Recent TSA restrictions limit the volume and quantity of liquids and gels allowed in carry on luggage. However, that does not mean that you have to check your carry on luggage or leave your favorite shampoo or conditioner behind. Many products are now available in travel sizes and packaged in travel kits. There are also some “solid” alternatives to typical liquid carry on items to consider.
The Basics - Toothpaste, Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Facial Cleanser
The shopping aisle containing rows of trial-sized items has become amazingly popular since the TSA began allowing 3-ounces of gels and liquids in carry on luggage. A variety of toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner meeting the 3-ounce required can be purchased in a trial size. It is going to be your favorite brand? Maybe not, but you will have the basics with you. This can be especially helpful on long international flights and for those who have experienced overnight delays with connecting flights and unavailable luggage.
If your favorite health and beauty products are not available in the TSA-approved 3 fluid ounce travel size (89 mL for everyone outside the US using the Metric system), consider this an opportunity to try something new! Here are some suggestions for your carry on or next international flight:
- Kiehl’s offers a variety of products in trial size. There is no need to leave home without your favorite product! Just ask for samples and you are ready to take flight. Visit your local Kiehl’s store or www.kiehls.com for samples.
- Bliss travel-sized six-pack of bath and skin care products: Travelers who have stayed at the W Hotel know the sheer bliss of Bliss products. The Bliss foaming face wash, lemon-sage soap, supershine shampoo and conditioning rinse are all available in convenient 1-ounce travel sizes. Visit www.blissworld.com to purchase your Bliss six-pack ($25 for travel kit).
- Aveda rejuvenation on the go! The Aveda travel kit includes the tingly rosemary mint shampoo and conditioner in a travel friendly size. Available at Aveda salons and online at www.aveda.com ($35.75 for travel kit).
- Kerastase K Kit: If you are a “K” addict, no need to leave your Special K at home! Fred Segal carries a travel kit for those in need of a “K” fix on the go. Check out shop.fredsegalbeauty.com under “Kerastase” ($44 for travel kit).
- Caudalie Paris, Frédéric Fekkai, & L’Occitane: Need a French fix? These are all available in just your travel size! Explore www.sephora.com to purchase ($25 to $40 for travel kit).
- Philip B Travel Kit: There is something for everyone in this kit - choose from Peppermint & Avocado shampoo or African Shea Butter Shampoo or use Nordic Wood One Step Hair & Body Shampoo. Then finish off with Deep Conditioning Creme Rinse. It’s all included in the Philip B Travel Kit, available at www.philipb.com ($30 for travel kit).
- Phytopetites by Phyto: Travel pack for hair and face, these petite Phyto products are ready for flight. Check out www.sephora.com for these Phyto favorites ($40 for kit).
- Bigelow Chemists “Whole Lotta Lemon” gift set as a travel option, which includes lemony body wash and body scrub. Visit www.bigelowchemists.com for details ($22.50 for set).
- Korres “Best of Korres” -- Get the very best of Korres natural products with this travel kit. A variety of shower gels and creams are available ready for travel. Available online at www.sephora.com ($25 for kit containing 6 items).
- Menscience Androceuticals has created a special travel kit just for men. The kits includes their shave formula, daily face wash, shampoo, deodorant, a sleep mask and ear plugs in a convenient travel bag. All liquid products are under three ounces and fit comfortably in a one-quart zip-top plastic bag which is included. Visit www.menscience.com to order ($78 for travel kit).
- Jack Black On The Road Travel Pack for men. This kit includes everything a guy needs to look his best in the air and on the road. Available at www.sephora.com online ($55 for travel kit).
There are some solid, non-liquid alternatives to consider for your next flight. Why not pack a solid toothpaste? There are no restrictions on carry-on solids. Deodorants are an easy choice for solids (avoid gels and liquids or aerosols when traveling). Here are some suggestions to make your carry on travel needs less restrictive.
- Travelon Powdered Toothpaste: In the days before tubes of toothpaste, powder ruled. Now it is back! Available online at www.drugstore.com ($4.99 for 1 ounce).
- DentaKit Dry pre-Pasted Disposable Toothbrushes: Available online at www.dentakit.com ($5.99 for 10).
