Can You Bring Candles on a Plane?

Can You Bring Candles on a Plane?

Hey, jet setters! If you’ve ever wondered whether you can bring your favorite candles on a plane, you’re not alone. With the holiday season around the corner and travel plans in full swing, it’s the perfect time to get the lowdown on the logistics of flying with candles. Let’s dive into the details and make sure your trip is smooth and stress-free.

TSA Guidelines on Candles in Air Travel

First things first, let’s talk about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines on candles. The good news is that solid scented candles, like the ones we make at Candier, are allowed in both carry-on and checked luggage making it easy to travel with candles. But there are some things you need to know to avoid any surprises at the airport.

Solid vs. Gel Candles

The TSA treats solid and gel candles differently. Solid candles, made from soy, paraffin, coconut wax, or beeswax, are generally good to go. You can pack these in your carry-on or checked luggage without any issues. That being said, according to the TSA, gel candles are classified as liquids, which means they need to follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule if you’re carrying them on. That means each container must be 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less, all must fit in a single quart-sized bag, and you’re only allowed one bag per traveler. Larger gel candles need to go in your checked luggage.

Allowed Quantities and Types

For solid candles, there’s no specific quantity limit, so you can bring as many solid wax candles as you like, as long as your luggage meets the airline’s weight and size restrictions. For gel candles, make sure they fit within the liquid limits for carry-on bags or pack them securely in your checked bag to avoid any mishaps.

Packing Candles for Flight

Proper packing is crucial to ensure your candles arrive at your destination intact. Here’s how to pack them for both carry-on and checked luggage.

In Carry-On Luggage

When packing candles in your carry-on, place them in an easily accessible location. This will help if TSA agents at airport security need to inspect them. Use bubble wrap or tissue paper to protect the candles from breaking and avoid gift wrapping them, as this can make inspection more difficult. Once at

the TSA checkpoint, be prepared for your bag to be pulled aside for a closer look. They might wipe down the candle with a special “wand”, which can look intense, but it’s normal and usually quick if your candles are easy to access.

In Checked Luggage

For checked luggage, pack your candles securely to prevent damage. Use bubble wrap, tissue paper, or even your clothing to cushion them (but be careful if it’s really hot as the oil can leak from the wax, so a good idea to seal in a plastic bag first). Place the candles in the center of your suitcase, surrounded by soft items to absorb any shocks. Avoid placing them near the edges of the suitcase where they’re more likely to get damaged.

How to Pack Candles in a Suitcase

Here’s a step-by-step guide to packing candles in your suitcase:

  1. Wrap each candle individually in bubble wrap or tissue paper.
  2. Place the wrapped candles in a sturdy box or container for added protection.
  3. Surround the container with soft items like clothing or towels to cushion any impacts.
  4. Avoid packing candles near the edges of your suitcase to minimize the risk of damage.
  5. Label the box if necessary, so you know where your candles are packed and can access them easily if needed.

International Regulations on Candles

Traveling internationally with candles can be a bit more complex due to varying regulations. Here’s a quick overview of key regions and their specific rules.

Rules in Europe and the UK

In Europe and the UK, solid candles are generally allowed in both carry-on and checked luggage, similar to the TSA guidelines in the USA. However, it’s always a good idea to check with the specific airline or airport for any additional restrictions or requirements.

Regulations in Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand also permit solid candles in carry-on and checked luggage. Gel candles follow the same liquid restrictions as in the USA, so make sure to pack them accordingly. Double-check with local authorities or airlines for any region-specific guidelines.


Bringing candles on a plane doesn’t have to be a hassle. By understanding the TSA guidelines, packing your candles properly, and being aware of international regulations, you can ensure a smooth travel experience with your favorite wax candles. Whether you’re gifting candles to loved ones or just can’t travel without your favorite scents, follow these tips to keep your candles safe and secure during your journey.

Ready to travel with your favorite Candier candles? Pack smart, fly safe, and enjoy your fragrant adventures! Visit our store to explore our range of travel-friendly, gourmet scented candles perfect for every occasion.

Obligatory disclaimer: Airport rules change regularly and each location may have their own systems and processes. So it’s always a good idea to check with the individual airport(s) before you fly.

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