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Saving Space and Avoiding Spills: How to Pack Toiletries for Your Next Vacation

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Sure, traveling is fun and exciting, but did you know that it offers a variety of health benefits as well?

It’s true!

From lowering your risk of depression by increasing happiness and satisfaction to decreasing your chance of a heart attack, there is no question that a healthy amount of traveling is good for you.

The only glaring downside to traveling?

Packing is such a hassle!

Particularly if you’re plans include air travel, packing can be a nightmare.

What can and can’t you bring on a plane these days?

Can toiletries be packed in your carry on?

Is there a more efficient way to pack than what you’re currently doing?

If you’re preparing for your next vacation and find yourself asking questions like these, you’ve come to the right place!

Keep reading to learn the best way to pack toiletries for travel.

Learn the best way to pack toiletries for travel and pro tips for getting them there without fail.

What Does the Term “Toiletries” Encompass?

Before we jump into how and what to pack, it’s important to discuss what toiletries actually are.

Toiletries after defined as items used to wash and take care of your body, such as toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. 

While you likely use items like a hairdryer and brush in the bathroom, they don’t technically count as toiletries when it comes to air travel.

There are no regulations on these items during flight, as long as your carry-on is the correct size.

For the purpose of this article, however, we’re going to include all grooming items under the umbrella term “toiletries.”

Toiletries after defined as items used to wash and take care of your body, such as toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. 

What Can You Take on a Plane?

For your safety and that of your fellow passengers, the regulations surrounding toiletry items are rather strict for air travel.

As such, you should know exactly what and how much you can carry with you before you ever pack your bags.

Carry-On Bag

The rules regarding carry-on bags are the most stringent, as passengers have access to this bag at any point during the flight.

You may only bring 3.4 ounces (100 mL) or less of each liquid, paste, or cream toiletry item.

Furthermore, these items must all fit in a 1 quart-sized, clear bag.

Checked Bag

You don’t have to be as cautious with your checked bag, although we still don’t recommend bringing full-sized containers for space-saving purposes.

If your toiletry or other liquid item’s container is larger than 3.4 ounces, you have to check it, it can’t be carried onto the plane with you.

Even if there is less than 3.4 ounces of the actual liquid, it’s the size of the container that matters.

For more detailed information, be sure to check out the website of the airline with which you are traveling to learn about any specific rules they may have.

Toiletry Bags Are a Must-Have

If you’re carrying on your toiletries, you should keep your items in an easily accessible, clear bag.

You’ll need to remove them from your carry-on bag during the security check, so you’ll want to make it as easy as possible for both yourself and the TSA employees.

For a toiletry bag that you will be checking, we recommend keeping a separate bag packed at all times.

In other words, never unpack your toiletries.

This way, not only do you make packing easier on yourself, but you never have to worry about forgetting your toothbrush or deodorant!

Also, even if you’re checking your toiletry bag, be sure it’s near the top of your suitcase.

Should TSA do a random inspection of your luggage, they will be able to find it quickly.

If you're carrying on your toiletries, you should keep your items in an easily accessible, clear bag.

How to Keep Your Liquids from Leaking

The reason your liquids and creams leak during flight is the changes in air pressure.

As the plane rises through the air, the pressure increases, squeezing your items in a similar way that you would in order to dispense the product into your hand.

To help combat this change in pressure, be sure that your travel containers aren’t full to the brim.

Instead, fill them about 75% of the way to the top.

This way, even if the bottles are compressed, the liquid inside won’t make it all the way out.

A pro tip?

When filling your travel bottles, put a small piece of plastic wrap over the opening before replacing the lid.

The plastic will seal the bottle, preventing leakage due to changes in air pressure.

How to Pack Toiletries

The first step to any packing project is to lay out everything you use on a daily basis on your bed or another surface – you need to be able to see all of it at once.

Be honest with yourself and ask which of them you will need on your trip and which ones can be left behind.

Once you have your chosen items, consider how long you’ll be staying on vacation.

The length of your trip will determine the amount you need to take.

Never bring full-size containers!

Keep travel bottles in various sizes at hand for different length trips.

Travel containers can usually be found at low prices, whether you find them on sale at your local big-box store or purchase lotion bottles wholesale

Pack multi-use items when you can to save space and lower the number of liquids you need to pack.

Products such as 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner or wipes that can be used for a variety of beauty needs are great travel options.

Last, never use glass containers, as you risk shattering them in your luggage. 

Instead, choose reusable plastic or silicone bottles whenever possible.

Products such as 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner or wipes that can be used for a variety of beauty needs are great travel options.

Pack Your Toiletry Bag Like a Pro!

It might take a few tries to get your toiletries packed away exactly how you want them, but with a trial run or two, you should be able to organize everything nicely in your bag.

If your items don’t fit into one bag and you aren’t staying on vacation for an extended period of time, you might have too much!

Remember, less is more when it comes to packing.

The last thing you want is to pack more than you need.

First, because it means heavier luggage for you to haul around, but there are also hefty fees at the airport for oversized bags!

Looking for more travel and packing tips and tricks like these on how to pack toiletries? Check out our blog!

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