If you don’t want to look bad after a few weeks of traveling, you should remember to bring a razor with you.
Usually, people don’t know which types of razors are allowed, which are banned, and what’s the proper way of packing them. That’s why oftentimes you see long-term travelers with long beards – they gave up on shaving completely. But you don’t have to be like them.
In this article, we’ll explain which types of razors are allowed, what you should remember when packing shaving foams, creams, and aftershaves, what’s the proper way of packing razors and let you know which types of razors are the best for traveling.
Can You Bring Razors on Planes?
According to the TSA (Transport Security Administration), some types of razors are allowed in hand luggage, and some not. Generally speaking, razors with open-type blades which could be used as weapons are banned, and razors with built-in blades that would be hard to harm someone with are perfectly fine for hand luggage. We’ll talk about each specific type in the following sections.
But even if some razors aren’t allowed in hand luggage, you can safely pack them inside checked luggage. You just have to make sure that they’re safely secured and the blades are protected, so any security agents performing inspection wouldn’t get hurt. If you wouldn’t pack them safely, and the security agent would accidentally harm himself, you could get sued.
In this post, we’re looking at the rules set by the TSA, but keep in mind that TSA is only regulating airlines within the U.S. In other parts of the world, there are different regulators, like the EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) in Europe and IATA (International Air Transport Association) for the rest of the world. So in other parts of the world, even disposable razors might be banned. In fact, the EASA’s stance is that all razor blades are banned, but the ones that couldn’t cause much harm might be allowed.
TSA says that safety razors are allowed in hand luggage only if the blades are removed and stored in checked luggage. That’s because the blades from safety razors are easily removable, and could be used as a weapon for causing significant harm to others.
If you don’t know what safety razors are, essentially, instead of built-in blades, they have replaceable razor blades. They were more popular a few decades ago, but a lot of people still use them today because they’re cheaper and more environmentally friendly. They usually come with slots for one or two razor blades, and the ones with double blades are more common because they provide a smoother shave.
Straight Razors (Barber Shaving Razors)
According to the TSA, razor-type blades (similar to the ones found on straight razors or other called barber shaving razors) are banned from hand luggage but are safe to pack in checked luggage. Straight razors in an open position are really similar to knives and could be used to cause significant harm to someone, which is why they’re allowed only in checked bags.
Although nowadays it’s cool to shave with a straight razor and whipped-up soap, it’s best to just switch to disposable razors or razors with replaceable cartridges when you’re on your vacation.
According to the TSA, disposable razors are allowed in hand luggage as well as checked baggage. You aren’t limited to how many you can bring, or limited to specific types and brands. Any disposable razors with built-in blades are allowed on planes.
Razors with Cartridges (Gilette razors with Refills)
Razors with replaceable cartridges, most commonly referred to as Gilette razors, are allowed on planes in checked luggage and hand luggage. You can take as many cartridges as you want, regardless of how many blades they come with. Because the cartridges/refills have built-in blades that are hard to remove, the most damage they can do is basically paper cuts, so they’re allowed in hand luggage.
Can You Bring Electric Razors on Planes?
According to the TSA, Electric shavers are allowed in hand luggage and checked luggage. Furthermore, there aren’t any limits on which types you can bring and how many can you bring. We looked around the web and didn’t find a single instance where a passenger was asked by the security to check-in their electric shaver, so you can pretty safely pack them inside your carry-on.
Electric razors come in two types: with batteries and without. As far as TSA’s concerned, they’re limiting only electronics with batteries, because some might ignite when damaged. They’re especially concerned with lithium batteries because they’re the most dangerous. Although some electric shavers come with lithium batteries, they’re usually small enough to pass the 100 watt-hour limit on lithium batteries enforced by the TSA, so they’re perfectly fine to bring on board.
Will Your Electric Shaver Work in Europe and Other Countries?
To make sure that your electric razor will charge in other countries, you have to check two things.
First, you have to make sure that your shaver has the same voltage as your destination country. While the U.S. runs on 110V, Europe and a lot of other countries run on 220V. Plugging a 110V device in a 220V socket will fry it in seconds. To check the voltage, take your razor’s charger, and look for a few lines of text in small letters on the back. If it says 100V-240V or 110V-220V, it’s dual-voltage, and you can use it in Europe and other countries.
And second, you have to make sure that you have the appropriate adapters for plugging in your electric shaver. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single socket type that the whole world uses. For instance, in Europe alone, there are three different socket types. Some have two flat prongs, some have three round prongs, e.t.c.
Your best bet would be to get a universal adapter that works in every country. Thewirecutter recommends the EPICKA Universal Travel Adapter as the best travel adapter in 2019. Your best bet would be to get one and forget about purchasing a new adapter every time you go to a new country.
