How to Travel Without Any Kind of Liquid or Gel Toiletries
Traveling Gel and Liquid Free
For those that travel a lot, having to take the time to take everything in and out of suitcases for the airport security inspections can be a hassle, time consuming and nerve wracking. Passengers that travel by air may look for ways to speed along the process and not have to take one more thing out as they glide through security.
I find that when I don't have liquids and gels in my things, I am able to go through express lines when they are available, and I am able to know that there will not be anything in my suitcase that will leak or spill. That is a huge relief when you travel all the time.
There are alternatives to all of the liquids and gels that we use on an everyday basis, and I am going to show you how to get it all done.
Hygiene - Lose the Liquid, Grab the Bar of Soap
Sure, some of the soaps that they offer in hotels and motels are mediocre to say the least, not to mention unusable if you suffer from allergies, cheap soaps, and wanting to not have your skin dried out. Select a bar of soap in the store and if you are not used to bathing with a bar of soap, try it out at home for a week to make sure that you do not suffer from sensitive skin. I always choose something designed for babies or sensitive skin. I also try to get a moisturizing formula.
A bar of soap will last longer than a bottle of body wash, it takes up less space, and it won't have the risk of opening up and getting all over your clothes.
As I mentioned, I like the moisturizing bars that are out there, especially some of the ones that have really nice scents or ingredients to leave my skin soft. Remember that traveling can be very drying to the skin, so extra moisture can be something much appreciated by the largest organ on the human body. Also, a moisturizing soap typically lathers up richer, which allows it to be used as a shaving soap.
One of my favorite bars to use are the ones that use nut butters such as almond, hazelnut and brazil nut. My skin feels really soft to the touch, but they do not interfere with the use of colognes and other products that I will be adding on later.
Your Teeth Don't Need a Gel to Get Clean
I know, we all love our pastes and gels when it comes to toothpaste. There are other products on the market that work just as well.
Tooth Powders offer a gentle abrasive product that gently cleans the teeth and gently polishes them to a lovely shine. Used before tooth pastes and gels were common, the convenience factor is something that drove people away from using them.
When I was a pre-teen, I was at my grandparents' home and I was looking for toothpaste. My grandmother directed me to the red and white tin marked "Tooth Powder". I was a little aggressive the first time I used it and nicked my gums to pieces, but I soon got the hang of it and began to prefer it over tubes of toothpaste. A wise traveler can carry this with them in their luggage, and it is not a liquid or a gel. Additional bonus? It is awesome for getting small stains out of white cuffs and collars.
Tooth powders can also be added to a small amount of water and used as a pre-rinse. Don't swallow!
Shampoo Powder is Real!
Another invention that has been around for a long time is shampoo powder. Shampoo powder is exactly what it sounds like. The key for shampoo powder to work well is to not use a lot, let it sit for a few moments, and then brush it out from the root to the ends of the hair.
When I had very long hair, shampoo powder was a lifesaver because I only really needed to clean the hair that was closest to the scalp. I saved untold hours of my life by using this little product and I still like to keep it on hand in case someone is visiting my home that has long hair and short time.
If you purchase a dry shampoo for travel, make sure it is not an aerosol as they will not be allowed on the plane. Also, check the label to make sure that the product you are choosing is not designed for a specific hair color or type. Certain products have gentle color adding ingredients added, or certain ingredients that will work to remove undertones from your hair.
Other options are wearing a cap, scarf or other head covering, clipping in a hairpiece, or wearing a full wig. Options are limitless.
Weigh Your Options When Buying for Travel
As you can see, many of the things that you use everyday have a powder counterpart.
Makeup is easy, switch from liquid foundations and colors to powder and minerals. You can always add water to your cosmetic brushes when you get to your destination to add some depth to your color. There is even an eyelash product available that will dye your lashes for a few days rather than use mascara.
Other products like moisturizers can be tricky, but there are solids that contain a lot of beeswax and lanolins or similar that can come in a bar form, like a solid deodorant. These do not have the restrictions of liquids and gels, so they sail through. As an added bonus, when I do take the time to use these solid products, I find that my skin is even in better condition because of the bar soap and bar moisturizer combination.
For replacements for hair spray, I use bobby pins to hold my hair in place along with barrettes and combs.
For colognes, perfumes and scents, I will saturate cotton balls with my scents, label a plastic zip top bag and use one each morning and then discard it. This method also eliminates the worry of spilled bottles of perfume.
Add and Subtract What You Pack - You Don't Need Everything
When going through everything that you have packed, is there a way that you can reduce even further the weight that you are packing into your bags?
If you carry a laptop, it must be removed and set into a bin all alone to go through the scanner. A tablet, ereader, or other similar devices do not have to go through that screening. Is your trip something that you will need a laptop for? If so, pack one. If not, see if you can further streamline your airport time by carrying a smaller device.
Do you need a camera if you are going to be traveling with a cell phone that takes great photos? If the answer is no, you just saved some space in your bag, as well as wondering if you will have enough battery in the camera to take one more photo.
Do you need a special pillow to sleep on at night? I used to always believe that I could only sleep on one certain pillow until I forgot it on one trip. By rolling a towel into a log shape and securing it into place with my belt, I discovered that I could save some space in my suitcase for souvenirs and have less worry about "What if I forget to pack my pillow?" or "What if I forget to take my pillow from the hotel room?"
Call Your Hotel to Learn What is Supplied
Most hotels now will supply at the very least soap and face soap. Some hotels will now provide soap, conditioner, shampoo, lotion, and even a small toothpaste. Call your hotel before you get there and learn what they offer to you. If they offer toiletries, then there is no need to pack yours! Save some room in your suitcase and some travel effort.
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