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Toiletries

Toiletries are a personal issue but there are things you need and will always need so the best way to make your travel effective and pleasurable is to:

Pack what you use at home.
Pack your stuff in good quality toiletry bags. When they burst, the lid comes off or you forget to put the lid on tight (and

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Toiletries are a personal issue but there are things you need and will always need so the best way to make your travel effective and pleasurable is to:

  • Pack what you use at home.
  • Pack your stuff in good quality toiletry bags. When they burst, the lid comes off or you forget to put the lid on tight (and believe me this will happen!) you contain the mess to a limited area. This will also ensure a spillage will not end up on your suit for the meeting the morning after you get off a flight at midnight!
  • Never leave any one item behind.
  • Always be ready to go with the minimum notice and the minimum amount of time to pack.

Alternatively, you can go with the flow and use the products which are provided by your hotel. The quality of toiletries provided by a hotel will vary from outstanding to terrible! Probably best to rely on this approach if you only use soap and toothpaste (which will always be provided). Or if you have stayed at a hotel and checked out their limited range of products which you decide you like, then go with this approach.

Ideally, you need to replicate what is on your bathroom shelf or in your bathroom cupboard. This will ensure that you have everything and it is ready to go. Also if you travel often, you will probably prefer to keep you regime. The best way to do this is with your preferred brands and products. Some cosmetic/toiletries companies (but not enough) make small samples for traveling which can be useful (The Body Shop is one example). Another alternative is to purchase small plastic bottles and tubs for small size options. They are relatively cheap and available at department stores and well stocked pharmacies and some supermarkets. However, here is a way to minimize the impact on your life (remembering 2 sizes when you are shopping, being out of one and not the other, etc). Use the normal size packs but just have two of everything (one for home and one packed for traveling). They will be ready to go – one less thing to worry about! It is an initial, upfront investment but it will be worth it in the long run.

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Refill, replace and re-pack all items of toiletries when you get home as you unpack your suitcase and put things away. If you need to buy items, buy them on your next shopping trip and pack them immediately. This way you are ready to go whenever you need to and you will not have to remember what you needed from a trip some days or weeks prior. Make sure all the bags are zipped up properly when you finish so that they are packed into your suitcase as sealed as possible.

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You will accumulate many airline toiletries bags if you chose to accept them and bring them home. You do not have to take them and you can use them on the flight and then leave what you do not use behind. They will, however, be a hit with guests in your home, your children or your nieces or nephew. You can always ask the flight attendant for the male version if you are female or vice versa

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    Toiletries to pack

    Here is a list of all the toiletries to pack that you may need so get a pen out now and cross off what is not in your repertoire. Also add those special items that you use that may not be on the list.
    When you take a look at this list you will see that there is an enormous

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    Here is a list of all the toiletries to pack that you may need so get a pen out now and cross off what is not in your repertoire. Also add those special items that you use that may not be on the list.

    When you take a look at this list you will see that there is an enormous amount of “stuff”. No wonder it is easy to forget things if they are not pre-packed – you will not remember from one trip to the next what was used or nearly empty, you may do 5 overnight trips in a row and then a 2 week international trip and so you will need more than a traveler’s pack of shampoo to name a couple of reasons. It is easy to forget things that are not pre-packed. Also remember that the brands of these items on your list are special to you. Over many years you have worked out what you like best to use. When overseas, your favourite brand may not be available. Brands are like familiar friends when traveling; the angst that will come from not having your favourite if you run out overseas will be exaggerated and is not worth the trouble.

