While flying can be a hassle in and of itself, what can make this task even more arduous is try to pack all of your toiletries in with your clothes and other belongings. If you’re only going on a short trip, keeping your toiletries light usually isn’t a problem. But if you’ve got a lot to pack and minimal space to do it, you’ve got to find a way to make it work.
To help you with this, here are three tips for packing your toiletries for air travel.
Create Your Own Travel-Sized Items
Luckily, a lot of the most common toiletries people take with them on an airplane already come in travel-sized options. However, sometimes even these travel sizes are too big for your needs. In situations like this, it makes sense to create your own travel-sized items.
According to Johnna Kaplan, a contributor to The Spruce, you can create your own travel-sized items by either getting reusable plastic containers or by using something like a plastic bag to hold whatever fluids you’re needing to pack. This can be done for things like special shampoo, conditioner, or shaving creams and lotions that don’t come in a small enough size for you to take on the plane with you.
Make Sure Everything Is Properly Sealed
When packing your toiletries in with the rest of your luggage, the most important thing to think about is how to prevent any leakage from happening. There’s nothing worse than opening your suitcase to see that something has leaked or exploded mid-flight and ruined everything else you’ve packed.
To keep this from happening to you, Jane McGrath, a contributor to HowStuffWorks.com, recommends that you first ensure that all lids are screwed on as tightly as they can be. After that, either use plastic wrap or plastic bags to ensure that any fluids that may be able to leak out won’t be able to get on anything else that’s in your suitcase.
Keep Your More Fragile Items Protected
In addition to any liquids, there are likely other items in your toiletries that you want to ensure are safe and won’t wind up broken by the time you reach your destination.
For many women, some of these types of items are anything that’s in a pressed powder form. To help keep these fragile items safe, Catherine McGloin, a contributor to SkyScanner, suggests that you put a small piece of cotton wool between the powder and the lid to ensure that the powder doesn’t get smashed and that you’re still able to use it throughout your travels.
If you’re going to be traveling on an airplane soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you in packing your toiletries.