Liquid-Free Carry On Toiletries Kit: Solid Toiletries for Easy Travel

Liquid Free Toiletries Kit: Make carry-on only travel easy with these must have solid toiletries. #traveltips #packing #travelproducts #travelbeauty #beauty

Make packing easy and get through TSA without hassle by creating a Liquid-Free Toiletries Kit for air travel. These are some of my favorite solid toiletries for the perfect carry on toiletries kit!

There are many reasons to travel liquid-free, but one of the biggest reasons is the pesky TSA liquids rule. The rule is there for a good reason, but it can make packing for a flight more tedious than any of us care for.

To avoid confusion and make packing easier, consider traveling with a liquid-free toiletry kit! Swap out all your usual liquid health and hygiene products for liquid-free versions instead. There are tons of solid toiletries out there so it’s easier to do than you think. I’ve been testing out a bunch of them over the last few months and I don’t know why I didn’t make the switch sooner.

If you’re traveling with a checked bag, then this might not be as important (although it is nice to not have to worry about liquids spilling in your bags). But if you’re a carry-on only traveler like myself, then you need to make sure your toiletry kit fits within the 3-1-1 rule.


TSA Liquid Rules: 3-1-1 Rule

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has strict rules for liquids in your carry on. “Liquids” in this case refers to anything substance that is a liquid, cream, or gel, as well as aerosol.

The rule is generally referred to as the 3-1-1 rule:

3: Liquids can be up to 3.4 ounces

1: All containers filled with liquids must fit into 1 clear bag.

1: The bag must be 1 quart or less.

Read my TSA Liquids Rule guide for more info about the limits + answers to the most asked questions.


Packing List: Liquid-Free Toiletries Kit


Why You Should Travel Liquid-Free

The main benefit of traveling with a liquid-free toiletry kit is to make air travel a million times easier. If you’re traveling carry-on only, you’ll be subject to the TSA liquid limits. This limits the amount of product you can bring with you, and going through security at the airport becomes a hassle. With all or mostly solid toiletries, you’ll fly through TSA stress-free.

Another good reason to travel without liquids is to avoid spills, leaks, and messes. Carrying liquid shampoos, lotions, etc. can occasionally lead to ruining clothes. Tubes of liquids might explode in your luggage, especially due to pressure at higher altitudes.

I’ve put together the perfect Liquid-Free Toiletry Kit for air travel. It contains all the typical toiletries you need while traveling, but in solid form! No liquids, no pastes, no gels, no aerosols. I’m sharing some of my favorite solid toiletries to help you create your own.

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Liquid-Free Toiletries Kit


Here’s my quick list of liquid-free products to add to your carry-on packing list. Scroll down to read more details on each item and see my top recommendations.

Liquid-Free Carry-On Toiletries Kit:

I’m so happy to see that beauty brands have released a lot of liquid-free beauty products since I first created this packing list. I’ll continue to add new favorites as I try them out!

LUSH shampoo bar

Shampoo Bar

There are a lot of shampoo bars out there to choose from. They work just like bar soap, but they’re for your hair! I wanted to find a good formula that wouldn’t dry out my hair.

After testing some out, Lush shampoo bars have become a favorite. They have a handful of scents and formulas to choose from, so you can find one that works for your hair type. I like the Seanik shampoo bar for added texture, which is perfect for my fine hair texture.

The other great thing about the Lush bars is that they are packaging free, which reduces waste. You can buy reusable tin containers to store them.

Other Options: Another liquid-free shampoo option is dry shampoo powder. The aerosols are subject to the TSA liquid rule, so they aren’t ideal for a liquid-free toiletry kit.

Solid Shampoo Recommendations

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Conditioning Bar

The best liquid-free alternative to conditioner is a conditioning bar. It’s the same as a shampoo bar, but…conditioner. Again, I really like the Lush conditioning bar. Overall, the brand just has a lot of great solid toiletries to choose from, and like I said earlier, they also come packaging free. You can get a tin container for this too. (This post is not sponsored FYI, I just really wanted to try their products for this liquid-free toiletry kit).

Solid Conditioner Recommendations

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Bar Soap

Bar soap is the obvious choice for a liquid-free toiletry kit. This item isn’t anything special or new. We’ve all used bar soap before, and there are a ton of options. Just pick your favorite bar soap, get a reusable container to keep it in, and you can use it for showering, washing hands, or even for your face and hair in a pinch.

I personally prefer Dr. Bronner’s bar soaps because they are vegan, natural, eco-friendly, and they aren’t harsh, which makes them a great all-in-one bar soap.

Bar Soap Recommendations

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Deodorant Stick

Solid deodorant sticks are commonplace. Just make sure you don’t use a gel or aerosol deodorant, because those are subject to the TSA liquids rule. I like this clinical strength deodorant for travel days, and Ursa Major has a great natural deodorant stick.

