Traveling as a family of 10 is always a bit of a challenge. In fact, when the children were little, it was quite the circus. Fortunately, we've figured out how to make it as pain-free as possible.
It involves packing lists, matching suitcases, dressing all of us in matching shirts, and lots of marching in single file with continuous head counts!
Years ago, we flew from Indiana to California to appear on the television show, The Doctors. We packed carefully and brought LOTS of soap with us to share with everyone we met on the journey.
As we went through the TSA line at the airport and had our luggage scanned, we got flagged and had to open up all our carry on cases. The TSA agents wanted to know what all the rectangular objects were.
When we told them it was soap, they were a bit confused why we had over 50 bars of soap spread out amongst all our carry-on luggage. So we pulled out several of our Banner mini magazines and showed them what we do.
Ten minutes later (after answering a lot of Goat Milk Stuff questions), we were on our way!
While we got flagged because of how many soaps we had with us, the fact that it was soap was not an issue. Let's talk for a moment about the TSA travel restrictions for your bath and body products.
"Thank you for great, wholesome products. I truly love them and even give some to loved ones. I love doing business with small family run companies and your family has great business practices. I'm a new customer and am enjoying trying the great variety of scents you offer." - Lisa S.
According to the TSA website,
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.
Based on this, there is no limit to bringing bar soap with you in either your checked or carry-on baggage. Since you don't need to worry about bar soap spilling and getting on your clothes, this is the optimal choice for travel.
But if you prefer to bring liquid soap, you will need to keep it under 3.4 oz in your carry-on case. Anything over that will need to be checked in your regular suitcase.
If you choose to travel with our liquid soap foamer bottle, you will need to put it in your checked luggage since it contains 4 oz. We also strongly recommend double bagging it in a sealable plastic bags in case the pressure in the airplane cargo causes any leaks.
"I have to have this in my life now! The scent is so delicious and my skin is so much softer after having used it consistently for several weeks!" - Georgia G.
And keep in mind that it is the container size and not the amount of product inside that counts. As the TSA website says, "Containers that are larger than 3.4 oz (100 ml) regardless of amount inside must be in checked baggage."
But what about lotion?
Let's look back at the TSA website:
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.
And since according to the TSA guidelines, any substance that is free-flowing or viscous is considered a liquid, commercial liquid lotions definitely are affected by this rule.
Hopefully you are aware of how dangerous liquid lotions can be and you've stopped using them. If you've switched to our Solid Goat Milk Lotions, you've experienced how wonderful they are for your skin.
But solid lotions are also much more convenient to take with you when you travel. Even if a TSA agent considered the solid lotions a cream (which they technically aren't,) our large stick size is 2 oz which is below the 3.4 oz limit. So you can take our small and large lotions sticks with you in your carry-on luggage.
But whether you pack your solid goat milk lotions in your carry-on or checked baggage, there are never any concerns about it leaking all over your clothes and other packed items!
"I just ordered more solid lotion-I have had problems with one of my elbows for years. Through the years I have tried numerous things, even some from my doctor. I have rubbed the Lavender solid lotion on every night—in just a few weeks the skin is perfect!!!" - Grace B.
Let's summarize the TSA rules for traveling with your toiletries...
Now that you know what (and where) the TSA will allow you pack, I want to share a list of some of our favorite travel soaps.
Although many people prefer soaps with strong scents, unscented soaps offer tons of benefits including:
Unscented soaps are great for sensitive skin. If you are searching for the best TSA bar soap for sensitive skin, unscented goat milk soaps are ideal. They are perfect for those suffering from skin conditions such as eczema, acne, or psoriasis. Also, if you’re undergoing procedures such as chemotherapy or radiation, these soaps are safe for you as well. And since traveling can negatively impact your skin, choosing an unscented soap can be beneficial during your travels.
Unscented soaps are highly moisturizing. Another benefit is that they are highly moisturizing and include vitamins, alpha hydroxy acids, and minerals, which are great for the skin.
Unscented soaps are considerate of others. Although you may not personally have any sensitivity to scents, there may be others traveling near you that are. When traveling in close confinement (as you do on a plane), using unscented soaps may prevent others around you from being triggered by any strong scents.
Your options for unscented soaps include:
Unscented soaps are also great for traveling because you can pack them without worrying about the scent transferring to other objects in your suitcase or travel bag.
"It’s great…my husband uses it and has less itchy skin and his hands are better, they used to be dry and cracked. Thank you" - Kelly B.
If you are interested in TSA friendly Goat Milk Soaps that are scented, here are some great choices:
When it comes to traveling and skincare, it's best to always be prepared. If you are traveling to places that are especially cold, hot, or dry, packing the proper skincare items is essential. Solid Goat Milk Lotions are a great, easy to pack option that will help care for your skin no matter where you're traveling. And they benefit your skin without the unnecessary additives such as chemicals and preservatives found in commercial liquid lotions.
Consider packing any of these Solid Goat Milk Lotions depending on where you're traveling...
There are three more items that our family never travels without. We all have these in our travel toiletry kits and they've come to the rescue more than once.
"I recently received the Arnica for Sore Muscles Salve. I must admit I wasn’t expecting it to do much, but I was pleasantly surprised! My daughter and I used it for our neck and shoulder pain and we both noticed a difference in how we felt. It definitely relieved some of the soreness. At first I thought that the container was so small that the salve would be gone quickly but a little goes a long way! If you suffer from sore muscles, definitely give this a try!" - Connie
Each of these salves are under the TSA minimum weight and are approved for packing in either your carry-on or checked baggage. We recommend keeping them in a resealable plastic bag to keep them from getting on your clothes or other travel items.
With summer travel going strong, I've been getting a lot of questions lately about whether our products can safely travel on an airplane. I hope this blog post removes any concerns about whether or not your Goat Milk Stuff products are TSA and travel friendly - they are!
You can absolutely pack your favorite Goat Milk Stuff items to bring with you as you travel. The soaps and lotions can safely handle the pressure and temperature differentials if they travel in your checked baggage. They are also TSA-friendly so you don't need to worry about them being confiscated.
Packing for a trip does not have to be a stressful experience, especially where your skincare is concerned. So take the time to prepare for your trip by selecting your favorite Goat Milk Stuff soaps, lotions, and salves to travel with.
We pray you enjoy safe travels and lots of wonderful new memories!
PJ & Crew
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