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Holiday Travel With Cosmetics

Author : Callum Asterman

When Wilbur Wright made the first powered flight he is said to have commented afterwards "This is all well and good. But where will people put their creams?" That's not true of course. Everybody knows it was Orville who made the first flight.

There are all sorts of restrictions on what can and cannot be taken on an aircraft as you fly of to the Balearics or Thailand for a fortnight. First there are the self imposed limitations. There's only so much room in your case after the multitude of weather garments, so people have always had to be selective about what they have taken away with them.

But now airline companies have their own rules and regulations. We can only take so many bottles of certain sizes, weights and types when we fly. Sometimes it is for sound aeronautical reasons; others, you might suspect, are ways for airlines to cash in on our situation and raise extra revenue (or as they put it, encouraging eco-friendly approaches to travel).

And third, after a plot to mix liquids into an explosive cocktail on board planes in 2006, there have been strict (and much criticised) rules about what can and cannot be taken onboard in hand luggage and the way it must be presented. At the time of writing, the limit is 100 ml per container up to a maximum of 1 litre, and it must all be carried in a transparent plastic re-sealable bag that's no bigger than 20 cm square! These rules are, however, constantly under review and there could more relaxed rules soon or they could become even stricter.

So you need to have the right kind of bottle in the right size. Now although it's normal for perfumes to come in such small amounts, we don't tend to buy cleansers, creams, shampoos and other such cosmetics in bottles that small. So how do we live with these rules: leave everything at home and purchase what you need when you get to your destination; or get some smaller bottles and switch your products across. But we can;t be sure foreign countries will keep the brands we know and love – or indeed that the shops will be open – most travellers tend to take their own things.

You can get travel bottles from most supermarkets and chemists, and there are also companies such as Ickle Bockles who have developed the concept to a whole new level, making everything from simple containers with screw tops to pumps and sprays, and importantly they all come in regulation sizes and specifications. They also happen to be rather funky, unlike the somewhat bland bottles you tend to find on the high street.

Using these travel bottles, as soon as you land at your resort you can moisturise and clean up, put on some sun cream and head for the sunloungers in the time it takes for you to go through passport control, wait for your bag to make it down the carousel, take the resort bus to your hotel and for you to check in. No wonder the shops might be closed.

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It is crucial to have the correct travel bottles if you regularly travel for business or pleasure. Callum is a lifestyle journalist and looks at skin care and other cosmetic product from a usability perspective, avoiding complicated terminology and explaining benefits.

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