How to Pack Toiletries Like It Ain’t No Thang

Hi all! Following my last, bare–it-all post on what’s inside my toiletry bag, I have now for you a few tips on how to pack your own bag with style and ease.

Tip #1 Become familiar with the TSA guidelines for carry-in liquids.

This is especially important if you’re traveling carry-on only. I have seen grown folks tear up at the TSA check lines when their full-sized body lotions or hair sprays are confiscated and thrown away. (I mean, I can’t be the only one that cries right??)

I want you to be intimate with this chart. Embrace it. Make prolonged eye contact with it.

I want you to be intimate with this chart. Embrace it. Make prolonged eye contact with it.

Tip #2 Decide what liquid toiletries you want to bring with you.

If you’re staying at hotel with soap and shampoo provided, you might be able to skip out on bringing those. If not, plan on packing the essentials: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body wash, etc. Fewer toiletries = fewer things that could break and leak in your bag!

Tip #3 …But only pack what you’ll actually use.

Before packing my own toiletry bag, I went through all the products I wanted to bring, one by one and asked myself, “Would I cut a bitch for a few seconds to put mascara on?” I would. Into my toiletry bag it goes!

Be honest with yourself and remember that you’re on vacation! For example, “Would I cut a bitch for a few seconds to shave my legs?” Nope. Out goes the shaving cream! (Leg hair, don’t care.)

Tip #4 Find the right containers for your products to reduce breaking and leaking!

Creamier products are less likely to leak but may be more difficult to get out of travel-sized containers. Using wide-mouthed containers for creams help eliminate that difficulty. Liquidy-liquids are best stored in bottle-type containers and packed near the middle of the rest of your toiletries, so as to cushion it while the bag’s being jostled around.

Tip #5 Remember, (depending on your destination) you can always buy anything you weren’t able to pack at a local drugstore.

So don’t sweat it and enjoy your vacation!

And there you have it – Toiletry Nirvana.

Namaste, bitches.

With Love,

Katherine

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What’s in My Toiletry Bag?

‘Sup. I figured ya’ll be voyeuristic fucks, so here’s a quick post on what toiletries I’m taking with me on vacation. Tips on how to pack your own bag will come shortly!

For some folks out there, trying new bath products at their destination’s hotel is one of the small perks of vacationing. I am not in that group of people.

First of all, I’m an admitted product whore and a creature of habit – I know what I like and sweet baby jesus lord in heaven help you if you try to change it up for me, because i will cut u.

Second of all, I’m staying in hostels my entire vacation and unlike pricier digs, they don’t offer amenities like shampoo, conditioner or body wash for me to use even if I wanted to use them.

And since I will be flying carry-on only, I have to be extremely mindful of TSA’s 3-1-1 rule for carry-on liquids, which includes much of my toiletries.

Everything you see below is compatible with TSA’s 3-1-1 rule (and packed not 1, not 2, but 3 weeks ahead of time because I am an extremely anal and excitable woman).

Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sun and stars. My toiletry bag.

Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sun and stars. My toiletry bag.

My sweetass neon orange bag is from Flight 001’s X-Ray Quart Bag line and comes in other visually aggressive colors like neon pink, neon green and non-offensive clear. I love this bag because it fits a ton of stuff and its zippered top feels super secure and leak-proof.

Strong, sturdy and secure. Wish I could find a man like dat.

Strong, sturdy and secure. Wish I could find a man like dat.

And now, a few of my favorite products.

Spread eagle, just the way you like it.

Spread eagle, just the way you like it.

Front row, from left to right:

Toothpaste, Facial Cleanser (Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam – goddamn that was a long name), Makeup Primer (Shiseido something), Foundation (Chanel Perfection Lumiere –  worth every penny), Face Moisturizer (The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream)

Back row, from left to right:

Shampoo (Aussie Moist Shampoo), Conditioner (TRESemmé Touchable Softness), Body Wash (The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish – smells amazing), Blue Spray Bottle (Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hair Spray), Purple Spray Bottle (TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray), Makeup Cleanser (Clinique Wash the Day Away), Body Lotion (The Body Shop Mango Body Butter, Tide To-Go Pen

Not shown: mascara and travel-sized contact lens solution

As you may have noticed, I am a huge fan of humangear‘s GoTubbs and GoToobs. They’re expensive but they do an excellent job at keeping everything leak-proof and are adorable as fuck. (That last reason has justified many purchases in my life.)

And there you have it! Everything liquid that could possibly touch my heavenly body in Vancouver and Seattle, all in one quart-sized bag for your voyeuristic viewing pleasure.

Satisfied? Thought so.

With Love,

Katherine