Struggling with liquids in your 3-1-1 kit? Try those travel toiletries!
I've written in the past about how easy it is to get by without a huge toiletry bag and go 3-1-1 all the way. I really believe any toiletry hoarder and product hoarder can do it. Here are three key tips for taking your 3-1-1 kit to the max, along with 10 dry products that can go in any kind of luggage.
Three Key 3-1-1 Tips
3.) Pack along some dry luxuries: Sometime you have no choice but to fill your 3-1-1 kit with sensible, practical items. When I went to Africa, I had to stock up on two huge essentials: high quality, high potency sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Last year in Hawaii, it was a container of snorkel mask de-fogger! You might be in a similar position. There are a ton of great non-liquid products that are ideal for travelers and TSA friendly. And there's no reason to think you can't enjoy travelling products because they aren't high quality.
My 10 favourite TSA friendly non-liquid treats
2.) Olay Dry 2 in 1 Face Cloths - These are amazing! They clean so well, yet are so gentle. I actually cut each sheet into 8 little pieces - you only need a little bit to clean your face. But I do still take some full sheets along. They make for a great wash cloth for ultra quick showers. These babies come with me on every single trip.
3.) Dove soap - Yes, soap, how crazy! Another classic that I take along all the time. Effective and moisturizing Other brands I like a lot: The Body Shop's Shea Butter soap, and Lush's RockStar soap (smells delicious!). When I was in Africa, I brought a long a homemade bug-be-gone soap that contained citronella and peppermint.
4.) Lush bath bombs andbubble bombs - I absolutely love the wide variety of fun and funky scents and designs. Big enough that I usually try to break them in half. Perfect if you want to spend some time relaxing in your hotel room. I usually bring some when I go to see family and know I'll be in the tub with a glass of wine at the end of the night!
6.) Solid perfumes - Lush makes fantastic solid perfumes, as does Crabtree & Evelyn and Simpatico (I love #8). A nice bonus of solid perfumes - no spilling, and it's harder to drown yourself in endless spritzes.
7.) Moisturizing sticks. Deep Steep make some gorgeous ones that are perfectly sized for travel. I like the lavender-chamomile for my face and hands on the airplane, and the rosemary-mint for aching feet at the end of a long day. The Body Shop also offers their classic Cocoa-butter in solid stick form. I always have one in my travel purse.
9.) Powder - I know, I know. It sounds like I'm stuck in the 80s! But I don't take a powder puff with me! If you don't have a solid perfume you like, try a powder. They're especially nice in sticky locations and you can even get unscented version so you stay fresh and dry without smelling like flowers. But since I do love flowers, I love Crabtree & Evelyn's talc, as well as classic baby powder scent.
10) Tiger Balm. Okay, so not really a toiletry, but it does a great job of soothing aches and pains, and opening up a congested chest. It's so thick that it really is a solid and doesn't need to go in a 3-1-1 kit.
3-1-1 kits shouldn't be confusing! A little research can go a long way.
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