The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has strict regulations for every person traveling on airplanes. So here is the 411 on what items you might want to carry on. What beauty Items are worth the carry-on hassle? Let me tell you, there are just some things you (I) cannot, should not, and will not do without. With airline security growing tighter by the day, the amount of product you are allowed to carry on as far as your personal hygiene and beauty regimen goes is – shrinking day by day, one day I’m afraid we’ll be relegated to one handy wipe and a Tic-Tac- heavens forbid ! I’ve put together 5 practical must haves when traveling that keep you looking cool, while keeping Airport TSA agents from delaying your departure – making sure you travel smoothly through Security check points.
5 Practical Beauty Must Haves When Traveling
1) Must Have: Zip Lock Baggie
Each traveler is only allowed one so for those items be choosy, and only put in it what you need- you know -those things you desperately MUST have in your carry-on or purseand fit into a clear quart sized baggie. This is TSA airline regulation, and in reality it also keeps you organized, ensuring you have just enough of the right stuff to get you through – even on a very long airline trip- especially in the event of an unplanned delay. I like the zip locks because not only are they what security demands (it sure isn’t fancy, so don’t get your designer panties in a bunch) but, it is big enough to fit in several items. Frugal packing lets you sort out what you need, and what you don’t need without the frustration of holding up the line of travelers waiting to get through the gate check-in. You are required to have all these items in one consolidated quart sized zip locked baggie, so each item should be clearly marked. Medicines will need to be in a separate bag, and bring all you need – but make sure your name is on anything that is prescribed.
2) Must Have: Liquids
Liquids which are allowed (mind you there aren’t many) consist of dry eye solutions, (either the tiny toss outs or a full bottle), certain hand or body lotions (limited to 2 ounces), hand sanitizer; I have found anything over that gets discarded by the not so friendly gate guard. The TSA is saying that 3.4 ounces is sufficient yet, I have had items discarded because they gate folks have eyed the product without even reading the label (costing me expensive eye creams and High Blood Pressure) . Unopened toothpaste, aerosols and gels are now “allowed” however, it is much easier for you and everyone else involved to check these items in your baggage. I say this only because they seem to send off “red” flags to the well trained eye and usually grumpy folks scanning baggage, and cause an unneeded delay for you and everyone else in line. Note: these items will be scanned anyway, and discarded from your luggage if it looks suspicious, with a note left stating your bag was rifled through and items were discarded. Everything you pack must have a seal, or be full, no half used tooth paste, mouth wash, or nasty looking bottles, even hand sanitizer is an iffy but you might be able to make it through with it intact. I have had mine tossed like a half eaten cookie before. Make sure they everything in that baggie can be seen through. It is easy enough to find pre-made baggies in your grocery aisle, as well as appropriate sized bottles for your carry-on. I wish I had thought of pre-made travel bags (darn it) I’d be a millionaire!
3) Must Have: Organized Purse
Ladies and some gentlemen (you know who you are) clean your purses out before you fly! Get organized, it is priceless! If you have a ton of receipts, papers of all sorts, and junk like that in your bag going through the security check will makes it very hard for those lovely people scanning your items, and the actual scanning machines to see anything else in your Louise Vuitton tote bag, and I am telling you from personal experience they will hold you up in the line and make you clean out that designer hand bag. Speaking of scanning, full body scanning is becoming the norm, at the moment there are only a handful, so if you are going to encounter one, try to keep it simple silly. Don’t stuff your pockets or anything else, that might lead a TSA agent into asking you to step aside and suddenly you’ve encountered an embarrassing situation for all involved and before you’re finished you’ll feel like Cinderella did when her wicked step sisters locked her in the broom closet before the big shin dig ball (Angry, humiliated, and ready to rumble)! * Remember your cell phone and IPOD go into separate containers, just an FYI.
4) Must Have: Cosmetics
Are you kidding?? Traveling without any cosmetics is like not getting enough sunshine (you end up pasty, and craving nutrients) maybe auditions are under way for the new Twilight saga?!? There are certain cosmetics you absolutely need, no question about it! I found that when you have a few small yet loose make-up items like mascara, lip gloss, cleansing wipes, dental floss, and those nice new tooth wipe / brush things, you won’t get hassled. Please don’t stuff your entire Sephorah collection into the bottom of your bag, but seriously, you really MUST have certain items. I make sure my purse is spik-and-span cleaned beforehand. I then strategically place items I can’t live without like the mini Bare Escentuals minerals, a super tiny applicator brush, Mascara, Urban Decay Vegan Pallet (travel size) which includes a, dare I say, ” eye-brow pencil,” (makes me shudder with happiness) and some yummy shade of lip color. These I leave in plain sight inside my bag. I often worry some savvy gal or guy can’t resist the urge to sneak my vegan travel kit out and slip it into their naughty little pocket! Hasn’t happened yet, but I have my eye on them. For the love of all that is Divine, do not , ((NOT)) pack eyelash curlers, metal nail files, clippers, or tweezers. If you do, you’ll be handcuffed, and nearly strip searched and quite possibly probed quicker than you can say gluteus maximus, and I don’t want to be behind you in line!
5) Must Haves: Sacred Personal Hygiene Products
Cleansing and beauty wipes are not just for that (not- so- fresh feeling) they are essential any time you need to spruce up everywhere, and I mean everywhere. You can either jam them into your bag unopened, or mingle them with your liquids (unopened) either way- if you do not pack these items and use them -you will feel gross and slimy after a long flight. You might even end up looking like Lady Gaga after last year’s VMA awards performance of Paparazzi (tattered and plashed in some nasty colored liquid) and your glued on eyelashes – forget about it, they might be randomly stuck somewhere on the side of your cheek, which one, I don’t know! Without these sacred personal hygiene products- especially on an extremely long flight with frequent potty breaks- you are germified, no getting by it, you wreak of plane and cooties. I just hate the inside of the airplane bathroom anyway; and the thought of sharing that sort of personal space with EVERYONE on the plane rouses all of obsessive compulsive disorders. Thank goodness for cleansing wipes- and, if you cannot find a package small enough for goodness sake make one – this is an Item I cannot live without. You can stuff as much feminine and male hygiene products into your bag as needed. In emergencies- the friendly sky people also carry a very small amount of these items on the plane, usually in the lavatory.
When flying, especially long distances, try not to carry much, I don’t. I hate the hassle I get when going through the Airport security check. I also loathe lugging all sort of heavy bag weight on my shoulders, and honestly a huge bag (even with rollers) isn’t something I to stow later to have tumble out onto my head or someone else’ head from the storage compartment above. When I’m tired and in a hurry, and trying to get out of my seat, and into the line to make my way off the plane- I find that less is better . I carry a purse big enough to fit the state of Rhode Island inside anyway. I even manage to pack one or two under things, magazines, snacks, and ear buds without it so full it is bursting at its seams. On the side of my bag is my cushy neck pillow clipped to the strap. I also travel with a long sweater of some kind to stay warm. I’m not one for casual dressing. When I fly, I like to look as good as I can when I get off the plane. So, my shoes, boots, or flip-flops look good- and are always easy to slip off and put back on. It is important for me to travel light- yet have the necessities of home, extremely condensed for ease of my voyage. Try out these 5 practical carry-on beauty tips. They are worth the hassle and they’ll keep you looking cool, while maintaining airport security regulations, enabling you smooth traveling from here on out!