Carry-on Alternatives

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Carry-on rules for USA domestic flights have gotten tighter.

What to Know Before You Go

Due to enhanced security measures liquids, gels, lotions and other items of similar consistency will not be permitted in carry-on baggage. These types of items must be packed in your checked baggage.

Additionally, liquids, gels and lotions purchased beyond the checkpoint but must be disposed of before boarding the aircraft.

To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers the following items are permitted.

* Small amounts of Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling
* Liquid prescription medicine with a name that matches the passenger’s ticket
* Up to 8 oz. of liquid or gel low blood sugar treatment
* Up to 4 oz. of essential non-prescription liquid medications

You are permitted to bring solid cosmetics and personal hygiene items as such lipstick, lip balm and similar solids. Please remember these items must be solid and not liquid, gel or aerosol.

As I am one of those people who tries to travel with just a carry-on, here are a few suggestions for products which may be allowed onboard.
Lush Shampoo Bars
Lush Solid Conditioner
Soap Sheets
Burt's Bees Lip Balm in Chapstick form [also at Border's Bookstores]

I haven't found a powdered tooth paste (tooth powder?) but these items might cover a few of the gender neutral basics. Anyone find a solid lotion yet? Also, they don't cost much so you can toss a product into the trash if the TSA agent decides that solid hair care products (like a soap, not vaseline) is a threat to security.

Remaining tip: slice up your solid soaps with a bread knife. No need to bring an entire bar of anything for a quick trip.

++ The capable flyertalk members contribute suggestions for non-liquid and non-gel toiletries


Hey, yeah, Pike's Place Market has a beeswax lotion that is cool, and I think that Lush now has them.

Solid lotion bars...

I've been buying from Aubrey for years, and definitely vouch for quality :-)


I am writing a story about tips for business travelers for Business 2.0 magazine. I noticed on your blog that you began carrying several substitute products in order to continue carrying on your bags. I'd like to talk to you about these products.

Also, I noticed that you posted a comment on another Web site suggesting that frequent fliers look for the shortest security line and then walk to their gates behind the checkpoint. Do you still recommend that?

Please contact me at to talk about the story and your travel advice.


you asked about where to find toothpowder. I use Eco-Dent Toothpowder and it is at most health food stores from what I can tell. Try Wild Oats or Whole Foods if there is one nearby. Also, i recently saw it on there is more info at their website

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