How to pack makeup in your carry-on bag

If you are taking a flight and not planning to check a bag, packing your toiletries and makeup in your carry-on bag can seem like a complicated task. But if you follow the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 3-1-1 rule, it is fairly simple.

TSA’s 3-1-1 Rule

The rule says you can bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. The containers need to be 3.4 ounces or smaller and placed in the resealable clear bag. Each passenger is only allowed one bag.

Here are some other tips for packing makeup in your carry-on:

Pack all non-liquid makeup separately

It’s easy to think that most of your makeup, including things like lipstick, might be included in the TSA’s rule. But the rule only applies to liquids. So pack your liquid foundation along with your travel-sized soap, shampoo, and lotion, and pack the rest of your makeup separately.

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You can then decide if you want to place your non-liquid makeup in your carry-on or in your checked bag. But if you want to keep your liquid makeup with you during the flight, make sure you pull them out and place in the plastic bag according to the TSA’s rules.

Can you pack your razor?

Yes you can pack your razor in your carry-on luggage, to an extent.

The TSA now allows sharp items in cosmetics bags, with some exceptions. Scissor blades must be no longer than four inches, and only disposable razors are acceptable. Safety razor blades must be placed in checked luggage. Tweezers and nail clippers are acceptable.

Make it easy on yourself

Sometimes it’s just easier to purchase the items when you get to your destination. Things like shampoo, soap, and razors can be found at any neighborhood Walgreens — and many are even available at your hotel. Or even better, check a bag.

If you know the rules before you arrive at the airport, it will make it easier on you — as well as everyone in line behind you.

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