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M.I.S.S. Jet Set: Condense Your Travel Liquids

You’re about to take a short trip that’s just a flight away, but with airline security measures, you can’t pack your bathroom to come with. No worries, you will survive. Pack with these tips to meet the TSA liquids 311 rule and have all you need while you’re away.

- First, know the rules. From the TSA website:

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.

In other words, you get 1 clear bag, no bigger than 1 quart (it’s larger than a sandwich bag, but smaller than freezer size), and in it you can bring liquid containers, but none larger than 3.4 ounces each (drugstores and travel spots have travel liquid containers made to this size).

NOTE: You can declare necessary, larger liquids; medications, baby formula, baby food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the security checkpoint.

- Next, take out what will be provided at your destination. If you’re staying with a girlfriend or sister, you may need almost nothing! Hotels generally have shampoo, conditioner and soap (depending how picky you are), and family will have toothpaste. You may want your own lotion and deodorant, but can switch up shampoos for a couple days, so prioritize.

- Then, swap regular products for non-liquid alternatives. If you’re down to use bar soap instead of liquid body wash, that’s one less liquid you need to track. I’m super into wet cleansing facial cloths instead of face wash since they’re so easy and take out yet another liquid. If you’re all about your hand sanitizer, buy Wet Ones instead. Cruise your drug or grocery store’s toiletry and travel aisles to see what other options you may have.

- After completing the above, travel-size what you need to bring. Things like contact solution, your particular liquid foundation, must-use hair product, etc. need to be made to fit. Each choice you pack needs to either be 1) already at or smaller than 3.4 ounces, 2) transferred to a travel-size container (you can buy spray, pump, squeeze or other options depending on the product) or 3) bought in travel size. Just because you can bring three ounces of each product doesn’t mean you need to; why bring a full size acne spot treatment for two days or a face mask that you don’t really use but once a month?

Take a few minutes, plan ahead, edit down, and you’ll be looking fly after flight.

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2 Responses to “M.I.S.S. Jet Set: Condense Your Travel Liquids”

  1. Mayette May says:

    Great tips! I wish I read something like this a couple of years ago when I was told that I had to throw my new bottles of lotion from Bath and Body Works away!

  2. Queen of Bows QueenofBows says:

    @May- what a bummer! I’ve thrown stuff out last minute when I’ve decided to not check my bag last minute, but it was a calculted risk! Hope no other readers have to throw away brand new goodies.


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