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Whether you’re looking to travel carry-on only or maximize beauty products on your trip, non-liquid items are an awesome option to consider for your next vacation or business trip!
Solid Toiletries for Travel
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The TSA liquids rule can be hard to adhere to when you’re traveling carry-on only, but it’s a must. One way to make it easier to comply is to switch out some of your regular liquid toiletries for solid ones.
There are some amazing products on the market, from shampoo to facial cream and foundation that can help you stick to the TSA liquids rule but still look, feel, and smell your best while traveling.
How do I pack toiletries?
Be sure to read our complete guide to packing toiletries here. It walks you through, step by step, how to choose what to pack, how to downsize what you have, and how to pack it.
In addition, watch this video to see how to pack your toiletries into your carry-on!
Do a test run to see if everything fits in your toiletry bag. If your belongings don’t fit, consider using multi-use products such as a shampoo/conditioner combo, using conditioner as shaving cream, or baby shampoo for your hair and body.
If you’ll be traveling for a longer time, you can buy toiletries at your destination.
How to save space and weight when packing toiletries?
While these bags help minimize the bulk, you still need to keep in mind consolidating your toiletries into smaller containers so that they take up less space. Multi-use items are an essential space saver! Read these travel beauty hacks for more details.
Choose appropriate travel containers. Many times, 3 oz bottles are too big for a one or two-week trip, so buy various sizes and take only the amount you will use.
Printable Toiletries Checklist
To ensure that you don’t forget to bring anything on your trip, we’ve created a helpful and very thorough printable toiletries checklist. You can click here or click the image above in order to open the editable file.
The list features unique categories to help you pack for your trip efficiently. It includes all the items listed in various categories above and has spaces where you can fill in your own information:
- you can write in an item’s weight (lighter items means less overall baggage weight)
- you can note if you need to purchase something or if you already own it
- and most importantly, you can organize where you’ll pack each item
Read this post for a printable packing list that includes clothes, shoes, and more!
TFG Approved Best Solid Toiletries
Here are some of the best solid toiletries you can pack for your next trip!
The TSA liquids rule means no lotion — at least not enough for those longer trips. But what if I told you there was a moisturizer without water?
Honey House Naturals Bee Bar is a hefty serving of natural butters, moisturizers, and Vitamin E in a solid lotion bar. Its scent and healing properties are two of the top benefits, making it the perfect addition to your toiletries checklist.
The solid texture turns warm and creamy in one swipe and helps your skin feel smooth and silky with regular use. The bigger tin can last from four to six months making it ideal for a round-the-world or other long trip!
We share some of the best moisturizers for travel with SPF!
Best Solid Sunscreen
Neutrogena has a new twist on solid sunscreen with an ounce in stick form, and we absolutely love it for travel!
As this sunscreen stick is oil and PABA-free, it’s perfect for both the face and body. It goes on completely dry and doesn’t have an overwhelming scent. As a bonus, it lasts forever!
The best part? It doesn’t melt like other sunscreens and offers both UVA and UVB protection to prevent sun damage and even aging. This is the best solid sunblock, and it should definitely make your travel toiletries list.
We love this product and find it even more effective than its liquid counterpart. This one’s 100% TFG Approved!
Another popular product from this brand is their original soap formula. It has been on the market for decades, making it the best drugstore brand solid facial bar.
Solid Conditioner Bar: Honey Silk
When shampoo bars leave you feeling dry, conditioner is a must-have. Thankfully, there are liquid-free conditioner options available, too!
The Honey Silk Hair product is one of the best conditioner bars on the market, with its creamy texture leaving your hair strands soft and silky.
This solid conditioner bar from Australia is made with premium organic ingredients, including beeswax and leatherwood tree honey. Subtly scented and non-synthetic, it nourishes and protects your hair. With practical use, a tin can last over a month!
Take a look at our round up of some of the best eco-friendly beauty products!
Solid Toothpaste: Powder
Toothpaste is another thing you might not know how to pack while still adhering to the TSA liquids rule. But I’ve got a new way for you to brush your teeth — by using powder toothpaste!
This product, dapper in a mini mason jar, contains organic ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and sweet orange. It makes your teeth and gums healthier, with a citrusy aftertaste. This little container goes a long way, perfect for six weeks of travel.
