On the grand scheme of things this is a silly question but its something that has been bothering me! Seems a strange question to ask but has anyone found a shampoo or conditioner bottle that isnt a flip lid? I have been looking for some time but can only find ones that will easily open in the backpack or are so tiny I'd end up refilling/buying new ones each week!
Oh, yes, god, a very good question! It took me three occassions (invariably after plane flights) of discovering my entire bag of toiletries one gelatanous mess of shampoo before I learned never ever ever to buy shampoo in a bottle that didn't seal very very well. (And even so, I nowadays always wrap my shampoo in a separate plastic bag.)
There usually are some screwtop bottles around in the larger supermarkets or drugstores - but even those aren't always reliable: look for seams underneath the cap - ideally you'll want something that's made out of one piece. I've seen some tight-fitting cap bottles (neither screw nor flip - just a single piece cap that "clicks" in place) which worked really well as well.
Squeezing bottles as hard as you can before buying - but without letting them explode all over the store! - is a useful skill to develop.
Of course, shampoo brands seem to change their bottles every six months or so, and the new version is invariably the worst yet for travelling, so look forward to repeating the selection process frequently.
(I really think some company could make a killing producing toiletries specifically for use by longterm travellers. Maybe some day...)
If you have a brand that you really like but has a bad bottle design, you can of course just get a new bottle with a better lid. Even an old Coke bottle is better than a flip lid one...
And if you find a bottle that's good, save it, then you can still use your favourite products, just decant them into better bottles.
It took me three occassions (invariably after plane flights) of discovering my entire bag of toiletries one gelatanous mess of shampoo before I learned never ever ever to buy shampoo in a bottle that didn't seal very very well.
Planes are killing, because of the pressure differences. I once had a bottle of none water hand wash (the alcoholic gelly stuff) erupt all it's content over me after I opened it shortly after landing...
After two similar experiences as Sander described above, I decided to buy some of those small, transparent plastic bottles that come with a firm screw lid. I buy them at a local outdoor shop, but I'm sure you can get them somewhere else as well. Just transfer your shampoo/showering gel into that bottle. Never had a messy backpack ever again. (actually, I use them for a lot of purposes during hiking: coffee, sugar, rice, soap: they hold everything)
i usually tape or glu the flip lids down and use it as a twist off. and i toss anything that could leak like sunscreen/shamp/moisturiser into a plastic bag.
Its all about the plastic bags! Even if you have the best bottle in the world, the one time you don't wrap it in a plastic bag WILL be the time it leaks!