Hi Frugalistas! I don’t know about you, but every time I pack that little ziploc bag I always wonder whether what I’ve packed will be the right amount. I feel a bit like Goldilocks – too much? too little? or have I got it just right? So, on my last trip I thought a bit more research was in order to test just how long those containers last. Now, this is not scientific I know, but hopefully, we can all learn a little about how much stuff we really need to take, and how long a 3-1-1 packing compliant container lasts. If you aren’t sure how to go about putting together a 3-1-1 bag, you can read my post here.
Obviously there is a lot of individual variation – it really does depend on the product, your individual habits and of course, how long your hair is. But here are my (very) non-scientific 3-1-1 packing results:
I used a mixture of containers and sources for my products. Some of the products were mine, decanted into little bottles and jars. Others were gift with purchase samples or airline amenity kit products. A couple of them (the deodorant and the toothpaste) were travel size products from the supermarket.
- I sampled the tiny 5g airline toothpaste I was given in my amenity kit: 3 cleans
- The 45g (1.5 oz) toothpaste I bought at the supermarket managed 23 cleans
- 30ml (1 oz) moisturiser decanted into one of my beloved Go Tubes lasted 27 uses
- A 20ml (0.7 oz) jar filled with my night cream: 23 uses. That was wringing every last drop out with my finger.
- 70ml (2.3 oz) tube, a bit more rigid than a Go Toob, so not quite so user friendly, but it still lasted 26 face cleanses
- 100ml (3 oz) body lotion, in the same type of tube as the cleanser only managed 11 uses. You really need to either use the hotel body lotion, or buy some at your destination if you are away for any longer.
- 20ml (0.7 oz) squeezy bottle (Japanese from a cheap chain store, and brilliant) of shampoo: 6 washes (with no repeat shampooing)
- 30ml (1 0z) Go Toob of hair conditioner. I got 13 uses out of this, but that was by taking the top off, and giving it a thorough clean out with my finger. Less diligent and it would have only been 10 or so.
- 3ml (0.1oz) eye cream. This was part of a gift with purchase, and was probably the real surprise in my experiment – it lasted an impressive 44 applications (to both eyes!)
- 20ml (0.7 oz) of tinted moisturiser from the same squeezy bottle as the shampoo. Well, I’m up to 23 and still going (I didn’t use it every day while I was away, or wear it every day now that I’m back). I think I’ll end up with about 30 uses.
- Handcream. This was a 20ml (0.7 oz) tube from an airline amenity kit. It lasted 21 uses.
- 5ml (0.15 oz) eau de parfum, that I got as a sample. 33 uses.
So, what is the lesson here? I know now that I can get away with actually taking much less on most of my trips (I tend to only be away for 12-16 days). I also know which containers are the right ones for which product. I also know how much to put in each container. I also know that samples from gift with purchase cosmetics really are worth saving up for travel!
A great result for more informed packing choices I think.
What sort of things do you do or take to cut down on your liquids while traveling?
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Disclaimer: the author purchased her own products for this experiment. The author paid for her own tickets where airline amenity kit products were tested.