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A Compact Toiletry Kit Bag That Is Inexpensive & Meets Airport Security Requirements

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21/08/2008 – A Compact Toiletry Kit Bag That Is Inexpensive & Meets Airport Security Requirements

For the past few years……OK for the last who knows how many years (at least a decade) I have used a 1-quart Ziploc bag as my toiletry bag on the road. I like the Ziploc bags, they last about a year, they are easy to replace and they can hold quite a lot.

In the past few months It has come to attention that most travelers don’t generally pack their toiletry bags with random soaps and shampoos they have taken from hotels and toothbrushes and combs they have liberated from airline lounges.

In an effort to ‘see how the other side travels’ I set out to find a simple, compact and low cost toiletry bag for those seeking an organized all-in-one kit. The majority of the toiletry kits I looked into would pose a problem under the current carry on restrictions, limiting these kits to checked baggage only. Many toiletry kits I looked at were not see through, as required by not on the US Transportation Security Administration, but also by airport security authorities around the world.

This week while wandering through a bookstore I found what I had been looking for. A simple, clear plastic, all-in-one travel toiletry kit for under US$5.00!

Paperchase Stationary, a British stationary manufacturer, produced a simple and inexpensive toiletry kit. This kit comes with two liquid soap/shampoo bottles, a perfume/cologne sprayer and two cosmetics ‘dishes.’ All of these are clear making them ideal for dealing with airport security. When I loaded my Paperchase Travel Accessories kit the first thing I did was remove the perfume spray bottle and two cosmetics ‘dishes.’ I loaded the two liquid soap bottles with some Mrs. Meyers hand soap and Aussie shampoo. From there I added a Toothbrush (courtesy of Air Canada), a comb (which was freed from a Korean Air lounge), some travel deodorant (thank you Lufthansa) a bar of soap (borrowed from a cart at the Vagabond Inn at SFO) and some travel toothpaste, which I seem to have a pile of for some reason.

All the basic toiletry accessories fit nicely into the case and for under US$5.00 how can you go wrong?

You can find the Paperchase Travel Accessories kit on Amazon.com, in some Borders Bookstores (in the US) and on Paperchases’ online store (for sales in the UK only).

Do you have a favourite airport security approved toiletry kit? Let me know!

Below is a photo of the Paperchase Accessories kit and its original components .

Happy Flying!

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a plastic bag with different bottles


  1. I always wondered why I can only have 3 oz of shampoo. That must be the amount that causes extreme pain when squirted into someone's face.

    Indeed it is a hassle. The only thing I fly with anymore is my toothbrush.

    When I arrive at my destination most major hotels have courtesy razors, shampoo, soap, and basics.

    If they don't I simply swing by a 5 & dime and pick up the few needed things – it's generally less than $10.

  2. Eric,

    The 3oz limit technically has to do with the liquid being used as a haz-mat or exposive. Of course you can stuff a lot of 3oz containers ina single 1qt bag, but that is a whole other issue.

    I try and stay fully self contained with what I need as I often do not stay in a hotel. I often get of a plane, find an airport lounge (or public bathroom) and wash up before heading out to work. By traveling this way I save time and money by skipping overnights in hotels.

    I also find traveling without deodorant is never good for business :0)

    Happy Flying!


  3. “What do you do about razors”

    I generally purchase a disposable razor, or ask for one at a lounge or in a hotel, while on the road.

    Disposable shaving razor are however allowed in carry on bags. The rules on razors are at times grey, but you can puchase shaving kits, including razors, in the ‘air-side,’ post-security, magazine shops in most airports.

    I have purchased razors, or received a razor in an airline lounge. in past 8 months ‘post-security’ in Philadelphia (PHL), Austin (AUS), Vancouver (YVR), Frankfurt (FRA), Hong Kong (HKG), San Francisco (SFO), Chicago (ORD) Incheon (ICN), Amsterdam (AMS), Paris (CDG), Washington (IAD) and Charlotte (CLT).

    So if you forget your razor, or get an misinformed security screening agent, you can go pick one up in the airport easily.

    Happy Flying!

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