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All bath bombs are the same - unless Harry Potter is involved! (YES. There ARE Harry Potter bath bombs).
It's not a product that you can pour, spread, squeeze, or spray, and it does hold its shape when it's outside the container. Therefore, it does not need to go in the 3-1-1 section of your toiletry kit. It does not need to be screened like liquid toiletries in your carry on luggage. (And it's a good thing, too. I adore this gorgeous set inspired by LUSH - it would be hard to travel with just one or two in a given trip.) In conclusion: Yes, you can take bath bombs on an airplane with your carry on luggage and, no, they aren't a liquid and they can go anywhere in your pack. They don't have to be in your3-1- 1 toiletry kit and they are exempt from TSA carry on rules.
Of course, not all bath bombs are "average". Ryan gave me these AMAZING Harry Potter inspired "Dark Arts" jelly bath bombs from Lush for Christmas - as you can see in the pics above. They look and feel like classic bath bombs from the outside but inside there is a layer of jelly (which is essential oils and such). It makes for a pretty sensational bath experience - and an incredibly messy bathtub! I'd categorize this as a liquid product even though a big part of the item is non-liquid. If this sounds like the kind of bath bomb you love, you might want to think twice before packing them in your carry on luggage as they might get flagged. (And, if you're super keen on picking up your own Dark Arts jelly bombs, note that in some countries they're named "Secret Arts")
It's not everyday that I get to combine my love of Harry Potter, ultra light packing, and indulgent baths in the same blog post so I'm a pretty happy gal ;-)
Err..... What about the name? You know... the "b" word....
Obviously the term "bath bomb" is just a catchy phrase but there's something rather unnerving about traveling with anything with the word "bomb" in the description. While you should never, EVER use the word in jest while you're traveling, don't let this phrase cause stress. It's used as a descriptor in many innocuous items, such as with spicy or juicy food.
All the same, if it makes you feel more comfortable, if asked you can call it a "bath ball" or a "bath puck". Or you can also use solid bubble bars which have a completely non-alarming name. Like my Harry Potter jelly bombs, I picked up my bubble bars from Lush. A little goes a long way, so I suggest breaking off a chunk and bringing the smaller piece with you in a plastic bag.
Fortunately, the shape of a bath bomb is just as innocent as its name. While it may bear some vague resemblance to the bombs seen in old fashioned cartoons (we're looking at you, Will E. Coyote), the sad truth is that when bad guys do bad things, there's no one shape or structure that's the norm. A smart border agent will investigate any unusual shape or item with an unusual density but there shouldn't be a problem once they see what the item is.
In short, no one is going to see a round bath bomb while scanning your luggage and think that it's an actual bomb. And if you're chatting with your travel companion about buying some new bath bombs as a treat, no one will overhear you and think something untoward is happening. Just be careful not to bomb-bard your fellow travelers with scent. A bath bomb in a loose paper bag or wrapped in tissue can still give off a strong scent that won't be appreciated by your seat mates should you open your suitcase mid-flight.
Packing bath bombs and other treats is well worth it.
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