Can I Bring My Laptop In My Carry On?

Going on a flight can be an exciting, yet nerve-wracking experience. Knowing what to bring and what you’re allowed to bring can make preparation a bit complex. With all of the electronics that we’re used to using regularly, it’s common to ask “Can I bring my laptop in my carry-on”? Find out what you need to know

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Yes., according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), you are allowed to bring your laptop in your carry-on. Even though the TSA only oversees the United States, similar guidelines are followed around the world.

It is recommended that you keep valuable items such as laptops and other electronics in your carry-on to prevent damage or theft.

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Use a protective laptop case or sleeve for protection

Having your laptop in a sleeve or case like this one will protect it from scrapes and bumps that are often associated with travel. 

Separate your laptop during security screening

Going through security means that you’ll have to pull out your electronics including your laptop. Make sure that it’s separated and easily accessible so that you don’t have to dig through your luggage on your way through security. That can be a real hassle.

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Check airline policies

While in general, it’s permissible to have your laptop in your carry-on bag, check the airline for other requirements or restrictions that they may have regarding electronics and accessories such as batteries, power banks, and chargers.

power bank for electronic devices

Use a laptop bag as your carry-on

You can use a backpack as your carry-on. Choose a backpack that has specially designed laptop compartments so that you can easily access it when you need it, like during security screenings at the airport. I’ve found that it’s so much easier when you know exactly where it at while being rushed through the line


Check the voltage rating

Verify the voltage rating of the laptop in comparison to the standard voltage for your destination. While in the United States 120V is the standard, in many other countries, it’s much higher. Be certain that your laptop is compatible

Have adapters

Not only are voltage standards different but so are the outlets. Having an adapter that works for the country you’re visiting will ensure that you can charge your device while on vacation

Consider a portable charger

Using your laptop on long flights can easily drain the power. Having a portable charger1 can help during the flight and layovers and anytime there are limited charging options.


laptop, cell phone, camera

The logistics of flying can be complicated, but when it comes to bringing your laptop in your carry-on, it’s not only allowed but recommended. By following the tips in this guide you make travel easier and focus on enjoying your vacation. Need help planning your next big family adventure? Check out our essential family planner as well as our guide on how to book flights to Europe for your family. Safe travels!

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  • Jeremiah Pittmon

    Jeremiah Pittmon is a published travel writer and photographer from Cleveland, Ohio. Passionate about exploring the world with his family, he finds inspiration in all types of travel. Through his blog,, and social media channels, he shares captivating experiences and valuable tips for families who love to travel.

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