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jppreston
09-01-2013, 04:28 PM
Admittedly, this information may be more granular than even the most intense travel geek has interest but here are the details of my toiletries.

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I use 3 small bags to organize my toiletries.
1. Sea to Summit Small See Pouch for liquids
2. A slim mesh bag for contacts.
3. A small Tumi zippered pouch for everything else.

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Liquids
I put my liquids into several Humangear 1.25 oz GoToobs. These are very functional and extremely well designed. I have used them for over a year and have never had a leak so I am not sure why I have read reports to the contrary. I love excellent design (I carry Tom Bihn!) and the Gotoobs are a perfect example. I generally carry 3 - Toothpaste, Shaving Cream (Burts Bees), and Hair Conditioner. Hotels almost always have soap and shampoo (which I also use to wash clothes) and I typically buy sunscreen if needed. However, the Sea to Summit bag has plenty of room for 1 or 2 more Gotoobs if I should feel the need.This pouch goes in the very top of my pack, Synapse 25, so I can easily pull it out at security.

Contacts
I wear AccuView daily wear contacts and I like to keep them in a separate pouch. I have a very slim mesh bag that I received on an airplane once, which works perfectly. This goes in the bottom pocket of my S25.

Tumi Zippered Pouch
This is another bag I received on an international flight. It is a small nylon bag that holds all of my other gear. This goes in the main pocket of my pack.

3 Small Humangear GoTubbs One for deodorant, one for hair product, and one for Ibuprofen (the only medicine I carry). As I mentioned before, I use Primal Pit Paste for deodorant. It is completely natural (it could probably be eaten it in a pinch!) and works great with only a small amount needed. These typically go in my Tumi pouch which I never remove at security. They never cause a problem.

Merkur Travel Razor this is a safety razor that breaks down to be packed into a small leather pouch. I like this razor for two reasons, it packs small and I can carry a bunch of blades in a very small space. The same number of blades from a regular razor would take up significantly more space.

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Fuchs Travel Toothbrush this toothbrush packs inside the handle to conserve space and protect the bristles like many similar brands. However, I like this brand the best because it is cleverly designed to keep the bristles off of the counter no matter in which position it is laid down while open.

Spry Dental Floss with Xylitol this is my favorite floss. I like the taste, freshness, and the dental health benefits of the Xylitol.

I also carry a small travel mirror for contacts, nail clippers, and a small bottle opener.

In total, this makes for a pretty small and organized travel toiletries set-up. I refill everything as soon as I return home and keep them packed and ready. I never use my travel gear for regular at home use. That way I do not ever have to worry whether or not I have things ready to go. With this idea plus my travel gear list, I can literally pack for a month plus trip in 10 minutes!

I am looking forward to trying the tooth powder and shaving oil suggested by Mike and Martel (in the Round the World thread). With these I hope to be able to consolidate things further.

Felices viajes, amigos!

humangear - Home (http://www.humangear.com)
Sea to Summit - Outdoor, Travel and Backpacking Gear (http://www.seatosummit.com/products/display/103)
Primal Pit Paste (http://www.primalpitpaste.com)
Amazon.com: Merkur Travel Razor, Chrome-Plated, in Leather Case: Health & Personal Care (http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Travel-Razor-Chrome-Plated-Leather/dp/B001LY5WZ2)
Amazon.com: Nylon Travel Pocket Toothbrush 1 Toothbrush: Health & Personal Care (http://www.amazon.com/Nylon-Travel-Pocket-Toothbrush/dp/B0006O4O34/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378077138&sr=8-1&keywords=fuchs+travel)
Amazon.com: Spry Sponge Floss With Xylitol - 1 ct - Floss: Health & Personal Care (http://www.amazon.com/Spry-Sponge-Floss-With-Xylitol/dp/B005P0VUCW)

SKIMT
09-01-2013, 04:43 PM
This is always a great topic. How do you like the safety razor? Been thinking of switching from a two blade Gillette to Merkur but its a little intimidating.

jppreston
09-01-2013, 05:09 PM
This is always a great topic. How do you like the safety razor? Been thinking of switching from a two blade Gillette to Merkur but its a little intimidating.

I like it and it is really no harder to use. At first, I used it with a lot of apprehension as well but now I don't even think about it. At home I still use a Gillette Fusion but the Merkur plus blades packs so small that it wins for travel hands down.

Ms. Ferret
09-02-2013, 10:28 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only one here who obsesses over toiletries. :)

I've seen those GoToobs around town but haven't picked one up yet. I may get one for conditioner, because I need a lot of conditioner, LOL...
If you need a smaller container for toothpaste, I've found that those little tubes DIY cosmetics hobbyists use to package lip glosses work well. I use them for face sunblock and moisturizer as well, because I have sensitive girly skin and need to carry my own face sunblock and moisturizer on trips.

