Toiletry Melange

Last Updated on February 27, 2021 by Natalie Rabinowitz

Carry-on 3-1-1 Toiletries

In the United States carry on toiletry requirements is referred to as the 3-1-1 rule. 

3 (more accurately 3.4 oz) ounces of liquids and gels (100 ml)

1 transparent plastic bag  

1 bag per person

  • Opt for carry-on toiletries. Each liquid and gel toiletries need to be in separate containers measuring up to 100 ml (3.4 oz) or less. Not permitted are large bottles that are half-full and rolled toothpaste tubes.
  • One clear transparent zip-top bag (per passenger) measuring up to 15.24 x 22.86 cm (6 x 9 in) and must be able to completely close.
  • If you are staying at a hotel, check beforehand to see if they supply items such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and razors. Do they have a hairdryer available? 
  • Buy toiletries upon arrival and try out what the locals use.
  • Of course, you can pack your essentials. Hence eco-friendly travel reusable containers made of Silicone to top up your personal favourites.

Travel Bottles Set, Comsmart TSA Approved Leak Proof Travel Accessories Silicone Cosmetic Makeup Liquid Travel Containers Tubes Pots with Label for Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Toiletries (9Pcs)

Toiletry Melange

Travelling light is recommended and having good quality skincare and hair care is essential. As I am super sensitive to chemicals and perfumes, I am always on the lookout for Organic and or Natural products and Hypoallergenic scents that are subtle and not overbearing.


Kiehl’s who offers fabulous Travel size products, found in their gift section Ultra Facial Cleanser is a gentle liquid formula that cleanses without over-drying the skin and perfect for all skin types matched with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, complete all-day hydration for all skin types. Don’t forget your sunscreen, either. Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Anti Ageing Sun Cream SPF50 comes in an ideal travel size and don’t forgo bringing a hat.

Kiehl's Travel Size

Other necessities include

  • Body wash
  • Natural deodorant (Aluminum & Paraben Free)
  • Q-Tips
  • Nail file
  • Tweezers
  • Razor 
  • Bamboo toothbrush (doing my best to forgo plastic)
  • Travel size toothpaste (I opt for Jason Natural as I cant do conventional toothpaste; it burns).
  • Dental floss
  • Small First Aid and Sewing Kit. If carry-on, ditch the scissors!
  • Sanitary protection (if needed)
  • Light makeup if you use
  • Condoms. Hey, you never know!

Don’t forget any prescription medications you take, as well as paracetamol (for head and body aches), and a small first aid kit, especially blister protection and bandaids (called plasters in the UK). Anti-diarrhea and heartburn tablets can come in handy as well. Of course how you pack also depends on where you are traveling to and most of the time you can find all the above conveniences at local pharmacies. It is fun to visit local shops and try out local brands.

Dry shampoo and soaps seem to be all the rage, but I have not tried them yet to determine likeability.

Let Talk About Hair

Mine is curly and frizzy and everything in between. With London water being hard on top of limescale, my hair has become unruly and brittle. My go-to is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner, and now they offer the perfect Aussie Travel Kit! Can’t ask for a better combination. It is not necessary to wash hair every day so this little deal can last a couple of weeks. 

Dr. Bronner’s Everything in One!

One of the best products for body wash (including washing your face, hands, hair, shaving, brushing your teeth), and just about everything imaginable is Dr Bronner’s. There are 18 uses in this product! I opt for the Organic Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid Soap, but there are a plethora of Organic and Natural scents to choose from as well as soap bars.

The Magic of Baby Wipes

A must-have necessity is baby wipes. Not just for babies, this multi-purpose product has over 20 uses! Perfect for beauty, toilet, and wiping off your hands. It was a lifesaver when I hiked my first backpacking trip in the Utah/Arizona desert. (Remember to pack out!) I found the many uses baby wipes provided.


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