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To Shave, or Not to Shave, in November

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Man shaving in mirror

It’s “No Shave November,” the yearly event when men don’t shave, groom or cut their facial hair for the entire month, to raise cancer awareness.  But as the month draws to the end, you’re left with a choice: Keep and maintain your new look or clean up and shave. Regardless of what you decide (and what your spouse prefers), we want to cover some of the most frequently asked questions on how to travel with those grooming supplies for facial hair.

Know the liquids rule!

Beards aren’t much different than the hair on top of your head. That means shampooing, conditioning, and moisturizing your beard is a must, especially during the winter months. Be sure to follow TSA’s liquids rule when packing travel-size liquids in your carry-on bag.  What constitutes a liquid? Well, if you can pump it, spray it, smear it, or pour it, then it’s considered to be a liquid.  This is also applies to other grooming supplies, such as beard wax, shaving cream and aftershave.

Razors, trimmers, and more!

One of the most frequently asked questions is whether or not razors are allowed in your carry-on.  When it comes to disposable razors and cartridges, they are good to go in a carry-on bag. That also applies to electric shavers and trimmers. And while straight razor handles are allowed, the actual razor blades must be packed in checked bags. Finally, when it comes to scissors or shears, those with blades less than 4 inches from the pivot point are allowed in your carry-on bag. Anything longer should be placed in your checked luggage.

Know before you go!

Still have questions on what can and cannot go in your carry-on bag? Consider downloading the MyTSA app. The MyTSA app is available in the iTunes and Google Play app stores and can be downloaded to your personal electronic devices. Save time and money with our helpful tips for preparing for security, including a searchable database of items that can and can’t go in checked or carry-on bags, all at your own fingertips. Or go ahead and reach out to us directly. Our AskTSA team is available on Twitter and Facebook, 365 days a year to answer any questions about security-related travel.  For everything else, check out the “What can I bring” option on TSA.gov.