There’s no faster way to ruin a vacation than being constantly bitten by bugs, so you no doubt want to know if you can bring bug spray on your next flight – preferably the powerful kind, i.e. the stuff that actually works.

According to TSA regulations, you can bring bug spray that is less than 3.4oz/100ml in your carry on, and spray that exceeds this limit in your checked bags.

However, aerosol insecticide bug spray is not allowed on a plane in your carry on bags under any circumstances, though is allowed in your checked bags as long as it is not labeled as hazardous material (HAZMAT).

Can You Take Bug Spray on a Plane?

Carry on Bags

  • Bug Repellent: Bug repellent that is designed to be sprayed/applied directly on your skin and clothing is allowed in your carry on bag as long as it doesn’t exceed 3.4 oz/100ml.
  • Aerosol Insecticides: Aerosol insecticides that are designed to be sprayed in the air are not allowed to be packed in your carry on bag, regardless of size.

Checked Bags

  • Bug Repellent: Bug repellent that is designed to be sprayed/applied directly on your skin and clothing is allowed in your checked bag in containers no larger than 0.5 kg (18 ounces) or 500 ml (17 fluid ounces).
  • Aerosol Insecticides: Aerosol insecticides that are designed to be sprayed in the air are allowed to be packed in your checked bag, as long as they are not labeled as hazardous material (HAZMAT).

Domestic vs. International Flights

Regardless if you are flying domestically within the U.S. or internationally, the same rules apply.

So, bug spray that is designed to be sprayed on your skin and clothes is allowed in your carry on if the container doesn’t exceed 3.4oz/100ml, and allowed to be packed in your checked bags.

Aerosol insecticide bug spray is not allowed to be packed in your carry on bags, though is allowed in your checked bags as long as it is not labeled as hazardous material (HAZMAT).

Airline Policies

As airlines follow TSA regulations, as long as you follow what is stated above, you will be fine.

This applies to Southwest, United, Delta, American Airlines, and all other major and regional air carriers.

How to Pack Bug Spray For Flying

  • If the bug spray is allowed to be packed in your carry-on, place it inside a single quart-sized, resealable bag.
  • Place the bag inside a screening bin as you go through airport security.
  • If you want to bring an aerosol insecticide on a plane, which is only allowed in your checked bag, make sure that the button/nozzle is protected with a cap or other means to protect against accidental release.

What is the Best Travel Size Bug Spray?

The best travel size bug spray is Repel 100 Insect Repellent.

It provides 10 hours of protection, is very effective, and is available in several sizes.

Can You Bring Permethrin on a Plane?

As bug sprays that contain permethrin are designed to be sprayed on your clothing, it can be packed in both your carry on and checked bags, though the container must be no larger than 3.4oz/100ml if packed in your carry on.

Can You Bring DEET on a Plane?

As DEET is designed to be sprayed on your skin and clothing (though it’s known to damage clothing), it can be packed in both your carry on and checked bags, though the container must be no larger than 3.4oz/100ml if packed in your carry on.

Can You Bring Bug Repellent Pump Sprays/Liquids/Lotions/Wipes on a Plane?

As most insect repellents in non-aerosol liquid pump sprays and other forms (liquids, lotions, wipes, etc.) are not restricted as hazardous materials, you can pack them in both your carry on and checked bags.

Keep in mind that liquids, lotions and pump sprays must not exceed 3.4oz/100ml if packed in your carry on.

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