Can You Bring an Umbrella on a Plane?

Can You Bring an Umbrella on a Plane
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When traveling on vacation or on business, we are often asked if you “Can you bring an umbrella on a plane?”

Although most travellers agree that it is ideal to take your umbrella with you wherever you go, doing so is subject to airline policy.

Can You Bring an Umbrella on a Plane?

Different airlines have different rules, so always check on their website, however the good news is that in general, umbrellas fall into the accessories category, which is typically allowed in the cabin and in your suitcase.

Security checkpoints won't usually have a problem with your umbrella unless it has unusual features such as an excessively pointed and sharp end.  The good news is that the huge majority of umbrellas have flat ends so won't pose a problem.

Generally, if an airline does not allow an umbrella in your carry on, it won’t be because of the umbrella’s pointiness, but due to the excessive length. This is because airlines have their own size and weight restrictions.  Therefore always try to take a smaller compact brolly with you, you can pick these up for a very reasonable amount and they will usually be around a foot in length of less.    These are then perfect to fit in your carry on bag or your suitcase.  Our Top Pick travel umbrellas are below if you need inspiration if you are buying one:

Repel Windproof Double Vented Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating (Black)
Rain-Mate Compact Travel Umbrella - Windproof, Reinforced Canopy, Ergonomic Handle, Auto Open/Close (Black)
LifeTek Windproof Travel Umbrella Compact Automatic Open Close Small Folding Teflon Repellent Canopy Umbrellas fit Golf Purse Backpack Wind Resistant for Men and Women Traveler FX1 42 inch Red 
Repel Windproof Double Vented Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating (Black)
Rain-Mate Compact Travel Umbrella - Windproof, Reinforced Canopy, Ergonomic Handle, Auto Open/Close (Black)
LifeTek Windproof Travel Umbrella Compact Automatic Open Close Small Folding Teflon Repellent Canopy Umbrellas fit Golf Purse Backpack Wind Resistant for Men and Women Traveler FX1 42 inch Red 
Repel Windproof Double Vented Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating (Black)
Repel Windproof Double Vented Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating (Black)
Rain-Mate Compact Travel Umbrella - Windproof, Reinforced Canopy, Ergonomic Handle, Auto Open/Close (Black)
Rain-Mate Compact Travel Umbrella - Windproof, Reinforced Canopy, Ergonomic Handle, Auto Open/Close (Black)
LifeTek Windproof Travel Umbrella Compact Automatic Open Close Small Folding Teflon Repellent Canopy Umbrellas fit Golf Purse Backpack Wind Resistant for Men and Women Traveler FX1 42 inch Red 
LifeTek Windproof Travel Umbrella Compact Automatic Open Close Small Folding Teflon Repellent Canopy Umbrellas fit Golf Purse Backpack Wind Resistant for Men and Women Traveler FX1 42 inch Red 

If you are taking a larger stick-style umbrella or golf umbrella with you, check that it is below the maximum length allowed by the airline.  Also, the crew might ask for the umbrella to be kept in their on-board closet if the umbrella so be ready to assist if you are asked.

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What You Can and Cannot Bring in Your Carry-On Bag

Apart from umbrellas, you may also be curious about which items are allowed on a plane and which are not.   Bringing restricted items with you will not only cost you time, it can also cost you money so it's worth researching everything in advance.  Also always check with your airline if you are unsure.

Everyday Items

In case your flight is a lengthy one, you may want to do some crafts to keep you busy. Like umbrellas, scissors are allowed on a plane as long as its blades are no more than six centimeters long, and they have rounded edges.  Knives, metal forks and cutters are not allowed.

Electrical Gadgets

Electronic items like laptops and electric razors are generally allowed on board.  You may also bring your tablet, MP3 player and camera (including the camera equipment).

Your electronic items generally can be packed in your hand luggage.  Note that most airlines ask that the electronic items are fully-charged or have enough battery to last the flight.  So, don’t forget to charge them beforehand!  At the security checkpoint you may be asked to take the items out of your bag and have them scanned separately. 

Medicine or Pills

Airlines allow medicines and pills in the cabin.  These include syrups, suspensions, or other liquid medicines, however they should be 100 ml or less.  Check with your airline if you need to bring more than that.

In case you need oxygen, respirators, ventilators, and other medical equipment with you, check with your airline about their conditions well before you travel.

Food

Most airlines allow liquids that are no more than 100 mL, but if you have a baby with you, you may bring in sterile water in feeding bottles.  Other food items, like jams, honey, syrups, yogurt, sauces, soups, and fresh, soft cheese are not allowed.

Nevertheless, you may bring baby food, powdered milk, dried fruits, and nuts.  Truffles or filled chocolates are allowed but to limited amounts.

Sports Equipment

In general, sports equipment like tennis rackets, bats, golf clubs, hiking or walking stick, fishing rod, diving equipment, javelin, and swords are not allowed on board.

If you are travelling for a sports competition at your destination and need to bring your equipment with you, it will need to be checked in and stored in the hold.  So pack everything safely and securely.

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Tools and Equipment

Like most sports equipment, you may not bring your tools and equipment like hammer, drill, and saw in the cabin. You have to take these in the hold if you need to bring them with you.

Other Miscellaneous Items

Other items that you cannot bring in with your cabin luggage include canned goods, camping tents, and all sharp, pointed, and hazardous materials. Chemical and toxic substances are obviously not allowed, and these include cleaning products and hair dye. Christmas crackers and any other form of firecrackers are not allowed either.

Take note that candles are considered liquid, so just leave them home and simply shop for those at your destination.

Conclusion

There are safety rules to follow when it comes to carrying umbrellas and other things in your carry-on baggage. While lots of items are restricted, there are things that you can easily bring with you in the cabin.

So, can you bring an umbrella on a plane? The answer is usually yes, along with many other important things. Just follow the rules and fully understand the restrictions. Bring your umbrella with you and enjoy your trip!