5 Packing Hacks Under $10 for Toiletries
What can I bring on the plane? By now you should be familiar with cramming a week’s worth of liquids and lotions into one transparent quart-size travel bag. The TSA 3-1-1 rule has been in place since 2006. While I understand, and appreciate, why there are TSA liquid limits, it makes it hard for a girl to bring all of her favorite toiletries on a trip.
Travel-sized toiletries are great, but pack a few of those 100ml or 3.4-ounce bottles and your bag will quickly fill up. Of course, you can also buy as you go once you land, but most of us have products that we love and can’t live without. Use these tips to maximize the space in your quart-sized bag so that you still comply with the TSA liquids rule.
TSA Liquid Packing Tips
Contact Lens Cases – You likely only use a little dab of eye cream, concealer, lip balm, or moisturizing gel so why bring the entire tube or bottle? Scoop some out and put it in a contact lens case. Make sure you get the cases with screw top lids so you don’t have any leaks. You can get 30 of them for under $8.
Solid Products – Sea to Summit makes an entire line of solid soaps. They are lightweight and compact. You can get laundry wash, handwash, body wash, shampoo, and shaving soap. There are 50 leaves per pocket pack. Pick them up for just $8 each.
Squeeze Bottles – Use silicone travel bottles for the liquids you need the most of like shampoo, conditioner or sunscreen. Buy ones that are leakproof but are soft enough to allow you to squeeze out every last drop. Get a 4 pack of reusable travel bottles for $10.
Wipes – If you can pack an item in towelette format, it doesn’t count toward your TSA liquids. You can get mosquito repellent, hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes. Brands like Cetaphil, Neutrogena, and Aveeno make face cleansing wipes which means you won’t need liquid makeup remover or face wash. Pick up a 25-pack of towelettes for $6.
Small Ziploc Bags – These pill pouches can be used for everything. Instead of bulky pill bottles, I put my medications in these because they lie flat in my bag. They work well too for jewelry too. You can even put foundation or finishing powder in them. Buy a set of 100 for just $5.
More Packing Tips
I always try to pack minimally no matter what type of trip I am going on. Meaning I bring only one rollaboard piece of luggage. There are a few things I always keep packed in my suitcase too like over the door hooks and extra-long power cords. What are your secrets for packing the most TSA Liquids in one quart-size bag?