You are going on a trip next week. You have all the things you need in your luggage (both on your carry-on and checked one). You have already booked the place where you will stay for the next two weeks. The schedule is perfect and all – but there is only one problem left to be solved. How long do travel-size toiletries last? You need answers for this problem to bring the barest minimum possible. You searched far and wide on the Internet, asked your friends who often traveled, but all of their answers did not satisfy you. You stumbled on this article, and we say, my friend, this is the right site for you!
This article will tackle how much use can an average size of a specific toiletry last? From the averages you will see later, you can adjust the amount to bring for your trip. Let’s get going!
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How Many Washers Do I Get?
- Shampoo (1.5 oz.) = 13 washes. This experiment is done on a short hair user who does not wash her hair every day (just every other day). Meaning it lasted on her for 26 days. The number of washes you can do with this much shampoo is inversely proportional to the length of the user’s hair. It means that the longer and denser your hair, the lesser washes you can do with 1.5oz of shampoo.
- Body wash (3 oz.) = 44 washes. A 3oz of body wash can take upon the average of 44 washes before being spent up completely if used generously. Like the case in shampoo, the lifespan of your body wash depends on your frequency of usage. But with these many washes for 3oz, you can rest assured not to buy another body wash for your entire trip.
- Facewash (1 oz.) = 31 washes. Next is the face wash. This item goes a long way even though it is only an ounce. The face wash lasted about 31 washes which are enough for a month’s worth of trip. If you are using your face wash twice a day, half a month is not bad at all.
- Lotion (1 oz.) = eight uses. The lotion is one of the products that can be spent chiefly on one sitting and must be used sparingly. It only lasted about eight uses, which means it can only last for about a week and maybe lower if your trip is on a pretty dry place like the desert.
- Toothpaste (.85 oz.) = 40 brushes. Toothpaste is, mainly, freebies that you can get when you went for your yearly check-up to your dentist. This one takes forever to dry up. A 0.85oz tube can last around 40 uses on average. When you are brushing your teeth two times a day, it can mean that you can brush your teeth for 20 days straight. This is good for travels that will not last for a month!
- Shaving cream (2 oz.) = 10 shaves. It depends on how and where you will use it. When it was used to shave someone’s legs, it lasts for 10 shaves on average. This amount of shaving can be larger if you will use it to shave your face and if you are doing it every day or just every week.
- Face moisturizer (.17 oz.) = 12 uses. For a 0.17oz of face moisturizer, this comes a very long way. The face moisturizer can last at an average of 12 uses which is 12 days if you are only using it daily. If you use it day and night, it can last up to a day shy in a week.
It Is Unique to Everyone
Each one of us uses the products we have when we are traveling. In addition to that, we all have different bodies. Some have more hair to shave or to use shampoo to. Some does not use a moisturizer or even a conditioner. Some even only use soap, shampoo, and toothpaste, and they are okay with their trip. Though generally speaking, if you are going on a trip for at most two weeks, the TSA’s 3.4-ounce rule will be more than enough for most of the time. Some will have leftovers at the end of the trip. How about these leftovers? What will do about them? We can answer it in the next portion of this article.
I Have Leftovers From My Previous Trip, Now What?
Typically, you will end up with leftovers that are more than what you imagined at the end of the trip. Some say that they only used up to half of their travel toiletries and did not know what will do to them after. One of the easiest tricks is to just use the leftover toiletries until nothing left. It just like you continue your life as if you do not come from a trip. Ask yourself, is it wrong to use the leftover shampoo or toothpaste from your recent Colorado trip? Using your leftovers will save you up some money and end up less waste produced by your household. Also, using all your bits from your recent trip is a way to be more sustainable in life!
Another solution to the problem is to add all up the like products. You can choose to save up the contents of the bottles you had after the trip and mix them with the same product. This approach to the problem has a con of taking up some space in your drawer. It is a good option generally but does not apply to all toiletry leftovers like toothpaste.
Lastly, the best solution to the problem is to have a reusable container that you can use for your travel toiletries. A reusable container is very easy to use and is very sustainable. Though always remember to put a label on your containers to avoid confusion.
There you have it, everything you need to know on how long travel-size toiletries last. We hope that this article proved to be useful to you on packing the right amount of toiletries you need, depending on your frequency of usage and other factors. What are you waiting for? Start packing now and make that well-planned trip of yours become a reality.