Save space on shorter trips by placing it in smaller travel containers like these and taking only the amount you need!
Natural Oil Solid Shampoo Bars
Travelers love using natural oils, and now two of your favorites (coconut and argan oil) are bundled into one amazing solid shampoo bar.
J.R. Liggett makes one of the best shampoo bars. Unlike other similar natural travel shampoo options, this sulfate-free shampoo lathers, so it’s easier to know when you have enough in your hair! Simply swish it around in your hands and apply the lather to your fully-wet hair.
If you’re using this natural shampoo bar at home, some recommend an apple cider vinegar rinse to follow as a natural conditioner option. But if you’re on the road, skip that and simply shampoo every other day.
If you want to get the maximum lifespan out of this shampoo bar, store it in a dry container outside of the shower so it lasts longer!
You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!
Lazy Coconuts Eco Friendly Laundry Strips
Who wouldn’t want to carry less and limit their carbon footprint? Well, Lazy Coconuts laundry strips are highly popular with readers and editor-in-chief Alex for those very reasons!These strips are vegan, biodegradable, and cruelty-free, and packaged without plastic. But they are also effective when you need to do laundry while traveling. They dissolve quickly and are said to be 20 times lighter than messy liquid detergent! Users say these are “easy, lightweight, and have strong cleaning power.”
Solid Laundry Soap Sheets
Easy to carry, you don’t have to bother with detergent packets, and you can even take a handful in a small resealable bag for trips that require less laundry. Sounds like this should definitely make the toiletries packing list!
Follow this tutorial to learn how to hand wash clothing!
Solid Insect Repellent
Packing toiletries can be a challenge when it comes to travelling carry-on only, especially when you’re headed to a place where there might be biting bugs.
Luckily, this insect repellent comes in stick form, making it a great addition to your toiletries list. It’s convenient if you don’t normally attract many mosquitos.
While I absolutely love this brand, I tend to be a bit of a mosquito magnet, so I usually have to bring along a bit of spray to ensure I keep them away. But if you’re low on liquid space, you may want to consider this as an option.
Want to keep the bugs away? These are all the best insect repellent options I’ve tried over the years!
Solid Exfoliator and Soap Bar
Packing a duo of two potent solid soaps, Drunk Elephant offers a healthy, organic alternative for body wash. The Juju bar removes dead skin cells, while the Pekee Bar heals and moisturizes the skin.
Beauty buffs find this combo to be some of the best travel soap, because not only is it travel-friendly, but it is long-lasting and effective. It’s a must-have for your list of toiletries!
Read our tips to avoid dry skin when you travel!
Solid Dry Shampoo
Not everyone wants to rely on a shampoo bar. Perhaps you’re just not that into them, or you need a little something for those shower-less days. Adding dry shampoo to your travel toiletries can be a great alternative to traditional liquids, as well.
If you’re like me and skip a day or two in between shampoos, dry shampoo is an awesome option to keep your hair looking and smelling fresh. And while it’s typically available in spray form (which isn’t great for carry-on travel), Sexy Hair offers a powdered style.
Use this solid dry shampoo on days you want to volumize your hair. Easily style your tresses by tossing this powder on and comb it with your fingers. No grease, just style.
Have you heard of dry shampoo? It’s amazing. Read why here!
All-Natural Solid Bug Repellent
Another solid bug repellent to beat the TSA liquid rule is this all-natural option. It’s perfect for campers and explorers who want to fend off mosquitoes and other bugs in an eco-conscious way.
The Badger Anti-Bug Balm contains no harsh chemicals, doesn’t stain clothes, and has a more pleasant scent than regular bug sprays.
Best Travel Soap Bars
Not all of your solid travel toiletries have to be a specialty brand, and the Dove White Beauty Bar is a great example of that. This common drugstore find is a great find for best travel soap for its classic but nourishing bathing experience.
This travel beauty bar softens the skin and can be used with a loofah (like shower gel) to create a thick lather that’s safe on the body (and face, too). And it’s generous sizing makes it last for a long time — you can use it for weeks while on your travels!
Regardless of which brand you decide to go with, the trick with adding travel soap to your toiletries list is to cut it into pieces so you have just the right amount you need for your trip!
