If you’re like me (and I’m not even *that* high maintenance), you have trouble fitting all the bath products you use into your 1-liter resealable ziploc for carrying on your flight. Perhaps you’ve even trimmed down your travel beauty routine or taken to purchasing and tossing at your final destination, since there’s no way 100 ml (3 oz) is enough to get you through the week. Fellow travelers, take notice! I have three solid recommendations after the jump that will free up precious space in your carry-on baggie for the products you need the most.
The carry-on restriction is for liquids and gels — which means that shampoos, lotions, deodorants and cremes are all competing for 1-liter real estate with lip balms, lipsticks, mascara and perfume. The solution is — go solid! Any solid beauty product 1) need not waste space in the baggie and 2) can be any size you prefer. Switching just three “must-have” bodycare items to the solid camp makes closing the ziploc that much easier. Which three?
+ Bar soap vs. shower gel: I have apparently bought the marketing and since college prefer washing with any variety of liquid bodywashes over an old-fashioned bar of soap. That said, I’ve converted back to bars when I’m on the road to save space for more precious liquids. If you don’t have 20 of these lying around at home from recent stays in hotels, make your own “travel-sized” bar of soap by slicing up a larger bar into smaller pieces. If you’d rather not carry an over-sized travel soap holder, use a small resealable container, a film canister, or the less attractive but ever practical snack-sized ziploc. Bonus: numerous small bars packaged this way can help keep your suitcase smelling fresh! Space saved: 100 ml/3 oz
+ Solid vs. liquid shampoo: Bar shampoo? Lush sells a variety of solid shampoos (and a perfect-sized tin, but again you can use something else) ideal for the regular traveler. They don’t come cheap, but they are purported to last FOREVER. Don’t travel often? You’ll probably only ever have to buy the one (though at present, you get the tin free with the purchase of two solid shampoos)! If you’re trying to save, go for the coconut-scented bar shampoo, which is less per oz than the others. Space saved: 100 ml/3 oz
+ Body lotion bar vs. bottle: Solid body lotion? I admit, both of these last two products were new to me. I had pretty much given up on carrying lotion at all, because I use a lot of it in the cold, dry winter months and would run out before I returned home. But I am a true convert to Lush’s Soft Touch lotion bar — I’ve got a small tin in my travel kit and, since it never has to come out, one in my purse too. You can carry as much of it as you want, because it’s solid! It easily melts for use on all dry areas and smells terrific. They did just raise the price $2/bar, but if you don’t travel often, one should last you a nice long while. Space saved: 100 ml/3 oz
Total space saved: 300 ml/9 oz, or nearly 1/3 of the bag’s total capacity.
Do you have any tricks or product recommendations for your fellow travelers? Leave your ideas in the comments.