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 about 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 generally 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 popular toiletries 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 Home Affairs 'TravelSECURE' website before flying, or use the drop down menus below to see the rules*. Qantas has some excellent information for its passengers here and here [PDF].
The Australian Government's Civil Aviation Safety Authority also offers some useful information for passengers on its website (you can search for the product you want to enquire about here) and in its 'Can I pack that?' app.
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.
* Disclaimer: This information was drawn from Austalian Government and travel websites and was accurate at the time of publication. Always check with your airline before flying.