Guest blog for The Independent Traveler

When the TSA put into effect that liquid travel items must be no larger than 3oz I imagine that this caused quite a run on travel size products. Each time the TSA implements a new flying rule it causes more people to be inhibited by what they are packing.  For many years I have tried coming up with new ways to get my travel products through security with out inhibiting what I can pack.  It can often be frustrating for travelers, especially women travelers who like to bring certain items along on vacation.  Buying travel size items in your local drugstore seems fun and they sure are cute, but really how many of us are actually using the shampoo and conditioner they are marketing in travel size?  After many years of shopping around and practice I have finally found some of the best products that are travel friendly and do not scrimp on product. These products were used by myself and also my boyfriend on a recent trip to Alaska.  I would argue that these products would fit perfectly into any vacation you are planning.

1. Alba Botanica aloe and green tea oil-free moisturizer 3oz
-This moisturizer is hands down the best moisturizer I have ever used.  It is light and non-greasy. It doesn’t feel like you are wearing a mask on your face. The aloe is really soothing and came in handy when my boyfriend became slightly sunburned on his face.

2. Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment.75oz
-I swear by this stuff, whenever I am traveling. This is a perfect travel size product for those rather annoying pimples that pop up at the worst time. It does exactly what the commercials say it does, reduces pimple size in 4hrs, very true.  While in Alaska this was used several times by myself and my boyfriend. In fact I use it at least 4times a month. The liquid goes on clear so you can treat pimples with out anyone noticing.

3. Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder1.5oz
-This chafing relief powder reduces chafing from many areas on your body. Inner thighs, bikini area, and also your heels of your feet.  This is made by Monistat but don’t let the brand confuse you, men all over are trying this out because it really does work.  I used it a lot when wearing skirts and dresses.  My boyfriend put it on his feet to prevent blisters.  Having blisters on a 10day cruise to Alaska can really spoil the mood.

4. Bausch and Lomb Advanced Eye Relief 1.0oz
-Airplane dry eyes, we all get it and every time it happens we say “should have packed eye drops.” This is made by Bausch and Lomb so you know that it is going to work for you.  This not only targets dry eyes but it also targets redness too. If you are an allergy sufferer like me then itchy, watery eyes are the worst.  I really recommend using this and it works just as well as prescription eye drops.

5. Sunbug Handsfree Suncreen and Insect Repellient 2oz
-If you are like me and bugs such as mosquitoes just seem to be drawn to you then this stuff will work great.  It has an SPF of 30 to keep the harmful sun rays away from you but it also works into the night to create a bug barrier.  It has a convenient attachment right to your backpack or purse so you will always have it handy.  This sunscreen and insect repellent is hypo-allergenic, oil-free, sweat proof, and UVA/UVB protections. It was the perfect combination for a long trip.  It saves you space to only pack one item.

Of course there are many products out there that work great for traveling so the choice is untimely yours.  I have found each and every one of these products to work great.  It is nice to know that wherever I am traveling too I know at least of five products I am taking with me. Trying to pack light is always on everyone’s to-do list and if you can eliminate taking too many products and just get it down to the necessities you will be better off.  I have found that my list of products are often the ones people forget or do not think to bring.  By packing the items listed above I am bringing the comforts of my home with me when I travel and that in itself is worth the trip.

1 Comment on The in’s and out’s of 3oz

  1. Jennifer
    August 31, 2010 at 11:53 pm (7 years ago)

    Great post! I always struggle when I’m in the store buying products to take with me when I travel. Not just plane travel, but all types. Who wants to be bogged down with tons of luggage. I typically don’t like the product brands that are produced in travel size, but I purchase them anyway because of the convenience factor. Thanks for sharing some new and different brands to try!

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