- Oral B Brushups: If you have a finger you have a toothbrush with these textured finger sleeves that leave your breath fresh. No water? No problem. Available at health and beauty stores and pharmacies.
- Listerine PocketPak Strips - fresh breath in a dissolving strip. It doesn’t clean your teeth, but you arrive with fresh, minty-cool breath. Available at convenience stores.
Everything Else - Things You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Now
You have the basics, but what about other non-essential items that you might have overlooked? Here are few extra items that are travel friendly and useful.
- Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder -- dry hair cleaner, volumizer and colorant all-in-one! Available in five shades from white, blonde, red and brown to black, it’s a powder, but also an aerosol - tricky with those TSA rules on liquid, gels and aerosols. However, it is available in a 1 ounce size so you are safe! Search www.google.com for this one (about $15 for 1 ounce size)
- J.R. Liggett Travel Soap - It’s labeled “multitasking” and suitable for hair, body, shaving, clothing and dishes. It comes with a special carrying case that allows the soap bar to dry between uses and it looks really cool! Check out www.jrliggett.com for more information ($13.99 includes bar soap, travel carry case and travel washcloth).
- Supersmile Single Dose Whitening Mouthrinse: just add water to the packet, swirl and rinse. Available online at hwww.drugstore.com; select Bath & Body Works stores ($16 for 24 packets).
- Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil Free Sunblock Stick SPF 30: It’s a solid so you can carry as many of them in carry on as you want and there is no need to worry about messy liquid spills in your carry on or checked luggage. Sun smarter. Visit www.walgreens.com or www.drugstore.com for details ($8 online).
- Comodynes self-tanning toweletteComodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes Single Towel Pack: Who knew? Tanning towelettes for those who can’t be without self-tanning on the road or in the air! Visit www.beautysak.com to order this and other equally amazing Comodyne products!
- Bvlgari Green Tea Refreshing Towels (unisex fragrance for women and men): For those long international flights or a coast to coast flight, these will leave you feeling and smelling fresh and ready to go! Check out www.sephora.com ($25 for a pack of 15).
- Coretex Bugx Insect Repellent Towelette: Traveling someplace buggy? Don’t leave home without these compact singles. Available online at www.amazon.com ($1 per packet)
Visit www.minimus.biz foreverything else! Whether you want Wet Ones Antibacterial Singles (better than alcohol hand gel that can be confiscated or leak) or travel size foods, they’ve got it! “Minimum size, Maximum convenience.” They even provide the TSA specified zip lock bag with your travel order. A similar service is available at www.alltravelsizes.com.
TSA Carry On Restrictions - Review Before Traveling
As a reminder, the TSA liquid restrictions apply to liquids, gels and aerosols. The term “solid” is loosely defined. You are probably safe traveling with “solid” deodorant whereas many hair and skin products are ambiguously solid. A hair wax or pomade could go either way. To be on the safe side, put your expensive “ambiguous” items in your checked luggage if necessary to avoid an expensive confrontation with the TSA security personnel.
If you happen to be in Chicago at O’Hare, they are testing a new Mail Safe Express kiosk system that will allow you to ship your unauthorized carry on items to your hotel or home. It beats tossing the bottle of Chanel No. 5 in the trash.
In the US, carry on liquids are restricted to 3 fluid ounces (89mL) whereas in the EU, the allowable amount is 100mL (3.4 fluid ounces). Hopefully this discrepancy will be fixed sometime in the future.
Finally, all carry on liquids, gels, and aerosols must fit “comfortably” within a single 1-quart sized clear plastic zip-lock bag. Please visit www.tsa.gov for updates
Do you have other travel tips or suggestions for carry on items? Please provide your feedback!
Safe and pleasant travels!
Thomas Talboy, PhD Classics, Director of Ubiquity International and Certified Destination Specialist in both Italy and European Culture & Heritage creates enriching tours that are designed to give travelers an inside perspective of the sites and cities visited during te adventure. Ubiquity International is a member of ASTA and ASTA's Tour Operator Program (TOP) . For more information visit online: Ubiquity International.