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It's a quandary every flier must face. How do you pack toiletries if you're not checking a bag? How much can you get away with taking through TSA under the 3-1-1 rules? What if you end up committing that most horrific of travel mistakes that brands you as a rookie - holding up the security line?
What do each of those 3-1-1 numbers mean? The 4-1-1 on the 3-1-1 is that the 3 refers to 3.4 ounces (100 ml) being the maximum amount of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, or paste allowed in any one container. The first 1 is the one quart-sized, clear, zip-top, plastic bag you can put all of the containers in. The final 1 is that every passenger gets one of these types of bags and no more.
When trying to meet these requirements, let companies who already have the whole thing figured out do it for you. Here are five products that can make your 3-1-1 experience a breeze.
You can just get rid of the whole liquids issue altogether by using La Fresh's Travel Lite amenity disposable towelettes. It's amazing what you can put into a wipe - sunscreen, facial cleanser, antiperspirant, makeup remover, nail polish remover, disinfectant, shoe cleaners, even mosquito repellent! Even better, wipes take up less packing space than liquids.
Most squeeze bottles are made of hard plastic that hurts your hands, cracks, dispenses too little or way too much, and doesn't go back to its original shape. GoToob calls itself the civilized alternative because it's made of a soft, simple-to-squeeze silicone product that's easy on the fingers and gives you the feel of knowing exactly how much you're going to squeeze out. Sizes range from 1.25 fl. oz. to 3 fl. oz., or check out the 2 fl. oz. size that has a suction cup on one end so you can attach the tube to the wall and have your hands free.
This brand offers travel sizes relating to everything - wash, spray, style, shield, condition, control, moisturize, purify - a woman would ever need to do to her hair. You can even wash your hair right in the middle of the airport after a red-eye flight with Clean Freak dry shampoo.
Guys, we know you travel too. Men tend to like things simple. They don't want to have to search around for a bunch of different products or pour things into tiny sized tubes. MenScience gets guys, so they came up with a men's travel kit filled with 10 TSA-allowed products such as shaving gel, aftershave, moisturizer, shampoo, and deodorant.
Now that you've got all of your toiletries and liquids into the right-sized tubes and packages, make sure you can find them easily with the Pack-It Wallaby, part of Eagle Creek's Pack-It system that lets you get lots of stuff into tight spaces. The Wallaby can be placed in a larger case, has a handle for carrying, and also comes with a hook to let you hang it up anywhere. The zippered compartments let you keep things organized while the removable quart-sized clear 3-1-1 pouch lets you move quickly through security.
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