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Make Airport Security a Breeze - Know Your Liquid Regulations

Prepare for your holiday and a stress-free airport experience

Getting organised to go on holiday can be stressful, especially when it comes to packing. It can be confusing what products you are allowed in your hand luggage, especially if you are travelling with your carry-on luggage only.

We have read and researched all the airport rules and regulations, so you can be informed about hand luggage liquid allowances. 

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Which toiletries can I take in my hand luggage?

All liquid, gel-based and aerosol toiletries are allowed on the plane and these include the following beauty travel essentials.

Wash Bag Essentials

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower gel and body wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Face wash and toner
  • Face and body lotions
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hairspray, hair gel and other styling products
  • Contact lens solution

Makeup Products

  • Liquid foundation
  • Mascara
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Cream blusher
  • Lip balm, lip gloss and lipstick
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover

So, you can take all of these items in your hand luggage, as long as they meet the following airport regulations:

Hand luggage restrictions means that all liquids must be in a container of no more than 100 ml and the total amount of liquids must be less than 1 litre. The containers must be stored in a transparent bag which must be sealed. Finally, don’t forget that only 1 transparent bag is permitted per person.

(There are exceptions to these rules, in particular regarding baby food and medication. Ask you airline for advice on specific items.)

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Does lipstick count as a liquid?

You may have noticed lipstick listed above. It is classed as a liquid according to UK regulations, so make sure any lipsticks are put in your transparent airport bag, to avoid any hold ups.

Some countries do not have any restrictions on non-liquid cosmetics such as lipstick, whereas others do. Check the rules for the country you are travelling to, to be on the safe side for your return journey.

What about other beauty products?

Cosmetics such as powder products are not currently regulated at UK airports. However with the latest news that the USA and Australia have introduced powder restrictions, the UK is set to follow suit shortly.

In the mean time, at UK airports, you can travel with powders in your hand luggage.

If you are travelling back from the USA or Australia, you will need to comply with the new rules. You can find out everything you need to know about the powder restrictions in our latest blog post. 

Can you take a razor in hand luggage?

Razors are allowed as well, but only if the blade is ‘fully and permanently closed’, so disposable razors with a cap are fine. Additionally, nail clippers, tweezers and nail scissors with blades no longer than 4cm are allowed.

3 top tips when packing your airport toiletries bag

Now you know the ins and outs of the airport toiletry rules, you can get ahead.

Find out Victoria’s 3 top tips for packing your airport transparent toiletries bag.

  1. Invest in a reusable airport transparent toiletries bag and pre-pack it before your trip. This will save hassle and time at the airport, emptying your hand luggage to find liquids when you get to security. Our 'Amy' 3 in 1 Makeup Wallet is designed for all occasions. Use the clear pouch for airport liquids, the mesh pouch for your brushes and accessories and the third pouch for all of your other toiletries and cosmetics.
  1. Decant your beauty products into smaller travel sized bottles. Decant shampoo and shower gel for a short break, when you only have hand luggage. For longer flights, pop a luxurious face toner and moisturiser ready to refresh on the plane.
  1. Before you go through airport security, have one final check in your handbag. Double check there are no lipsticks or lip balm hiding at the bottom!

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How much have you learnt? Play our quiz to find out if you do really know your hand luggage regulations! 

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  • Great post, this was really helpful. I don’t normally take any cosmetics or liquids of any kind on the plane, but thinking I’ll change this on my next trip. Thank you!

  • Great tips and reminder. I travel a lot both short and long haul flights. Luckily where I come from, we have shampoos/conditioners and toothpastes in individual sachets. These are such handy items to take for long weekends away. I buy them whenever I’m back home to take back to the UK.


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