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Frank II
09-02-2013, 11:48 AM
TSA has never stopped you about the loose blades?

Consider yourself very lucky.

Fat Crip
09-02-2013, 01:25 PM
I'm a fan of double edged razors too, but the blade issue is a pain. If I'm just going away for a night or two (by plane) I take a Wilkinson's sword triple blade razor, but for longer trips I have to be more inventive. Unfortunately this often means buying blades locally and that can be a bit hit or miss. Often I've ended up with Gillette or Wilkinson blades, which are bad enough, but I once ended up with a pack of no name supermarket blades which were as thick as a playing card and about as sharp too! At home I use Japanese Feather blades.


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Mike
09-02-2013, 01:58 PM
You're pretty happy with the primal pit -- I've never heard of it, and I'm intrigued -- but another option is one of the 'crystal' deodorants: Amazon.com: Thai Deodorants Thai Natural Crystal Deodorant Push-Up Stick 2.125 oz: Health & Personal Care (http://www.amazon.com/Thai-Deodorants-Natural-Crystal-Deodorant/dp/B000S83JR0/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1378154795&sr=8-8&keywords=crystal+deodorant)

It's not a liquid at all, it's a chunk of salt, but it works great. I like it because I was having trouble finding something that 1) wasn't an antiperspirant 2) was smaller than 3 oz, and 3) didn't dehydrate during travel.

I've looked into the gotoobs. They are a great idea, but they seemed to be rather large for the amount of stuff contained. I might still get one for shampoo, but for toothpaste and meds I use something like these: Storage Stackable Clear Containers 6 For Beads Crafts Findings Other Small Items 2 " Round: Watches: Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Storage-Stackable-Containers-Crafts-Findings/dp/B001AS6OLK/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1378155037&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=stacking+pullbox)

Each container holds 1oz, which is plenty of toothpaste for most trips. I could probably use one for the primal paste too, if I end up getting some.

What's the sephora thing?

jppreston
09-02-2013, 02:46 PM
If you need a smaller container for toothpaste, I've found that those little tubes DIY cosmetics hobbyists use to package lip glosses work well. I use them for face sunblock and moisturizer as well, because I have sensitive girly skin and need to carry my own face sunblock and moisturizer on trips.
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Good idea! I will check them out - super tiny!
I have found that the 1.25 oz GoToobs hold about the right amount for me. I like to be prepared to travel for at least a month. After that I can generally reload. Also, they just work so well - stay super clean and have a nice feel.Try one for your conditioner!

jppreston
09-02-2013, 02:47 PM
TSA has never stopped you about the loose blades?

Consider yourself very lucky.

Maybe.... But I have been traveling basically non-stop for around 2 years and have been using this shaving set-up the entire time. Conservatively, I believe I have made something in the neighborhood of 50+ flights from US airports alone. In that time, I have never been stopped or questioned about my razor blades. However, I have had multiple tiny Swiss Army knives and small scissors taken from me (even once a nail clipper with a semi-sharp point) - sometimes out of the same little bag! So I believe those razor blades are under the threshold of the TSA.

jppreston
09-02-2013, 02:57 PM
You're pretty happy with the primal pit -- I've never heard of it, and I'm intrigued -- but another option is one of the 'crystal' deodorants: Amazon.com: Thai Deodorants Thai Natural Crystal Deodorant Push-Up Stick 2.125 oz: Health & Personal Care (http://www.amazon.com/Thai-Deodorants-Natural-Crystal-Deodorant/dp/B000S83JR0/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1378154795&sr=8-8&keywords=crystal+deodorant)

It's not a liquid at all, it's a chunk of salt, but it works great. I like it because I was having trouble finding something that 1) wasn't an antiperspirant 2) was smaller than 3 oz, and 3) didn't dehydrate during travel.

I've looked into the gotoobs. They are a great idea, but they seemed to be rather large for the amount of stuff contained. I might still get one for shampoo, but for toothpaste and meds I use something like these: Storage Stackable Clear Containers 6 For Beads Crafts Findings Other Small Items 2 " Round: Watches: Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Storage-Stackable-Containers-Crafts-Findings/dp/B001AS6OLK/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1378155037&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=stacking+pullbox)

Each container holds 1oz, which is plenty of toothpaste for most trips. I could probably use one for the primal paste too, if I end up getting some.

What's the sephora thing?

Yes, I really like the PPP. It is coconut oil based, which has amazing properties, and can be packed into a small GoTubb making a very small package. Like you, I only want deodorant (I used Old Spice for something like 35 years!!)

I like your stackable containers but take a look at the GoTubbs. They come in two sizes (I use the small ones) and can be operated with one hand which is nice. The Humangear people put a lot of thought into the design of their products.

