How to Get Through Airport Security with Essential Oils

February 19, 2015 16 Comments

How to Get Through Airport Security with Essential Oils

 

Flying the friendly skies with EOs is easy, but there's a few regulations and suggestions to be aware of when you wander! Air travel isn't what it used to be, there's so many things to consider now.  Slip ons or shoe laces.  Socks or not.  Check a bag. Carry on. Baggage weight. Trust me, getting your EOs on the plane is the easy part of this adventure! TSA has a handy regulation for carry on bags called the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule.  Basically, you can carry as many 5 or 15ml bottles that will fit in a 1 quart plastic zip top bag.

  • 30 ml = 1 ounce
  • 90 ml = 3 ounces
  • Six 15 ml bottles = 90 ml = 3 ounces
  • Eighteen 5 ml bottles = 90 ml = 3 ounces
As you can see, it makes sense to pack 5 ml bottles when possible for a wider variety of EOs.  Personally, I keep a kit for travel because it comes with 7 singles and 3 blends in 5 ml bottles.  Great variety, great price and you can keep refilling them for your travels as needed!

 

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What about checked luggage?
You can pack as many EOs as you want to in luggage that you'll be checking in with the airline.  Word to the wise, always pack your EOs in sealed bags to prevent leakage and control strong aromas that might flag your luggage.  FYI!  There have been flights stopped on the runway due to a "strange" aroma in the cabin alerting flight attendants to investigate.  Luckily, it was only essential oils being used as a hand sanitizer, a headache remedy etc. so be aware of this possibility when you consider using your EOs on a flight :-)

 

Tips for the Wanderers!
    1. If you know your ears might plug or, you're traveling with a baby whose prone to plugged ears, ease the impending discomfort with a drop of Frankincense behind each ear.  It's super gentle and will help keep the inflammation at bay.
    2. If you're going abroad take along some EOs to help with Jet Lag!  Eucalyptus and Peppermint dripped on a washcloth and placed on the floor of the shower is an amazing stimulant when hot water hits and sends fragrant steam into your lungs!   Bring along a small jar of Dreamy Sleep Salve or Jeddy's Salve to massage on your oh so tired feet at night for a good nights rest.

 

 

  1. Carry Oregano or Thyme for parasitic possibilities.  Best application in this case that's "tried and true" for me is the NAVEL Protocol:  Add 1 drop of essential oil or blend to a small amount of CW Naked Salve or carrier oil, massage directly in navel as needed. Happy Trails!

 

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16 Responses

wendy
wendy

May 10, 2017

I always got the impression that I could take as many <3 oz bottles as I could cram into the quart bag? Last summer I stuffed it full then did a second one full and gave it to my son for his carry on :). I'm hopelessly addicted to my EOs

Jennifer Grant
Jennifer Grant

May 10, 2017

I took like 12 of my 15ml bottles plus a whole bunch of rollerballs through security when I went to Scotland last year. They sure came in handy as a couple of the gals had earaches (gave them lavender/melaleuca) and I had some sore throats (Shield and others). I’m flying again soon but am not planning on taking so many this time-just some rollerballs and my 5/8dram sizes for any other needs.

KK
KK

May 10, 2017

Rebecca, how did you know I have a daughter about to go on her Washingtoñ DC trip? Love how you are always a step ahead of me! (And miles ahead in your knowledge!)
Blessings & thanks!!
KK

teri
teri

May 10, 2017

Hi!
My brother will be going to the Phillipines in a week for work. What essential oils beyond what you mention above would be good for him to take? Also, I’ve heard that allowing the EOs to go through the scanner is ruinous to their efficacy. Do you have any insight into that?
thank you!!
teri

Samantha
Samantha

May 10, 2017

That is correct! According to TSA you can pack 1 quart size bag full. The only requirement is they are less thank 3 oz each! And many people just pack them in their carry on and call them medicine if any questions are asked.

Flo
Flo

May 10, 2017

I am planning on flying to Latin America and wanted to take coconut oil container. However, I am concerned about it melting in my check in luggage. Any suggestions?

Glorya
Glorya

May 10, 2017

There is NO limit as to how many ounces total that can take. You are allowed to take as many containers that hold UP TO 3 ounces each as long as they fit into ONE 1 quart bag. IF you can fit 10 5ml bottles into a 1 quart bag then would pass… if you wanted to take 3 ounce bottles you could maybe fit 4 or 5 bottles into the bag…that could bring your total ounces to 12 to 15 ounces total. The main thing to remember is you can stuff your 1 quart bag FULL of containers just as long as no one container (even toothpaste) is over 3 ounces.

Susan
Susan

May 10, 2017

A frie.d of mine travelled with hers in her carry on. She told YSA anout them and requested that they hand check
She allowed extra time to explain the oils and smells.

Carlos Alvarez
Carlos Alvarez

May 10, 2017

I’ve been hearing so many Essential oil customers ask this! Great information and will pass it along!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I believe so!

eleanor
eleanor

May 10, 2017

Can i carry my diffuser in my carry on

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

We ship to Australia all the time – I believe so.

Sara
Sara

May 10, 2017

Do you know if Australia’s customs will let them through?

Jan H
Jan H

May 10, 2017

Thank you for your information! I stumbled across your site when I searched for an answer to my question about taking EO’s on the airplane. It’s truly my lucky day to have found you! Real info without any nagging to enroll in another MLM scheme. Thank you and continued happiness.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

It should be fine if it’s in a plastic zip loc bag however, you may want to keep it with you as a carry on, Lavender can come in very handy for a number of travel issues!

Penny
Penny

May 10, 2017

Can small amounts of lavendar oil (1 oz) be safely flown in baggage compartment of plane?

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