What Can You Take In Hand Luggage On A Plane?

Updated 21 November 2019 | by Nakita Mason

Unsure what you can take in your hand luggage when flying? We can help there. 



Additional Information

Electrical Equipment    
Phone Yes Don't forget to turn on 'Flight Mode' once you're on the plane. 
Laptop/Tablet Yes  
Ipods/MP3s/Other Music Devices etc Yes  
Camera Yes  
Electric Razor Yes  
Heated Hair Styling Products Yes  
Drinks including water, fizzy drinks etc Yes Please see below for specific liquid rules for hand luggage. 
Cosmetics including lipsticks, foundation, moisturiser and mascara, oils, perfume  Yes Please see below for specific liquid rules for hand luggage. 
Toiletries including shower & hair gel, toothpaste deodrant, shaving foam, hair spray, contact lens solution  Yes Please see below for specific liquid rules for hand luggage. 
Food including soup, marmite, jam, peanut butter,   Yes Please see below for specific liquid rules for hand luggage. 
Vaping liquids, E-cigarettes, Vape Pens, Lighters Yes Please see below for specific liquid rules for hand luggage. Also bear in mind it's one lighter and one device per person.
Tablets/Capsules Yes  
Inhalers Yes  
Liquid medicine including cough syrups, heart burn medicine, pain relief etc   Yes Please note it is often stated that liquid medicines need to be deemed 'essential' to be allowed on board. Check with your airline before travel. 
Hypodermic syringes Yes  
Medical items such as TENS machines, CPAP machines  Yes  
Cooling Gel Packs Yes  
Medical food Yes  
Oxygen Cylinders  Potentially  Contact your airline to be sure. 
Baby Related Items     
Milk including formula or cow's milk Yes  
Breast Milk Yes You can take up to 2,000ml. 
Steralised Water  Yes   
Baby Food  Yes   
Soya Milk  Yes   
Sport Equipment     
Golf Clubs No  
Tennis racquets Yes  
Snooker, Pool or Billiard Cue Yes  
Walking/Hiking Poles No  
Diving Equipment Potentially  Contact your airline to be sure. 
Bats including Cricket Bats, Softball Bats  No  
Other Personal Items     
Disposable Razor where the blades are fixed-cartridge  Yes  
Tweezers Yes  
Knitting Needles  Yes  
Umbrella  Yes  
Walking Cane  Yes  
Pushchair  Yes  
Wheelchair  Yes  
Nail Clippers including Nail Files  Yes  
Travel Iron Yes  

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When it comes to liquids, please note that you can only take each liquid in a volume of no more than 100ml carried in their own individual containers. You cannot put 100ml in a larger vessel unfortunately so do be sure to choose travel-sized containers and bottles. It’s also worth noting you can only carry a total liquid volume of one litre with you. Additionally, all liquids must be placed in a clear plastic bag of 20cm X 20cm, though this can be dependant on your airline so do be sure to check! It’s also necessary that the bag is able to be sealed and closed and that you only have one per person. 


When preparing for a holiday, it’s always advisable to plan as much as possible, from finding out what hand luggage allowance each airline provides you, to making sure your bags are packed as efficiently as possible, so if you're in any doubt, do be sure to contact your airline. 

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Please make sure to check with your airline as all information provided is subject to change.