Another great option for liquid-free deodorant is a solid deodorant bar, which is just like a bar of soap for your armpits. Once again, Lush has a great one that I’m currently using.

And yet another option for your liquid-free toiletry kit are deodorant wipes. These are just like face wipes or baby wipes, but they contain deodorizing ingredients. Just quickly rub them over your armpits for a quick, fresh feeling. I’ve been known to do this in a pinch with regular wipes, so I’m glad to have an option that’s actually meant for armpits.

Solid Deodorant Recommendations

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Solid Face Wash Cleansing Sticks

When I was initially putting together my liquid-free toiletry kit, face wash was the hardest product to find. But now that I know solid face wash cleansing sticks exist, they are my FAVORITE beauty product for travel. I’m kind of obsessed with these, and have started using them even when I’m not traveling.

Here are a few of my favorite solid face wash options

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Other Options: If you’re looking for a liquid-free alternative to face wash for travel, there are a couple of other options as well. Face wipes are a really simple thing to pack, and they’re great for a quick swipe over your face.  I like Simple Cleansing Wipes. There are also some bar soaps with gentle formulas for your face, like this Neutrogena Facial Bar.


bottle of toothpaste tabs

Toothpaste Tabs

Toothpaste tabs are so easy to use when traveling. They are just little tabs of toothpaste that you chew, and then start brushing. They do not count as liquids in this form, so they are perfect for a solid toiletry kit. I’ve been using the Lush Toothpaste Tabs. Another option is toothpaste powder. Just wet your toothbrush bristles and dip it into the powder. Then it works just like regular toothpaste.

Solid Toothpaste Recommendations

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Mouthwash Tabs

Similar to toothpaste tabs, mouthwash tabs are solid, chewable tabs that you can pack in your carry on. After chewing briefly, take a sip of water and swish around.

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Solid Lotion Bars

There are plenty of solid lotion bars available to choose from. Ethique has some of my favorite solid toiletries (they’re natural, eco-friendly products). Rub the lotion bar over damp skin for the best result.

This Burt’s Bees Hydrating Stick is my favorite face moisturizer!

Solid Lotion Recommendations

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Sunscreen Stick

Regular sun cream, sunscreen sprays, and aerosols won’t work for a liquid-free toiletry kit. There are solid sunscreen sticks out there, however most of them are quite small as they are geared towards use on the face. If you’re only looking for SPF for your face (which you should be using daily), then there are plenty of options, like Sun Bum. If you are looking for solid sunscreen to use on your entire body, look for a larger size. I recommend Neutrogena Sunscreen Stick. If you can’t make a 100% solid toiletry kit, this is the one item I’d suggest just taking as a liquid.


Best Toiletry Bags for Travel

The great thing about a completely liquid-free toiletry kit is that you don’t have to worry about the TSA 3-1-1 rule! That means you don’t need to fit your toiletries into a clear, quart sized bag. You can use any bag you like, any size. I love Ban.do travel accessories, and their toiletries bag has really cute designs.

The pineapple bag I used in the photos is from Pura Vida.

Here are some of my favorite bags for toiletries and beauty products

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So many product recommendations…I have tried 90% of these products to make sure they work for travel. At the very least, I have tested out the brands, so I know they are brands I’m happy to recommend.

Now you can go off and make your own liquid free toiletries kit for your next trip. Let me know if you have any favorite solid toiletries–I’d love to try them out!


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By Courtney Minor

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12 comments

  1. Great post, thank you SO MUCH for sharing!! I’ve been thinking about using liquid free toiletries for traveling, but I wasn’t sure where so start or what products to try. I’ll definitely be checking out these products/brands before my next trip!
    -Sarah Jean Travels

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  2. Thank you so much for this post! Great tips. Now the only problem left is how to do without a hair spray 🙂

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    1. Glad it was helpful. The great thing about this list is it means you can par down all the rest of your toiletries, and make room for the important ones (like hairspray) that don’t have alternatives. 🙂

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  3. I use most of these type of products, I just started using the solid sunscreen. I was previously using a Sunveil shirt so did not need to worry about sunscreen. What I am looking for now is sold insect repellent. There are a few listed on Amazon but wonder if you have any recommendations.

    I found the Lush tins impossible to open with arthritic thumbs and would suggest Gotubs. One hand opening and have not had a problem with them popping open by themselves.

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    1. Yes, I love Gotoobs and GoTubbs! They are really great quality.

      I don’t have any insect repellent suggestions, unfortunately. That’s a product I’m still looking for, but I’ll add it to this post if I ever find something I like.

      Thank you for all your tips, Candace!

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