The Ultimate Guide to Packing Perfume and Fragrances for Travel

When it comes to packing for a trip, you want to pack the essentials. That includes clothes, toiletries, and your favorite perfume or fragrance. But how can we make sure we don’t break our bottles when traveling? The key is using the right packaging methods before putting them in our luggage.

We will go over:

  • How to wrap up your fragrances and sprays so they stay safe and sound during travel
  • The best way to store your perfumes in your carry on bag if you’re not checking any bags
  • What types of containers are best for keeping perfume from leaking while flying
  • The best perfume to wear on your travels
  • TSA rules for bringing perfumes and fragrances on a plane
  • Why you shouldn’t wear any perfume on the plane

Packing Perfume and Fragrances for Travel

How to wrap up your fragrances so they stay safe during travel

Alright, let’s talk about how you should wrap your fragrances, sprays, and perfumes so they can stay safe when you travel.

Personally, I prefer to travel very minimalistic and not bring too much with me. I have bought a Travalo a couple of years ago and still love using this to travel: you pump some of your favorite scents into it and have only a tiny bottle to travel with. It’s just perfect.

1. Checking a bag

If you’re checking a bag, the best way to store your perfumes is by placing them in a see-through plastic ziploc bag. This will help you avoid any leaks and also make it easier for airport security to scan your luggage.

Another option is to place them in a small container or spray bottle. This way, they’ll be easier to pack and you can spray them on throughout your trip if needed.

2. In your carry-on (without checked baggage)

The best way to store your perfumes in your carry-on bag if you’re not checking any bags.

If you are bringing a carry-on bag with no checked baggage, then simply place the perfume bottles or sprays into an easy access plastic container before packing it away.

You can purchase a container, or you might even have one at home that will work as well (such as an old face mist bottle).

The reason why we want to use something like this is that it’s easy and saves room in your bag. Plus, if anything happens with the perfume bottles during travel, you’ll have an easy way to clean it up.

No one wants a mess in their carry-on!


How to transport your perfumes safely

Ideally, we want to carry our perfumes as safely as possible so they don’t spill during travel. This means packing them upright (so any leaks do not occur) and placing a cloth bag inside of them to absorb any leaks if they do happen.

The cloth bag will also help protect your clothes from any perfume or fragrance, so you don’t have a mess in your luggage! No one wants that.

If this sounds like too much work for you and it doesn’t matter if there’s a small chance of the bottles leaking during travel, then it is fine to store them upright without the cloth bag.

However, just know that if they do leak for some reason while you’re on your trip, there will be a mess in your luggage! The best way around this is by using an easy access plastic container inside of your carry-on bag and placing the perfumes into that.

What types of containers are best for keeping perfume from leaking while flying?

If you’re looking for a container that will keep your perfume from spilling or leaking during travel, there are a few things you should consider. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend traveling with a glass bottle and I always put my perfumes into a Travalo.

-Size of the bottle or spray that you want to store.

-If it’s glass, plastic, or metal.

First off, if your perfume is in a small container (such as an atomizer), then any type will work fine since they are all made with similar materials and construction techniques. However, if your perfume or fragrance is in a glass bottle, then you’ll want to use something that’s see-through so it can be easily inspected by airport security.

Lastly, if your perfume bottle is made out of metal, such as an old aftershave container (or even the original packaging), then I would avoid placing it into any type of plastic bag. The reason for this is that the metal can create a spark and potentially start a fire if it comes into contact with another flammable material, like plastic.

Travalo bottle

My biggest favorite to take on a trip with me, are my Travalo bottles. They are so simple and easy to use. I just fill it up with some of my favorite perfumes or fragrances, click the cap back on, and you’re done! They come in all kinds of colors as well.


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Spray onto a handkerchief

Next up: if you don’t need to spray on the perfume every day but want your clothes to smell great, spray some of your favorite perfume onto your handkerchiefs and fold them in between your clothes in your suitcase. That way, you don’t have to take any perfume with you, but you still smell amazing.

Spray onto cotton pads or cotton balls

Another trick I have learned from my grandmother: spray perfume onto cotton pads and cotton balls and stick those into an air-tight container. Then, take those out with you and they will smell amazing on your skin or even in the air.

Buy a rollerball

Rollerball versions of perfumes are ideal if you’re often on the go! They are small and easy to put into a carry-on bag. Buy the real perfume version of your favorite scent, but into a tiny bottle.

Lots of big perfume and fragrance brands make rollerballs, so it’s easy to take your favorite perfume with you. They’re ideal, not only when you’re traveling, but also when you’re going on a short trip or enjoying a day out!



Use samples

I always keep the samples of my favorite perfumes! They come in so handy when you’re traveling!

