Do you hate to check bags at the airport? With all the fees and hassles of lost luggage, many travelers prefer to fit everything into their carry-on baggage. But, how do you pack enough toiletries and liquids for a trip overseas and still beat the TSA 3-oz size limit? Have we got some clever tips for you! Read on…
First, plan out what you really need. Do you absolutely HAVE to have mousse, gel, and hairspray? Likely not. Figure out which products are most important to have, and pair down your items. Then see how much room you save, and add in those ‘bonus’ items only if room allows. Or, maybe you really just have to have all of your K-beauty products within arm’s reach while traveling the globe. Whatever your preference, you can still travel savvy.
What if my favorite products don’t come in travel size?
Depending on the product, you can often get free samples of shampoos, conditioners, hand lotions, or face washes from places like your beauty salon, cosmetics counters, department stores, or from your aesthetician. Sometimes you can purchase a box of individual use packets online and just pack several packs with you for each trip.
You can also try those basic 3-oz. travel bottle sets available at any drug store, but trust us when we say that 99.9% of them LEAK. EVERYWHERE. Plus, what about your amazing-but-pricey facial serums that only require a few drops, and need a smaller container to prevent drying out (and wasting $20 worth of product)? For this one, we take a few hints from the chemistry lab. And no, we’re not talking about making your own shampoo.
Many laboratory supply companies make plastic tubes of all sizes that are guaranteed(!) water tight. There are lots of options, such as these 0.5-oz. plastic screw-top tubes.
Or how about this set of jars with lids for easy dispensing of lotions, scrubs, etc?
Now, how in the world are you going to get your favorite shampoo out of the large bottle and into these tiny, carry-on friendly tubes? By using transfer pipettes, of course!
Long loved by makers of perfumes and essential oil blends, these small plastic suction tubes are perfect for thinner liquid products. For thicker lotions, lip balms, and solids, try these small makeup spoons. We recommend storing these items in larger plastic jars.
And don’t forget those must-have items, many of which can be found in travel size containers, like sunscreen, bug spray, and hand sanitizer (a life saver in cities where public bathrooms are hard to find and open markets are full of delicious free food samples!).
And if you REALLY want to pair things down, check out the options for mini styling appliances, like hair dryers and flat irons. Great for light backpack or carry-on travel for those of us who simply must dry and style our hair on the go. Check out this dual-voltage set, ready for use anywhere in the world without a power converter! But, you will need an adapter – see our post on adapters.
Have any hot tips on traveling with your favorite products? Let us know!
We have presented information here that compiles tidbits from several different sites and from our own experience. Our hope is that our work will save others countless hours of searching to find the answers they need. Please remember that we cannot make any guarantees or promises regarding the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the information. This website is for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional advice. Travel safely!
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