If you’re traveling by airplane, you can bring Essential Oils in your carry-on bag, provided you follow the (current) TSA regulations regarding liquids:
• Each passenger may bring ONE clear, quart-sized bag filled with containers of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, or pastes in their carry-on bag.
• This clear bag should be removed from your carry-on bag and placed separate from other luggage in the bin when going through security.
• Any container in the quart-sized bag must be 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or smaller.
• Any container larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) must be packed in checked baggage rather than carry-on.
To put this into perspective as to the size of your Essential Oil products, most oils come in bottles that are either five or fifteen milliliters. Oils that come in roller bottles are usually ten milliliters in size. However, if you purchase an empty bottle to make your own roller, note the size of the bottle if you plan to carry it on.
Here are the sizes of many popular products:
• Soothing Blend Rub – 4 fl. oz. (120 mL) – NOT allowed as carry-on.
• Shampoo – 8.34 fl. oz. (250 mL) – NOT allowed as carry-on.
• Fractionated Coconut Oil – 3.8 fl. oz. (115 mL) – NOT allowed as carry-on.
• Protective Blend Toothpaste – 4 oz. – NOT allowed as carry-on.
• Protective Blend Sanitizing Mist – 0.9 fl. oz. (27 mL) – ALLOWED as carry-on.
• Respiratory Blend Vapor Stick – 0.4 oz. – ALLOWED as carry-on.
• Essential Oil Ointment – 0.5 fl. oz. (15 mL) – ALLOWED as carry-on.
• Topical Blend Foaming Facewash – 1.7 fl. oz. (50 mL) – ALLOWED as carry-on.
• Most Spa Line Products – over 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) – NOT allowed as carry-on.
• Skin Care Line Products – Varies, please check.
If a product you would like to take as a carry-on is not listed here, check your bottle. The size should be clearly labeled.
NOTE: It DOES NOT matter how full your container is. A 115 mL bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil is still considered 115 mL whether it’s brand new or just has a couple drops left. You will NOT be allowed to take any bottle over 3.4 oz. (100 mL) in a carry-on bag even if it is obviously carrying less than 3.4 oz. (100 mL) of liquid.
Although the toothpaste, Soothing Blend Rub, shampoo, and conditioner come in sizes too large for carry-on travel, each of these also come in sample sizes that ARE small enough to qualify. Plan ahead and purchase these sample sizes if you would like to travel with them in your carry-on.
If an item you would like to bring via carry-on does not come in a sample size, consider getting some empty containers that do qualify and transferring some from your larger bottles into these.
If you are traveling internationally, customs of various countries may have other regulations regarding liquid carry-ons. You should check with the airport you will be landing at regarding their international requirements.
Keep in mind that product sizes can change at any time, and so can TSA regulations. Make sure to check current product sizes and airline regulations for current information before packing.
QUESTION – HOW OLD WERE YOU THE FIRST TIME YOU TRAVELED BY AIRPLANE?