Today I’m showing you how I pack my cosmetics for roadtrips and when I have to fly, so that nothing spills, breaks, or is confiscated by the TSA. It’s never a good start to a trip to have oversized toiletries taken from you before you’ve even left, or arriving and realizing your toothpaste exploded all over your favorite dress, so to prevent having to scramble to replace cosmetics and toiletries at your destination or try to find clean clothes, use these tips to save yourself lots of time, money and energy.
How I Pack My Cosmetics When I Drive Somewhere
When we travel somewhere within driving distance, I have much more flexibility when it comes to what I can take with me. I can bring as much or as little as I want, and I don’t have to worry about liquid limits, baggage weight limits, or someone throwing my luggage and breaking delicate glass bottles, so I tend to do one of two things. I either bring my full size cosmetics and toiletries and pack a larger bag than I normally would, or I fill these 2 oz. reusable glass jars with the amount of product I’ll need and take them with me.
For larger amounts of products like shampoo, condition, or scrubs, this 4 oz. or this 8 oz. option is eco-friendly, the packs can be shared with loved ones, and they are billed as being leak proof (although I haven’t personally tried these yet).
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How I Pack My Cosmetics When I Fly
The most important consideration when traveling by air is the size and volume limitations. We almost always check a bag, so we can store larger amounts of products, like full size sunscreens, hair spray, and lotions in our check bag if we need to. Carry-on and personal item liquid limitations of things that will be in the cabin of the airplane are different. TSA requirements prohibit anything over 3.4 ounces per item/products. They must also fit into a single, clear, resealable 1-quart bag.
With these requirements in mind, I use this set of reusable silicone travel bottles (available in other colors like this one or in this smaller size) to store my skincare products & toiletries that are too large to bring along.
I’m very eco-minded when it comes to the products I purchase, so much of what I own is either in bamboo or glass containers. When I travel by air, it isn’t easy to travel with glass, so I transfer products into silicone containers for safe keeping, and store them in a travel vanity bag.
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How I Keep My Cosmetics Safe In Transit
I pack my products in a Standard & a Jumbo Truffle Clarity Case, which has two sides with clear panels which fit TSA requirements. One side has an elastic band about 3/4th of the way up the interior of the case to secure things like makeup brushes, mascara tubes, and more so they don’t roll around too much in transit, so everything is nice and secure. Click here to get $10 off your Truffle purchase!
The chalk color I ordered is a crisp, bright white that looks great with any travel set up, like my Steamline Luggage as well as my favorite duffle bag, and the solid leather construction means this case is durable and sturdy enough to prevent the contents from being crushed in transit.
I also use Stasher bags, which are simple silicone bags that are completely spill proof, reusable, and have endless uses. These help me rest easy knowing liquids I bring on planes or travel with won’t spill. They’re also great for storing snacks, small tech items, and camera batteries or memory cards to ensure they stay dry.
How Much to Pack
When it comes to packing, I bring what I think I will need + 25% so that in the even that my trip is extended, a flight is delayed, or I need a bit more than I anticipate, I won’t run out. Spacious Truffle bags mean that I can fit everything I need + 25%, see exactly what’s inside, and know that everything I pack will arrive to my destination and back completely safe, all while looking stylish and sleek. I wish I would have discovered these sooner, because they’re the best travel companion I’ve used so far, and I definitely think I’ll be using these for years to come!