Packing for holidays is a stressful affair as it is, and finding the right toiletries to fit 100ml airline guidelines isn't easy! We explain the rules and pack the 11 best travel-size products for you.
Whoever said holidays are relaxing should consider rephrasing that to ‘holidays are relaxing – once you get there, mind’.
They’ve clearly never had to pack for the kids or their other half, farm the pets out, make sure the house is clean and tidy, briefed the neighbours on plant watering, re-packed for the kids, and that’s before you’ve even started to think about yourself!
If you’re taking hand luggage on a plane this summer then you’ll need to have your 100ml toiletries at the ready, but narrowing down the items to fill the little precious space you have can be tricky. And that’s after you’ve deciphered all the ever-changing and confusing information about what you’re allowed to pack in the first place!
We’ve listed the things you need to remember when it comes to liquids in your hand luggage, as well as our favourite 100ml or less travel toiletries that your plastic bag shouldn’t be without. Say goodbye to stress and hello to your holidays!
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1. Each liquid you carry must be in its own container of no more than 100ml
Next time you visit the airport, grab a few of the sealable plastic bags so that you can pack your toiletries at home and make sure they all fit in before you leave
2. Carry all liquids in one, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag that’s up to 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in) with a total capacity of up to a litre
Keep your plastic bag of liquids at the top of your carry-on bag, as you’ll need to put these through the airport security screening separately
3. You need to be able to completely close the bag and fit it in your hand baggage
Once you are through security you can buy duty-free liquids from the airport and onboard the plane, as long as they’ve been sealed at the point of purchase
So what actually constitutes a liquid?
According to gov.uk, a liquid could include any of the following:
-All drinks, including water -Liquid or semi-liquid foods, eg soup, jam, honey and syrups -Cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss -Sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants -Pastes, including toothpaste -Gels, including hair and shower gel -Contact lens solution
Read on to find out our top 11 toiletries to pack in your suitcase!
Whatever did we do before dry shampoo? We can’t imagine life without this wonder product now. Perfect for when your hair is looking lifeless, lank and a bit on the greasy side, not only is Batiste great value and available in a range of lovely fragrances, but you can buy it in these mini versions too! Perfect for your tiny travel bag when your locks are in need of a quick refresh.
From the airport to the flight and throughout your holiday, there are going to be times when hand hygiene gel comes in very useful for small sticky fingers as well as your own hands. This is perfect for when you’re out and about on holiday because it dries quickly, leaving you safe in the knowledge that it kills 99.99% of nasty bacteria.
While you might not feel like applying lip gloss or lipstick regularly on holiday (after all, what’s relaxing about constant make-up touch-ups?) keeping your lips moisturised while you’re travelling and holidaying in the sun is essential to avoid dry, cracked lips, and finding one with an SPF is a great way to add extra sun protection. Plus, if it happens to come with a pretty pink tint, like this version from Carmex, that’s even better!
If you’ve used a product from Soap & Glory’s range before, you’ll know that they all smell beautiful. We love this mini version of their Daily Smooth Body Butter – it’s great for skin that’s been in the sun and handy for applying on the plane when cabin air plays havoc with your skin thanks to the cocoa butter inside. Hello silky smooth holiday skin!
We don’t need to tell you that having a deodorant handy while travelling and then during your holiday is a must! With high stress levels from travelling and higher heat levels on hols, you need a product you can trust on hand at all times. Soft & Gentle’s 50ml roll on offers 48-hour protection – more than enough to see you through!
We can’t imagine coping day-to-day without a dab of our favourite concealer, let alone packing for holiday without it! It’s a lifesaver when it comes to hiding those dreaded dark circles from a bad night’s sleep and great for touching up any little skin imperfections. We rated Maybelline’s top in our concealer testing, so don’t close your little plastic bag without it in there!
Of course we know you wouldn’t go on holiday without suncream, and if you’re travelling with a 100ml liquid allowance then we expect you’ll stock up on a few different SPFs in the airport. But it’s always handy to have a really high protection with you, so you can slap some on as soon as you land and make sure no-one burns. This SPF50 from Ambre Solaire is perfect for faces and bodies!
We don’t often have the time to get any make-up onto our faces in the mornings, what with all the daily rushing around and sorting that needs to be done, but a good mascara is a must for our holiday packing! Maybelline’s Falsies mascara is not only waterproof but really does make our lashes look longer. Who needs expensive eyelash extensions?!
A BB cream is a great product to take on your hols – not only does it contain an SPF and protect you from the sun’s harmful rays, but it evens skintone (sometimes necessary when you’re on holiday experiencing temperatures and sun exposure you wouldn’t usually get). The formula in Garnier’s version also dries to look matte, which is great for shine-prone holiday skin!
Pesky insect bites and horrid stings are up there with sun burn as a quick way to go from holiday heaven to holiday hell. Avoid discomfort for you and the family by packing a trusted insect spray in your liquids bag – this one has an instantly cooling affect to immediately relieve discomfort. So long midgies!
The airport is a great place to pick up your favourite fragrance VAT-free, but if you fancy trying something new this summer then Cacharel’s Amor Amor is a beautifully fresh and summery addition to your toiletry bag. We really love this scent, and at only £15 for 30ml it’s a bargain that’ll fit right in with your 100ml allowance!
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