Mastering the Art of Toiletry Packing
If you've ever experienced the inconvenience of having your carry-on luggage scrutinised by security at the airport, you understand the significance of adhering to TSA guidelines. When packing toiletries, size is paramount. Beyond simply remembering your toothbrush or contact lens case, there are myriad liquid restrictions and rules to follow. Don't risk having your beloved products seized at security - sidestep any packing missteps with these professional tips for packing toiletries for air travel.
Selecting Your Toiletry Bag Size
When travelling with checked luggage, you needn't fret over the size of your toiletry items or the bag they're kept in. Packing toiletries for carry-on luggage, however, comes with different stipulations. Many airports mandate liquids, gels, creams, pastes, and aerosol cans to be visible in a transparent, quart-sized bag.
Sure, in a bind, a plastic sandwich bag might suffice. However, these are typically smaller than a quart, meaning you'll have less room for your liquids. Additionally, these thin plastic bags are prone to tearing. Opt instead for a robust toiletry bag capable of housing items of all dimensions and forms without tearing.
Travelpro® toiletry bags are constructed for durability with features that enhance convenience. For instance, the Essentials™ Split Case toiletry bag is designed with an integrated hanger to minimise clutter on your destination's bathroom counter. Alternatively, both the Platinum® Elite and Crew™ Versapack™ collections offer carry-on luggage equipped with detachable, TSA-compliant toiletry bags.
Navigating the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule
TSA regulations for carry-on luggage can be perplexing for both novice and seasoned travellers. By remembering the 3-1-1 liquids rule, you'll never forget how to pack toiletries.
- Store liquids in 3.4-ounce containers (or smaller)
- Position containers inside a single, clear, quart-size toiletry bag
- Pack just one such toiletry bag in your carry-on luggage
Recycle, Reuse, Reduce
Revamping your toiletry bag content can also be an opportunity for adopting more sustainable practices. Rather than buying single-use, travel-size shampoos, conditioners, and lotions, invest in reusable travel-size containers, which you can fill and refill with your home products.
When it's time to dispose of plastic bottles, razors, or toothbrushes, recycle them through a program like TerraCycle, or check with local recycling centres.
Prioritise Your Essentials
Don't settle for a toiletry bag with a single compartment for storing all your makeup, skincare, and body care products. Instead, find one with plenty of pockets to help organise your products for easy access. Your toiletry bag should also be water-resistant. The Travelpro® Essentials™ MaxAccess Cubes™ Deluxe Hanging Toiletry Organizer has two waterproof, removable cubes that are easy to clean.
Carry-on travelling can be incredibly convenient when packed correctly. Explore more Travelpro® packing essentials designed to optimise your limited carry-on space.