Powders Now Added to Carry-On Luggage Restrictions

Powders now added to Liquids, Aerosols and Gels carry-on luggage restrictions!

We’ve all become used to diligently packing our ‘carry-on luggage approved size’ liquids, aerosol and gels in a separate, transparent plastic bag for customs screening.

Events around the world have now prompted the addition of powders to the restricted carry-on luggage list to ensure the safety and security of passengers.

By way of clarification as to what constitutes a restricted powder, the following information has been taken from the Australian Government’s ‘TravelSECURE’ website:

  • There is no limit on organic powders, such as food and powdered baby formula.
  • There are quantity restrictions on the amount of inorganic powder that can be carried, such as salt, talcum powder and sand.
  • Inorganic powders must be in containers of 350 millilitres (volume), 350 grams (weight) or less.
  • The total volume of inorganic powders must not exceed 350 millilitres, 350 grams per person.
  • Passengers cannot tip powders out to fall under the 350ml threshold as the restriction is calculated on total container volume.

There are no restrictions on the number of containers of inorganic powders per person, provided the total volume of all the containers of inorganic powder is 350 millilitres or less.

At the screening point all powders in your carry-on baggage must be separately presented for screening. Unlike liquids, they do not need to be put in a re-sealable plastic bag.

Examples of inorganic powders where restrictions apply include:

  • Salt
  • Salt scrub
  • Sand
  • Some talcum powders
  • Some powdered deodorant
  • Certain foot powders
  • Powdered detergent and cleaning products


Examples of organic powders which are not restricted include:

  • Powdered baby formula
  • Powdered food
  • Coffee
  • Protein powder
  • Flour, spices, sugar
  • Most cosmetics
  • Epsom salt

Information taken from the Australian Government’s TravelSECURE website on the 26th of June, 2018.  Please check the Australian Government’s TravelSECURE website for the most current information.

Read all the information on travelling with powders, liquids, aerosols and gels on the Australian Government’s TravelSECURE website HERE!

Travel safe, everyone!



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