What About Other Shaving Accessories?
If you’re bringing a razor, the chances are that you’ll also need shaving cream or foam, depending on which one you’ve used to, and an aftershave. Here’s everything you need to know about bringing shaving accessories in your hand luggage.
The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule
Essentially, when you bring liquids, creams, or gels in your hand luggage, you have to follow the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule. In hand luggage, liquids have to be stored in 3.4 oz (100 ml) bottles or less. Each passenger can have one transparent, quart-sized zip-lock bag and all of their liquids and gels have to fit in this bag. It’s easy to remember because of the 3-1-1 name (3.4 oz bottles, 1 quart-sized bag, and 1 bag per passenger.)
Can You Bring Shaving Cream on a Plane?
According to the TSA, shaving cream in non-aerosol bottles is allowed in hand luggage and checked luggage, but if packed in hand luggage, it has to comply with the 3-1-1 rule.
Can You Bring Aerosol Shaving Foam on a Plane?
Most commonly, shaving foam is stored in aerosol bottles. Although TSA hasn’t mentioned aerosol shaving foam specifically, they’re given detailed instructions on bringing toiletry-type aerosols. Aerosol shaving foam is allowed on planes both in checked luggage and hand luggage, but under a few restrictions.
If aerosol shaving foam is packed in hand luggage, it has to follow the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule. And when packed in checked luggage, aerosol shaving foam has to be in 18 oz (530 ml) bottles or less, and in total, each passenger can bring only 70 oz (2 l) total amount of toiletry-type aerosols.
Can You Bring Shaving Soap Bars on a Plane?
According to the TSA, you can bring dry shaving soap bars on hand luggage and checked baggage, without any restrictions. That’s because shaving soap is in a solid form, so it doesn’t have to go in your bag of liquid-type toiletries.
Can You Bring Aftershave/Cologne on a Plane?
According to the TSA, you can bring aftershave and cologne in hand luggage and checked baggage, but when packed in hand luggage, you have to follow the 3-1-1 rule for liquids.
How to Pack Razors in Your Luggage
Personally, I use the Gilette-type razors with replaceable cartridges in combination with shaving cream. I’ve been traveling with razors all my life, and I’ve found a neat way to pack my razors in hand luggage and checked luggage.
Many people seem confused about how to properly pack razors in luggage. Some even suggested that’s the main reason why all travelers are always unshaved.
Well, here’s my trick. I always keep my razor together with my dry toiletries in my other, non-transparent toiletry pouch. To keep the razor from becoming blunt and cutting up other things in my dry toiletry pouch, I always put a simple paper clip on top, to protect the blades.
Here’s a short video that shows the same thing on youtube:
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Which Type of Razor Is the Best for Traveling?
Personally, I’ve found that the best type of razor for traveling is a razor with replaceable cartridges, other called a Gillette razor. They’re great, because they’re allowed in hand luggage, last for 3-5 shaves, and don’t take up too much space. I don’t like regular disposable shavers, because they’re bad for the environment and take up more space.
I’ve tried electric shavers, but to be honest, I don’t think they’re too good, because they don’t result in a clean shave, and my skin always feel irritated from them. And if you’re traveling, electric shavers are even worse, because you have to worry about charging them, they take up more space, and in addition to the shaver, you also have to take the charger and possibly an adapter.
And another trick that I use is that when I’m traveling, I never use shaving foam or shaving soap. Instead, I use shaving cream in 3.4 oz bottles, because it holds much more shaving cream compared to aerosol foam. Also, it doesn’t require additional items (A brush and a bowl,) compared to shaving soap. Oh, and by the way, I also use shaving cream when I’m not traveling, because I like it much better than shaving foam – It just feels smoother, and my skin is less irritated after shaving.
The Best Travel Razor: Gillette Mach3 Razor with Replaceable Cartridges
The Best Travel Shaving Cream: Pacific Shaving Company Caffeinated Shaving Cream 3.4 oz
Other Frequently Asked Questions
We get questions about bringing stuff on planes all the time. So we’ve written a lot of other guides, where we answer the most commonly asked questions.
You can check them out over here:
- What Can You Take on a Plane in Checked Luggage?
- Can You Bring Laptops on Planes?
- Can You Bring Toothpaste on Planes?
- Can You Bring Umbrellas on Planes?
- Can You Bring Wine on Planes?
- Can You Bring Mini Liquor Bottles on Planes?
- Can You Bring Hairdryers, Curling Irons, and Hair Straighteners on Planes?
- Can You Bring Cologne on Planes?
- Can You Bring Scissors on Planes?
- Can You Bring Food on Planes?
- Can You Bring Lighters on Planes?
- Can You Bring Plants on Planes?
- Can You Bring Knives on Planes?