T's the letter for today, Toiletries or Turtle Park, for T destination.
Packing Toiletries can be time consuming, difficult, and be be the biggest item that tips the scales of your luggage weighing too much. Why?
- The actual weight and size of the bag you use to pack your toiletries can be part of the problem. Look at the difference in the two bags. I loved the look of my Vera Bradley bag, and I liked that I got it on line for really cheap when it was out of season; but no matter how I packed it, it rolled up large and was heavy. I take shampoo, hair spray, a few meds, toothpaste etc. all the usual stuff. I should add, I don't wear make up so that's not even packed in there. The construction of the bag makes it heavy, the heavy duty plastic to contain liquids is the primary reason, I believe. The 2nd bag, the red Eddie Bauer one has been made with a light weight fabric specifically to be light weight, yet durable. Purpose over appearance. You can see how much smaller it is. I packed almost the same stuff in it and it rolled up smaller. The actual roll size saves space in the suitcase as well as weight.
- Liquids really add to the weight. Did you know that a pint of liquid...a pint is pretty small but it weights a whole pound? Think about the liquid you pack. Shampoo, Conditioner, mouthwash, perfume, body spray, hair gel, hair spray. All those things add up pretty quickly. Lotions and liquid soap as well.
- I bounce back and forth about what is easier, makes more sense and or packs best ...multiple small containers vs 1 large container with regard to things like toothpaste and hair spray. If you pack 3 or 4 small containers of hair spray, you can throw them out as you go...therefore making more room in your bag. Same goes with toothpaste. Example 1 normal size hair spray weights 10 oz vs 1.5 in the little travel size of my brand (S-G). So even with taking 4 little ones 4 x 1.5=6, I'm saving 4 oz, plus I'll have ability to toss as I go. The trick is to mark the one you're using so you keep using the same one til empty...vs have 4 partials and still needing to tote them all.
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