Yes, it's true, in recent years airline policies have gotten so strict that we need to buy and pack specifically for a 3oz lifestyle. But it doesn't have to be a pain! In fact, I like to look at it as an opportunity to take a break from my normal routine, try something new, and live simply. Here are 10 airline friendly travel essentials that will get you through security and off to a stress-free vacation.
Obviously this list should be tailored to suit your specific type of trip and destination, but here are a few items we've found universally helpful:
1. A Bottle Set: While it's easy to pick up travel sized versions of your usual goods, or swipe them from hotels, using a travel kit is a more economical and eco-friendly option. I've had this one from Flight 001 for years and use it every time I travel. It comes with a reusable quart-size zip pouch and various sizes and styles of bottles that you can label and fill with the toiletry of your choice.
2. Stain Remover: Stain sticks or wipes, or mini pouches of laundry detergent for errant stains or to quickly do a wash in the bathroom.
3. Tissues: They're great for so many things — cleaning up a spill, picking up something dirty you don't want to touch, and of course the obvious annoying runny nose or sneeze.
4. Towelettes: Facial cloths are preferable to liquid soap, especially when traveling, because you can clean up quickly, anywhere, without the need for water. You can use these for the body, too, or to clean up spills in a pinch.
5. A Dental Kit: This one's pretty obvious. Having toothpaste/toothbrush/mouthwash/dental floss on hand is crucial to landing with a clean mouth and fresh breath. You can even get toothpaste tablets, but I haven't yet tried them.
6. Hand Sanitizer Wipes: Yes, you can buy small bottles of hand sanitzer, but all too often I've found it leaking in my bag. Wipes are a little more expensive, but this way you can avoid the whole liquid situation altogether.
7. Pain Reliever, Dramamine, Cold Medicine, etc: You never know when an ailment will attack, and you don't want to be traveling without relief, especially on an airplane. You can usually find travel sized packets, or just transfer some from a full sized bottle to a travel box or ziplock.
8. Solids and Bars: Body soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, perfume, etc, all come in solid versions. Just sooo much easier than their liquid counterparts, and they often last much longer. Lush is a great resource for most of these.
9. Lip Balm and Lotion: It's so easy for your skin to get dry while in the air, so stay moisturized and don't forget tubes of these. I love Smith's Rosebud Salve because it moisturizes any part of your body, fits in a mess-free tiny tin and lasts forever.
10. Ear Plugs: Not technically a toiletry, but whether it's the roar of the engine, people talking, or babies crying, pure silence is golden.
What are your airline friendly travel essentials? Let us know in the comments!
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(Image: Flight 001)