Can You Take Disposable Razors In Hand Luggage? Find Out Here!

Are Razors Okay To Pack In My Hand Luggage? - Our Guide

If you are planning to ditch the hold bag for a short-haul flight and pack everything into your carry on instead, you might be surprised to learn that there are a lot of restrictions when it comes to what you and cannot pack in your bag, and one of them is sharp items. 

Luggage restrictions for your carry-on baggage state that you are allowed to bring on board disposable razors that have a fixed-cartridge razor blades head as the razor blades cannot be removed. Individual razors and straight razor blades however are not allowed to be packed on the flight.

To find out more about the types of razors you can bring through airport security and other restrictions your hand luggage can have related to toiletries and everyday items, we have made a comprehensive guide for you to follow below. 

What Types Of Razors Can I Take In Hand Luggage? 

First off, let's discuss the type of razors that are allowed through security control airports. 

A disposable razor with disposable blades and a fixed head is allowed in your carry-on baggage through security, razor cartridges can also be taken through security checks and so can an electric razor in your items on board. 

Razors that cannot be taken in your cabin luggage through security control are straight razors, safety razors, refillable razors and loose razor blades which will be all be classed as sharp items that are prohibited from being carried on board.

If you try and take refillable razors on board they will likely end up in additional security screening and get confiscated, this is because the blades can be classed as weapons by security rules and could potentially be used to harm other passengers. 

We have summarised the types of razors you can and can't take in your hand luggage below - 

  • Straight razors - Straight razors should never be packed in your hand luggage and only your checked instead, even then, we would suggest wrapping the razors in some kind of plastic to avoid it slicing through anything in your bag or hurting security guards if they search your bag.
  • Disposable razors - Disposable razors are fine to take on board with your in your luggage as the head cannot be removed, we recommend packing them in a clear plastic bag as your liquids should be in.
  • Safety razors - Safety razors are not allowed in your cabin bag unless you remove the blades on the item, we recommend packing them in your hold luggage instead of in a plastic bag so as you cannot harm the security guards during a search once again.
  • Electric razors - Electric razors are fine to pack in your carry-on but you should be sure that you have an adaptor for it if you are flying internationally so as it can be charged at your destination.

Can I Take Razors In My Hold Luggage? 

The good news is, if you have any razors of the above which you can't pack in your hand luggage, there is no reason as to why you can't pack them in checked luggage, your hold luggage can have wet razor types, refillable razor cartridges and straight razor types with no need for additional security screening by the security scanner. 

Other Travel Grooming Restrictions For Your Hand Luggage 

As some choice of razor types can hold you up at security, so can other items on board related to your grooming needs. 

We have listed some other travel grooming restrictions below which are good to be aware of before taking off on your holiday.

  • Shaving gel/foam - So as you can have a smooth razor glide shave, you need to make sure that you take a shaving gel or foam on board with you, this gel/foam however has to be under the 100ml liquid content rule otherwise it can be confiscated.
  • Shaving brush - If you want to take a shaving brush on board with you there are no restrictions for these items on board and most of them will fit nicely into your carry-on bag as they don't take up too much space.
  • Aerosols - Deodorant is essential for feeling fresh on the plane and arriving smelling good to your destination, however, only small-sized travel aerosols can be taken on board, any larger sized aerosols will have to be packed in your checked luggage. 
  • Tweezers - Tweezers are important for removing any stubborn facial hair when shaving and the likelihood of security staff refusing them are little, but it's a good idea to mention to security officers in advance and check with your airline before bringing them through on the plane.
  • Aftershave - Aftershave is key for grooming your skin properly, but with security advice, it has to be in containers of 100ml and fit into your quart-sized plastic bag with no issues. 
  • Toothpaste - You can bring toothpaste in travel-sized amounts of liquids under the 100ml limit as it is classed as a gel.
  • Moisturiser - The dry air on the plane will dry your skin out during your flight, so it's important to have proper shaving products such as moisturiser under 100ml to take care of your skin.

Prohibited Items To Be Aware Of In Carry On Luggage 

As you know now that some types of razors are prohibited from being under the sharp objects rule with security advice, it's a good idea to families yourself with the other items that are not permitted to be taken on board so as you cannot have any more delays with security officers before you fly. 

We have listed some other non-permitted items which you should avoid packing onboard flights below. 

