Shampoo Alternative for Travel – Shampoo Bars

By now we all know the TSA rules for carrying on toiletries. If you don’t here’s a refresher:

Remember 3-1-1. If you carry-on your toiletries each bottle must weight 3.4 oz (100ml) or less. This applies to liquids, aerosols, or gels. All toiletry items must fit in 1 clear quart size zip top bag. 1 bag per traveler.

A quart size bag fills up fast. Any liquid that you can eliminate frees up precious cubic inches. Next time you pack, consider a shampoo bar instead of the standard toiletry sized bottle of shampoo.

Shampoos that come in bar forms similar to soap don’t have to be packed in your quart size bag. They lather up in your hair and work just like shampoo only in non-liquid form.

1. Shampoo Bars from Basin White. 2. Shampoo & Conditioner Bar Godiva Solid Shampoo by LUSH. 3. J.R Ligget shampoo bars come in travel size JR Liggett’s – Old-Fashioned Shampoo Mini Traveler 4. Burt’s Bees Burt’s Bees – Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar (Disc), 3.5 oz bars

I would go with the Godiva Solid Shampoo from Lush Shampoo shown above.  It’s a combo shampoo & conditioner and a perfect example of a double duty item.  Lush also makes a travel tin for carrying their shampoo bars.

Try it out before you leave on your next trip and see if it works for you.  If you’re not ready to try a shampoo bar just start with packing a shampoo and conditioner combo so you don’t have to bring 2 separate bottles. The Sea to Summit brand makes a concentrated version in a 3 oz. bottle that only requires one cap-ful per use.  Happy Packing!

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  • Hello,

    I see that you recommend Lush shampoo bars for travel. Do you have any experience with getting past the TSA with one of these? I know the tins aren’t marked so I’m wondering if that would be an issue.
    Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • I prefer Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap. I’m allergic to everything under the sun, but I find that bar works on my hair, face and skin… It’s only got two ingredients! It’s amazing.