How To Pack Your Toiletries For Going On A Plane + #Giveaway

Hello lovely readers.  How are you today?  I really hope you are well.  It’s a really grey day here and my thoughts always turn to holidays when the weather is like this.  My mission this year is to have you feeling totally prepared for any trip you might want to take, whether it’s with the family, as a couple or maybe your first solo trip.

If we feel in control of the organising and packing, it’s one less barrier out of the way and you will feel a step closer to your next holiday or short break.  Packing the toiletries and cosmetics for a trip seems to be one of the biggest issues for people.  It’s something I get asked about a lot.

suitcase and passport

In this post I want to help you understand what toiletries and liquids you can pack to take on a plane.  Once you have it nailed what you can take, you can completely remove this stress from getting ready for your trip.

Top Tip: I have a clear bag filled with toiletries under 100ml in my bathroom storage that I can grab at anytime if I’m travelling with hand luggage only.  I just need to make sure I refill any empty items when I return.

If you are travelling solo or with hand luggage only it’s really important to remember that only one clear bag filled with toiletries is allowed through airport security.  If you have more than one bag, or you buy some extra cosmetics before you go through security you will probably be told these can’t travel with you.

If you are travelling with hold luggage, it’s a good idea to pack your toiletries in here to avoid any issues. You are able to take items larger than 100ml in your checked bags also, which can be a big help for families and long trips.  If you do, my advice to you is to seal them in plastic bags to avoid any leaks or spills during the trip.  Opening a suitcase to shampoo everywhere generally isn’t the best start to any holiday.

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Packing toiletries for flying - what you need to know before you fly and for airport security #traveltips

What Items Are Classed As Liquids

This might sound obvious, but there are somethings you might not have thought of.  I packed some yoghurt for my daughter once and it didn’t make it through security:

  • any drinks, including water
  • liquid or semi-liquid foods, for example soup, syrups and yoghurts
  • cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, mascara and lip gloss
  • sprays or aerosols, including shaving foam and deodorants
  • toothpaste and similar items
  • gels
  • contact lens solution
  • any other solutions and items with a liquid or semi liquid consistency

What You Need To Know If You Pack Liquids In Your Hand Luggage

  • the container itself must be 100ml in size
  • bottles and containers must be placed in a clear resealable plastic bag, approximately 1 litre in size
  • contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed
  • The bag cannot be knotted or tied
  • only 1 plastic bag per person allowed
  • you must present the bag at airport security

There Are Some Exemptions

Sometimes, you can take liquid containers larger than 100ml through security if they:

  • are required for medical reasons
  • you have special dietary requirements
  • you need to travel with baby food or milk, and the baby is travelling with you

Make sure you check with your airline if there are any special restrictions in place or you are flying from another country as the rules could be slightly different.  The guidelines shared here apply to flying from UK airports.

It might all seem like a lot to take in, especially if it’s your first trip but once you’ve got your head around it it does make sense and the rules are in place to make air travel safe for everyone, which is super important. If you follow this summary, I don’t think you can go far wrong:

Summary of How to Pack Your Toiletries for Hand Luggage

  • pack one resealable plastic bag per person
  • both the container and the liquid must be 100ml or less
  • all liquids need to fit inside the bag so it can be resealed

Travel Toiletries & Beauty Giveaway

With all this talk of toiletries and travelling, what could be better than a little reader giveaway?  I’ve got a selection of toiletries and beauty items to giveaway to one lucky Zena’s Suitcase reader to help you get set for your travels in 2018.

selection of travel toiletries

The beauty bundle you could win will contain the following items:

  • Arm and Hammer – Mini and Full Size Toothpaste
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo – Mini and Full Size Dry Shampoo
  • Femfresh Intimate Wash and Wipes
  • Nair Shaving Cream
  • Femfresh Balm

To be in with a chance with winning this fabulous prize, all you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below.  Competition ends 6.2.18.  Other T&C’s apply.

Feeling lucky?  Check out my other giveaways here.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’ve been provided with a set of toiletries to feature in this post and to offer to a Zena’s Suitcase reader in a blog giveaway. 



  1. Margaret Clarkson
    January 9, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    I’m going away this year with my family and my Godson and his family and this would be really useful.

  2. Jean Vaughan
    January 9, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    Travelling through Japan this Spring so invaluable.

  3. January 9, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    I would love to win as I travel a lot to visit family back home in the states and it’s always such a pain to hunt down travel size supplies

  4. iain maciver
    January 9, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    perfect for our family travels

  5. Nikki Hayes
    January 9, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    We’re off on two trips this year – a few days in Blackpool and a short break to London for our wedding anniversary – so this selection of beauty products would be really useful :o)

  6. Kim M
    January 9, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Would love to try these brands x

  7. clara
    January 9, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    would love to win to take with me on my honeymoon

  8. Charlotte Bell
    January 9, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I’d love to win as I’m going to be packing my hospital/birth bag in the next two weeks ready for when my little one makes her arrival! Mini toiletries are a must!

