Illustration by Megan Badilla

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