The packed ticket kiosks. The hourlong waits in airport security. And that feeling of last-minute dread. “Did I pack everything I need? Or did I pack everything but…” More importantly, “will all my toiletries make it through airport security?
Fear not. Here’s our guide to traveling with your toothpaste (without buying travel-size toothpaste). But first…
The Rules: Taking Liquids on Airplanes
According to the Transportation Security Administration’s website…
The 3-1-1 rule should really be called the 1-1-3… meaning, you’re allowed a single one-quart, clear plastic bag. In it, you’re allowed to pack as many liquids (up to 3.4 ounces) as fit in the bag.
If you’re anything like me, Thread Detectives, you’ve got a fair number of beauty products. What’s a great way to save space in your liquids bag? Make your own travel-size toothpaste.
Pick up a toiletries travel kit.
I got the one pictured above from Rite Aid, but I’ve since found a bigger, more deluxe travel bottles kit on Amazon. Of course; I settle on something from Rite Aid, and then I find a better one on Amazon. Whatever, I’ll go with the Amazon one next time. You can even re-use a cleaned-out old jar from an old eye cream or an old face cream.
Grab your toothpaste.
One reason I like to DIY my own travel-sized toothpaste, rather than just buying one in the store, is that the only brands I’ve seen that produce the smaller sizes are Crest and other major brands. As I use a toothpaste by Tom’s of Maine, which I’m not even sure produces a travel size, and any sodium lauryl sulfate in a toothpaste breaks me out, I need to travel with my toothpaste or risk a breakout t in the middle of my trip (no bueno).
Open your kit and pick out one of the small, screw-top jar. If your trip is going to be a long one, grab two.
Add toothpaste into the tiny containers.
And voila! A custom-made, travel-size toothpaste, for wherever the world may take you.
Have any travel beauty hacks Thread Detectives need to know about? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.