  • Liquids over 100ml - As typical security procedures are, no liquid in your carry-on is permitted, for medicines over 100ml and breast milk then you will be able to take them through as long as you have the prescription for the medicine and a reasonable amount for your baby.
  • Spare batteries or lithium-ion batteries - When its the time for security screening you should make sure to show the staff your spare lithium-ion batteries, it's a good idea to check with the airline beforehand too so as you can make sure you are allowed to carry the amount and type of batteries you want to bring.
  • Knives and sharp objects - Knives will not be allowed to pass through security search and also sharp scissors/ other sharp items.
  • Flammable liquids - Any flammable liquid such as lighter fluid is a big no-no in the carry-on and hold luggage.
  • Explosives - I mean, this goes without saying, we are not sure how one would be packed anyway.
  • Food - Now, food is not prohibited to take in your carry on but some types of foods might not be allowed to be taken through if they are not solid and are over the liquid amount of 100ml. Some foods that might not be allowed through security are; peanut butter, honey, soups and juices. 

Tips For Taking Care Of Your Skin While Flying

Since we are on the subject of personal grooming, it's a good idea to know some tips and tricks for taking care of your skin while flying so as you can leave your flight feeling as fresh-faced as possible without dreaded dry post-flight skin. 

We have listed our best tips down below for some self-care on your flight. 

  • Pack a moisturiser - Seriously, the air in-flight cabins are very dry and it will impact your skins moisture levels, so having a travel-sized moisturiser on hand can help to combat this. 
  • Get rid of that makeup - For ladies and even gentlemen, it's a good idea to get rid of any makeup at the start of your flight, leaving makeup on your skin for the duration of your flight can clog your pores and dry your skin out, making it feel tired. If you want to re-apply just ensure you have some travel-sized makeup products in your carry on bag.
  • Use a water spritz - Water spritz items are underestimated for helping you feel fresh-faced on a long-haul flight and can also help to keep moisture locked into your skin. This also awakens your skin if you are feeling tired and worn down.
  • Get sleep - We know some people might find it hard to sleep on a plane, but getting a couple of hours on your flight can improve how your skin looks dramatically by reducing bags under your eyes and helping you stay fresh-faced. 
  • Stay hydrated - It is always best to have a reusable bottle of water on the flight with you then you can give it to the airline staff to ref-fill, it's important to drink lots of water during your flight so as you can stay hydrated and avoid dry skin while flying. 
  • Avoid alcohol and coffee - Alcohol and coffee will dehydrate you're further than normal on the plane and can contribute to tired-looking skin, instead opt for herbal teas and water so as you can stay as hydrated as possible while you fly.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bringing Razors In Hand Luggage 

Why are some razors not allowed in hand luggage? 

Some razors are not allowed to be packed in your carry-on luggage as the heads can be removed and used as a weapon, this puts them under the prohibited list for sharp objects.

Are electric razors allowed on a flight?

Yes, there are no issues with packing your electric razors on a flight as the head is part of the device, do consider how much space the device might consume in your bag however and if the charger needs an adapter for the country you are flying to.

Can I bring shaving gel in my carry-on luggage? 

You can indeed bring shaving gel, shaving cream or shaving foam with you in your toiletries bag on your flight as long as the products liquids are all under 100ml. Larger shaving gels will need to go in your hold luggage.

How large can my hand luggage be? 

Typically the size and weight of your hand luggage will differ from airline to airline, however on average, the weight of your carry-on should be no more than 10kg and the dimensions should not exceed 22 inches x 14 inches x 9 inches, this might vary a couple of inches according to your airline and whether you are on a short-haul or a long-haul flight.

Can I bring razors in my hold luggage? 

Yes, you can bring any type of razor you wish in your checked luggage, do take care to pack them properly however in such a way that will not harm security guards if your bag goes through screening by security.

What is an alternative to shaving cream to bring on my flight? 

If you don't want shaving cream to take up space in your toiletries bag in your carry-on then you could try opting for a smaller travel-sized soap bar for shaving instead, these would also not be classed as liquids.

Can I carry spare blades for a razor in my hand luggage? 

No, you are not allowed to carry spare individual razor blades in your hand luggage and they will likely have to be removed on the route through security. You can however pack spare razor blades in your hold luggage if need be.

Last Words 

Overall, you can take razors on board with you in your hand luggage as long as they are disposable models or electric razors, any type of razor where the head can be removed will not be allowed through security technologies as they can be used as a weapon. 

When packing grooming accessories such as moisturiser and shaving cream make sure they all abide by the 100ml rule and don't go over the liquid limit or else you will have to leave them at security, all these accessories should fit into one quart-size bag too that seals up.

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Written By Alex
Last Updated On August 29, 2021
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