The Sephora thing is a little travel mirror. I need it because I wear contacts. Haha - the photo doesn't show it well!

Thanks, Mike!

Mike
09-02-2013, 03:06 PM
I will look into the gotubbs... I haven't seen those before, and I admit the stackable things aren't ideal for everything. (They can leak a bit, and I worry toothpaste might dry out, although that didn't happen during my 3-week trip last month)

jppreston
09-02-2013, 03:41 PM
TSA has never stopped you about the loose blades?

Consider yourself very lucky.

Frank
BTW, I really like http://1bag1world.com. Lots of good info there!
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SKIMT
09-02-2013, 04:21 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one here who obsesses over toiletries. :)

I've seen those GoToobs around town but haven't picked one up yet. I may get one for conditioner, because I need a lot of conditioner, LOL...
If you need a smaller container for toothpaste, I've found that those little tubes DIY cosmetics hobbyists use to package lip glosses work well. I use them for face sunblock and moisturizer as well, because I have sensitive girly skin and need to carry my own face sunblock and moisturizer on trips.

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Where did you get these? Perfect for sunscreen and small amounts of lotion etc...

Ms. Ferret
09-02-2013, 04:48 PM
Where did you get these? Perfect for sunscreen and small amounts of lotion etc...

I use about 2 ounces of moisturizer a year, so the 11ml size is perfect for me.
I paid $5.25 for 10 tubes here:
Squeezie (http://www.tkbtrading.com/item.php?item_id=461)

TOBaggirl
09-02-2013, 06:45 PM
Lush makes the best deodorant. It's all natural, but it really works. I find that natural stick ones leave my clothes with a funky stink, and I get all sweaty. This stuff is powder, made with Tapioca and Coconut. Works better than anything I've ever tried.
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backpack
09-02-2013, 10:23 PM
I use about 2 ounces of moisturizer a year, so the 11ml size is perfect for me.
I paid $5.25 for 10 tubes here:
Squeezie (http://www.tkbtrading.com/item.php?item_id=461)

Thank you for that awesome supplier link!

I should also transfert some mosturizer to a smaller package.

jppreston
09-02-2013, 10:25 PM
I use about 2 ounces of moisturizer a year, so the 11ml size is perfect for me.
I paid $5.25 for 10 tubes here:
Squeezie (http://www.tkbtrading.com/item.php?item_id=461)

Thanks! Just ordered some. I think they will be perfect for the lotion I use after I shave.

jppreston
09-06-2013, 07:36 PM
Thanks to great suggestions by Mike and Martel (Shave Oil and Tooth Powder), and Ms. Ferret (Small Fillable Containers), this is what my Toiletries look like now. I decided to put the razor blades I need in the pouch with the razor. Wow - its getting tiny! Thanks again for the great suggestions!

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snowbot
09-27-2013, 06:07 AM
Ms. Ferret, thanks for the Squeezie link. I plan on ordering some of the little tubes and containers. I really wanted to like the GoToobs, but they don't work well with some of the products I've tried to put in them (sunscreen dries out, shampoo becomes watery).

jppreston
09-27-2013, 01:10 PM
I have just returned from a trip to South America and with the modified toiletries shown in the photo above, I passed security 8 times (US and foreign) and I never removed them from my S25. One less thing to hassle with in security!

Ms. Ferret
09-27-2013, 09:55 PM
Nice! I picked up the suction-cup GoToob for my (silicone-free) conditioner and it worked great for a recent trip to the East Coast.

JLE
09-30-2013, 06:43 PM
I use about 2 ounces of moisturizer a year, so the 11ml size is perfect for me.
I paid $5.25 for 10 tubes here:
Squeezie (http://www.tkbtrading.com/item.php?item_id=461)

Those little tubes look fantastic! Are they easy to fill? Are they washable or are they only single use?

SKIMT
09-30-2013, 08:06 PM
I have just returned from a trip to South America and with the modified toiletries shown in the photo above, I passed security 8 times (US and foreign) and I never removed them from my S25. One less thing to hassle with in security!

I love the setup. Glad it worked so well for you, particularly with security. I'm copying.

Ms. Ferret
10-01-2013, 11:40 AM
Those little tubes look fantastic! Are they easy to fill? Are they washable or are they only single use?

The applicator tip (with the little pinpoint hole) pops in after you fill the tube itself. Whether it's easy to fill or not depends on the opening of your original container -- I squeeze all the air out of the lip balm tube first to make it a little easier.

I haven't tried washing one, but I'd imagine it'd be kind of difficult because the tubes themselves are so small. If I switched products I'd be much more likely to just use a new tube since they're so cheap. I do refill the tubes with the same product when they're empty.

