Do GoToobs deserve a spot in your toiletry bag?
Things that seemed like a great idea in the airport never live up to their claims and the hyped up products in the travel supply catalog are rarely worth their weight and suitcase space. And I find that the more I travel, the pickier I get. I've been traveling with GoToob refillable toiletry containers now for nearly a year and I'm still finalizing my opinion on them. Are they essential gear or just pretty impostors? Here's what I've discovered after a few thousand miles.
1.) They ARE easy to refill
2.) They are carry-on friendly.
They're also carry-on friendly for another reason. The soft, squeezable silicon bodies of the tubes make it easy to squeeze out every last drop of product. When you travel light, every bit matters and by using GoToobs instead of traditional, hard bodies toiletry containers I've been able to stretch my product use for an extra day or two.
3.) Let's admit it: They're cute.
1.) They're SO expensive
When I foolishly left behind a few of my GoToobs in a Hawaiian hotel room, I was kicking myself with regret. I wasn't just missing my favourite body wash - I was missing all that money I had invested in my cute kit! I was so bummed out that Ryan replaced my GoToobs for my birthday - yep, these are at a birthday gift level of money!
2.) Viscosity blues
Fully liquid products, such as aftershave or toner, are a bit of a disaster. You need to apply more pressure than usual for these thinner liquids to pass through the valves but, once it starts, it's hard to control and it isn't unusual to lose half the product through spillage.
And a few things I'm still not sure about...
1.) What's with those labels?
2.) Suspicious suction
The first time I used the suction cups, they worked great. It made it so easy when taking a shower in a hostel! However, things took a turn for the worse on my second attempt, this time in a hotel in Istanbul. After just a few minutes, the suction cup gave way and the tube crashed to the shower floor, cracking of a significant chunk of the hard, clear, plastic lid. Can you imagine being in a steamy shower with bare feet, knowing somewhere among the water and the suds there is an inch-long piece of sharp, curved plastic just waiting to to slice into your foot?
Fortunately the lid of that particular tube still snaps shut but the broken off edges are still very sharp. I did use the suction cup as directed (which says to adhere it to a wet surface), so I was very disappointed that it fell of the wall and broke. I imagine most people will have their tubes fall on the shower floor at some point or another - suction cup or not- just from the natural clumsiness that comes from being jet lagged in a strange environment and it's upsetting that such an expensive product that brags about their excellent design would break so easily.
GoToob does offer a lifetime warranty on their products, which is an important consideration if you're on the fence about investing in the product. However, I think what's most important here isn't that I could have my tube cap replaced but the fact that it so easily broke in the first place.
Should GoToobs be in your toiletry kit?
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But the high price point and potential for damage -and even injury - if the suction cup fails make this a lukewarm recommendation. I think the traditional, suction cup-free tubes are an ideal item to put on a wish list - maybe for the Christmas holidays or YOUR birthday. Here's the truth: the appeal of GoToobs greatly increase when you aren't paying for them yourself! (Again, thank you Ryan! You are awesome!). But whether you are treating yourself or receiving them as a treat from a loved one, I would avoid the suction cups. The potential for injury is never worth it.