How To Pack Your Toiletries For Going On A Plane

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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.

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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.

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

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

selection of travel toiletries

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I’ve been provided with a set of toiletries to feature in this post.

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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171 Discussion to this post

  1. Margaret Clarkson says:

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

  2. Jean Vaughan says:

    Travelling through Japan this Spring so invaluable.

  3. 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 says:

    perfect for our family travels

  5. Nikki Hayes says:

    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 says:

    Would love to try these brands x

  7. clara says:

    would love to win to take with me on my honeymoon

  8. Charlotte Bell says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    Perfect for our romantic break!! Thank you

  11. MARIA ROGERS says:

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

  12. Eileen Sumner says:

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

  13. Margaret Gallagher says:

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

  14. Michelle Jones says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    I always forget to buy these miniatures!

  17. Ruth lee says:

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

  18. Annabel Greaves says:

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

  19. Jodie A Green says:

    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 says:

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

  21. Helen Best says:

    This would be perfect ? for our travels

  22. Tania Atfield says:

    I would love to win for my weekend away soon

  23. Emma Evans says:

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

  24. Sue McCarthy says:

    I would love to share this prize with my mum

  25. Abigail Cullen says:

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

  26. Jules page says:

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

  27. Carolynn Woodland says:

    I love travel and these items are truly necessities!

  28. Joan Kubes says:

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

  29. liz ferguson says:

    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 says:

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

  31. Naila M says:

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

  32. Katie Skeoch says:

    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 says:

    a great selection to re stock the bathroom

  34. Susie Wilkinson says:

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

  35. Rachel Craig says:

    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 says:

    This would be perfect for family trips and days out.

  37. Graham Ross says:

    These would be ideal when we go on holiday

  38. Angela Sandford says:

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

  39. Mary H says:

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

  40. Rachel White says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  44. Kerry Eldon says:

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

  45. Kerry H says:

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

  46. Caroline Hunter says:

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

  47. Hayley Lynch says:

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

  48. Angela Treadway says:

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

  49. Sarah Ann says:

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

  50. Rebecca Sutton says:

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

  51. Michelle smith says:

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

  52. Lisa Day says:

    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 says:

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

  54. Lindsey Stuart says:

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

  55. laura jones says:

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

  56. Sharon Freemantle says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  59. Reina says:

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

  60. Susan Ocock says:

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

  61. alice lightning says:

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

  62. Marie Evans says:

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

  63. Laura Pritchard says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  67. Rebecca says:

    First plane ride in 19 years this summer!

  68. claire griffiths says:

    would be great for family trips

  69. ElizM says:

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

  70. Natalie Newham says:

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

  72. Mummyitsok says:

    THis is great thanks! I’m going away soon and it does get confusing as to how much of what you can take these days 🙂

  73. ann clements says:

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

  74. P Williams says:

    I always forget something so maybe this will help ensure I remember everything we need on trips

  75. Shaz wilkes says:

    Going on 1st hol in 11 years x

  76. Kathy B says:

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

  77. Keith Hunt says:

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

  78. Laura Jeffs says:

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

  79. Fiona King says:

    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

  80. Ruth Harwood says:

    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

  81. Karen R says:

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

  82. Louise Reeks says:

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

  83. Claire Glace says:

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

  84. Chrissy Harris says:

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

  85. Keith Embleton says:

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

  86. Lorraine mabbitt says:

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

  87. Michael Chapman says:

    great items for my sons first holiday abroad

  88. Lynne Manton says:

    After a long period of being virtually housebound through illness, I intend to take every opportunity to visit new places this year. So this lovely prize with well-known, reliable brands would be very useful.

  89. katie w says:

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

  90. Kristy Brown says:

    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

  91. Karen Barrett says:

    Perfect prize to stock up my holiday toilet bag

  92. ZARA says:

    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! 🙂

  93. Stacey Carnell says:

    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 🙂

  94. isabelle smith says:

    these are great brands and I travel a lot so it would help me out 🙂 I’m going to Italy soon

  95. Jo Young says:

    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

  96. Katie says:

    Some great tips! Fingers crossed to be a winner!

  97. C Parkin says:

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

  98. Claire Woods says:

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

  99. Rachael Sexey says:

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

  100. ashleigh allan says:

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

  101. leanne weir says:

    would love to win to take on holiday with us

  102. EMMA WALTERS says:

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

  103. Jane says:

    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.

  104. silvia says:

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

  105. Leila Benhamida says:

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

  106. Lucy Barlow says:

    Planning our first trip away this year as an extended family would love to be able to gift these to the little one

  107. Lucy says:

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

  108. cheryl price says:

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

  109. Jackie Howell says:

    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!

  110. rominy colville says:

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

  111. cheryl hadfield says:

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

  112. Iris says:

    This would be perfect to take with me our Easter break

  113. Lavinia says:

    I travel a lot and winning this would surely help me

  114. David Banner says:

    They are perfect for small toiletry bags for weekend breaks .

