Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Cheap Travel Solution

It's been almost two months since some dear friends and I attended a weekend writers' retreat. What a wonderful time we had! But this non-veteran traveler encountered one minor problem.

You see, I wanted to make sure my toiletries followed NSA guidelines as strictly as possible. With all my lotions and potions for good skin care, carrying everything proved a challenge. So I poured shampoo and conditioner into little food grade plastic containers. It seemed perfect.

Until we reached our lodge, that is. Everything within my two quart plastic bag got covered with goo when my flimsy jars collapsed. What a mess. At least my friends are generous; Tina Holland kindly gave me shampoo and conditioner as I'm sure they all would have gladly offered.

Recently I shopped at a local dollar store. They are everywhere around here, more plentiful than the so-called "Five and Dime" stores of my earliest childhood. Cards are a particularly good deal in these shops. But then I found this:

Designed for arts and crafts, these should stand up to the rigors of my rare airplane travels. I'm tickled pink and ready to board a flight to our next meet-up!

Do you, dear reader, have any travel solutions you'd care to share?

8 comments:

  1. I saw those last time I was at the dollar store. I hope they hold up because what you describe happened to your shampoo, etc, has happened to me, but in my purse!

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    1. Oh, what a mess! Poor dear. Thank you for the well wishes.

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  2. You should totally test those out and come to Chicago for the weekend, Darla! ~grin~

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    1. I like the way you think, my dear. You have such a welcoming home and wonderful family. Thanks for the invitation!

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  3. Goo is a nightmare. I have small bottles and jars that remain closed. If I'm worried about leakage, I seal them in Ziploc snack bags. I hope your new items remain sealed.

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    1. Oh, that's an excellent suggestion! You're very clever. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a kind word. I may have to put those little bags on the shopping list now, having never seen a use around my house before now.

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  4. Not sure if you have them in your Dollar Store, but most Dollar Stores here in Canada have empty travel-sized bottles for your shampoo/conditioner/what-have-you. Even so, I always seal all containers containing liquids of any kind in a ziplock bag juuuust in case something unfortunate happens during travel.

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    1. Thank you for the tip! Unfortunately, the travel-sized bottles are too large for all the things I took for those few days. ~blush~ They wouldn't all fit in my two quart freezer bag. Stupid mid-life acne and whatnot have filled my medicine cabinet with chemicals. :P But I'm going to get those snack size ziplock bags for sure. I appreciate you for stopping by!

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