Can You Bring Pre-Workout Powder on a Plane?

If you’re a bodybuilder or just into fitness, you might be wondering if it’s ok to bring your pre-workout powder on vacation with you.

Luckily, bringing powders to an airport is easier than you might think – as long as they are legal substances. 

The TSA allows passengers to bring pre-workout powder (and other workout supplements) on a plane. However, any powdered substances in carry-on luggage must go through the x-ray machine, and any amounts over 12 oz (350mL) will likely require additional screening by security agents.

When traveling with your pre-workout, it’s usually more convenient to pack it in your checked luggage. 

TSA Rules for Workout Supplements

The TSA rules for workout supplements are pretty straightforward. 

Like most things, you’re allowed to do it as long as you follow the specific guidelines for carry-on vs. checked baggage.

Travelers are permitted to bring vitamins as well as powdered and liquid supplements in their carry-on bags as long as the liquids comply with the 3-1-1 rule.

The 3-1-1 rule limits all liquids to 3.4 oz (100 mL) containers (or smaller), and passengers can only bring one quart-sized (1L) clear plastic bag of liquids in their hand luggage.

The TSA actually encourages passengers to pack their powdered workout supplements in their checked luggage to avoid any issues at security.

How To Pack Pre-Workout Powder

I generally recommend keeping everything in its original packaging when traveling, but when it comes to pre-workout powder, I realize this might be difficult.

The bulky plastic containers can take up a lot of space regardless of whether it’s your checked or carry-on luggage

When you want to save some room, you can pack powdered supplements in durable, resealable plastic bags.

I highly suggest double-bagging your workout powder to protect it from tearing and to avoid a mess if it opens in transit. 

Make a point to label the bag as “pre-workout powder” (especially if you’re bringing it in your carry-on) to make it easier for the screeners at security.

Should I Pack Creatine in Plastic Bags?

Creatine is white and white powder in plastic bags is suspicious.

However, if you’re bringing it in your carry-on, it’s not usually an issue if you label the bag as “creatine” and are prepared for the reality that you may be subject to further screening.

If the TSA has doubts, they’ll swab the bag and test it to make sure it is what you say it is. 

It might cost you an additional 5-10 minutes, but you’ll have your supplements at the end of the process.

Is Pre-Workout Powder Always Subject to Additional Screening?

Your pre-workout powder is subject to additional screening if you’ve packed more than 12 oz (350 mL) in your carry-on.

The TSA won’t confiscate your powder if you pack more than the recommended amount, but you’ll need to remove it for manual inspection.

It’s not a cause for concern, but it means arriving at the airport a little earlier in case the process takes longer than expected.

Should I Pack Pre-Workout Powder in My Carry-On?

Packing anything in your carry-on depends on what you need on the plane or when you arrive at your destination.

If you’re a professional athlete headed to a competition, you probably want to pack all your essentials – including your supplements – in your carry-on (just in case your checked bags are delayed or lost).

If you like keeping fit, but it’s not your career, you’re better off stashing your supplements in your checked luggage.

You won’t need your supplements on the plane, and if your bags are delayed, it’ll be annoying but won’t cost you a championship.

In either case, just be sure your checked and/or carry-on luggage doesn’t exceed the maximum weight limits for the airline.

Most have a limit of 50 lbs (20 kg) for checked bags, while carry-on restrictions can slash that figure by half (or more).

If your luggage is overweight, be prepared to pay additional fees.

Should I Carry Pre-Workout Powder on a Plane?

Whether you should bring your pre-workout powder on a plane is really a matter of personal choice.

Your supplements aren’t prohibited, so you don’t have to worry about the TSA confiscating them or preventing you from boarding your flight.

The only real limitations are in regards to the size and weight restrictions for your luggage.

It also depends on why and where you’re traveling. 

If you’re going on vacation and are not on a strict workout regimen for professional purposes, you’ll probably be fine without your pre-workout powder.

Professional athletes will likely want to bring their preferred products with them.

I’m Traveling Internationally – Should I Carry My Supplements?

Bringing certain products across international borders depends on the regulations of the destination country.

Workout supplements are allowed almost everywhere; however, some countries prohibit individual ingredients used to manufacture certain powders.

Hemp products, for example, might be problematic in some countries. If your supplement contains it, you’ll have to do the research to find out if it’s permitted.

In most situations, you’re probably fine to travel with your supplements, but it’s important to familiarize yourself with any restrictions at your destination.

Conclusion

Although airport security is extra cautious when dealing with powdered substances, pre-workout powder is allowed on a plane. 

You should have no issues getting past the TSA with pre-workout powder in your carry-on bags, but just keep in mind you’ll likely face additional screening.

The biggest challenge with carrying your supplements will be sticking to the airline’s weight limits for luggage. You’ll have to decide if packing your pre-workout powder is worth sacrificing precious space in your suitcase or potentially having an overweight bag.

When traveling internationally, check the ingredients of your supplements and confirm whether your brand is permitted at the destination.

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