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    I can't claim to be uber-fashionable in daily life, but I wear the same things to travel that I wear everyday.

    I agree with the comments above about dressing stylishly while still packing light. It takes extra thought and planning--but frankly, I LOVE doing that. I refine my capsule wardrobe skills every time I travel. And, I very rarely buy a piece that is travel-specific and not something I'd wear at home. In fact, at the moment I can't think of even one item like that in my wardrobe.
    "I'm more of a creative problem solver with good taste and a soft spot for logistical nightmares.” ― Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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    Quote Originally Posted by imperator View Post
    That's outright indulgent right there. Real minimalists have no bags
    back when i used to work for an international airline, the fun thing to do was show up at the airport with the clothes on you back, your passport and credit cards, find the best seats on the longest flight, show up where ever, and then "urban camp" your way through the rest of the trip, finding hotels, restaurants, clothes, etc.

    Probably not what you mean, but was a fun reminder

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    Travel-size deodorant sticks are a huge space hog (they're 90% empty). Also, its very hard to find actual deodorant in travel sizes anyway (most that you find in the travel sizes are antiperspirant).

    I bought a bunch of empty lip balm tubes on ebay, then you can just take a full-size speedstick or similar, chop up the stick, and squish it into the tubes.

    Now I get my dopp into a Q-kit, which wasn't possible before this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pvn View Post
    Travel-size deodorant sticks are a huge space hog (they're 90% empty). Also, its very hard to find actual deodorant in travel sizes anyway (most that you find in the travel sizes are antiperspirant).

    I bought a bunch of empty lip balm tubes on ebay, then you can just take a full-size speedstick or similar, chop up the stick, and squish it into the tubes.

    Now I get my dopp fits into a Q-kit, which wasn't possible before this.
    Great idea! I may have to steel that one. I am trying to downsize my toiletries and couldn’t think of how to only carry a small container for deodorant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvn View Post
    Travel-size deodorant sticks are a huge space hog (they're 90% empty).
    I’ve been thinking of getting a cream deodorant (very old fashioned—makes me think of the 1920s) and decanting from the jar into a small tube for travel. Bioderma makes one that looks promising, if expensive.
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    I empty my deodorant container into a tiny pot. I apply it with my finger and save a bunch of space in my bag!

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    I decant gel deodorant into a little flip-top jar. It's round, about the size of a fifty cent piece, and about a half inch in height. Filled it'll hold enough for a week. I used to get these at Storables (RIP). Now you can get this kind of thing or other super-tiny jars online--businesses catering to little cosmetics companies that send out a lot of little free samples. Also, Asian markets often sell bags of tiny little plastic bottles designed to hold soy sauce in bento boxes. Perfect for decanting that little bit of serum or eye cream you need for traveling and takes up next to no space in the liquids-n-gels bag.

    One other hack that I use is sample packets of makeup, toiletries, and skincare products. (Kiehl's is very generous with them, and assuming you can find a department store with a make up counter, you can score some there, too. Don't rip open the packet, though, or it'll make a mess later on in your travels or dry up and get gunky. Instead, use a pin or needle to poke a hole in one corner of the packet. Squeeze out what you want, and use your fingers to move most of the contents down and away from the hole. I spent a month on the road with a single packet of Kiehl's avocado eye cream once--and it was still fresh and creamy to the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathryn View Post
    I’ve been thinking of getting a cream deodorant (very old fashioned—makes me think of the 1920s) and decanting from the jar into a small tube for travel. Bioderma makes one that looks promising, if expensive.
    I bought a jar of Arrid cream antiperspirant a couple of years ago and put some in the smallest size of GoTubb for travel. I'm still on that first jar, though I've refilled the GoTubb a few times*. It's been working out well for me, and applying it reminds me of the only other cream deodorant I remember using (I bought that other one in Denmark as a teen, so that's a special memory).

    *Clarification: I only use the cream antiperspirant when I'm traveling--I'm sure I would have run out by now if I used it daily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvn View Post
    Travel-size deodorant sticks are a huge space hog (they're 90% empty). Also, its very hard to find actual deodorant in travel sizes anyway (most that you find in the travel sizes are antiperspirant).

    I bought a bunch of empty lip balm tubes on ebay, then you can just take a full-size speedstick or similar, chop up the stick, and squish it into the tubes.

    Now I get my dopp into a Q-kit, which wasn't possible before this.
    The travel size deodorant from Native are pretty small and wonderful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bltkmt View Post
    The travel size deodorant from Native are pretty small and wonderful.
    And so cute! I have one of those too, I've been using Native deodorant the last few months when I'm not traveling. I ordered a sample pack from them and they included a travel-sized one. (I'm not totally sold on deodorant-not-antiperspirant for hot days yet, but that's a very personal choice.)
    I have a bunch of great bags. Favorite color combos include Aubergine/Island, Navy/Solar, Forest/UV, Original Halcyon/Wasabi, Cloud/Viridian.

    I've fulfilled my dream of palindromic-colored nested bags! Navy/Ultraviolet Pilot with Aubergine/Island Side Effect inside: blue purple purple blue. Forest/UV A45 with Aubergine/Wasabi Co-Pilot inside: green purple purple green.

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    I use cream deodorant in everyday life and of course it’s also nice to travel with. I buy mine, but it’s fairly simple to make it at home if the only alternative is buying an expensive version. There are quite a few recipes on the internet.

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    I love the Seattle brand of natural deodorant, Sodawax, and it looks like they now also are making travel sized ones. I am guessing these could likely be "topped off" from a normal size one once you have the travel sized dispenser too.

    https://sodawax.com/product/minis-2pack/

    Not as efficient as a little tub, but easy for application.
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    Coconut oil, with some essential oils that are anti bacterial works well as a deodorant. Coconut oil is anti microbial on its own, the essential oils are additional anti bacterial as well as for scent. I use tea tree, thyme and lavender (less of the thyme than the other two, as its stronger). I scoop some of this into a small container intended for holding a few aspirin. The only downside is that this will become liquid when it gets really hot (over 80 degrees or so in my experience). For travel antiperspirant, I just melt down some of the regular stuff in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and pour it into a sample/small push up container that I buy from soapmaker websites.
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