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Since switching to an eco-friendly safety razor, I’ve traveled with a plane several times.
Unfortunately, I learned (the hard way) whether I could take my razor in my carry-on or not.
In this article, you will find out if you can take a safety razor on a plane, and more related questions, including:
- Can you pack shaving razors in checked luggage?
- Can I bring a straight razor in my carry-on?
- Can I bring an electric razor on a plane?
- Can I take shaving soap bars or shaving cream on a plane?
Can you take a safety razor on a plane?
Yes, you can take your safety razor in your carry-on bag on a plane. However, it must be without a razor blade (double-edged blades). You cannot bring razor blades on the plane.
If you have checked-in baggage, you can keep a pack of blades inside, and if you don’t have one, you can buy razor blades when you reach the destination you are traveling to.
The first time I traveled with my safety razor, I got a pack of razor blades because I didn’t know I couldn’t travel with them. While checking in, they stopped me and had to check my luggage.
They found the safety razor and the razor blades and told me the safety razor was okay, but they needed to take the razor blades because they weren’t allowed in your carry-on.
Tips on traveling with a safety razor:
- Keep your safety razor in a small cotton bag.
- While checking in, take the small bag out of your suitcase or backpack. Then, you may avoid being checked since they can see immediately it’s a safety razor (without the razor blades).
- If you’re traveling with a three-piece razor, you can disassemble it to make it less likely to call attention on scans and save you the hassle of having them pull your bag aside to verify that there is no blade with the razor.
- It would be best to double-check with the air company you are traveling with. For example, Easy Jet says, “You can bring tweezers into the cabin and scissors with rounded ends and blades less than 6cm long. Razor blades are only allowed in the cabin if they’re set in plastic.”
- Try to find a place from where you can buy your razor blades once you arrive at your destination. You can check local drugstores.
Can you pack shaving razors in checked luggage?
You can travel with disposable razors with extra cartridges and bring them on the plane with you, or have it in your checked luggage – both options are acceptable.
Of course, if you still didn’t make the switch, I recommend you consider switching to a safety razor, a much more sustainable option that will save you money & reduce waste.
Can I bring a straight razor in my carry-on?
No – straight razors have a sharp blade that you cannot remove. You have to take it in your checked-in luggage. Otherwise, they will take it from you when you are checking in.
Can I bring an electric razor on a plane?
You can bring an electric razor in checked and carry-on bags. However, some airline companies will allow you to take it in your carry-on only if the electric razor is without an internal power source.
Suppose the design of the electric razor allows you to separate the power source from the rest of the appliance (removing the batteries/battery pack). In that case, you should pack the batteries and battery pack in your carry-on baggage.
Can I take shaving soap bars or shaving cream on a plane?
You can carry on in your hand luggage soap bars or any other type of solid soap. If you want to take shaving cream in your carry-on, ensure it is under 100ml (3.4 oz). You must carry it in your checked-in luggage if it is over 100ml and up to 500ml.
How to store shaving soap while traveling?
If it is a new one, you can take it with its packaging, and if it is not, you can get a soap tin or soap carry case.
So there you have it – you can safely take your safety razor with you in your carry-on, as long as it is without the razor blade. Then, you can simply find a place where they sell razor blades and get a small pack.
Do you have any questions or stories about traveling with your safety razor? Share it in the comment section below!
For more questions about safety razors, feel free to check my zero waste shaving category, where I cover:
- How To Stop Cutting Yourself With A Safety Razor
- How To Put a Blade In a Safety Razor (Guide)
- 7 Of The Best Safety Razors For Beginners