Have you ever been at the airport getting your bag checked at security and TSA calls you over to examine something that you apparently weren’t supposed to have in there?
I assure you, most people have experienced this and it can get kind of dicey, especially if it’s an indispensable item for the comfort of your trip. Sometimes you can breathe a sigh of relief when they finally decide to let you hold onto the item, but other times, you’re stuck having to forfeit something you weren’t particularly keen on losing.
That’s why we are going to share with you some knowledge about bringing your razors and shaving accouterments with you on an airplane.
Did you see that! )) I used a big word! My mama will be so proud ))
Can You Take A Disposable Razor On A Plane?
You really can’t find a smaller, lighter, shaving device than your basic single blade disposable razor, which makes it the most convenient, reliable way to shave while you’re on the road (or plane, this case.)
The answer to the question of whether or not you can take disposable razors on a plane is a resounding yes, which hopefully takes as much of a load off your mind as it did with mine. Although this rule does come with one exception:
No safety razors!!!
Disposable razors can be purchased in just about any part of the world, or here on Amazon.com.
You can also use razors with disposable head cartridges likes these:
Whereas on the other hand, most safety razors look a little something like this:
Disposable razors with detachable, disposable heads are okay, but safety razors with interchangeable blades are not okay for carry-on bags because, according to the TSA website, they are not safe since “the blades are so easy to take out.”
If you must have the pristine shave that a safety razor affords, you can carry the blades in…. a checked bag. Ewww… wash your mouth out with soap.
Never mention checking bags around here again right! Got it! ))
Can You Take An Electric Razor On A Plane?
According to USA Today, electric razors are definitely permissible for your carry-on. As far as the batteries to power your handy dandy electric razor; thankfully, those are also acceptable to keep in your carry-on luggage.
One of our main premises here at Carryonguy.com is we that like to pack light and electric razors can be bulky, so to cut down on toting around some heavy apparatus in your bag, you can try these on for size:
For something simple and compact check out the Panasonic ES3831K.
Maybe carrying around the additional charger or batteries for an electric razor is worth the investment for you–which is fine and works well within TSA’s rules. Whatever you decide to carry, electric razors are an excellent way to go for their lack of sharpened edges and accessibility.
Can You Take A Straight Razor On A Plane?
Okay Sweeney Todd… cmon… be serious now… a straight razor???
Unfortunately for those infatuated with the precision that comes with using a straight razor, these particular items are strictly prohibited, as they fall under the rule of “Don’t carry sharp objects onto an airplane.”
Although it is generally understood that it is under that particular agent’s authority as to whether or not an item breaks the rules, rest assured, this one is definitely on the books as being contraband and almost certainly will be confiscated.
If you are flying carry on only and want to have a straight razor at your destination then consider shipping it to your hotel or wherever you are staying.
Alternatively, if you want to take a knife or a sharp razor on a plane then you’ll need to check it in your luggage!
What About Shaving Gel Or Foam?
I thought you would never ask…
Aerosol products and other liquid items have been deemed safe to travel by the Department of Homeland Security and by virtue, the TSA.
However, most of you are hopefully aware of the 3.4 oz rule, which basically means; try to buy travel-size items and other items of this ilk to avoid being harassed, questioned, or searched by your best friend, airport security.
An example of a good shaving gel to travel with would be this product:
Everybody has their own preferences when it comes to the products they use for a good shave, and if none these fit your inclinations, you may also want to try shaving cream bars.
Bars work great because there is no limit to how many you can carry on a flight, so if you are going to be away for a long time, this could just be your predilection.
And you get to feel all manly by using one of those little brushes too they even make travel shaving brushes!
So Don’t Forget To Pack Your Razor
I have had a countless number of times in my life where I’ve had to ask myself, “Can I take this in my carry on?” And also close in number are the times I’ve had to chuck something out once I realized that it indeed did not pass the necessary qualifications.
This article should help save you some time and money when it comes to packing those pesky razors around with you on your next trip.
Now that you’ve figured out what razor you are taking did you decide on what carry on luggage you are using?
If not go check out our guide to the best carry on luggage right here.