  115. Danielle Cresswell says:

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

  116. Sarah Austin says:

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

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

  118. Christine Lockley says:

    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

  119. Sarah swainsbury says:

    Would be great for our first real family holiday

  120. Cherry Edwards says:

    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.

  121. Hannah Wallington says:

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

  122. Anosa says:

    I have a few bags that I need to replenish with some plane toiletries, its crazy how expensive buying them at the airport can be.

  123. Terri-Anne Yeomans says:

    Lovely Products, perfect for when i go on family trips <3

  124. Beverley Cousins says:

    going on hols in Sep, so this would come in very handy in deed!

  125. Carole Nott says:

    looks like a great selection of handy products – just right for an upcoming trip away

  126. Karen Usher says:

    Some great ideas, thank you! Travelling to Iceland and Florida this year! Already counting down the days! love holidays!

  127. Lynda Graham says:

    Great to read, I’ve picked up lots on here. Thanks. Hoping to win too! x

  128. Natalie Charman says:

    I would love this as I am going to florida this year!

  129. charlotte says:

    its always great to have supplies in for going away as i always forget them until last minute

  130. Karen Hill says:

    Would be perfect for me i travel alot from Wales to the midlands to see family so always need travel toiletries x thanks for the chance x

  131. clair downham says:

    i could do with a bit of a pamper plus they would be great for on holiday

  132. Hazel Bowyer says:

    I’m off travelling for 1 year in March; some of these are already on my list and some aren’t so it would be great to put them to the test!

  133. Lynsey Buchanan says:

    I would love to win as you can never have to many toiletries.

  134. Rich Tyler says:

    Perfect for any future holidays with the family this year!

  135. Natalie Thomason says:

    All I need to start my great holiday this some clothes and a book

  136. Jayne Townson says:

    I would love to win this, as it would perfect for my next holiday. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  137. Jules Eley says:

    I would love to win these are such great space saving products when I travel.

  138. Lynda Jones says:

    We have a couple of trips booked this year (one’s a cruise Yeah) so these lovely goodies would really come in handy, and the helping hints are brilliant as it can get very confusing on the liquid front

  139. SHIRLEY EVANS says:

    WOULD LOVE THIS TO TAKE ON HOLIDAY WITH ME,LITTLE LESS TO REMEMBER.

  140. Gayatri Gogoi says:

    I’d love this as my 2018 could do with beautiful products like this, perfect for travelling

  141. Pam Francis Gregory says:

    These would be great to take away with me on holiday

  142. sue thomas says:

    i’m off on holiday in 21 days time this would help me

  143. Jennifer says:

    This would be a great bundle to have when going on adventures.

  144. Melissa Lee says:

    I would love to win this prize because these items are essentials that everyone needs but often forgets to pack

  145. Elizabeth Smith says:

    I’m hooing to have my first holiday away for over a decade, this would a first step in preperation!

  146. Robert Price says:

    My Grand Daughter would love these for her travels

  147. Kelly Hanson says:

    I’d love to win because the travel size toiletries would come in useful for when I’m going away to Llandeilo in Wales next month. Plus I like to pretend I’m a giant fiddling around with the tiny bottles and tubes 😀

  148. A.E. ADKINS says:

    This would be great to accompany us on all our planned travels this year

  149. greig alan james spencer says:

    love to win, going travelling Europe later in the year will be big help

  150. Victoria B says:

    I haven’t tried any of these products before so it’ll be good to try.

  151. Stef says:

    I have a weekend break coming up that is a much anticipated Christmas treat

  152. sheri Darby says:

    I would love these because travel size toiletries are so useful when travelling

  153. donna l jones says:

    would be very useful for my holiday in march

  154. MichelleD says:

    I’d love to win this for all my mini adventures I plan on going on with my little family this year! How perfect!

  155. Kim Lam says:

    Because I am off on holiday in May and this would be idea for me

  156. Sharon hirst says:

    Would be great, having first holiday in years this year

  157. Fiona Johnstone says:

    This would be great for the secret surprise trip my husband is planning for my 60th birthday.

  158. Natalie Crossan says:

    This would be fantastic for my friends upcoming trip xxx

  159. James Donovan says:

    I am going on holiday soon so this would save me from buying some.

  160. Daisy Belle says:

    This would be great for my upcoming holiday

  161. BECCI CLEARY says:

    I have to spend nights away a lot with work and I don’t find that I have enough time for general pampering – these are quick fix ways of being on the go and being able to stay clean and fresh 🙂

  162. Craig Austin says:

    Love to travel as family so something to make that easier is always good

  163. Carol Boffey says:

    be perfect for my holiday to norfolk

  164. Donna W says:

    I’d love to win this for our holiday in May.

  165. SUSAN L HALL says:

    This would be amazing as we are Travelling to Vietnam in April to meet our new Grandson who was born in November we are very excited but have never travelled to Asia before so it will be all new to us.

  166. Adrian Bold says:

    Thanks for the great prize and competition. An ideal set for a holiday we have planned in March.

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