Planning a much-needed holiday abroad, or flying internationally for business? You may be confused about what you can and can’t pack in your carry on and checked baggage.
With the increased vigilance on terrorism and the need to comply with international protocols on ‘Dangerous Goods’, airlines have imposed restrictions on what common household and personal care products you can fly with … but a bit of research beforehand can help ensure that you aren’t without your favourite aerosols like hairspray, insect repellent and deodorant when you get to your destination.
As a rule of thumb, aerosols that are personal, medicinal, and toilet items are those that are sprayed on your body. These can safely be carried on board or in checked baggage, within quantity limitations.
While we are now restricted to carrying 100 ml or smaller containers in our carry on baggage, many aerosol toiletries now come in handy travel packs under this limit. Any larger aerosols will need to be packed in your checked baggage.
It’s best to check with your airline or with the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website before flying, but use the drop down menus below to see the rules*.
Handy tip: Remember, the container itself must not be able to carry any more than 100 ml, so you won’t get away with taking a larger aerosol on board and claiming it is only part full.
Handy tip: Remember to make sure the aerosol cap is secure and can’t come off during the flight. A piece of sticky tape is a good solution to make sure this doesn’t happen. If your aerosol has a locking actuator, make sure that it is in the ‘locked’ position before packing it in your baggage.
* Disclaimer: This information was drawn from Australian Government and travel websites and was accurate at time of publication. Always double-check with your airline.