Liquid Rules for flying in Canada in 2024

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Traveling can be an exciting adventure, but navigating airport security? Not so much. Especially when it comes to understanding the dos and don’ts of carrying liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on luggage. This guide will help you navigate the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) regulations, ensuring your journey through airport security in 2024 is as smooth as possible.

This article covers following topics:

  • Understanding Canada’s 2024 Liquid Rules
  • Items You Might Not Realize Count as Liquids
  • Exemptions and Special Considerations
  • Tips for Complying with Liquid Rules
  • Preparing Your Carry-On Bag
  • Common Mistakes to Avoid

Understanding Canada's 2024 Liquid Rules

In line with international standards, Canada’s regulations for carry-on baggage strictly limit the quantities of liquids, gels and aerosols passengers can carry. Each passenger is allowed to carry containers of these substances, provided they do not exceed 100 milliliters (3.4 ounces) each. All these containers must fit comfortably in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1L (one quart). Remember, only one such bag is allowed per passenger and it must be presented separately from your carry-on luggage at the security checkpoint.

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Items You Might Not Realize Count as Liquids

Items You Might Not Realize Count as Liquids

It’s crucial to remember that airport security’s definition of liquids extends beyond water, beverages and toiletries. Items that are often overlooked include:

  1. Gels like hair styling products and hand sanitizers.
  2. Aerosols, including hairspray and spray deodorants.
  3. Personal care items such as creams, lotions and pastes including toothpaste.
  4. Food items like soft cheeses and chocolate spreads.

Understanding these classifications can help prevent unexpected hiccups during the security screening process. More detailed information on liquids, non-solid foods and personal items can be found here.

Exemptions and Special Considerations

There are a few exceptions to the rule, primarily for medications, baby formula/food and items required for special dietary reasons. These do not need to fit within your 1L plastic bag but must be declared to the security officers at the checkpoint. Packing these items in an easily accessible manner will help speed up this process.

Tips for Complying with Liquid Rules

Adapting to these regulations doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here are some practical tips to help you comply with ease:

  1. Minimize Necessities: Before you pack, consider what liquid products are absolutely necessary for your flight and first days of travel. Often, hotels and accommodations provide basic toiletries.
  2. Travel-Sized Containers: Invest in travel-sized containers for your must-have liquids that comply with the CATSA limits. These are readily available at many stores throughout Canada.
  3. Solid Toiletries: Consider switching to solid alternatives for some items, such as shampoo bars, solid deodorants and toothpaste tablets. These products are not only travel-friendly but also eco-conscious.

Preparing Your Carry-On Bag

Packing your carry-on bag with CATSA’s liquid rules in mind is simple:

  1. Select appropriate containers for your liquids, gels and aerosols, ensuring they are 100ml (3.4 ounces) or less.
  2. Place all these containers into a single 1L clear plastic bag.
  3. Prepare any exemptions (medications, baby food etc.) for easy presentation at security.


Present your plastic bag of liquids separately from your carry-on when asked at the security checkpoint.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

A common pitfall for many travelers is overpacking their liquid bag or forgetting to remove it from their carry-on luggage before screening. Another mistake is assuming items like peanut butter or mascara don’t count as liquids or gels. When in doubt, pack it in your checked baggage or verify with CATSA’s guidelines before your travel day.


Flying in Canada in 2024 can be a real pain, with delays and cancellations rife within the industry. However, being on top of everything within your control will allow you to navigate airports with confidence.  By understanding and preparing for the liquid rules, you can ensure a stress-free airport experience. Remember to plan ahead and pack smartly. For the most up-to-date information and detailed guidelines, visit CATSA’s official website. It’s your go-to resource for any specific questions or clarifications about flying within Canada. 

For a hassle-free travel experience within Canada, consider the expertise of a dedicated Corporate Travel Agency. Inspired Travel Group is here to make sure your trip is not just stress-free, but also enjoyable from start to finish. Reach out to us for assistance in planning, booking and managing all aspects of your corporate travel needs.

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