Taking toiletries on holiday can prove to be troublesome for a number of reasons – whether you don’t want to overload your bag and tip it over the weight restrictions, or you’re only taking hand luggage and want to adhere to the 100ml restrictions and save space when it’s at a premium.
From shampoo and conditioner to moisturiser and sun screen, toiletries will take up plenty of space and ironically are the main offenders when it comes to incidents in the air – after all, a full bottle of shampoo that’s spilled all over your luggage is definitely the last thing you need at the start of your holidays.
- Full size products are almost always more economical than travel-sized ones. Petite versions of your usual products always come at a premium but few people take the time to figure out just how much more they’re paying for mini versions of their toiletries. The retailers know you want an easy fix, so they often make these items much more expensive than they need to be. For example, a travelsupermarket.com study found that in Boots a 75ml travel size Sanctuary body lotion was £2.50 but a full-sized version was only £2.20 per 100ml. That’s a massive third cheaper for 25ml MORE product. So look at the little bottles before you buy as you might find yourself unnecessarily out of pocket – a sure to take the shine off your cheap holiday.
- Even worse is the price of minis at the airport. The same travelsupermarket.com study found that full-sized products sold in high street stores where far cheaper than their mini matches sold at Manchester and London airports. For example a 150ml spray can of Dove antiperspirant was only £1 on the high street but the tiny version in the airport doubled in price to £1.99 for 35ml! 500ml of Listerine was £3 in the supermarkets compared with £1.05 for 35ml at the airport. A 500ml bottle of Johnsons Top to Toe Bath for babies was £2.67 on the high street but a 50ml bottle was £1.99 – an 845% increase per ml – proving that it’s imperative to be aware of these mark-ups to save yourself from unnecessary spending.
- A good tip is to make your own minis. Air travel compliant Design Go Cabin Bottles from Boots only cost £8.49 and can be used over and over again or, if you don’t want to part with your cash then hotel miniature bottles can be used after a thorough clean and, let’s face it, everyone has a few of those hanging around the house!
- Consider buying your toiletries when you arrive at your destination. If you’re going somewhere with a great exchange rate then buying toiletries and then discarding them at the end of the holiday might actually be the best option for you. Places like the US offer cheap toiletries but make sure you check this out before you fly as some tourist traps will offer massively inflated prices.