In recent years, liquid bans and checked-bag fees inspired me to collect alternative products that allow me to fly with a well-stocked toiletries kit without exceeding the allotted one-quart-bag limit.
There are a number of good online resources for paper, powder, and solid alternatives to common liquid health and beauty products. Here are some inspirations for a daub-kit overhaul:
Lush, a Britain-based company that has opened up U.S. stores in recent years, specializes in solid shampoos ($9.25). They last a long time, transport easily in a handy tin, and smell fantastic. For even lighter travel, Flight 001 sells packets of 30 sheets of paper shampoo ($6) that dissolve in water.
Lush sells moisturizing body butter bars ($11.65 and up) that can be used in place of liquid lotions.
The athlete-oriented Mission Product line has a solid sunscreen stick ($10) that's good for face, lips, ears, and neck. In a pinch, you can also use it on arms and legs.
Natural food stores and pharmacies often stock powder toothpaste alongside gel and paste versions. You'll find dozens of options online by doing a search on "powder toothpaste."
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