One of the main reasons I dislike flying domestically in the US is that I don't get food. Another reason is that airlines charge to check a bag, and therefore I'm forced to travel with a carry-on. Because let's be honest, I would rather spend that money on better things that checking bags. So, I have experimented a lot with how to get the most liquids into your little quart sized bag. And this is what I came up with.
All those samples. Mmm.
First of all, I prefer to use one of those plastic zip up bags that you buy rather than an ziplock quart sized bag. Zippers tend to be stronger and I just like the shape better.
In terms of skincare and perfume, I keep it simple. Foil packets of lotion and little perfume samples. Thanks Birchbox.
Another good idea is to have foil samples of products you already use. Experimenting is fun, but I would rather not try out too many new products and find out that they break me out. It's also a good idea to include both foil packets and little jars in your bag to maximize space. Lots of little jars leave a lot of empty pockets.
For things that I don't have samples of, I use little pots. Some I got at CVS, others I stole from the organic chemistry lab. Don't worry they're new. You should also actually measure out how much product you use daily and then multiply it by how long you will be on vacation. Because it's really easy to bring waaaaay too much. I would also recommend choosing a balm cleanser over a liquid for spillage reasons.
Foundation also goes into little pots and I bring a primer sample. I generally only put foundation in my liquids bag. Stuff like concealer and lip balm I just keep in my makeup bag. TSA has yet to stop me, but if they do, I would just unzip my bag and shove it in there without closing it.
And last but not least, we have travel straws. The idea is that you melt one side of the straw with a lighter, put your product in, and melt the other side closed. When you want to use it, just cut it open. I like to use these for the products that I need very little of, like the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion. I also like to put things that are more prone to spilling, like my apricot oil, in there too.
I forgot to get a picture of this, but I just bring foil packets of shampoo and conditioner, and put my leave in conditioner in a little pot.
Of course, when I land, I'll still have to buy body sunscreen, hairspray and maybe some dry shampoo. But I don't think that's too bad.
What's your solution for limited liquid traveling?