Hi, I travel quite a bit on weekend/short breaks and being a woman am finding it very hard to comply with the 100ml or less liquid restrictions on my hand luggage. It costs almost £40 to check on a bag at my local airport and I was wondering had anyone any hints or tips?
1st tip: buy very small packages of cosmetiques. Quite a lot of brands come in travel sizes, if you find them buy them by the dozen. The brand of shampoo or shower gel in doesn't matter so much, just make sure you can refill the packages with your preferred shampoo/shower gel once it is empty.
2nd tip: Prioritise. If in doubt take your facial cream, but leave the cheaper shower gel at home. You should not have a problem finding shower gel at your destination. Shower gel and shampoo can be cheap, no problem leaving them behind. At hostels you can usually find shower gel that others with the same problem left behind, so no need to buy. Same goes for hair styling products, that hair mousse might be available at your destination.
3rd tip: if you usually wear make-up for work, weekends should be a time to let your skin relax. Try to go without anything, maybe apply some moisturising cream but no more. Make-up is not natural, wearing it constantly is a hardship on your skin.
I don't have alot to add the what t_mania has already suggested but thought I'd mention that our local shops now sell almost all toiletries in travel size packaging, including shampoo, shower gel, hand cream, toothpaste and mini aerosol deodorants, which are labelled as air travel approved. They probably would be becoming widely available by now.
One thing I have found with face moisturizer is that you actually use very little and it lasts a long time, so even though I can buy it in under 100mls, I put a small amount into a little screw top container which lasts for a week or so. This might help keep down your 1 litre limit maybe.
I take solid little bars of soap that I have gathered on my travels. I have also heard of (but never tried) bars of shampoo, but I don't know if they're any good.
Where are you travelling mostly from and to??
Hi rizlagirl. The special 'travel size' bottles of shampoo/toothpaste/sun lotion, etc are very expensive in my view. I just kept the bottles and topped them up at home using my own stuff. You can buy empty 100 ml 'travel' bottles from pharmacies that are made for the purpose - even for toothpaste. Good luck with it.
If you don't mind me saying, I think £40 is a lot to check stuff in - especially for weekends. That would kill me. But then, I am a bit of a cheapskate.
Just be aware.... Different airlines - different limits.
Time to start asking for samples at the makeup counters! When you purchase something, just tell them that you travel frequently and ask if they can give you some samples of other products.