Tips for what to pack and what not to pack in your toiletry bag

Being a conscientious packer when it comes to traveling is something many excel at, while others need assistance in reaching the destination.

Life + Leisure Travel and Getaways Brian Webb

This article was published on March 25th, 2018

Being a conscientious packer when it comes to traveling is something many excel at, while others need assistance in reaching the destination. The convenience of traveling with only a carry-on can be a time saver. Knowing the rules about what items you can legally bring aboard a plane can change for domestic and international travel. Be aware of the rules for the items in your toiletry bag and you won’t have to worry about confiscated items when passing through security.

Tips for what to pack and what not to pack in your toiletry bag

Liquids and Gels

Your toiletry bag should contain all of the essential items necessary for a trip. Ideally, these items should be in travel size bottles. Liquid toiletries, such body lotion, mouthwash, shampoo, and more, should be in containers no bigger than 100ml or 3.4 ounces. If you are traveling with liquid medications that are bigger than 3.4 ounces, remove them from our luggage at the checkpoint for TSA inspection. Instead of bringing an entire bottle of cologne, visit a department store and load up on a few samples. The great thing is that these days, most brands offer their toiletries in travel size packs for added convenience.

Makeup

Yes, HomoCulture is well aware that some of you queens travel with full makeup regalia, and we’re here to help! All the cream blush, lip balm, mascara, liquid eye liner and foundation must fit in a 1-quart plastic bag and be under 3.4 ounces. But the upside is that baby powder, pressed or powdered makeup, and other toiletries not in liquid form are not regulated, so pack them as you like.

Accessories

The only types of razors allowed on flights are disposable razors and cartridges. You can also carry nail clippers and nail scissors with blades less than 4 inches. Do not pack scissors, knives, box cutters, or safety razor blades in carry-on luggage. Batteries, however, are permitted in carry-on luggage.

What NOT to Pack

Although liquid restrictions are pretty standard across the board at most airports, in most countries, it is better to be safe than sorry by carrying liquids that do not exceed 3.4 ounces. Of course, guns, knives, flammable chemicals, and other sharp objects are obviously banned and will be confiscated on the spot, and in some cases, fines and/or arrest.

Do you have toiletry bag travel packing tips, tricks or advice based on your years of globetrotting? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Tips for what to pack and what not to pack in your toiletry bag

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