The 3-1-1 on packing light for air travel

I love to travel. I also love it when my hair is cute. Until I discovered this nifty TSA-approved travel kit at the grocery store—the best ten bucks I’ve ever spent—I didn’t think I could have both.

The kit comes with little plastic bottles that are designed to maximize the space in your carry on quart-sized bag. And there are all these neat little labels so you don’t confuse your “hair gel” for “eye cream.” (God, I hate it when that happens…)

Effectively packing your 3-1-1 bag is the first step to a carry on only air travel experience. Here are a few more travel tips:

  • Get (usually) free cosmetic samples from mall make-up counters to save space.
  • Use powdered mineral makeup instead of cream or liquid products.
  • Take only enough of products like lotion or toothpaste to last the duration of your flight. You can get more when you land.
  • Prioritize your needs and pack accordingly. For example, I leave out the eye cream to make room for product to feed the Moster that is my hair.
  • Save pill bottles to store bobby pins, hair ties or a small sewing kit.

Photo by Ruth Terry

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