8 Easy Travel Toiletry Swaps

January 27, 2015 4 min read

Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is Made in Canada, out of sustainable, and eco friendly materials.

Tuesday Travel Hack!

Do you love going carry-on only but struggle when it comes to fitting all of your 'liquid' cosmetics into the 1L carry-on liquid bag?

Fear not. 

I'm providing you with 8 of my most favourite (and easiest) travel toiletry swaps that will have you looking for new products to fill the extra space left over in your TSA clear toiletry bag. 

Note: Please check with your local airport and air carrier for specific carry-on regulations. These swaps are based on the general Canadian rules. 

Easy Travel Perfume Swap
Perfume for solid perfume

Bringing a liquid spritzer of perfume can lead to unexpected messes, as well it just takes up space. A great alternative to liquid perfume is solid perfume. This Dyptique solid perfume is a bit of an investment ($48 USD), but comes in a durable yet elegant case, which will last for many, many trips. 

Sunscreen Toiletry Travel Swap
Sunscreen for brush on or solid sunscreen

I first was made aware of Brush-on sunscreen by Hitha from Hithaonthego.com. Most recently, while surfing in the Dominican, a friend I met on the trip showed me her clear zinc stick. I didn't realize that sunscreen now came in stick format? Score. Many options here but personally love the fragrance of Sun Bum's Stick SPF30 and flexibility of Peter Thomas Roth's mineral sunscreen powder.

Dry Shampoo Travel Toiletry Product Swap
Spray Shampoo for Dry Powder Non-Aerosol

Anything spray, even dry shampoo must go into your 1L liquid bag. So why not swap that dry shampoo (which is essential when traveling!) for a powder version. I like Bumble & Bumble's Pret-a-Powder -- it's a styling tool, and shampoo in one.

Facial Cleansing Travel Toiletry Swap
Face Wash for Facial Wipes
This one is an easy one that many women often overlook. Swap out your favourite face wash for the wipe version. I love Philosophy Purity Made Simple Wipes. In addition to not counting towards your liquids limit, wipes are an easy on the go, on the airplane beauty hack. If you're feeling ultra-ambitious (and pinterest-worthy), try making your own facial wipes with this somewhat easy DIY.

Easy Shampoo Travel Toiletry Swap
Shampoo / Conditioner for Solid Shampoo/Conditioner

This travel toiletry swap is a turn off for a lot of women. Trade your favourite shampoo for a solid shampoo or conditioner? Yikes! Trust me, I used to feel this way (and if you've seen my Instagram, I do have a load of hair on my head, and it's messy/tangly).

I found a review a while ago on Herpackinglist.com that tested the solid shampoo so based on this I decided to give it a go on my trip last year to Bali. It really DOES work.  Lush makes excellent products for all hair types. Again, for those DIY crafty types, you can DIY your own travel shampoo bars.  

Easy Toiletry Swaps for Travel Laundry Detergent
Laundry detergent for laundry strips

Bringing a small packet of liquid detergent is a good idea even on short business trips.

Why? Well, if you're like me, you will spill something on someone (or yourself!).

And it's always a good idea to have stain remover handy to use before the stain sets. Typically, I've brought Tide mini liquid packets, however recently found Dizolve Eco-friendly Laundry Strips. They are biodegradable, vegan, phosphate-free.... amazing.

Easy Travel Toiletry Swap Body Wash for Bar Soap
Body Wash for Bar Soap

Body wash is one thing that not all hotels/hostels have... so always a good idea to bring your own. However, you generally (or at least I do!) use up a lot of body wash per shower, so I end up bringing a larger container. 

You can easily swap your body wash for a super moisturizing bar soap. I'm loving this Upper Canada Soap Company Maple Sugar one!

Just make sure to bring a rust-resistant container with a raised inside drying rack if possible to keep the soap from getting icky. And once again, if so desired, you can DIY your own bar soap (who has the time?).

Easy Travel Toiletry Swap #1

Toothpaste for toothpaste dots 

So, full disclosure. I used to be a Brand Manager for one of the world's largest toothpaste brands BUT bringing toothpaste, especially one long journeys is a waste of 1L liquid space! I usually fall somewhere in between packing a few trial size, and a large tube (gone are the days of the 100ml toothpaste standup tube!). 

One DIY I can get behind is making your own "Toothpaste Dots". These are essentially dehydrated bits of toothpaste that won't count towards your liquids limit. 

If you're not feeling like making your own, Lush makes "toothy tabs" which are solid toothpaste bits. However, these don't have fluoride which is essential to protecting enamel and preventing cavities, so I'm sticking with the toothpaste dots on my next trip. 

What's your favourite travel toiletry swap? Leave it in the comments below! 

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