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The Wig Travel Guide: How To Travel With A Wig

Last updated Sep 27, 2023

Have you experienced this situation? When you are planning to travel with your wigs for the first time, but don’t know how to maintain them in the process of traveling or what products and tools you should take. Now in order to help you have an enjoyable trip, you can read the following tips about how to travel with your wigs.


How To Pack A Wig For Travel

Many people often ask a question: “How do I pack a wig for traveling?”. If you have enough space, you can place your wig on a wig stand or styling head and put it in your suitcase, which will help your wig to keep its shape and style.


Or in order to keep your lace wig safe during your trip, you can also brush your hair to remove any knots or tangles, stuff the wig cap with scrunched up tissue paper to maintain the shape of the wig cap, then wrap a large hair net over the entire wig to keep everything in place. In the end, don’t forget to use a plastic bag (or even better is a silk bag if you have one)to replace a wig box as it will save space in your luggage and help to cushion your wigs. At the same time, keep a little air in the bag and then seal it shut to keep your wig from getting squished and avoid moisture.

If possible, we recommend storing your wig in a silk bag to prevent it from getting matted, tangles, or damaged by something else in your suitcase.

What Wig Care Products/Tools Should I Bring With Travel?

Except for storing your lace frontal wig in a silk bag, please make sure to bring some necessary hair products and some styling tools to care for and style your natural hair underneath the wig cap.

A Portable Wig Stand


When you travel with the wig, a compact portable wig stand for travel will be an extremely useful accessory.

On the one hand, when you don’t wear a wig, you could place it on the portable wig stand, which can perfectly hold your wigs’ shape and not get creased or tangled. Naturally, it is also very helpful for you to style your wigs. On the other hand, the travel wig stand is portable so that it won’t take up of room in your suitcase.

If it doesn’t have any room in your suitcase for a portable wig stand? It is a great idea to use the hotel ice bucket or a lampshade to prop up your wig. Of course, just be sure not to turn on the lamp!

Wig Brush

For wig brush, you can take a small rat-tail comb to comb out any tangles or part of your hair in a middle part or a side part.

Shampoo And Conditioner

Your human hair wigs might become wet or dirty during your trip. Therefore, it would be better to take some shampoo and conditioner to clean them.

Although it is convenient to use the shampoo and conditioner of the hotel to wash your wig, it’s best to bring travel-size separate shampoo and conditioner bottles that will be friendlier to your wig. After all, natural hair products leave behind many significant build-ups, and you can’t vigorously rinse out that build-up if you’re wearing a wig. Besides, if you wash your wig with natural hair products too many times, you will run the risk of creating dreads or damaging the fibers of your wig.

If you are interested in how to wash a human hair wig properly, you can read how-to-wash-human-hair-wigs How To Wash A Human Hair Wig? for more tips.


A Silk Scarf Or Silk Pillowcase

Keep in mind to add a silk scarf or silk pillowcase to your luggage. Through doing, it can help you protect and retain the moisture of your hair when you sleep on a plane or sleep at night. In addition, you can put it on in case of windy days or if you are doing any sporting activities, which will prove extremely useful.

Hair Net

As a great tool that is used to pack your wig for traveling, a hairnet can help your wig maintain its shape in a carrying case or while you’re wearing it on a long flight.

Notice: hairnets are easy to rip or break, so it would be better to pack a couple of extras.

Curling iron/Straightener

These heat tools will help you easily style your wigs before you go out with them for that fancy evening dinner, thus making you stand out from the crowd.

Some Tips You Need to Notice When You Travel With Wigs

1. For hair products, you can take them on the airplane. But there are a few stipulations you need to know.

For instance, liquids, including, gels, creams, and aerosols are allowed in your carry-on bag, but only if they adhere to TSA’s 3-1-1 liquids rule. Whether you plan to buy the travel size or save a few coins and place what you already have in a reusable travel-size container, each container must be 3.4 ounces or less stored in a 1-quart size bag, and 1 zip-top bag is allowed per person.

Except for the above rules, you’ll have to place your liquids bag in a bin for screening. Therefore, for your convenience, please pack them in a place that’s easy to get to.

2. Here are also some helpful tips to keep in mind before you arrive at the airport.

Hair accessories, such as bobby pins, metal clips, ties, wraps, and even bows may cause an alarm. Of course, it may also include clip-on extensions, wigs, toppers, and certain hairstyles such as braids or a high bun.

To avoid any potential delays, it’s best to keep it simple while going through security. You can always style your hair according to your preference after you’ve gone through screening and right before you board your flight.


Q: Do I need to buy a wig carrying case?


A: No. If you want to get a super stylish option for carrying your wigs, you can invest in a wig carrying case. Even though wig travel cases are designed to keep your wigs safe from being jostled or damaged on trips and can hold all of your wig care products, it is not necessary to do so. After all, a Ziploc bag placed in your purse or carry-on can work just as well.

Q: Can I wear a wig through airport security?

A: Of course, it is no problem. TSA security is not required to ask you to remove your wig and you won’t be interrogated by airport security for wearing a wig or some hair extensions. That is because their scanners can be able to see through the wig.

But If by chance your head region sets off an alarm during screening, they will ask you if you have anything in or on your hair. Or you will get a pat-down conducted by an officer of the same gender as your present yourself.

This pat-down will not be hard enough to hurt you but will be enough for them to feel that what’s on your head is no more than a clip or comb. Before the start of a pat-down, the officer will walk you through the process, which includes an officer using their hands to conduct a physical inspection of your hair to ensure that no prohibited items are being concealed.


So you should avoid wearing too many metal wig clips or bobby pins that could set off a sensor or raise suspicion.

And if you are asked to take off your wig and feel uncomfortable doing it in front of all of the people at security, please ask for a private room. TSA will grant your request, and prepare a private room that allows you to take off your wig without feeling stressed or with the accompaniment of your companion.

Be sure to tell the TSA officer of any sensitivities or concerns you may have before the inspection.

Don’t hesitate to ask the officer to use a new pair of gloves.

Q: Can I wear a wig on a plane?

A: Yes, you can. If you have a long-haul flight ahead of you, you may not want to sit or sleep with your wig for a very long time. You can take your wig case or box with you into the bathroom and do a quick change in there as well.

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