  9. Alicia Hewitt
    January 9, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    If love to win this prize because I’ll be traveling from NY to NC to visit my daughter this fall. This would be perfect to pack to take!

  10. Michelle Ptak
    January 9, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    Perfect for our romantic break!! Thank you

    January 9, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Holiday with 2 year old granddaughter to Cornwall for her first visit to the beach!

  12. Eileen Sumner
    January 9, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    This prize is perfect for travelling and to try out different brands

  13. Margaret Gallagher
    January 9, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    Perfrct for all our adventures NOT sure where we are going BUT would be great

  14. Michelle Jones
    January 9, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Would love to win for me. Not even started to plan on what I’m taking on an upcoming trip but this was a great read. It’s been a long time since I travelled and it certainly made me aware of the changes that are now in place.

  15. Fiona MacLeay Marshall
    January 9, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    I travel a lot with only hand luggage and it astounds me the amount of people who say they have to check a case in because of their toiletries! Omg most 100ml are more than adequate for a week and even if you took very little I’m sure the £50 charge to put your case in the hold would more than cover the cost 3 times over.

  16. Elaine Savage
    January 9, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I always forget to buy these miniatures!

  17. Ruth lee
    January 9, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    Would love to win this for our family holiday in the summer holidays

  18. Annabel Greaves
    January 9, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    This is a great set of prizes that are perfect for travelling

  19. Jodie A Green
    January 9, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    i would love this bundle ready for when we go on honeymoon this year (we got married last year but family commitments meant putting it off)

  20. Ellen Stafford
    January 9, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    I would love to win for when I go travelling. I love the mini sized goodies.

  21. Helen Best
    January 9, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    This would be perfect 👌 for our travels

  22. Tania Atfield
    January 9, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I would love to win for my weekend away soon

  23. Emma Evans
    January 9, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    I would love to win this prize as money is tight and it is all useful stuff which would get used.

  24. Sue McCarthy
    January 9, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    I would love to share this prize with my mum

  25. Abigail Cullen
    January 9, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    A good selection of products, which would be welcoming on my summer holidays.

  26. Jules page
    January 9, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    A lovely bundle of items that are perfect to take away.

  27. Carolynn Woodland
    January 9, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    I love travel and these items are truly necessities!

  28. Joan Kubes
    January 9, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    Everything in this prize pack looks great, I would love to win!

  29. liz ferguson
    January 9, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    because i love trying new (to me) products, and this is a great way of doing so – products I wouldn’t otherwise think or know about them, to try out x

  30. laura banks
    January 9, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    we are going on holiday in august and it would be so handy for us

  31. Naila M
    January 9, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    This would be great to take on holiday, prefect size for travelling 🙂

  32. Katie Skeoch
    January 9, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    It’s a great selection of products, ideal for taking on my travels. With 3 boys & a husband to pack for there isn’t always enough room for me!

  33. Kate Kathurima
    January 9, 2018 / 11:08 pm

    a great selection to re stock the bathroom

  34. Susie Wilkinson
    January 9, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    So many useful products, they’d be ideal for my week away at Easter!

  35. Rachel Craig
    January 10, 2018 / 12:02 am

    Great prize. In need of toiletries, and hoping to be able to get away on short break later this year. With children and elderly toiletries, etc often very useful and convenient. Elderly have hospital stays at times, have periods of being housebound, have ill health which requires more care and can lead to less available time to shop for essential personal hygiene products :- Yet need is there, and can be increased due to ill health, vomiting, etc. Personal hygiene being done whether independently or by carer etc allows individual to feel clean, fresh and hopefully wholesome.

    Children want to be independent, and we need to allow them to gradually gain independence if possible, and develop a sense of self esteem. Yet they can and do, have accidents / mishaps such as dropping, spilling toiletries, etc.

  36. Solange
    January 10, 2018 / 12:59 am

    This would be perfect for family trips and days out.

  37. Graham Ross
    January 10, 2018 / 7:45 am

    These would be ideal when we go on holiday

  38. Angela Sandford
    January 10, 2018 / 9:01 am

    I’d love to sample these products for our summer holiday this year 🙂

  39. Mary H
    January 10, 2018 / 9:27 am

    I travel back and forth to Ireland very regularly, so this would be fab.

