Are essential oils allowed on airplanes?

With the World holding its breath and full attention on when will our ability to travel freely fly out of this COVID19 cloud, why not use some of this ‘down time’ to think about how you will combine your love of using essential oils into your next travel itinerary.

Essential Oils on Planes

People travel for many and varied reasons; fun, business, sightseeing, visiting family and friends. You can have your essential oils as a travel companion. Anytime you’re going on a trip, it’s a good idea to bring your essential oils along with you so that you reap their benefits even when you’re away from home.

You may be wondering about how to pack them, which essential oils to take or what are the requirements for taking them on an airplane? Let’s have a look at this next.

Let’s first look at Australian regulations.

If you’re going to use check-in luggage, you can basically bring along all the essential oils you want to travel with. Breakages may be your safety concern here so make sure they are in a nice strong carry bag/box and if you are still concerned about bottles breaking and leakages then add an outer waterproof layer as well.

Are Essential Oils allowed on Airplanes 

If you’re traveling lightly and only have a carry-on bag, there are liquid limits you must comply with....however do not despair, it is still certainly doable.


From the Australian Border Force

Limits on liquids:

A liquid is a substance that is liquid at room temperature.

If you are flying within Australia on a domestic flight, there are no restrictions on how much liquid you can carry onboard. There are limits on the amount of liquids you can carry onboard international flights entering or leaving the country.

If you are travelling domestically, but departing from an international terminal, there are limits on liquids. These limits do not apply to your checked-in bags. You may put these items in your checked-in bags.

All liquid items must be in containers of 100 millilitres or 100 grams or less. Containers must fit into one transparent and re-sealable plastic bag, like a snap-lock bag. The four sides of the bag's sealed area must add up to no more than 80 centimetres (eg. 20 x 20cm or 15 x25cm).

There is a limit of one bag per passenger. Carers may carry the bag for people in their care, like children, and therefore be carrying more than one bag.

You cannot take containers larger than 100 millilitres or 100 grams, even if they are partially filled. For example, a 200 gram toothpaste tube that is half-full is not allowed.

At the screening point all liquids in your carry-on baggage must be separately presented for screening.

Travelling to the US?

We will look at US travel information next.

One frustration when travelling to the US is getting to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security line and realizing there’s a new rule or restriction that you forgot or didn’t know about.

So what are you allowed in relation to liquids.

You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the TSA is currently allowing travellers to bring up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer in their carry-on bags. These will be screened separately.

Essential Oils and Flying

If your liquids are stored in containers larger than 3.4 ounces, even if there’s only 3.4 ounces left inside the bottle, you cannot bring them through security. You’ll need to pack them in your checked luggage/bag.

For up-to-date information on traveling during the coronavirus outbreak, visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

There are a few things to remember when using essential oils in a confirmed space, we will have a quick look at this next.

Are essential oils allowed on airplanes?

Travel etiquettes with essential oils.

Here are a few tips for considering other passengers near you in the plane:

1. Because essential oils have strong aromas that may bother others, remember use caution if using them when on the plane.

2. If you have an essential oil that you would like to use, put them on before boarding, or put a small amount on a tissue, cotton ball or a terracotta pendant.

Flying with Essential Oils

 3. You can even prepare wipes with a few drops of your favourite essential oils or diluted sprays/spritz ahead of time.

 4. Dilute your favourite blends in 10ml roller bottles in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil that you can easily roll onto your pulse points or feet.

5. When using essential oils near other people stick to familiar and recognised oils such as Lavender, Frankincense, Bergamot and Peppermint.


Now enjoy using your essential oils with consideration of others around you.


Tips for Traveling By Car With Essential Oils

If you are embarking on a road trip in your car, you’ll want two things:

  • A strong carry case or box to keep your essential oils safe from bumps, hills, hollows and being jiggled around in general.
  •  A car diffuser. These are small, portable and very effective in your car.

You have made an investment in your essential oil collection, so a strong carry case or box is going to protect your investment. Choose a case that can accommodate your essential oil collection and also has some padding for protection.

 Travelling with Essential Oils

You may also like to use a small padded carry case that can fit in your glove box compartment or centre console of your car for those oils you wish to have easy access to.

Consider where you are storing your essential oils in your car and try to keep them away from long periods of direct sunlight or exposure to heat.

Next, we will look into some super blends to try on your trip. Pick a few that will suit you and your family to have them ready and on hand.

Good oils to take for travel

Here are a few blends you may like to try in 10 ml roller bottles, add the essential oils to the roller bottle then top up with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil:


Sleep Sound:

10 drops Lavender essential oil

10 drops Cedarwood essential oil

5 drops Sleep Soundly essential oil blend

Top with a carrier oil


Focus Fix:

10 drop Vetiver essential oil

10 drop Cedarwood essential oil

5 drops Lavender essential oil

1drop Peppermint essential oil

Top with a carrier oil



10 drops Immunity essential oil blend

3 drops Relaxing essential oil blend

3 drops Oregano essential oil

2 drops Lemon essential oil

2 drops Frankincense essential oil

Top with a carrier oil

Essential Oils and Travel

Aches Away:

10 drops Lemongrass essential oil

5 drops Frankincense essential oil

3 drops Peppermint essential oil

3 drops Clove essential oil

Top with a carrier oil


Tummy Tamer:

10 drops Digest essential oil blend

10 drops Peppermint essential oil

Top with a carrier oil


Happy Holiday:

10 drops Happiness essential oil blend

6 drops Stress Less essential oil blend

5 drops Meditation essential oil blend

5 drops Orange essential oil

Top with a carrier oil


Head Helper:

10 drops Peppermint essential oil

10 drops Frankincense essential oil

5 drops Lavender essential oil

Top with a carrier oil