what can i bring on a plane

What Can I Bring on a Plane?

You know that moment when you see your bag go through the scanner at airport security? Your thoughts immediately wonder if you left anything in your luggage that will get you in trouble. You hold your breath as you venture through the body scanner then wait on the other side as your bag teeters on the edge of being completely unturned, or will pass and you're free.

Take the stress out of travel, but knowing exactly what to put on a plane. Some of the most common questions I get asked are:

  • Can I bring food on a plane? YES, it must be wrapped or in a container. I learned the hard way that peanut butter doesn't count.
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    Can you bring fruit on a plane?  Yes, you can bring fruits and snacks on a plane. Go healthy snacks!
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    Can you bring a lighter on a plane?  YES, but only one!
  • Can you bring cigarettes on a plane? Yes, but you can't smoke them. 
  • Can you bring razors on a plane? Yes, you can bring disposable razors and electric razors. You CANNOT bring safety razors or a straight razor.

Do you still have questions on what you can and cannot bring on a plane? Check out our easy to use guide that will take the guess work out of knowing what you can pack in your carry on. Once you've reviewed, make sure to check out our Get Started Traveling Guide, The Guide to Finding Your Luggage Companion, How to Pack, Traveling Tips for Beginners.

  • Food
  • Household & Tools
  • Sharp Objects
  • Sporting & Camping
  • Miscellaneous

Can you bring alcoholic beverages on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Alcoholic beverages with more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol are limited in checked bags to 5 liters (1.3 gallons) per passenger and must be in unopened retail packaging. Alcoholic beverages with 24% alcohol or less are not subject to limitations in checked bags. 

Mini bottles of alcohol in carry-on must be able to comfortably fit into a single quart-sized bag.

For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).


Can you bring alcoholic beverages over 140 proof on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: No

Alcoholic beverages with more than 70% alcohol (up to 140 proof), including grain alcohol and 151 proof rum. For more information, see FAA regulation: 49 CFR 175.10(a)(4).


Can you bring baby food on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Baby food is allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. Please see traveling with children for more information.


Can you bring baby formula on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) 
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk. Please see traveling with children for more information.


Can you bring bottled water on a plane?

  • ​​Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes
    Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
    Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring breast milk on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) 
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk. Please see traveling with children for more information.


Can you bring candy on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes
Carry On Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring canned foods on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) 
  • Checked Bags: Yes

There are some items that are not on the prohibited items list, but because of how they appear on the X-ray, security concerns, or impact of the 3-1-1 rules for liquids, gels and aerosols, they could require additional screening that might result in the item not being allowed through the checkpoint. We suggest that you pack this item in your checked bag, ship it to your destination or leave it at home.


Can you bring cereal on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes
Carry On Bags: YesChecked Bags: Yes

Can you bring creamy cheese on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes
Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed) Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring solid cheese on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring solid chocolate on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring ​coffee (Beans or Ground) on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes
(Beans or Ground)

Can you bring liquid coffee on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes
(Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

Can you bring coffee thermos (empty) on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

You may take empty drink containers through the checkpoint and fill them afterward.


Can you bring cooked meat, seafood and vegetable (no liquid) on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

You may transport this item in carry-on or checked bags. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.


Can you bring cookies on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring creamy dips and spreads on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: ​Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)  
  • Checked Bags: Yes
Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)

Can you bring dried fruits on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring fresh eggs on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring fresh meat, seafood and vegetable on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) 
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Meat, seafood, vegetable and other non-liquid food items are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. If the food is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening. If the ice or ice packs are partially melted and have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted. You also can pack frozen perishables in your carry-on or checked bags in dry ice. The FAA limits you to five pounds of dry ice that is properly packaged (the package is vented) and marked.


Can you bring fresh whole fruits and berries on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked bags. Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible.


Can you bring frozen food on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) 
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Meat, seafood, vegetables and other non-liquid food items are permitted in both carry-on and checked bags. If the food is packed with ice or ice packs in a cooler or other container, the ice or ice packs must be completely frozen when brought through screening. If the ice or ice packs are partially melted and have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they will not be permitted.


Can you bring gel ice packs on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) 
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Frozen liquid items are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. If frozen liquid items are partially melted, slushy, or have any liquid at the bottom of the container, they must meet 3-1-1 liquids requirements.


Can you bring gravy on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring gum on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring honey on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring hummus on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring ice cream on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: No
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring jam and jelly on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring juice for babies on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) 
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Formula, breast milk and juice for babies are allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. Please see traveling with children for more information.


Can you bring juices on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring live lobster on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Check with Airline
  • Checked Bags: Yes

A live lobster is allowed through security and must be transported in a clear, plastic, spill proof container. A TSA officer will visually inspect your lobster at the checkpoint. We recommend that you contact your airline to determine your airline's policy on traveling with your lobster before arriving at the airport.


Can you bring maple syrup on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring nuts on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring oils and vinegars on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring peanut butter on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring solid pet food on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Dry or "moist" pet food is considered solid food.


Can you bring wet pet food on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Wet food must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule for carry-on bags. There is no medical exemption for prescription pet food, even for service animals.


Can you bring pies and cakes on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring pizza on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring protein or energy powders on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring salad dressing on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring salsa and sauces on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring salt on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring sandwiches on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring snacks on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked baggage.


Can you bring soda on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring solid foods on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes
  • Checked Bags: Yes

​Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked baggage.


Can you bring soups on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes

Can you bring water for babies on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Special Instructions) 
  • Checked Bags: Yes

​Water for babies is allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. Remove this item from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. Please see traveling with children for more information.


Can you bring ​yogurt on a plane?

  • Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
  • Checked Bags: Yes
Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked baggage.
Wet food must follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule for carry-on bags. There is no medical exemption for prescription pet food, even for service animals.
Dry or "moist" pet food is considered solid food.
Pet food (solid)

*Please note, Travel Meets Happy is not responsible for changes in regulation from TSA, this was last updated November 18th, 2017.

2 comments

  1. Wow. A lot more is allowed on than I thought.

    I tend to bring next to nothing because I’m scared of what will be taken away. One time we bought a snow globe in the Maui airport and a few minutes later had it confiscated by security! We had already passed some sort of security, so this was a purchase made after the initial security. Lesson learned – It’s always best to double check before you bring anything.

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