Carry-On Packing Help: Solid Toiletries for Travel

Are you looking to travel carry-on only?

Do you want to find aa way around TSA liquid rules?

Try out some solid toiletries. 

It’s such a pain to need to take out so many bottles, have spills in your bag, or find bottles small enough to be legal.  This might mean you have to leave things behind.

There are plenty of options out there for solid toiletries, obviously you can find bar soap almost anywhere, but solid shampoo and conditioner are a littler harder to find. So I go with Lush.

Benefits of taking solid toiletries

  1. They last longer. If I take 3 oz of shampoo, it might last me a week if I’m being conservative. A solid shampoo that doesn’t take up any more room than a 3 oz. bottle can last me 6-8 weeks depending on how long my hair is at the time. 
  2. Less messy
  3. No need to worry about quantity for airport security
  4. More eco-friendly.  I try to be ecofriendly when I can. I am by no means an expert and the pure fact that I fly so much makes me pretty un-green.  But, the lack of packaging and the way these products last so long definitely is a step in the right direction. 

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Solid Toiletries to Make Carry-On only Easier

LUSH toothy tabs

These honestly take some getting used to.  When I first tried them I really didn’t like the feeling.  After a few tries it was easier. 

They don’t foam like real toothpaste does so it feels weird. They’re gritty and a little strange tasting when you’re used to mint your whole life.

But give them a try. It’s great to not need to bring a small tube of toothpaste. They also whiten my teeth really well and make my mouth feel clean. 

If you’re buying in store (and I definitely recommend a visit to one), ask for a sample at checkout so you can test out a flavor before buying a whole bottle.

I have personally used and definitely recommend:

LUSH solid shampoo

I was skeptical about this at first.  I didn’t think it would feel as good or work as well as normal shampoo but the bars from Lush work great.

They suds like real shampoo and they smell wonderful.  They have some great scents and last much longer than 3 oz. of liquid shampoo.

Like I said above, I could use one of these bars for 6-8 weeks.

I have used:

  • Montablano– (shown above) to help give hair shine. Smells of fresh lemon, olives and rosemary.
  • Karma Komba– To help smooth knotty hair. Smells like orange, pine, and patchouli oil.
  • Godiva– Moisturizing for dry hair. Smells like jasmine.
LUSH solid conditioner

This is the only product I’m not 100% behind. More like 80%…  The Conditioner smells great, it travels well, and it lasts a long time.

However, if you have long hair, it might not get you the same soft feeling or detangle that liquid conditioner can give you. 

I would still suggest it because it works, but if you have very tangly hair or just can’t stand not the feeling of not conditioning you might not like it.  Definitely try it out though.

I’ve used and recommend these bars:

  • Big– For big volume and shine. Mad from coconut oil, seaweed and smells of jasmine and vanilla.
  • Jungle– To soften and tame wild hair. Made with cocoa butter, fresh mashed bananas, and avocados as well as figs, kumquats and passion fruit.
LUSH powdered sunscreen

I love this for travel.  It doesn’t leak in my bag and it goes a long way. I also love that I can sprinkle some in my hair near my part, and I don’t get all greasy. 

This product is a little try to get if you’re located in the U.S. Because the U.S. still requires animal testing in order to get the SPF rating and approval, Lush cannot sell their non- animal tested product here. 

However, you can order from the U.K. Site and have it sent, or, like I like to do, visit a Lush in another country to stock up. 

LUSH lotion bar

I love how these lotions feel.  When putting them on, especially the body bar, it can almost feel like a massage because you have to press down on your skin to get it to rub in. 

It can be really nice after a day of walking around traveling and needing a little pampering. 

I’ve used and loved these body bars:

Solid Perfume

LUSH solid perfume

I’ve had perfume leak in my luggage more often than any other liquid toiletry.  It’s not always a bad thing, I mean, I like the smell of my perfume, but in such concentration on my socks or pant leg isn’t the greatest. 

These perfume sticks help with that.  They smell great and give you a little fresh smell without you needing to worry about leakage.

Popular scents:

LUSH Body Soap

Bar soap is far from revolutionary.  You can either pick up an old standby like Dove or Dial, or you can choose one from Lush.  They have amazing scents.

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There are two options for this, one is a powdered kind that you can either pick up in travel sizes or dispense from a larger box you have a lot. 

Or you can pick up some laundry sheets. They dissolve in your wash and will help freshen your clothes on the go.

Bug Spray is horrible smelling when you have to put it on your body.  It’s even worse if it leaks in your clothes.  These solid bug spray options work just as well—or better— than liquid bug spray.  They might be your new go-to even at home. The only draw-back is it’s for 3 years and over.  So if you have younger ones you might need to still bring standard bug spray.

LUSH tins

When traveling with solid products, you need something for them to travel in. You can always go the inexpensive route and just put them into separate plastic baggies, but you can also get tins from Lush that are perfectly sized to hold them, and are nice looking too. 

If you’re trying to pack less, ease the annoyance of liquid restrictions, or just try something new, solid toiletries are something I think you should definitely try.

Have you ever tried solid toiletries, what do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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Carry-On Packing Help: Solid Toiletries
Carry-On Packing Help: Solid Toiletries
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2018-01-31T09:43:20+00:00

About the Author:

Hey, I’m Mackenzie, a writer, traveler, and photographer living in North Texas. Been to 65 countries solo, now taking the baby along. I blog about family travel while writing novels and binge-watching British TV.

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