A razor is a vital component in both men’s and women’s personal care regimes, so you might be wondering if you can bring a razor on your next flight.

Whether you can bring a razor on a plane or not depends on the razor you want to bring, especially if you are thinking about packing a safety or straight razor.

Can You Bring a Razor on a Plane?

  • The TSA state that disposable razors can be packed in both your carry on and checked bags. This includes brands like Gillette, Harry’s, Bic, and Venus.
  • According to TSA regulations, you can bring an electric razor on a plane in both your checked and carry on bags.
  • The TSA state that safety razors are only allowed in your carry on bags with the blade removed. The blade should be removed and stored in your checked luggage.
  • Straight razors are not permitted in your carry on bags. So if you want to take your straight razor with you, it should be packed only in your checked bags.
  • According to TSA regulations, you can pack an eyebrow razor in both your carry on and checked bags, though the razor head must be enclosed like it is for disposable razors. If the razor head is not enclosed, the razor should be packed in your checked bag.
  • Spare razor blades/cartridges can also be packed in both your carry on and checked bags.

Will an Electric Razor Work Abroad?

You may have noticed that outside the USA, there are many countries that have different electric sockets and voltage.

So, will your electric razor work abroad?

Generally, electric razors are designed to have a voltage of 100-240V, which means that you will just need an adapter instead of a voltage converter to be able to use outside the USA.

The same can’t be said for non-dual voltage hair dryers.

So even though the voltage in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and other countries in Central and Latin America is 120 V, your electric razor will still work in other countries worldwide like in the UK, in Europe, Australia etc.

Domestic vs. International Flights

Generally, you will find that the same regulations apply worldwide.

In short, if you are flying from an international airport outside the USA, electric razors, and safety or disposable razors with the blades enclosed in a cartridge will be fine to bring in your carry on bags.

Straight razors should be packed in your checked bag, and it would be better to pack your eyebrow razor in your checked bag, too, to be on the safe side.

By Airline

All airlines follow TSA regulations.

So this means that regardless if you are flying with American Airlines, Southwest, Alaska Airlines, United, JetBlue, or any other regional or major air carrier, you should pack your safety razor (if the blade can’t be removed) and straight razor in your checked bag.

Can You Shave on the Plane?

Generally, airlines do not have any regulation that forbids passengers from shaving on a plane.

However, it may not be the best idea to shave on the plane, due to planes having small bathrooms with even smaller sinks.

If you experience even minor turbulence while shaving, there is a possibility that you will cut yourself.

Shaving on a plane could also take a long time, which will frustrate other passengers.

If you do shave on a plane, make sure that you are considerate to your fellow passengers by thoroughly cleaning the area.

Be Careful When Bringing Shaving Foam, Gel or Cream

You can bring shaving cream on a plane, as well as foam and gel, in your carry on bags, but the container must be no larger than 3.4oz/100ml.

This is because these items are part of TSA’s 3-1-1 Rule.

This rule states that each passenger is allowed to travel with liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag, just as long as the container does not exceed 3.4 ounces and is placed in a 1 quart-sized resalable bag

If you want to bring a larger container of shaving foam, gel or cream with you, it should be packed in your checked luggage.

Note that this also applies to other products you might need after shaving, like cologne, lotion, and moisturizer.

Ella Dunham, a Freelance Travel Journalist and Marketing Manager, boasts an impressive career spanning eight years in the travel and tourism sectors.

Honored as one of "30 Under 30" by TTG Media (the world’s very first weekly travel trade newspaper), a "Tour Operator Travel Guru" and "Legend Award" winner, Ella is also a Fellow of the Institute of Travel, a Member of the Association of Women Travel Executives, has completed over 250 travel modules, and hosts travel-focused segments on national radio shows where she provides insights on travel regulations and destinations.

Ella has visited over 40 countries (with 10 more planned this year).