  40. Rachel White
    January 10, 2018 / 11:55 am

    What’s not to love.. having beauty essentials ready to go is a must and it’d be great not having to rush out if somethings forgotten

  41. Helen Thurston
    January 10, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    I’d love to win this to give to my daughter – she’s planning her first holiday abroad to visit a friend in Gibraltar – she’d find this prize so useful.

  42. Iris Tilley
    January 10, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    Going to the Lake District again this year to catch up with some old time friends. Would be great to try something new and share it too

  43. Toni Pearson
    January 10, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    would love to try some products I haven’t tried before

  44. Kerry Eldon
    January 10, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    These would be so handy for travelling when you’re focused on remembering everything for your baby!

  45. Kerry H
    January 10, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    These would be so handy for travelling when you’re focused on remembering everything for your baby!

  46. Caroline Hunter
    January 10, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    I like trying new products so would love to win this bundle! 🙂

  47. Hayley Lynch
    January 10, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I will be 50 in March and need help in every department from head to toe

  48. Angela Treadway
    January 10, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    I would love to win because this would be great when we go away this year x

  49. Sarah Ann
    January 10, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    I have a lot of travelling planned for 2018, this would be perfect!

  50. Rebecca Sutton
    January 10, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    i will be going away for my 1st anniversary soon, so this would be really handy to have.

  51. Michelle smith
    January 10, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    These would come in very useful on my next summer holiday.

  52. Lisa Day
    January 10, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    Very helpful article thank you.I’d like to win as the products would be great for my holiday this year.Also I am off to London for a weekend and trying to pack light.

  53. aj
    January 11, 2018 / 11:25 am

    These products would save me a small fortune when I go on honeymoon in December.

  54. Lindsey Stuart
    January 11, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    Oh these goodies look wonderful, i would love to win them to take them on holiday with me.

  55. laura jones
    January 11, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    we do homesitting for a living this would mean I always have what I need without raiding the bathroom at home

  56. Sharon Freemantle
    January 11, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    We are going away on a few short breaks so it would be fabulous if I won. It would make my life so much easier to have this already to pop into out case.

  57. Zara Roberts
    January 11, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    we are going on 3 holidays this year. one for my son’s 13th birthday and second one we are taking my Nan as a treat for her. so this set would be really handy to have x

  58. Lucy Cousins
    January 11, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    Heading to California soon for a music festival so these will be great!

  59. Reina
    January 11, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    I’d love to win something these products are amazing to take away with you

  60. Susan Ocock
    January 11, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Got several trips planned for 2018 and this would be very useful

  61. alice lightning
    January 11, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    always great to have essential toiletries at hand to keep feeling fresh and feminine where ever you may be

  62. Marie Evans
    January 11, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Products that are all useful for trips & we go away with the family so would come in useful .

  63. Laura Pritchard
    January 11, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    I’m going on a family holiday to Portugal in March and am a terrible over-packer, so this would be handy for me!

  64. Deborah Clarke
    January 11, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Ooh this would be perfect for keeping me fresh and fabulous when travelling . Unfortunately nowhere exotic though …yet national rail is bad enough !! Would love to be your lucky winner

  65. Mary Hill
    January 12, 2018 / 4:49 am

    What a fab blog and a great giveaway! This would be very helpful for this single mummy whilst taking my little one on a wee holiday this year! One less worry thanks for the chance great selection!

  66. Vanessa Hill
    January 12, 2018 / 9:15 am

    This would be great to win, i am going to italy in May and this would solve a problem.

  67. Rebecca
    January 12, 2018 / 10:25 am

    First plane ride in 19 years this summer!

  68. claire griffiths
    January 12, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    would be great for family trips

  69. ElizM
    January 12, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    because it’s all great, useful stuff, perfect for taking on holiday

  70. Natalie Newham
    January 12, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    These would really come in handy! I split my time between Nottingham and London, so having more than one of everything (and minis!) is essential 🙂

  71. January 13, 2018 / 7:59 am

    I’m going away with friends in a few months and we’re only flying with a carry on! Great tips, thank you!

  72. ann clements
    January 13, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    These will be very helpful when I go on holiday this year

  73. Shaz wilkes
    January 13, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    Going on 1st hol in 11 years x

  74. Kathy B
    January 13, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    This would be fantastic for me for our family holiday this summer! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  75. Keith Hunt
    January 13, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Looks good for a teen who is off to volunteer at a easter kids camp

  76. Laura Jeffs
    January 14, 2018 / 8:23 am

    This would be absolutely perfect for my frequent trips to Italy 😉

  77. Fiona King
    January 14, 2018 / 9:48 am

    I’d like to win because I travel solo and with hand luggage only so the prize would be very useful and perfect for my upcoming trips

  78. Ruth Harwood
    January 14, 2018 / 9:50 am

    I do love to try new products, and smaller sizes are always great for trips and for checking whether products are suitable for my skin, thanks xx

  79. Karen R
    January 14, 2018 / 10:05 am

    It looks like a fab set for travelling, and we do like going on holidays and short breaks xx

  80. Louise Reeks
    January 14, 2018 / 10:39 am

    These will come in handy for when i go away.Always forget to buy something

  81. Claire Glace
    January 14, 2018 / 11:31 am

    I love my smellies, closely followed by travelling and adventure…..

