If pre and post-workout drink mixes are a part of your fitness routine, one question you may be asking yourself is can you take pre-workout on a plane?

Can you bring them through airport security and onto the plane? And what are the TSA guidelines around this?

Exercise and workout supplements are key to a healthy lifestyle. In this blog post, we'll answer those questions and give you a breakdown of what's allowed and what's not. So read on to find out more!

TSA rules can be confusing, especially when it comes to what you can and can't bring on a plane.

However, the TSA has clarified that these pre-workouts are allowed in both powder, pill, and liquid form. So if you're packing a shake or powder for your flight, you won't need to worry about it being confiscated at security.

According to TSA guidelines, any powder-like substances greater than 12 ounces/350mL need to be placed in a separate bin for X-ray screening.

Pre-workout supplements are a common source of confusion, since they often contain a mix of supplement ingredients.

Thus, we encourage you to place non-essential powders greater than 12 oz. in checked bags.

Just be sure to pack it in a clear plastic bag so that the TSA agents can easily identify it. And if you're carrying powder pre-workout, be prepared to go through an additional screening process.

Having the original label is a huge help. Other than that, you should have no trouble bringing your favorite workout supplement onboard.

Can You Take Pre-Workout In Checked Luggage?

Yes, according to TSA guidelines, you can take pre-workout in checked baggage.

While the TSA doesn't have any explicit guidelines about bringing it on a plane, there are a few things to keep in mind when putting it in your checked baggage [1].

First of all, make sure that the container is securely closed and will not leak.

Second, remember that liquids are subject to the 3-1-1 rule, so be sure to pack your pre-workout in a quart-sized baggie.[2]

And finally, keep in mind that powdered supplements are subject to additional screening, so it's a good idea to have your pre-workout in separate plastic bags from the rest of your luggage, as well as clearly labeled for convenience. 

With these tips in mind, you can rest assured that you'll be able to bring your pre-workout with you on your next flight.

Can You Take Pre-Workout In Carry On Baggage?

The short answer is yes, you can take pre-workout in your carry-on baggage!

If you're someone who likes to hit the gym before work or straight after getting off a plane, you might be wondering if you can take pre-workout in your carry-on bags.

Most workout supplements are perfectly fine to pack in your carry-on, as long as they meet the TSA's size and quantity restrictions and do not contain any banned substances.

That said, there are a few things to keep in mind when packing pre-workout in your carry-on bag:

1. Make sure that the pre-workout supplements are in their original packaging - loose white powder or pills are not allowed.

2. Be aware of the TSA's liquid restrictions - gels and liquids must be less than 3.4 ounces in weight (100 milliliters) and stored in a clear, quart-sized bag. 

3. Remember that even though you can bring workout supplements on a plane, it's always best to drink it before or after your workout, not during the flight!

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How To Correctly Pack Your Pre-Workout For Vacation

If you're in the fitness industry, you probably love to work out while on vacation. It's a great way to explore a new place, get some exercise, and relieve stress.

But if you're not careful, packing your pre-workout for vacation can be a nightmare. Here are a few tips to make sure you get it right:

  • Choose Small Containers
    You don't want to bring a huge container of powder with you, but you also don't want to end up with too little. Find something that's travel-friendly and will hold enough powder for your needs.
  • Pack An Extra Shaker Bottle (or 2!)
    Shaker bottles are essential for mixing up your pre-workout, but they can be easily lost or misplaced. Pack at least one extra in case you lose yours while on vacation.
  • Use An Organizer
    Use a pill organizer to keep your pre-workout supplement pills organized and easy to grab before your workout.
  • Put Everything In A Resealable Plastic Bag
    Ziploc bags help prevent leaks and spills in your suitcase. Plus, it's always good to have a backup in case your shaker bottle springs a leak. If you are traveling with protein powder, it may be a good idea to invest in a reusable plastic bag.
  • Don’t Forget The Scoop!
    This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's easy to forget such a small item when you're packing for vacation. Make sure you include it in your zip-top bag so you can easily measure out the perfect amount of powder for your workout drink.
  • Keep It Close By
    Make sure to pack your pre-workout in your carry-on bag. That way, you won't have to worry about it getting lost in the luggage carousel.
  • Consider Individual Packets
    Ultimately, the best way to bring pre-workout powder on the plane is to bring individual packets that you can easily store in your luggage.

Other Supplements & Vitamins You Can Bring On Planes

In addition to pre-workout drinks, supplements, and powders, there are other vitamin supplements you can bring on a plane as well.

Generally speaking, supplements and vitamins are allowed, but there may be some restrictions on certain items. For example, liquids, pre-workout powders or pills are subject to additional screening.

First and foremost, all pills and powders must be in containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less. This includes supplements, vitamins, and medication.

All containers must be placed in a clear, quart-sized bag. You are allowed one bag per passenger, and it must be placed in your carry-on luggage or personal item.

Second, while there are no restrictions on the types of supplements and vitamins you can bring on a plane, there are limits on how much you can bring.

For example, you can bring up to 3 ounces (90 milliliters) of liquid or gel supplements in your carry-on bag. However, these containers must fit comfortably in your quart-sized bag and must be sealed.

Additionally, note that some airports have their own restrictions on liquids and gels, so it's always best to check with your airline before packing any liquids or gels in your carry-on luggage.

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Common Questions About Pre-Workouts On Planes

Can you bring C4 pre-workout on the plane?

The good news is that you can indeed bring C4 pre-workout on the plane. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you'll need to pack it in your carry-on bag, as liquids are not allowed in checked luggage. And secondly, be aware that the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has the right to open and inspect any containers, so be sure to pack them in a clear, sealable bag for easy inspection.

Do powders have to be in a clear bag on a plane?

Yes, they do. Powders can be used to make explosives, and so they are subject to stricter regulations than other items. All powders must be placed in a clear, quart-sized bag, and they are limited to 12 ounces per bag. This rule applies to everything from powder makeup to baby formula to protein powder.

Does the 3-1-1 liquids rule apply to pre-workout?

Many pre-workouts come in powder form, which makes them exempt from the 3-1-1 rule. However, there are some liquid pre-workouts on the market that would fall under this category. So if you're traveling with a liquid pre-workout, make sure it's in a travel-sized container and within the 3.4-ounce limit!

Can you take creatine on your carry-on?

In general, as long as you're not transporting large quantities of creatine (more than 3-5 kilograms), there shouldn't be any problems taking it with you on your next trip. Just be sure to check with your airline or travel provider first to avoid any potential issues.


Generally speaking, you can bring any pre-workout powder, protein powder, or pre-workout drinks with you on a plane within most airlines.

However, the final decision rests with the TSA agent. To prevent any delays,  consider bringing individual packets or your pre-workout on plane.


1. https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/protein-or-energy-powders
2. https://www.tsa.gov/travel/frequently-asked-questions/what-3-1-1-liquids-rule

Miloš Lepotic

Miloš Lepotic

Meet Miloš, a certified sports nutritionist and self-taught supplement expert whose pharmacological background and nearly a decade of gym experience make him the perfect guide for optimizing your health and athletic performance through supplement reviews and practical advice rooted in factual, science-backed information.