As the holidays are soon approaching many of us will begin the long and tedious journey back home. It is estimated that in the UK alone, Brits will travel a total of 5.6 billion miles to visit almost 257 million friends/family. Almost one tenth of us will travel to at least two different countries to see loved ones over Yuletide. As airports begin their preparations for one of the busiest times of the year we should also do the same by preparing our toiletries bag before we travel.
By far, one of the biggest delays at airports takes place at airport security. Negligent passengers who have incorrectly packed their carry on luggage makes security one of the least exciting parts to flying home for the holidays.
Getting flagged at the airport is always a major pain but it’s often difficult to find an alternative to your favourite shampoo or foundation (UNTIL NOW!) Below we look at some of the best alternatives to liquid toiletries which should help reduce your chances of being caught out at airport security!
- Solid Shampoo Bars
Most hotels & Airbnbs have complimentary soaps and toiletries, but if you have a favourite soap or prefer to use your own why not switch to solid shampoo bars. They’re just as cleansing and moisturising, and are often formulated without some of the harsh ingredients that sudsy liquid shampoo are made with. They can also be used in the shower which saves on packing shower gels.
However, be aware that most solid shampoo bars have an “adjustment period” during which you’ll have to get used to the way your hair feels when it’s cleansed with a bar rather than your old shampoo.
2. Toothpaste Tabs
An intelligent way to reduce your liquids under the limit is to switch to a solid toothpaste alternative. ‘Toothy Tabs‘ are a product sold at Lush cosmetics which create a foamy cleansing formula and work basically the same as regular liquid toothpaste. (Just take note that these alternatives often don’t include fluoride, so consider using them only in the short term.)
3. Dry Shampoo
Ditching that liquid shampoo and unfriendly aerosol dry shampoo for a powder alternative. They work exactly the same and re-energise your hair by boosting the shine and pumping up volume while getting rid of the oil and grease. It’s also a lot easier to apply as it’s the fast alternative to showering everyday (which can actually damage your hair by removing essential oils.)
4. Solid Lotion Bar
A lotion bar removes the one thing that is in traditional liquid lotion bottles: water. That means water-less lotions aren’t watered down. Instead these are filled with a more skin-emollients such as beeswax, shea butter and vitamin E. Another benefit to lotions bars is that they last than a traditional bottle of liquid lotion.
How to use: As you rub the lotion bar between your hands or massage it directly on dry skin areas, your body heat will soften the bar, releasing skin-nourishing oils and allow you to rub it in more easily.
5. Solid Moisturiser
Liquid moisturisers traditionally come in awkward jars or tubes which can make it messy to use. An easy and effective way to reduce this issue is to look into purchasing a travel-size solid-stick moisturiser. Included are the same essential oils which are in regular moisturisers and can be layered underneath your makeup.
There are a number of solid sticks which cover everything from foundation to facial wash which can be purchased in many chemists and are airport security friendly! Who know? You may find that these actually work better than their liquid counter-parts…
6. Solid Sunscreen Stick
Ok.. You may not need this for the next few months but if you’re travelling to a country in the southern hemisphere this Christmas then you will need to pack some sunscreen. Surprisingly there is a solid alternative to this which come in an array of SPFs and are actually a decent price. Although many of us may prefer to purchase sunscreen once we reach our destination you may not be spoilt for choice once you arrive. Especially if the choice is expensive! So why not research before hand and find out if your favourite brand carries a solid alternative.
6. Stick Deodorants
Many of us may believe that a roll-on deodorant does not as a liquid however this is not the case according to airport security guidelines. Spray, gel, liquid, cream, pastes, and roll-on deodorants need to be in containers no larger than 96g and placed in a clear quart-sized bag (6in x 9in). However there are many stick deodorants which do not count as a liquid and work just the same as underarm roll on deodorants which means no more getting flagged at the security desk.
By now you should be ready to pack for your vacation home this Christmas. Remember to give yourself extra time if you’re arriving to the airport within (2 – 3 days) before and after the 25th of December and if the weather is exceptionally ‘frightful’, keep up to date with any delays which may occur to your flight. Have a safe journey!
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