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a variety of soaps for your travel toiletries, you can take one or more small soaps depending on your trip length. This Godai soap set is ultra-cute and practical, too!
Best Solid Shampoo: Ethique Shampoo Bar
Ethique makes one of the best shampoo bars with this fragrant, ph-balanced solid shampoo.
This shampoo bar is made with coconut oil and cocoa butter to smooth your hair and add extra shine. It’s also eco-friendly, producing zero waste as you travel, a win-win!
TGF readers rave about the Ethique shampoo bar because it is both convenient and potent. It works well on most hair types and lasts a long time! Some even use it as a body wash.
Tip: Don’t let the Ethique shampoo bar sit in water too long. The solid shampoo crumbles easily with moisture and pressure!
Makeup Solid Foundation Stick (with SPF)
With SPF 37 packed in this creamy foundation, you can protect your skin and feel beautiful at the same time.
This solid stick foundation is easy to apply, long lasting, and offers good coverage without drying out your skin.
Despite being a bit pricey, you get the convenience of carrying a good quality foundation while also saving liquid space on your travels.
If you’re looking for more recommendations, the CLINIQUE Chubby in the Nude is another popular solid foundation stick among our readers.
We round up the best tinted sunscreens for your face!
Solid Shampoo and Conditioner Combo: Sweet and Sassy
A solid shampoo and conditioner bar is the perfect combination for travel and Sweet and Sassy has a set that is storable in reusable containers which can be popped into a day bag or your carry-on easily.
Made from 100% natural ingredients and infused with citrus and musky essential oils, your hair will feel silky and healthy-looking. The shampoo bar doubles as body soap if you really wanted to pack light!
Solid Face Cleansing Stick
The thought of solid face cleanser makes me think of a standard bar of soap. Thankfully, this leading skincare brand transformed it into a luxurious beauty experience.
The Julep solid face cleanser gently exfoliates and thoroughly cleanses. You’ll love it so much that you’ll probably want to use it when you’re even when you’re not traveling.
Who knew solid toiletries for travel could feel luxurious?
Not familiar with Korean skincare? You should be. Read about why I absolutely swear by it in this post on after-sun skin care!
Best Pocket Travel Soap
This is one of the original all-purpose solid toiletries for travel. This pocket soap offers travel-friendly ways of cleaning almost everything and should definitely be included on your toiletries checklist!
The small size hits right with most airport standards, making it a perfect TSA bar soap travel companion. Whip this travel soap out of your purse when you’re in a public bathroom that doesn’t have hand soap, use it to hand-wash clothes in your hotel, or simply add it to any low-maintenance beauty routine.
Stay germ-free on the go with our tips!
Vegan Solid Conditioner Bar: Aspen Kay
Complete your shampoo regimen with this sulfate-free solid conditioner that soothes your scalp and stimulates hair growth.
Travel can be rough on hair and this product mitigates the stress of different environments and types of water. Infused with lemongrass and orange essential oils, this will help overworked tresses.
Here are some top tips on downsizing your makeup on the go!
Best Solid Face Soap
Olive oil, known for its amazing ability to soften skin, now comes in a solid but soothing facial soap you can use on both your face and body.
Promising only natural ingredients, this Mediterranean-inspired bar is a popular, organic alternative to other drugstore soaps. You’ll definitely want to add it to your toiletries packing list.
It has a strong lather without the overpowering scent, leaving skin velvety and soft.
