Can I bring a hair iron in my hand luggage?
Yes, I can! You’ll only be removing your curling iron from your baggage when going through airport security, so make sure to keep it somewhere easily accessible from your bag.
Also, when you run your curling iron through a security scanner, you’ll need to remove it from any kind of protective pouch or bag.
The same applies to:
- hair iron
- hair dryer
- air wrap
- Hair styling tools powered by a power plug
The best bag for taking hair straighteners in your hand luggage
I love the Travel Hack Cabin Case because it makes getting through airport security so much easier.
There’s an easy-access pocket on the top of the suitcase, so you can quickly open and grab whatever you need through airport security. This means you don’t have to open the whole suitcase and risk everything spilling out!
You can put curling irons, liquids, and other electronics in this top compartment so you can easily take them out and put them back again.
This top compartment is a real game changer!
Protective heat resistant bags for hair straighteners when travelling
If you don’t already have one, we highly recommend purchasing a heat-resistant bag or pouch for your curling iron.
Styling your hair is often the last thing you do before leaving your hotel, but having to wait until your curling iron has completely cooled down before packing up and leaving is annoying!
Of course, when it’s hot, you can’t put it in your suitcase. But for the last few minutes, it’s just sitting there waiting to be put away because it hasn’t completely cooled down!
I like this heat-resistant bag because it can also be used as a mat to rest my curling iron on. This is perfect for traveling or at home to prevent hot curling irons from damaging surfaces.
Padded protective case for travelling with hair straighteners
You can also get a nice case to protect your hair from bumps and shocks when you travel with your curling iron.
Personally, I don’t use cases like this because I usually travel light and try to avoid bulky items like this.
How to protect your hair straighteners in your hand luggage
To protect my curling iron in my luggage, I usually wrap it inside my clothes. So just wrap it in your jumper or tuck it between your clothes.
This chunky yellow jumper is perfect for wrapping your curling iron and protecting it from impact!
Can I take my hair dryer on a plane?
Yes, you can bring your hair dryer on the plane, but again, you’ll have to take it out of your bag through airport security.
Before you bring your own hairdryer, we recommend checking to see if your accommodation provides a hairdryer. It may not be the best hairdryer in the world, but most accommodations will provide one so you don’t need to supply your own.
Should I get a mini hair straightener for travel?
I bought a mini hair iron once, but it was garbage. I thought it was good for bangs and wispy hair around the face. Yes, it was smaller, but it came with the same long cable and plug, so it didn’t save me much space in my luggage.
Don’t waste your money and stick with the curling iron you use at home.
Should I put my hair straighteners in my checked luggage?
If you’re checking luggage, it’s easier to put your curling iron in your checked luggage. It just saves you the hassle of removing them at airport security.
But if you’re worried about losing your luggage and can’t live without your curling iron, it’s no big deal to have a curling iron in your carry-on bag.
Will my hair straighteners work abroad?
Curling irons may not work overseas due to voltage differences.
The UK, Europe, Australia, United Arab Emirates, and most parts of Asia and Africa use 220-240 volt plugs.
However, North America, South America, the Caribbean, and some other countries use 110- to 120-volt plugs.
Here is a list of all countries and the plug voltage used in that country.
Many devices are dual voltage capable and can operate in both areas.
Devices that don’t support dual voltage may not work at all, or they may work but not very well.
You can also purchase a converter, but this is not recommended as it can blow the fuse and is unreliable.
If you don’t know the voltage of your straightener, it’s usually written on the plug.
250V plug. You can just see it on the underside of the plug in the bottom right corner.
What’s the best hair straightener for travelling?
I’m an avid GHD fan and after trying other brands and talking to my hairdresser, I still believe GHD Original is the best.
I also have a Dyson Airwrap that I love. However, it’s bulky and doesn’t have dual voltage so you can’t use it everywhere, so I rarely carry it around.