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  1. Cindy Roach
    September 25, 2019 @ 7:09 am

    I have e to take pills while I am traveling, am I permited, to take a bottle of water?

    • Ali Garland
      September 25, 2019 @ 10:57 am

      Hi Cindy! You can’t bring a bottle of water through security because it is bigger than 3.4 ounces (100ml) BUT you can bring an EMPTY bottle and refill it after you pass through security.

  2. Theresa Cohagan
    August 19, 2019 @ 11:11 pm

    I can take a carry on and a large bag on the plane with me. Can I have a quart zip lock bag with liquids (2) in both pieces? Or am i allowed only one in suitcase?

    • Ali Garland
      August 20, 2019 @ 11:29 am

      Hi Theresa! You’re only allowed one liquids bag per person, no matter how many carry on bags you have.

  3. Christine McTague
    August 1, 2019 @ 7:37 pm

    Are you only allowed 1 quart bag for toiletries?

    • Ali Garland
      August 2, 2019 @ 1:08 pm

      Hi Christine! Yes, you are only allowed one quart-sized bag of liquids, so any toiletries you have that are NOT liquid should be packed in another bag so you don’t lose precious space. If you’re interested in trying some non-liquid alternatives, check out this post about solid toiletries for travel.

  4. Joy Boes
    November 17, 2018 @ 1:02 pm

    What about baby formula?
    What about slim fast?
    What about liquid medications for children?

    • Ali Garland
      November 20, 2018 @ 5:14 pm

      Hi Joy! Most countries, like the US, don’t count liquid medications towards your carry-on liquids allowance. So put those in a separate clear zip-top bag, and pull them out at security just like your other liquids. TSA has a section about traveling with children that addresses baby formula, you can read more about that here. For both of these, let the TSA agent know ahead of time that you have liquid medications and baby formula in addition to your normal liquids. As for Slim Fast, that won’t be considered medically necessary, so if it’s over 3.4 ounces (100ml) they won’t let you through with it.

  5. Ali
    February 16, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    I wear contacts too and usually just decide to bring daily contacts with me so I don’t have to worry about finding solution. I bring a little travel size bottle just in case, but otherwise it works! And as I travel it frees up a bit of space since I’m discarding a pair of contacts each day… This is practical for about 2 weeks, but longer than that and I think it would be more worthwhile to just bring the solution 🙂

    The one tricky thing (as I like to pack carry-on only as well) is going to hot destinations and bringing enough sunscreen, particularly to places where it’s not that readily available at a reasonable price.

    I would also add that if you’re traveling with someone, you can divide up liquids for packing: You don’t both need to bring a tube of toothpaste, laundry soap, etc.

    • Ali Garland
      February 16, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

      Daily contacts would definitely be helpful from that perspective. I’ve never actually worn those, mine are monthly. I know what you mean about the sunscreen! I always buy a travel sized bottle and just accept the fact that I’ll probably have to buy a more expensive bottle on the road. I’ll never understand why sunscreen seems to be so much more expensive overseas. Great tip about dividing up liquids with your travel partner! My husband and I always bring just one tube of toothpaste. It’s also helpful traveling with a guy because he barely has any liquids, so I can use the rest of his liquids bag! Thanks Ali!

  6. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    September 28, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    I use the spray dry shampoo to give my fine hair more volume and avoid drying it out by washing it everyday. I’d love to find the bar shampoo. We’re strictly carry-on only so and liquid that can be replaced by a solid is definitely wroth the investment.

    • Ali Garland
      September 28, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

      I’ve never actually tried them but I’ve heard good things. I think Burt’s Bees makes a bar shampoo, might be a good one to try. Carry-on only is a great way to go!

  7. Kyle
    September 14, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    Great advice! I’ve been wondering how I’m going to handle my contacts while in Central/South America for the next year. “Optical boutiques” – good call! Either way, I’d love to have the flexibility of smaller/less weight options. Thanks for the advice!

    • Ali Garland
      September 15, 2012 @ 11:37 am

      Thanks Kyle! I’ve never been to Central America and I’ve only been to a handful of places in South America, but optical boutiques where glasses are sold seem to be the place to go for contact solution everywhere outside of the US. Traveling light definitely makes things easier. Have a great trip!

  8. Cole @
    August 29, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    Also make sure that you don’t just throw out the little containers after using them. Having a few to refill saves money AND the environment!

    • Ali Garland
      August 29, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

      Thanks Cole, definitely a good point! I have been using the same shampoo and conditioner bottles for 2 years now!

  9. Jennifer
    August 26, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    I spent years buying travel sized toiletries and I would go on a trip having to use a different shampoo and conditioner than my normal ones because only certain brands are available in travel size. Then I got a set of Go Gear travel tubes. They’re TSA approved, leak proof, and I can fill them over and over with my normal shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotion, and facial cleanser. They come in a variety of sizes from 3oz to 1 oz and they’re environmentally friendly.

    • Ali Garland
      August 27, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

      That’s awesome Jennifer! I just have some bottles I reuse that are small enough. I don’t like to just use whatever shampoo brands happen to come in travel sizes, though I have done it before simply because I wanted the bottles. I love that you found a great product that comes in different sizes, because sometimes even though you’re allowed 3oz (technically 3.4oz = 100ml) you don’t always need to carry that much with you. Thanks!

  10. Matthew Cheyne
    August 24, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    I really like the concept of dry shampoo. I did some research via google search and found that dry shampoo is readily available here in Australia. One question I do have about dry shampoo is this: wouldn’t it make your hair all clunky after a while of using it?

    Regarding the contact lenses. I use Purevision day and night contact lenses that stay in the eyes continuously for up to a month without the need for solution. I find it’s much much easier and more convenient than using typical contacts where you need to take them out, rinse them, even wash them before putting them back in. I’ve been buying mine from a place called for nearly ten years now . They deliver worldwide and are 70 percent cheaper than what I would get charged if I bought my lenses locally here in Australia. Provided you know your prescription details, you can buy your contacts directly online from the US where are located and get them shipped to you. The only time I would go into an optometrist now is to get my prescription reviewed, nothing else.

    • Ali Garland
      August 24, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

      There are 2 different kinds of dry shampoo that I’m aware of. One is some kind of powder stuff that you put in your hair to sort of dry up the oil. Probably not something you want to do day after day as it’s not really cleaning your hair, it’s just allowing you to go a little longer in between shampoos. The other kind is like bar soap except it’s for your hair. That should be ok to use on a more long term basis. I’d probably still want to use a normal shampoo now and then, but the bar stuff is actually cleaning your hair just like shampoo.

      If you can wear the day and night contacts, that’s an even better solution. My eyes get dry pretty easily so I’ve never tried those, but that would certainly make it easier to deal with liquids when traveling. Thanks Matthew!