TSA Carry-on Basics
- No liquid, gel or aerosol over 3.4 ounces / 100ml
- All liquids/ gels should fit in a quart-ish sized clear-ish bag. My bag is bigger than a quart sized and not really very see through. My boyfriend's toiletry bag is not see through. TSA is not that picky.
- Some people will tell you that 'all your liquids/gels have to be in that single bag, including lip balms and medical stuff.' THIS IS NOT TRUE. If you have a lip balm or a little tube of lotion in your "personal item" they won't stop you. How ridiculous would that be? 'I'm sorry ma'am, the lip balm in your purse has to be in the quart sized bag.' They just don't do that. I also have Neosporin, iodine, and aloe tubes in my med kit and have NEVER had a problem. Not a single time. These are considered medications and thus do not have to be inside of the quart sized bag. They should be under 3.4oz unless they are prescription and you have a doctor's note.
How to Go TINY
- Find multi-functional products
- Buy the smallest, lightest versions of essentials you can find
- Go solid or powdered: water = weight. Solids last longer than liquids.
- Repackage everything you can into the right size containers
I am crazy picky about deodorant and only use the unscented kind. One 2.5 oz tube of deodorant lasts me more than a year, so if I'm planning to be gone that long, I take a whole tube. If you're planning to be gone for a shorter amount of time, follow my DIY Travel Deodorant tutorial to put your favorite deodorate in a travel size deodorant tube.
For the GirlsNo post on toiletries is complete without a discussion about menstruation products. Remember my obsession with tiny and long-lasting? Tampons and pads are perishable resources. Relying on them requires a constant source to buy them, and using them creates a constant stream of trash into landfills. Tampons are incredibly hard to find in some parts of the Middle East and many parts of Asia. What do you do when you want to go swimming and there aren't any tampons at the shops? Say goodbye to tampons and pads forever with a menstrual cup. You need just one cup for the next seven years. Here are the advantages:
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