FunNut
10-08-2013, 08:42 PM
Refilling sample-size tubes or containers is very easy with a "food flavor injector," found in cooking utensil stores. It looks like a hypodermic syringe and comes with two sizes of "needles." Fill the syringe, screw on the needle, insert the "pusher" end, fill anything - into tubes or bottles with a tiny opening. I've had mine for many years and use it for sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, exfoliating wash, anything the least bit liquidy.

JLE
10-09-2013, 02:01 AM
The applicator tip (with the little pinpoint hole) pops in after you fill the tube itself. Whether it's easy to fill or not depends on the opening of your original container -- I squeeze all the air out of the lip balm tube first to make it a little easier.

I haven't tried washing one, but I'd imagine it'd be kind of difficult because the tubes themselves are so small. If I switched products I'd be much more likely to just use a new tube since they're so cheap. I do refill the tubes with the same product when they're empty.

They seem ideal. Now all I have to do is find someone who will ship to Australia for less than $60. :( EBay here I come...

ladyinblack1964
10-31-2015, 06:47 PM
I just started a new thread on travel bottles, so I am glad to find all the tips in this one! Especially the Squeezies site. They look ideal for my purposes.

jmoz
11-05-2015, 10:59 AM
Maybe.... But I have been traveling basically non-stop for around 2 years and have been using this shaving set-up the entire time. Conservatively, I believe I have made something in the neighborhood of 50+ flights from US airports alone. In that time, I have never been stopped or questioned about my razor blades. However, I have had multiple tiny Swiss Army knives and small scissors taken from me (even once a nail clipper with a semi-sharp point) - sometimes out of the same little bag! So I believe those razor blades are under the threshold of the TSA.

That's amazing to me. I've only flown with my DE razor once (without blades), and TSA insisted on search for blades. I decided that the advantages of a DE don't outweigh the hassle of finding blades, which are illegal to travel with in most places.

What I now use (and like a lot) is the Gillette Guard, which is intended for India. It's a single blade cartridge which works more like a DE than most cartridges, is compact, and is cheap. I bought mine at westcoastshaving.com, though there are other vendors. If you're in India, they're dirt cheap, but the cost of importing them to the US makes them merely inexpensive. More importantly, the shave is closer to DE than any other cartridge I've tried.

Frank II
11-05-2015, 03:13 PM
What I now use (and like a lot) is the Gillette Guard, which is intended for India. It's a single blade cartridge which works more like a DE than most cartridges, is compact, and is cheap. I bought mine at westcoastshaving.com, though there are other vendors. If you're in India, they're dirt cheap, but the cost of importing them to the US makes them merely inexpensive. More importantly, the shave is closer to DE than any other cartridge I've tried.

This proves that shaving is completely an individual thing. I also tried the Gillette Guard and hated them. I tried numerous times and they left my face very irritated and with more nicks than I've had in years.

I do have a very heavy beard and that might have something to do with it. I did like the concept of the Gillette Guard--one plastic handle with interchangeable cartridges.

I mostly use a battery operated shaver with a backup of the reliable Gillette Trac II.

I may try Atra blades again. I bought a Dorco twin blade razor--the same razor as Shave Club for Men--and didn't like the blades. But the handle fits the Atra cartridges.

Lani
11-05-2015, 05:45 PM
Oh, for folks who want to be able to travel with upwards of 2 ounces in their 3-1-1 kit, you can decant into an empty water enhancer bottle. Mio is OK but the shape of the bottle leaves something to be desired. There are bottles that are shaped more like tapered barrels that will fit in a 3-1-1 much better, like these liquid stevia bottles from Pura Via (which I can get at the local Target): Purevia Liquids (http://www.purevia.com/PureVia/Liquids.aspx)

sdophoto
11-07-2015, 07:21 AM
great topic as I struggle with this one.
first I have seen those bottles and I have been on the fence as I have bought a different brand before and hated them
I shave with a merkur razor at home but I also shave my head and I always cut myself with it so I use a gilett fusion with the ball for my head so when I travel I just take that.
for example I am going to mexico in a few weeks
I was looking at taking
sunscreen 80ml container
travel size toothpaste
e-shave travel shave cream
body shop travel size moisturizer in my fav scent
body shop travel size scrub in my fav scent
body shop travel body wash in my fav scent (maybe I should look at the tubes for that)
travel size deodorant but I have been wanting to try something different
This all goes in my tom bihn 3-1-1 which i love.
I also can fit a multi compartment pill box which houses my tylenol, a few sleep eeze just in case,
also a few travel packs of eno just in case and the head of my electric toothbrush, and floss
the brush itself goes in my bag (i have tried travel toothbrushes and it is one thing I don't like)

I know I could pack better so I am starting to wonder if those tubes would be the better choice than buying odd sized travel sized products.