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How Many Products Do You Squeeze Into Your Plastic Carry-On?

I refuse to check luggage when traveling during the busiest times of the year. Why? I fear being stranded without clean underwear or toothpaste in case of inclement weather, botched layovers, or whatever last-minute delays might strike. Last year, due to circumstances which I am still not sure, I was stuck at a hotel outside the Mall of America on Christmas Eve. It was as wonderful as you can imagine.

At least I was a happily stranded camper come time when I needed a good teeth-brushing. Thanks to my carry-on luggage, complete with Ziploc baggie filled with grooming goods, it was easy to stay fresh. When you have to pack liquids, what's your carry-on number?

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Allytta Allytta 6 years
i never bother to count. i usually just have a face cream and some lip butters there. i keep everything else in the check in luggage. i don't do lay overs.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
For once, I am lucky. I have so many medications that can't go through x-ray that I get to use a large 1-quart bag. I can fit just about everything in there (as long as it's not over 3 ounces). So I just throw my medications and beauty care regimen in the large bag together. The only downside is that security has to swab the outside of each item in the bag and that adds like an extra 5-10 minutes to get through security. Not much of a downside though.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
For once, I am lucky. I have so many medications that can't go through x-ray that I get to use a large 1-quart bag. I can fit just about everything in there (as long as it's not over 3 ounces). So I just throw my medications and beauty care regimen in the large bag together. The only downside is that security has to swab the outside of each item in the bag and that adds like an extra 5-10 minutes to get through security. Not much of a downside though.
mek123 mek123 6 years
I use a lot of the foil sample packets so I can fit more than 10 items in that stupid plastic bag. I hope they get rid of the rule this year.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
as many that will fit! although whoever packed that bag can take the lip balm out of there. not a liquid, so it's A-OK.
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 6 years
I travel with stuff that's not allowed in the cabin, so I have no choice but to check a bag. So liquids/gels in my carry-on are mainly just the hand cream and lip gloss I'd have in my purse anyway.
Sam1985 Sam1985 6 years
As much as I can squeeze in! :)
mommahello mommahello 6 years
I put as many as possible in there, and include foil packets of sample products also, like eye cream, etc.
Deconstruction Deconstruction 6 years
I put whatever I can possibly fit... but generally I need to check a bag so other than lipstick, handcream, etc. I can get away without putting much in there.
gigill gigill 6 years
I have 5-10 items in my makeup bag that I always forget to put in my checked luggage, so I wedge them into that stupid plastic bag!
soapbox soapbox 6 years
I refuse to put anything under. Too many of my friends lost their luggage, so I just became great at packing. Anyway, I fit in as much as I could, even if it means two bags, but I must bring a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, sunblock, mask and lip exfoliater or else I'll be miserable. (And my pores would be the size of texas, but let's not go there)
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 6 years
I bought a Marc by Marc Jacobs cosmetic case a few years ago and noticed right before I traveled somewhere that it was the right size and clear for carry on territory. I cram everything in it and don't have to worry about the rips you get with plastic bags.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
As many as possible. Stupidest. Regulation. Ever.
jfellows1631 jfellows1631 6 years
i thought they were going to lift this regulation this year...guess not!
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