Bringing chapstick on a plane is a must for anyone who has to deal with dry, chapped lips.
Even if you don’t usually have a problem with chapped lips, bringing and applying chapstick on a plane can be a good idea due to the dry air and low humidity that has the potential to dry out your lips, especially on long flights.
Can You Bring Chapstick on a Plane?
Carry on Bags
Chapstick is considered to be a solid by the TSA, which means that you can pack it in your carry on without restrictions.
If chapstick was considered to be a liquid, then you would have to follow the 3-1-1 Rule.
This rule means that you would have to ensure that each liquid item you want to bring would be no larger than 3.4oz/100ml, and then must be placed in a 1 quart sized, resealable bag as you go through airport security.
You can pack chapstick in your checked bag with no restrictions.
Even if chapstick was considered to be a liquid, there still wouldn’t be any restrictions if packed in your carry on, as the 3-1-1 Rule does not apply to checked luggage.
How Much Chapstick Can You Bring On A Plane?
As chapstick isn’t a solid, there are no restrictions you must follow.
So, you can bring as much chapstick as you want in your carry on and checked bags.
How to Pack Chapstick for Flying
As chapstick is not considered to be a liquid by the TSA, you can keep it in your carry on, your purse, or even take it out of your pocket and place it in the security tray as you go through airport security.
Lip Balm Regulations
As lip balm is considered to be a liquid, it is subject to the 3-1-1 Rule.
So while you can pack lip balm in both your carry on and checked bags, if packed in your carry on, it must be placed in a 1 quart sized resealable bag as you go through airport security.
Note that this applies to those small lip balm jars.
Lip Gloss Regulations
Lip gloss can be packed in both your carry on and checked bags, but as it is considered to be a liquid, again the 3-1-1 rule applies.
Stick lipstick is considered to be a solid, so the 3-1-1 Rule does not apply. Therefore, you do not have to place lipstick in your liquids bag, and can instead keep it in your bag or purse.
For liquid lipstick, the same rules apply as they do for bringing any other liquid item on a plane.
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