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TSA Liquid Limits – Go Solid!

March 01, 2015 IN: Travel + Travel Tips


TSA Liquid Limits

So you want to travel with just one carry-on bag for your up coming trip. If your like me and shutter at the thought of TSA 3-1-1 rule for carry-ons. That is – “Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger” (taken from www.tsa.gov). I mean honestly how am I to bring all the things I need for my 3-week trip to Italy in only 1 quart sized bag. Let’s break this down — what will I need to bring:


For Hair

My hair is very curly and dry I need to be sure to not only to use conditioner each time I wash my hair but also leave-in conditioner. I also sometimes use a flat iron to straighten my hair or tame my curls so I will also need a thermal protector for that so — shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, leave-in conditioner, styling lotion, and heat styling protector.


For Face and Body

I use all the normal things here — body/hand wash, body/hand lotion, shaving cream, facial cleanser, and facial lotion. For make-up I add — foundation, mascara, and lip gloss.


For Dental Hygiene

Again the normal items here — toothpaste and mouthwash.



I will also need perfume, hand sanitizer and contact solution.


So that is a total of 19 liquid, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes. I will need 13 3.4 ounce bottles and 6 smaller containers of various sizes. This will never fit inside the quart-sized bag TSA requires. So what is a girl to do…. Option 1 is to buy all these items when to arrive at your destination, if you choose this option I recommend you do your shopping at the airport just after you land, as airports are easier to navigate than the streets of a foreign city, especially if there is a language barrier. Option 2 would be hope your hotel has the items you need. Or you could…


Go Solid!!

Here’s were we need to get creative. First take a look at the items above and figure out what you can live with out. My list above is the bare minimum I can travel with at home I use many more liquid items. Then figure out what items can be taken in other forms…SOLID! The most obvious one is body wash just switch to bar soap, you could even put this to double use by using it as your shampoo. Or you could get solid shampoo. A good solid shampoo can replace your body wash, shaving cream and liquid shampoo. So one solid item (shampoo) replaces 3 liquid items but about the other 15? I replace my conditioner, perfume, facial cleanser, body/hand and facial lotion all with solid products, which leaves me with only 11 items to pack in my quart size bag. Still too many so what else can I replace… foundation I can either forgo this or switch to mineral power foundation or compact foundation. I also replace my perfume with solid perfume. And last but not least I replace my hand sanitizer with anti-bacterial handi-wipes. This leave me with 8 items (toothpaste, mouthwash, contact solution, hair spray, leave-in conditioner,styling lotion, heat style protector, mascara and lip gloss) left, still too many. Next I would look for 1 item that would work for leave-in conditioner, styling lotion and heat style protector, leaving me with only 5 items to put in my bag! Easy-Peasy!


Where to Buy

So where do we get all these wonderful solid products. The short answer is Lush one stop shopping for most of your solid products. They sell solid shampoo (lots of varieties), conditioner (Big or Jungle), soap (lots of varieties), body lotion (body butter or massage bars), hand lotion (tiny hands), facial cleanser (Movis, Fresh Farmacy or Coal Face), facial lotion (Full of Grace), and perfume (variety of scents). Oh and Lush had one more option for going solid… Toothy Tabs! That’s right solid toothpaste. Word of caution Lush is addictive! Their products are all natural, cruelty-free and lots are vegan. They are also on the expensive side so if you are a budget traveler this option may not work for you. But keep in mind you can double (and triple) up on some items: Shampoo (shampoo, body wash, shaving cream), conditioner (conditioner, body lotion, hand lotion) or body butter (condition, body lotion, hand lotion – be sure to get one without the scrub).
There are alternatives to Lush, just Google solid shampoo, solid conditioner, solid perfume. There are many others who sell these items. Or you could make your own just search for DIY options.


In Conclusion

Armed with a bevy of solid products and multi-use items I am prepared to tackle my TSA 3-1-1 rule. I hope this post was informative and helpful for your up coming travels.

2 responses to “TSA Liquid Limits – Go Solid!”

  1. Vanessa says:

    Thanks Darcia

  2. Darcia Douglass says:

    Great ideas, Vanessa!

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