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Lindsay Carreiro, a globetrotting teacher who blogs about her adventures on Traveling Linds, is our guest blogger today. Below, she shares her top five travel-size products.alba green tea moisturizer

When the TSA put into effect that liquid travel items must be no larger than 3.4 ounces, I imagine this caused quite a run on travel-size products. For many years I have tried coming up with new ways to get my travel products through security without inhibiting what I can pack. It can often be frustrating for travelers, especially women travelers who like to bring certain items along on vacation. Buying travel-size items in your local drug store seems fun, and they sure are cute, but really, how many of us are actually using the shampoo and conditioner they are marketing in travel size? After many years of shopping around, I have finally found some of the best products that are travel friendly and do not scrimp on product. These products were used by me and also my boyfriend on a recent trip to Alaska. I would argue that these products would fit perfectly into any vacation you are planning.

1. Alba Botanica Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer (3-Ounce Bottle)
This moisturizer is hands down the best moisturizer I have ever used. It is light and non-greasy. It doesn’t feel like you are wearing a mask on your face. The aloe is really soothing and came in handy when my boyfriend became slightly sunburned on his face.

2. Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment (.75-Ounce Bottle)
I swear by this stuff whenever I am traveling. This is a perfect travel-size product for those rather annoying pimples that pop up at the worst time. It does exactly what the commercials say it does: reduces pimple size in four hours — very true! While in Alaska this was used several times by me and my boyfriend. The liquid goes on clear so you can treat pimples without anyone noticing.

3. Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel (1.5-Ounce Bottle)
This chafing relief powder reduces chafing from many areas on your body: inner thighs, bikini area and also your heels of your feet. This is made by Monistat — but don’t let the brand confuse you. Men all over are trying this out because it really does work. I used it a lot when wearing skirts and dresses, and my boyfriend put it on his feet to prevent blisters. Having blisters on a 10-day cruise to Alaska can really spoil the mood.

4. Bausch and Lomb Advanced Eye Relief (1-Ounce Bottle)
Airplane dry eyes: We all get it, and every time it happens we say “should have packed eye drops!” This product not only targets dry eyes, but it also targets redness too. If you are an allergy sufferer like me, then itchy, watery eyes are the worst. I really recommend using this — it works just as well as prescription eye drops.

5. Sunbug Handsfree Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, SPF 30 (2-Ounce Bottle)
If you are like me and bugs such as mosquitoes just seem to be drawn to you, then this stuff will work great. With an SPF 30, it will keep the harmful sun rays away from you, but it also works into the night to create a bug barrier. It has a convenient attachment right to your backpack or purse so you can keep it handy. This sunscreen and insect repellent is hypo-allergenic, oil-free and sweat-proof. It was the perfect combination for a long trip. Plus, it saves suitcase space!

Of course, there are many products out there that work great for traveling, so the choice is ultimately yours. I have found each and every one of these products to work great. It is nice to know that wherever I am traveling, I know at least five products I am definitely taking with me. Trying to pack light is always on everyone’s to-do list, and if you can eliminate taking too many products and just get it down to the necessities you will be better off.

–by Lindsay Carreiro, Editor of Traveling Linds

What are your favorite travel-size products?

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8 Responses to “Top 5 Travel-Size Products”

  1. soliteyah says:

    My strategy is to buy some empty three-ounce containers and pour in my favorite shampoo, conditioner, sunblock, etc. I refill them before every trip.

    I should definitely try those eye drops though! I hate the dry airplane air…

  2. LSKahn says:

    You know, I am not fussy about body care items. I just reuse the hotel shampoo samples, etc. It is often expensive to buy sample size products from drug stores. If you are fussy, The Container Store (and others) sell sample size bottles that you can fill.

    Not a big issue.

  3. Ali says:

    Bug spray is the one thing I can never find in travel size so I will definitely look for #5. great suggestions Lindsay!

  4. ursula says:

    i have used the packing list from this website
    but, sinse 9/11 it needs a update
    also how to use and reduce and what not
    in other words , the bare essentials
    a downloadable list,
    including for oversees
    maybe its around and i missed it!

  5. Ilene Terry says:

    You do not tell us where these items may be purchased…..they are not familiar brands to this Canadian!

  6. @Ilene
    Good question! I’d imagine you can purchase most of these products online if they’re not available in your local store. I’d start by going straight to the manufacturer’s Web site.

    –Sarah Schlichter

  7. Listing of certified pilots in Montana says:

    My strategy is to buy some empty three-ounce containers and pour in my favorite shampoo, conditioner, sunblock, etc. I refill them before every trip.

    I should definitely try those eye drops though! I hate the dry airplane air…

  8. Leland says:

    @LSKahn I have to agree, I’m not very picky about certain body care items, although if you are looking to grab your favorite product along with you on your trip I suggest checking out travel size products

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