How to ditch your fluid soaps and sundries for a more seamless travel experience
Travel is often a great test of patience. Long layovers, delayed flights, lost luggage, and a seemingly constant stream of new fees and unexpected expenses can add up to a lot of stress. But for me at least, nothing is worse than cramming all of your stuff into your carry-on to avoid checking a bag, only to forget about your liquids and get held up by the TSA. Thankfully, some new liquid-free grooming products can help you avoid the security-line shuffle and reduce how many single-use plastics you’re wasting along the way.
Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth Tooth Powder ($15)
Forget travel-size tubes of toothpaste. Not only can you leave this powdered cleaner in your bag at security, you won’t have to worry about your toothpaste busting open in your Dopp kit. Bonus: the one-ounce tube is enough for 200 brushings.
Sea to Summit Trek and Travel Pocket Soaps ($5)
Sea to Summit has nearly all of your toiletry needs covered, thanks to an expansive line of dry travel soaps. Each pack comes with 50 “leaves” of soap and is formulated for your hands, body, hair, clothes, or even shaving. Just add water and you’re good to go. We’re particularly fond of the laundry wash, which can be used in your hotel or hostel’s sink.
Beauty and the Bees Shampoo and Conditioner Bars ($25)
Since they don’t require plastic packaging, shampoo and conditioner bars are better for the environment than their liquid cousins. These bars, from Beauty and the Bees, are made in Tasmania with hop-infused, organic raw coconut oil, leatherwood beeswax, and a bit of beer for a 100 percent natural hair cleanse.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face and Body Sunscreen Stick ($6)
Don’t let the fear of exploding sunscreen tubes keep you from protecting your skin. Neutrogena’s sunscreen stick is perfect for hands and faces and feels a heck of a lot nicer than thicker sunscreens.
Badger Anti-Bug Balm Tin ($6)
There’s a reason this lab-tested insect-repellent balm has a bit of a cult following. It travels well, is deet-free, smells great, and is certified organic with ingredients like caster oil, citronella, rosemary, and lemongrass.
Lush Ugai Mouthwash Tabs ($10)
Refresh after a long flight with these packable mouthwash tabs. Just add a little water, swish, and spit. The company also makes toothpaste powder, shampoo bars, soap paper, and more.