The Most Useful Toiletries to Bring on Vacation

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Make Use of Travel-Sized Items
There's so much that comes in convenient, travel-sized packaging nowadays. Taking advantage of these tiny products can give you the essentials while leaving plenty of space in your suitcase. And today's products go far beyond the usual toiletries: Bug repellent, deodorant, laundry detergent, antibacterial ointment, and even toilet seat covers now come in nifty miniatures. Search the travel section of your local big-box retailer to find items for your trip.

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Nowadays, with space in checked bags at a premium and the 3-1-1 rule causing headaches for travelers with carry-on bags at [[ Airport Security | airport security ]], it's more important than ever to streamline your vacation toiletries. If you want to avoid hassles, try the following strategies.

  • Consider an all-in-one product for maximum usage on the road and space-saving flexibility in your baggage. Dr. Bronner's soaps claims 18-uses-in-one, including body wash, shampoo, and even laundry detergent. Bethesda Sunscreen Soap features a cleanser and sunscreen product in one. Burt's Bees All-in-One Wash functions as shampoo, body wash, and soap. Check your favorite cosmetics/skin care provider to see if they offer similar products.
  • Take only non-liquid toiletries, such as Lush's shampoo bars, to avoid spills (in checked bags) or confiscation by security (for carry-on bags). These affordable alternatives are versatile and durable.
  • Travel empty-handed and use only the basic toiletries provided by your hotel. Many hotel brands now offer upscale toiletries from L'Occitane, Gilchrist & Soames, Neutrogena, and the like. If you find your hotel room offerings aren't quite enough, many hotels stock extra products for free, such as shaving cream, toothpaste, etc.

What travel toiletries are your must-haves, and how do you travel with them? Share your strategies by submitting a tip below!

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