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    MoisturizersFaceDay
    Night
    Eye
    Neck
    Body
    Hand
    Other
    Toner
    Sun ScreensFace
    Body
    Lips/Vaseline
    HairShampoo
    Conditioner
    Brush for blow drying
    Brush/Comb for everyday use
    Mousse/Gel/HairsprayRemember you may be going out
    Pins, Clips, Ties and Bands(see above!)
    Portable Hair Dryer with International Adaptationyou may stay in 5 star hotels mostly but you will forget the hairdryer for the times when you do not if it is not part of the kit
    TeethBrush
    Paste
    Floss
    Whitener
    Perfume
    SoapHotel soap is usually ok unless you have sensitive skin
    Deodorant
    ShavingRazon
    Shaving Cream
    After shave/moisturiser
    Nail KitScissorsUseful for many other things
    File
    Buffer
    Polish
    Base Coat/Top Coat
    Removerbuy the products with no acetone only. It is illegal to carry acetone products on an airplane. Non-acetone nail remover pads are good also – and will never cause a mess!
    Paper ProductsTissuesSeveral Pocket size packs so you can use them in you handbag
    Face ClothFor any number of emergencies
    Band Aids
    Cotton Wool Buds
    Cotton Wool Pads/Balls
    Feminine Hygiene Products
    Sewing Kitinc needles, pins, threadsfor life’s emergencies
    Other Items(list)
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      What to pack your toiletries in and how

      Here are some tips for what to pack your toiletries in and how. You should have two toiletries bags. The best are men’s leather/canvas bags or heavy-duty plastic, soft-sided vanity cases. Leather or high quality plastic is better than canvas in case of spillages (unless the canvas is appropriately lined)
      In one bag, put all the day-to-day items including

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      Here are some tips for what to pack your toiletries in and how. You should have two toiletries bags. The best are men’s leather/canvas bags or heavy-duty plastic, soft-sided vanity cases. Leather or high quality plastic is better than canvas in case of spillages (unless the canvas is appropriately lined)

      In one bag, put all the day-to-day items including all items that will cause a great mess if or when they spill. Put all hair related and non spillage items in the other one. For example, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorants, soap and toner should go in one and hair brushes, hairspray, shaving cream, moisturizers and paper products in the other one.

      The biggest nightmare of a spillage is nail polish and these items do break or open and you may even just forget to tighten the lid properly. If you use nail polish, the best idea is to pack a nail kit in a separate small pack. You may want to paint nails when in watching TV so a separate bag is useful for this. There are brands of nail polish remover wipes available which at least removes the need for another bottle which may break. Nail polish remover is in fact on the “no fly” list because it is flammable. You should not pack nail polish remover in carry on or checked baggage.

      You also need a separate bag for sunscreens so that you can easily take them to the beach/pool while you are away. Again the airline bags that are provided when traveling business or first class and sometimes economy or something similar are useful for this. These small bags will easily fit into the bigger bags and are useful carryalls.

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      You will accumulate many airline toiletries bags if you chose to accept them and bring them home. You do not have to take them and you can use them on the flight and then leave what you do not use behind. They will, however be a hit with guests in your home, your children or your nieces or nephew. You can always ask the flight attendant for the male version if you are female or vice versa.

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        Why bottles burst and scrunch up on planes?

        Have you ever wondered why bottles burst and scrunch up on planes? Next time you are in the air and are offered a bottle of water, drink it and screw the lid on tight. Take a look at an empty water bottle (that has the lid screwed on tight) after landing – you will notice the bottle is creased. On

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        Have you ever wondered why bottles burst and scrunch up on planes? Next time you are in the air and are offered a bottle of water, drink it and screw the lid on tight. Take a look at an empty water bottle (that has the lid screwed on tight) after landing – you will notice the bottle is creased. On take off, the opposite happens. The air expands which can pop the lids off or expand the bottles of seemingly effectively closed bottles.

        This is important to know around the type of plastic bottles your shampoo, conditioner and other toiletries are packed in. If you purchase these items in flip top packaging, they sometimes seem to have leaked when in fact the flip tops have opened as the pressure on the aircraft changes at take off and landing. It is best to purchase shampoo, conditioner and other toiletries in screw top bottles, not flip tops. If you have a favorite brand that is flip top, put these bottles in a zip lock bag prior to packing them with other toiletries. This will contain leakages if they do occur.

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