7 Solid Replacements to take in your Carry On.

Hi Pals,

Whether you’re going on a short or long trip – we’re all bound by the same, dare I say “annoying” airline rule of 100mls per carry-on.
Now if you’ve checked bags, it’s less of an issue because you’re more than likely to have your products in there. If you’re trying to save $$, have lost your bag too many times or just travel light – it can become a hassle.
Over the years, I’ve managed to create a pretty good list of things I can substitute so with that, click ‘read more’ to see a list of ways you can minimise your 100ml liquids.

Firstly, we should talk about what you can / cannot take in.
– Items must be in 100ml / 3.4oz bottles or less (you can’t have a 200ml filled half way)
– It must fit in a clear size about 20 x 20 bag and be able to seal.
– Only one bag per person
New laws have come out regarding inorganic powders; talcum powders, some deodorants, foot powders as well as salt & sand will not be able to be over 350 grams or 12 ounces.
Of course, there are certain items that aren’t included and these are sanitary products, solid foods, certain baby products – (check the TSA website here) and medicines.

First thing first (I’m the realest… sorry) – grab yourself a travel pouch with inclusive 100ml bottles. This one is from Globite – and I personally use their brand for a few of my travel goodies.


Swap your deodorant for a solid rock form. This doesn’t count towards your liquids which means you’ll have more room.
You can find 103 different forms of solid deodorants here on iHerb.
Like everything with your body, some it might take some trial and error.
Of course – most deodorants are under 100mls so you shouldn’t have too much of an issue.

Face Wash & Exfoliant

Swap your face wash & exfoliant for bars. You can also get moisturiser and toner in solids.
I personally use Drunk Elephants cleansing & exfoliating bar as they last ages, have great ingredients and don’t make me break out.

Of course, there are plenty of alternatives on the market – if you’re lucky you may be able to use the all-purpose soap (below.)

All-purpose Soap.

You can use this for nearly everything; body, hair, face, clothes, dogs, fruit & veggies and even your teeth (although it probably tastes like soap so maybe not..) 
I use this for laundry, body and hair as my face doesn’t like the coconut ingredients.

Solid Perfume / Cologne

Depending on your experience – you may not like solid perfumes as much as sprays, but you can always leave them in your bag for reapplication.
I personally use LUSH’s “What Would Love Do” which has tangerine & lavender scents.
You can even get solid cologne, although it does seem a bit more expensive based on demand.

Moisturising Stick

Where I’m from in Australia, the water is considered ‘soft.’
When travelling to places with ‘hard’ water (water that’s passed through minerals & rocks) I find that not only can my skin break out (thanks) but also get pretty dry. This Formula 10.0.6 is perfect as it’s small and a little goes a long way.

Make-up Remover Pads.

I, like a lot of people, love micellar water but I don’t like that they don’t come in 100ml bottles. You’ll either have a lot of leftover product or spend $$ on a smaller bottle for 2 uses.
These makeup removers just need water and you can wipe your mascara, foundation and eyebrows off in a few sweeps. They’re soft, reusable and you can just wash them in the sink after use and let them air dry!

Toothpaste & Mouthwash.

Shout-out to Lush again who supply both toothpaste and mouthwash in little bite tablets.
Pop one in your mouth, with a swish of water and away you go.
Some people don’t like the taste or the texture but I find them fine. It’s also just a great way to be able to free up some space for other liquids.

Want to see what else is in my carry on? Read my post 15 things you should have in your carry on.
Are there other solids you’ve found that work? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, stay cool.
– Sarah

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