While we often think of the unforgettable sights, sounds, and tastes of our travel experiences, the small comforts we bring along can make a world of difference. Candles are one essential that can transform a bland hotel room into a cozy, inviting space — a space where you can relax and unwind after a day of adventure. Not to mention, candles are the perfect gift to bring back home to your loved ones.
Whether you’re a frequent traveler or only occasionally take to the skies, this guide will provide the necessary information to ensure you can safely and confidently transport your favorite candles during your travels.
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Now, can you carry candles on planes? Let’s get to the bottom of this burning question.
Can You Carry Candles on Planes?
There are several limitations when it comes to sliding through TSA without a hitch, but candles are on the OK list. In the end, it will come down to the actual types of candles you bring and if you have checked bags.
Solid wax candles that are made with beeswax or soy wax are allowed in both your carry-on and checked luggage. They are most likely just as flammable as anything else you are traveling with, meaning they pose no significant risk.
When it comes to other candle forms like gel and oils, you have to follow the 3-1-1 liquid guidelines. Gel candles are known to be flammable and cannot go in your carry-on luggage. So, make sure to place them in your checked luggage.
Remember, if you can pump it, squeeze it, spread it, smear it, spray it, or spill it, it must follow the liquid rule. Thus, it must be packed alongside your travel-sized liquids.
How Many Candles Can You Bring on a Plane?
It’s safe to say that there isn’t an actual number of candles that are prohibited. But, TSA might raise an eyebrow if you have ten 3-wick scented candles chillin’ in your carry-on.
When it comes to gel and oil candles, each container must be 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less. In addition, it must also fit into a clear, quart-sized plastic bag.
How to Pack Candles in a Suitcase
There are a few considerations to take into account, starting with: are you bringing a candle with you for your own comfort? Or, are you giving it to someone as a gift at your destination? Both situations can be treated quite differently.
If you’re traveling with a candle for your own comfort, a smaller size is perfect to bring with you in your carry on bag. Even unlit, you can take a whiff when you need a little grounding during an anxious flight. Taking in the smell of an Island scented candle is a sure way to get your mind off the turbulence.
Hotel Lobby Candle even has a few scents that match your favorite city — like Paris, New York, and Miami.
If you’re gifting the candle, it’s best to keep it in the packaging it came in. And, if you’re worried about damage, there is nothing stopping you from asking the airline to slap a “fragile” sticker on your suitcase. Better safe than sorry!
Make room to bring your candles home.
If you travel to your destination without a candle but find the perfect one you can’t leave behind, this tip is a good one to know. Plus, it can extend beyond candles. Whether it be shot glasses from Mexico, a fancy splurge at a boutique, or even some Paris souvenirs; you want to bring them back home in one piece.
It’s a hard rule to follow. But leave extra room when packing your suitcase to make it easier to bring home valuables. You can also look into shipping larger candles back home to avoid the hassle of bringing them on a plane.
Wrap your candles for protection.
Similarly to packing candles when you are moving homes or apartments, you can’t just throw them all in a box and call it safe. Wrap your candles in bubble wrap or a soft, padded material to cushion them from impact during your travels.
If your candles are in ceramic or glass jars, place at least 1-3 inches of packing material (bubble wrap or crumpled paper, ideally) around all sides.
Pro Tip: Use socks or other clothing to save space while still protecting your candles. Still, place the candle in a plastic bag, just in case a freak accident does cause it to melt. It will smell amazing, but your suitcase and everything in it will be ruined.
Put the candles on top and in the center.
It’s all about convenience when going through airport security. When you pack your candle in the center of your checked baggage, you are giving it more protection and cushion. Placing it closer to the top of your things will make it so much easier to take out if you end up getting questioned.
If the candle you’re traveling with is a gift, do your best not to gift wrap it until you have landed, unless you don’t mind risking the chance of having to unwrap it.
This is something that is all too easy to forget. Since you can’t bring lighters on the plane with you, it’s a good idea to have an option for lighting your candle without one.
What candles do you bring from home when you travel?
With some careful planning and packing, you can absolutely bring your favorite candles as one of your travel essentials. As long as you follow the TSA guidelines for checked and carry-on luggage, pack your candles securely to avoid damage, and leave room in your bags for any candle souvenirs you find, traveling with candles can help make your vacay room feel more like home.