The TSA liquids rule is sometimes confusing for people, so we’re going to simplify it here for you.
Follow these simple steps, get yourself a TSA approved clear toiletry bag and you’ll be good to go. Read the steps below and reduce airport hassles!
What is the TSA 3-1-1 liquids rule anyway?
Remember the magic number 3-1-1 when packing liquids for air travel, specifically for your carry-on luggage or personal bag. You can technically bring as many liquids as you’d like in your checked luggage as long as your suitcase fits within the weight limits set by the airline (usually 50 lbs). The 3-1-1 liquids rule set by the TSA is for carry-on luggage only or whatever you plan to bring onto the plane.
Here’s what the different numbers mean:
➔ 3 = Refers to the maximum size container you can bring in your carry-on bag, which is technically 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters per container. Containers smaller than 3.4 ounces are allowed but anything larger than this must be packed in your checked luggage. You may bring multiple 3 ounce containers, as long as they fit inside a quart size bag.
➔ 1 = Refers to the maximum number of quart-sized clear bags you can bring. You are only allowed to bring one quart-sized (7” x 8”) bag where you’ll store all your 3.4 ounces liquid containers.
➔ 1 = Refers to the maximum number of persons per quart size bag. Each person flying may only carry up to 1 quart size bag.
Now that we’ve broken it down for you, packing is a pretty simple task.
Here's what you’ll need:
Instead of using an old, flimsy plastic bag we’ll introduce you to our most popular product called The Extra Small Cube.
The Clear Toiletry Bag by EzPacking
If you don’t want to be called out by airport security, it’s a must to abide by TSA rules. This includes separating your electronics into airport bins and getting rid of any liquids over the three ounce limit. You’ll need an easy to use, clear toiletry bag that follows the rules but is still cute. We recommend our TSA approved liquid bag. Below are some of its main features and why it’s compliant with the TSA guidelines for bringing liquids in a carry-on bag.
Features of EzPacking’s Clear Toiletry Bag
✓ Quart size - The dimensions of the smallest EzPacking cube is 6 inches in length by 6 inches in width. TSA quart-size bag cannot be larger than (7” x 8”) inches. Don’t let its compact size fool you, you can store many items inside an EzPacking clear toiletry bag. Typical customers can fit between nine to thirteen items inside!
✓ Clear, see-through design - Let’s be real, are you really going to reuse that ziplock bag? And what if your hair cream pokes a hole in the bag and there’s chaos? EzPacking’s clear toiletry bag is a way more reliable option. It’s transparent on all sides except the back and it has safe zippers all the way around. Plus, airport security can easily see what’s inside without having to open the packing cube! The thicker plastic ensures that items won’t poke holes through the bag over time.
✓ Easy but durable zipping capability - With the EzPacking clear toiletry bag, you have more durable and intact zippers. And did we mention there are double zippers for extra safety and functionality? There’s less likelihood for leakages because of this. While not 100% waterproof, we call our packing cubes “splash resistant” because they help mitigate and prevent spills. P.S. If you’re really a smart packer, you would have ALL your clothes and valuables packed in EzPacking cubes to prevent damage to them in your suitcase. Checkout the whole EzPacking Set here.
✓ Longer lasting - Other toiletry bags are more prone to ruptures and tears due to their thin and meshy material. The EzPacking clear toiletry bag is made from both durable cordura and vinyl. It’s longer lasting and holds it shape without being inflexible.
✓ Wipe to clean - Toiletry items like lotions and creams almost always leave residues, even if you remember to keep the cap tightly closed. With the EzPacking clear toiletry bag, you can simply wipe off this residue with a warm washcloth or wash the whole cube under water and let it air dry. It’ll be as good as new again! Mesh-based toiletry bags simply won’t give you this capability.
Which liquids are allowed inside a TSA-compliant toiletry kit?
Okay, so now you’re all set with a TSA approved toiletry bag and ready for some vacay time. But which liquids are allowed in your carry-on luggage or which are not?
Liquids ALLOWED in Carry-On Bag:
✓ Shampoo, dry shampoo, conditioner and body wash
✓ Toothpaste and mouthwash
✓ Lotion, moisturizers and creams
✓ Liquid foundation, liquid eyeliner or mascara
✓ Aerosol sprays for the body like perfume, deodorant, hair spray or shaving cream
Other Items that are ALLOWED in Your TSA Approved Toiletry Bag:
✓ Nail clippers
✓ Bobby pins
✓ Disposable razors
✓ Pencil sharpener (for eyeliner)
✓ Safety pins
✓ Scissors (if packed in carry-on, they must be less than 4 inches from the pivot point)
Liquids NOT ALLOWED in Carry-On Bag:
✓ Aerosol sprays that aren’t meant for body care like flammable sprays and self-defense sprays
✓ Flammable liquids or gels
✓ Vaping liquids
✓ Alcohol that is more than 70%
Not sure if your items are allowed in your carry on or checked bag?
Our Favorite TSA-Approved Toiletry Products for Travel:
✓ Deodorant (Natural / Aluminum Free)
✓ Perfume Stick (Gardenia Scent)
Exceptions to the TSA Rule:
There are certain exceptions to the TSA rule and you may qualify for one of them. If you need to bring special medications and medical accessories or if you’re a mother who is breastfeeding, read below for more details on what you are allowed to bring through airport security.
✓ Medications / Accessories - Click here to see if your special medications or medical accessories are permitted through security.
✓ Breastfeeding Mothers - Formula, breast milk, and juice for Infants...these items are allowed through security in reasonable quantities (more than 3.4 ounces per bottle). We advise you to remove these items from your carry-on and inform the TSA officer of the items that are above 3.4 ounces. They will most likely screen these items separately and they may be screened by an X-ray. As long as you inform the staff of these special items beforehand, you should be good to go!
Travel Tip: When traveling through airport security with these items, give yourself an extra 20 minutes just in case screening takes longer than planned. Read more details here!
Complying with the TSA rules for bringing liquids in your carry-on bag is a must.
Always remember the 3-1-1 rule!
Also, remember to get yourself one of the best TSA approved clear toiletry bags (and maybe one for each member of the family). EzPacking’s Clear Toiletry Bag will do wonders for you!
If you want some additional clear packing bags to organize the rest of your luggage, check out the different sizes and colors EzPacking offers for packing your suitcase.
Safe Travels everyone!
Make sure to download our free Travel Toiletries Packing List here and check off each item before you leave!