Solid Toiletries for Travel Comparison Chart
|BRAND / MODEL||REVIEWS||RATING||PRICE|
|Honey House Naturals Bee Bar Vanilla||Honey House Naturals Bee Bar is a hefty serving of natural butters, moisturizers, and Vitamin E in a solid lotion bar. Its scent and healing properties are two of the top benefits, making it the perfect addition to your toiletries checklist.||Check Price|
|Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Solid Sunblock||As this sunscreen stick is oil and PABA-free, it’s perfect for both the face and body. It goes on completely dry and doesn't have an overwhelming scent. As a bonus, it lasts forever!||Check Price|
|Honey Silk Solid Hair Conditioner||The Honey Silk Hair product is one of the best conditioner bars on the market, with its creamy texture leaving your hair strands soft and silky.||Check Price|
|All Natural Tooth Powder||This product, dapper in a mini mason jar, contains organic ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and sweet orange. It makes your teeth and gums healthier, with a citrusy aftertaste. This little container goes a long way, perfect for six weeks of travel.||Check Price|
|J.R. Liggett Shampoo Bar||Travelers love using natural oils, and now two of your favorites (coconut and argan oil) are bundled into one amazing solid shampoo bar.||Check Price|
|Lazy Coconuts Eco Friendly Laundry Strips||Users say these are “easy, lightweight, and have strong cleaning power.”||Check Price|
|Travelon Laundry Soap Sheets||This genius item contains 50 biodegradable sheets that dissolve in water, offering cleaning suds wherever you need them.||Check Price|
|Repel Sportsman Insect Repellent Stick||This insect repellent comes in stick form, making it a great addition to your toiletries list. It's convenient if you don't normally attract many mosquitos.||Check Price|
|Drunk Elephant Baby Pekee Bar + Juju Bar||The Juju bar removes dead skin cells, while the Pekee Bar heals and moisturizes the skin.||Check Price|
|Big Sexy Hair Powder Play||Use this solid dry shampoo on days you want to volumize your hair. Easily style your tresses by tossing this powder on and comb it with your fingers. No grease, just style.||Check Price|
|Badger Anti-Bug Balm||The Badger Anti-Bug Balm contains no harsh chemicals, doesn't stain clothes, and has a more pleasant scent than regular bug sprays.||Check Price|
|Dove Beauty Bar||This travel beauty bar softens the skin and can be used with a loofah (like shower gel) to create a thick lather that's safe on the body (and face, too). And it’s generous sizing makes it last for a long time — you can use it for weeks while on your travels!||Check Price|
|Ethique Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo Bar||Ethique shampoo bar is both convenient and potent. It works well on most hair types and lasts a long time! Some even use it as a body wash.||Check Price|
|Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation||This solid stick foundation is easy to apply, long lasting, and offers good coverage without drying out your skin.||Check Price|
|Sweet & Sassy Shampoo & Conditioner||A solid shampoo and conditioner bar is the perfect combination for travel and Sweet and Sassy has a set that is storable in reusable containers which can be popped into a day bag or your carry-on easily.||Check Price|
|Julep Detoxifying Fresh Cleansing Stick||The Julep solid face cleanser gently exfoliates and thoroughly cleanses. You’ll love it so much that you’ll probably want to use it when you’re even when you’re not traveling.||Check Price|
|Sea to Summit Pocket Wilderness Wash||Whip this travel soap out of your purse when you're in a public bathroom that doesn't have hand soap, use it to hand-wash clothes in your hotel, or simply add it to any low-maintenance beauty routine.||Check Price|
|Aspen Kay Naturals Solid Conditioner Bar||Complete your shampoo regimen with this sulfate-free solid conditioner that soothes your scalp and stimulates hair growth.||Check Price|
|Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Bar Soap||Promising only natural ingredients, this Mediterranean-inspired bar is a popular, organic alternative to other drugstore soaps. You’ll definitely want to add it to your toiletries packing list.||Check Price|
Travel Toiletries List Tips
What is the TSA Liquid Rule?
Simply put, the TSA liquids rule regulates that you can bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes through the checkpoint. But they’re limited to 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters per item. This can make traveling carry-on only a bit of a challenge.
You can read more detailed information about the TSA liquids rule on this TFG post.
Why should I choose solid products?
Solid products can replace some of your liquid items to reduce the liquids you need to fit in that quart-size bag. If you bring a block of sunscreen instead of a bottle, you can fit an extra bottle of something you absolutely need to be liquid.
And on that note, who can survive off only 100 mL of sunscreen for a beachside trip?
Won’t they weigh more?
If you plan correctly, the weight shouldn’t be a problem. Don’t bring a whole bar of soap, shampoo, or conditioner if you’re only going for a week-long trip. Plan accordingly and bring only what you need; you can save the rest for your next trip!
Do you recommend any solid toiletries for travel? Please share your comments below!
For more tips, please read:
- What’s the Best Hanging Toiletry Bag for Women?
- Best Eco-Friendly Beauty Products for Travel
- 10 Best Toiletry Bags for Travel
- Travel Products to Pack (And Leave Home!)
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