Strict TSA Rules Impact Travelers

King Julien from Madagascar

Madagascar's King Julien

“Don’t let him on! Stop that thing! He’s carrying scissors and hand cream!” – King Julien, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

For those members of the working world who must travel on business regularly, the above quote is a humorous reminder of the post 9/11 changes to airport security.  For female business travelers who are leaving town for a single night (and therefore must pack a small carry-on suitcase which includes both their work materials and their clothing, makeup, and toiletries for the following day) these restrictions can often make packing for the short business trip a frustrating experience.

Most frequent business travelers are aware that TSA prohibits liquids or gels in containers exceeding 3.4 oz and that the aforementioned liquids or gels must be sequestered into a clear, quart-sized plastic bag.  But being aware of this fact does not necessarily make packing any easier.  

So what can you do to make sure you fit all of your necessary items into that small little baggie? 

Here are some tips and tricks:

1. Hotels typically provide their guests with small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and sometimes even lotion.  While these bottles are often unrealistically small even for single use, the hotel concierge will provide extra bottles to guests upon request.  Many people do not think to ask for more bottles, but it is perfectly fine and you should take advantage of this!

2. Many hotels also have small ketchup-packet sized samples of toothpaste.  If your frequented hotels have these available, you will not need to purchase or pack a miniature tube of toothpaste for the trip.

3. Many pharmacies sell empty 3 oz bottles which can be filled with your regular products.  Fill these with your everyday hair gel or other liquid/gel products you require for your trip including your own brand of shampoo, conditioner, or lotion if you absolutely have to use your own!  Not only are these bottles re-usable, they are much less expensive than purchasing travel-sized versions of your everyday products.

4. Pack the powder version of your foundation, blush, eye shadow, etc. rather than a liquid or gel version so it can stay in your purse or your suitcase. 

Try it out – these tips should help you free up some room for everything else you need for your overnight business trips.  Happy Travels!

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