The TSA liquids rule allows one quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes per carry-on bag per person. Each item in that bag must be a travel-sized container 3.4 ounces or less. This includes cosmetics in liquid form ( eyeliner, nail polish, foundation, moisturizer) and toiletries (mouthwash, toothpaste, saline solution, gel and hairspray). That can be a real problem for a high-maintenance beauty product junkie like myself. Thankfully, I have discovered the secret to bringing all of my beauty essentials in your carry-on. The trick is to find solid and wipe form alternatives!
Here are carry-on beauty products that don’t have to go in your 3-1-1 quart-sized bag:
Planes are germy, so keeping your hands clean is important. Switch out that bottle of hand sanitizer for wipes. Wet Ones travel packs and pocket-sized singles really do the trick of removing dirt and bacteria from your hands (and they’re great for wiping off germy tray tables, too).
LUSH Shampoo Bars are solid, amazing smelling, and long-lasting. Buy the cute tin to store it in too. Lush also makes a solid conditioner bar that doubles as a shaving cream for your legs. Multi-tasking beauty is my favorite.
Forget about liquid body soap. A solid bar is the way to go. If you really want to multi-task, Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soaps can be used for body, face, and hair. My favorite is the Peppermint scent.
LUSH also makes toothpaste in tab form. They are lightweight, travel-friendly and come in a variety of flavors.
An alternative to bottles of mouthwash are strips. Listerine’s PocketPaks Oral Care Strips are tiny, can go in your purse, and they do the trick.
Replace your facial cleanser with wipes. My favorite brand is Neutrogena makeup removing wipes — they truly dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and makeup — but there are many great options on the market for all skin types.
Another shout out to Neutrogena for its UltraSheer Face & Body Stick Sunscreen, SPF 70. This stick has a wide base to cover a large area, goes on very sheer, and protects well. If you’re on a short trip to a hot climate and need a carry-on option for sunscreen, stick form is the way to go.
Dry hands and nails drives me crazy, but a big tube of hand lotion doesn’t work with a carry-on bag. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is the answer. This buttery cream is very moisturizing and has the best lemon scent. You can use this on your entire hands, not just your cuticles.
Foundation in most forms needs to fit the 3-1-1 rule, however a solid stick foundation doesn’t. My favorite is Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation stick. It comes in a large selection of skin tones, covers well, but feels light, and is super easy to apply.
If you feel naked without perfume, don’t waste valuable space in your 3-1-1 bag with a bottle – go solid. Pacifica makes a great tin in many fragrances. I personally love the Persian Rose.
Need to remove chipped nail polish on your trip? Sephora makes great nail polish remover wipes that do the trick.