  82. Chrissy Harris
    January 14, 2018 / 11:40 am

    I’m having a weekend away in France this year so these minis would be perfect for my hand luggage

  83. Keith Embleton
    January 14, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    This would be great, we travel a lot so this would stay in our bag

  84. Lorraine mabbitt
    January 14, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    This is a lovely prize, going away soon so this would be fab

  85. katie w
    January 14, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    I would love to win as it would be perfect for the travelling i plan on doing this year

  86. Kristy Brown
    January 14, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    I would love to win as I travel up and down the country every8 weeks to see my niece and I never have room for everything I need

  87. Karen Barrett
    January 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Perfect prize to stock up my holiday toilet bag

  88. ZARA
    January 14, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    As you have said, these are perfect for travelling so would be an excuse to book a holiday but also this would be a great opportunity to try some new products! Fingers crossed! 🙂

  89. Stacey Carnell
    January 14, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    WEll my 2018 resolution was to visit new places as a family, currently have one alreaday booked and looking to book two more! This would be amazing 🙂

  90. Jo Young
    January 14, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    I’m visiting China later this year and with 2 long haul and 3 short haul flights in 13 days I definitely need it lol

  91. C Parkin
    January 14, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    We have a few trips lined up this year so these toiletries would be useful

  92. Claire Woods
    January 14, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    I’d like to win because the prize has something for everyone, so all the family would benefit.

  93. Rachael Sexey
    January 14, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Wow what a generous giveaway. I would love to win this as there is great staple items that i love 😄

  94. ashleigh allan
    January 14, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    We have 2 holidays planned and extra toiletries always come in handy!

  95. leanne weir
    January 14, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    would love to win to take on holiday with us

    January 14, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    i concentrate so much organising and buying for the kids that i always forget to buy bits for myself

  97. Jane
    January 14, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    It’ll be good to have a boost for the New Year, its all so boring at this time of the year so a good time to try something different.

  98. silvia
    January 15, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I’m travelling to central America next month, travel goodies would be just the ticket (excuse the pun!) x

  99. Leila Benhamida
    January 15, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Great essentials to take while away. Perfect for our trips to Paris while visiting family.

  100. Lucy
    January 15, 2018 / 10:38 am

    Because my friend and I are planning to have a 2018 filled with travel and adventures 🙂

  101. cheryl price
    January 15, 2018 / 11:47 am

    I would love to win because I love toiletries, I tend to buy something every week and have lots of different products

    • Zena
      January 15, 2018 / 5:49 pm

      It sounds like you would give them a good home! Good luck and thanks for entering

  102. Jackie Howell
    January 15, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    I have got four trips planned this year so far and would love to win this pack which would last for my first two trips at least!

    • Zena
      January 15, 2018 / 5:45 pm

      Good luck Jackie! Sounds like you have a busy year ahead

  103. rominy colville
    January 15, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    we are lucky to be going away twice this year , very handy products

  104. cheryl hadfield
    January 16, 2018 / 9:59 am

    these goodies would be perfect for my 2 family holidays this year

  105. David Banner
    January 16, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    They are perfect for small toiletry bags for weekend breaks .

  106. Danielle Cresswell
    January 17, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    Going away for my husbands 40th so these would be perfect to take x

  107. Sarah Austin
    January 18, 2018 / 8:04 am

    I’m pregnant and planning a trip with baby in the summer so this would be great!

    • Zena
      January 18, 2018 / 4:03 pm

      Firstly congratulations! What an exciting time. These would definitely be perfect for you

  108. January 18, 2018 / 11:24 am

    I’d love to win for some me time treat – that would be wonderful x

    • Zena
      January 18, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      That sounds like a great reason to me! Good luck

  109. Christine Lockley
    January 18, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    I’d love to win for my daughter, this year she has a special birthday and has lots of travel planned so these would be perfect

    • Zena
      January 18, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      Good luck Christine

  110. Sarah swainsbury
    January 19, 2018 / 11:51 am

    Would be great for our first real family holiday

  111. Cherry Edwards
    January 19, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    I am off on my honeymoon next month, and this would be one less thing I would need to worry about as it’s all done for me already.

  112. Hannah Wallington
    January 20, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    This would be perfect for my first break away with husband since the kids this year.

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