How to Pack Liquids When Bringing a Carry-On Bag Only

One of the most frequently asked questions I answer is what the liquid requirements are when traveling with a carry-on bag only.

The airlines will allow one 1-quart baggie per person for all liquids. When you’re not checking a bag, you need to be extra careful with the liquids chosen.

These are my go-to liquids for my carry-on bag.

Note: If I am checking a bag, I put all liquids in my checked bag. The liquids I leave in my purse or small backpack are: lip gloss, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, and peppermint essential oil (I use this for motion sickness!)

All of the liquids must fit inside the 1-quart baggie and be 3oz or less.

Here are the items I pack in my 1-quart baggie:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body lotion
  • Sunscreen (two variations)
  • Lip gloss
  • Mascara
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Hairspray
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel-size perfume
  • Foundation

Tip: bar soap is not considered a liquid – double bag this and put it inside one of your shoes to save on space!

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