Traveling with Candles: Can You Bring Candles on a Plane?

Traveling with Candles: Can You Bring Candles on a Plane?

Preparing for travel can be both exciting and draining. The packing and prepping can get even more confusing when you have items that fall in the gray area of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) restrictions. What you can carry on a plane seems to change every few years, and the last thing you want is to be delayed in the TSA line.

Most seasoned travelers know the TSA liquids rule that deems liquids less than 3.4 ounces that are able to fit in a quart-sized baggy safe for carry-on luggage. But, where do candles fall on the spectrum of solid to liquid?

This article will put your candle confusion to rest.

Can You Bring Candles on a Plane?

According to TSA's official site, solid candles are allowed in both carry-on and checked bags. Gel candles are allowed in checked luggage, but not carry-on.

Unlike with liquids, there’s no limit for the size or container of each candle. Just keep in mind that candles appear on security scanners as large, solid objects that should be taken a look at. Carrying a large amount could very likely cause the agent to want a closer look, causing delays for you in the security line.

Solid Wax v. Gel

Gel candles are made of some type of mineral oil, powdered resin, and scented oils. Gel candles have been known to cause fires and explosions, which is why they're on the airport security list of carry-on restricted items.

Make sure to put your gel candles in your checked bags if you plan on bringing them.

Solid candles are made from soy, coconut, beeswax, or other wax bases that are completely solid at room temperature. Solid candles are allowed in both carry-on bags and checked luggage. Bringing candles of this type should not be a problem as per the TSA website, however, TSA rules note that the TSA agent has the final say on any item at the gate.

Better your chances of success by bringing candles with clearly labeled ingredients, stating that they’re composed of soy wax, coconut wax, or whatever type.

Tips to Pack Candles in Carry On and Checked Baggage

Now that you know what types of candles are allowed by TSA guidelines, tips for packing them safely will prove helpful.

Protect from Leaks

When packing candles in checked luggage, cover them in plastic wrap or a sealable plastic bag, just in case the wax melts at any point. Melted wax can stain clothing and is tough to remove. If you’re flying during the summer, there’s a good chance that the cargo area will get extremely hot. Both gel candles and solid candles can melt, so take precautions to avoid any messes.

Cushion Glass Candles

Consider using plush clothes as a form of bubble wrap, but only if the candle is completely sealed in a water-proof bag of sorts. Luggage attendants are known to be tough on checked bags, throwing them from one belt to another. Exposed glass candles could shatter in your checked bag.

Keep them Easily Accessible

Security might want to investigate the chunky item in your hand luggage. Keep the candle somewhere you can remove it for easy inspection, and use a clear bag so the TSA agent can see it through the bag.

A Note on Matches

TSA does permit passengers to bring matches in their carry-on luggage, though not in their checked bags. However, only one book of matches is allowed per person, on your person, outside of your bag, to avoid any potential issues due to accidental friction.

On the other hand, strike-anywhere matches are strictly prohibited on flights due to the obvious safety hazard they pose. Always adhere to these regulations to ensure a safe and hassle-free journey.

About High Camp’s Candles

High Camp’s classically modern candles incorporate soy wax blends and wood wicks. Using a natural palo santo scent, our candles and bloom boxes make the perfect gift or self-indulgent treat. These scented candles are solid, so you should have no problem taking them through airport security if you need to.

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