Sunscreen is often an important part of the packing list.
There are many types of sunscreens, including lotions, pump sprays, aerosol sunscreens, and even solid sunscreen sticks.
In this post, we’ll look at all these types of products and tell you if you can fly them, how much you can take, and where to pack them.
TSA rules and regulations regarding sunscreen sprays
If you want to get sunscreen on the plane, you need to go through airport security.
The Transportation Security Administration is a team that sorts baggage. If you pack the wrong size or sunscreen too much, you will be confiscated.
This is what they have to say about flying with sunscreen on their website.
You may know that there are rules for flying in aerosols.
This is a transaction. Normally, you cannot carry aerosols in your carry-on baggage, but you can carry aerosol toiletries and medicines.
Since sunscreen is applied to the skin, it is classified as toiletries.
Put sunscreen in your baggage
Sunscreen can be carried as an aerosol spray in carry-on baggage, either in liquid form or in a container less than 3.4 ounces. These TSA-approved travel-sized sunscreens should be packed in a quart-sized bag.
The difficulty can be that travel-sized sunscreen containers do not hold many sunscreens. You can pack multiple bottles, but the space in the liter bag is limited.
For this reason, it is advisable to try a solid sunscreen stick such as Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face or Body Stick.
You can carry over 3.4 ounces of sunscreen in your carry-on baggage without any restrictions.
These are solids and do not need to be packed in a plastic ziplock bag.
Please bring sunscreen to your checked baggage
If you put sunscreen lotion or sunscreen spray in a container larger than 3.4 ounces, you must put it in your checked baggage.
Don’t worry, your checked baggage aerosol can will not explode. Again, flammable aerosols are prohibited in checked baggage, but you can also bring toiletry aerosols such as sunscreen sprays.
You cannot carry more than 18 ounces of aerosol sunscreen in your checked baggage. Also, the total quantity should not exceed 70 ounces.
The disadvantage of packing sunscreen in your checked baggage is that the items in your checked baggage can be stolen or the entire suitcase can be lost by the airline.
This is another reason why solid sunscreen sticks are so popular while traveling. Aerosol sunscreens are useful, but they are also bulky and there are concerns that they cannot safely inhale chemicals.
Still not sure? Check with TSA about sunscreen spray
If you need further advice, please contact us via @AskTSA service on Twitter.
Dee confirmed with the TSA about applying an aerosol sunscreen to his carry-on baggage plane. They informed her that it was a larger container that was only allowed for checked baggage.
Stephen took a vacation hoping to run out of a lot of sunscreen. He asked how much sunscreen he could put on the plane.
The TSA only answered “3.4 ounces”. You should have informed Stephen that you are not allowed to use fixed sunscreen in your carry-on baggage.
Jack found. Bringing a solid sunscreen stick instead of a spray or lotion will allow you to fly in your carry-on baggage and avoid checked baggage charges. Sunscreen is already expensive, even if you don’t pay for a check bag to transport.
Nicole was wise to ask if there was a limit to the amount of aerosol sunscreen that could be checked.
Most aerosol cans are less than 18 ounces and can be stored in your checked baggage.
Many travelers like Alexi are worried because aerosol sunscreens can be flammable. Flammable toiletries are approved by TSA, but non-flammable toiletries are restricted.
The last word
You can put liquid or spray sunscreen in your carry-on baggage in a travel-sized container less than 3.4 ounces. Pack in a quart-sized bag.
If you’re like me, travel-sized sunscreen bottles won’t last that long. That’s why I always pack a solid sunscreen.
If you pay the checked baggage fee, you can also put sunscreen in your checked baggage. If the product selected is an aerosol, it must be placed in a container less than 18 ounces and cannot be packed with a total of more than 70 ounces of aerosol.