TSA rules for bringing perfumes and fragrances on a plane

TSA rules for bringing perfumes and fragrances on a plane? The Transportation Security Administration has specific guidelines when it comes to traveling with perfume, cologne, or other liquids. You should always check these before you start packing.

Generally, TSA allows passengers to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in their carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are three ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.

Liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in containers larger than three ounces (100 milliliters) must be placed in checked luggage.

Perfumes and fragrances fall into the category of liquids, so if you have a large bottle, it will need to go in your checked bag. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

If you have a bottle of perfume or cologne that is half-full or less, you can bring it in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. This also includes aerosols, such as hairspray, which are limited to travel-sized containers that are three ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.

If you have a full-sized bottle of perfume or cologne, then it will need to be in your checked bag. Keep in mind that this rule applies even if the container is half empty. For example, if you were halfway through using an eight-ounce (237 milliliters) bottle of liquid or gel and are bringing it with you on your trip, it would not be able to go through the checkpoint and would need to be placed in your checked bag.

If you’re bringing a spray bottle of perfume or cologne, it must be placed in a quart-sized bag and can only contain three ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.

Bringing perfumes back from a trip

Whether you’ve bought a lot of duty-free perfumes in the airport or you just totally went ham on your destination, you’ve bought some new perfumes and want to take them home. How should you transport your new perfumes back from your travels?

The TSA has a few rules when it comes to bringing liquids back into the country. All your liquids, gels, pastes, and aerosols must be placed in containers that hold no more than three ounces each. These containers must also fit inside one quart-sized plastic bag. Each passenger is allowed one quart-sized bag per item.

So, if you have four new perfumes that you bought on your trip, you’ll need to put them into four different containers and place them all in one quart-sized bag. You can then carry that quart-sized bag with you onto the plane.

If your fragrances are in larger bottles (more than three ounces ), you can place them in your checked baggage but they will need to be placed in a clear, sealable bag.

Which perfumes to pick for vacation?

Now that we know all about how to store our fragrances when traveling, let’s talk about the best way to pack them for our trip and which perfume suits your travel destination.

Bringing perfumes on vacation does not mean that you need to pack all of them into your suitcase and check it in for the flight (unless they’re larger bottles). It simply means that you should consider packing some of them together if they are similar scents or styles so they can be easily used together.

If you have a lot of perfumes and fragrances, it might make more sense to bring a few similar ones with each other instead of packing every single one separately into your bag. If that’s the case for you, simply pack them in different sections or parts within your suitcase so that they can easily be located and accessed when you need them.

Another thing to keep in mind is the climate of your destination . If you’re going on a beach vacation where it’s hot and humid, then avoid packing any fragrances that contain heavy floral scents. These might be too overwhelming and intense in the heat. Stick with light, fresh scents instead.

If you’re traveling to a colder climate, on the other hand, then it might be fun to pack a few heavier scents that you wouldn’t normally use during the summer. This will help you get into the vacation spirit!

No matter what your destination is or what type of fragrances you’re packing, always remember to put them in a sealable baggie to avoid any leaks or spills.

Don’t wear perfume on your flight

So ofter, I have gotten a bad migraine during a flight because of people wearing too much perfume. Seriously, don’t be that person. People around you will thank you for not wearing perfume on your flight.

Why is it so bad to wear perfumes or fragrances during a plane ride? The reason why people recommend against wearing perfume while flying has everything to do with the cabin pressure inside of an airplane and how it affects our nostrils, sinuses, and lungs.

When the plane is taking off or landing, the pressure in the cabin rapidly changes. This can cause problems for people with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. And for people without these conditions, wearing perfume on a flight can still be a pretty unpleasant experience.

The chemicals found in perfumes and fragrances- such as alcohol, essential oils, and phthalates- can also worsen these symptoms. So if you’re looking to avoid a headache or feeling congested on your flight, it’s best to just skip the perfume altogether. Not just for yourself, this is also a kindness towards your fellow travelers.


So, we’ve talked about how to store your perfume when you’re checking a bag and when you’re carrying it on without checked baggage. A couple of options to take perfume with you whilst you travel: using a Travalo, spraying some perfume onto cotton balls, or buying a roller ball or using samples.

We’ve also gone over TSA’s rules for bringing liquids, gels, and aerosols into the country. Now it’s time to put all this information into practice and go on your next trip!

So there you have it! The ultimate guide to packing your perfumes and fragrances for travel. Whether you’re flying domestically or internationally, make sure to check the TSA’s guidelines for bringing liquids on board so you can avoid any problems.

And, most importantly, remember to pack light and don’t wear perfume on your flight! Enjoy your trip!

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