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Something Else to Take From the Hotel For Your Next Trip

There's a time when less is more and more . . . simply won't fit into those prepackaged, airline-approved travel sets. Take those occasions when you don't need a week's worth of three products, but want three days worth of closer to seven products.

I've picked up some three-ounce travel bottles for things that run out quickly, but what about a dab of shimmer lotion for a night out or some homemade toner? Well, the next time you're at a hotel that provides the essentials in these tiny, one-ounce sizes, empty (or use it), and bring them home in your carry-on.

Once home, pop them in the dishwasher and suddenly you've got tiny (free!) bottles perfect for those bitty essentials. That way your quart-sized bag will still fit those items that take up tons of space (like deodorant) and have room for the rainbow of lip glosses you need to bring too. You know, just in case.

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emalove emalove 8 years
Great idea!
gbychan gbychan 8 years
Umm...There might be a problem. Getting through security in one piece tends to vary from airport to airport and from TSA employee to TSA employee. I could see someone having a problem carrying liquids that aren't in their original containers, even if they are carefully marked.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
kimsy, I clean out the honey jars and put my moisturizer in there.
paigetasticx paigetasticx 8 years
You can actually bring bigger sized things in your checked luggage. You just can't go through the security gate/checkpoint/whatever it's called with liquids larger than 3oz. I should start keeping those little shampoos. Sick of carrying my own, anyways.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Great tip. Love it.
kimsy kimsy 8 years
Kind of a pain to clean out, but another good storage option for these are the tiny jars of honey that come with hotel room service toast, tea, etc.
jfellows1631 jfellows1631 8 years
on a recent trip, i saw 2 different people at 2 different security checkpoints make it through with their toiletries in GALLON sz the big square freezer size....what gives?
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
This is a good idea! They should quicklink this on Savvysugar!
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