Where to Buy Travel-Size Items

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Travel sizes of necessary toiletries and favorite products easily tuck away in luggage where a full-size version may hog space or carry an increased chance of spilling all over your clothes. If you've got a carry-on, you need to keep fluid ounces down to abide by Transportation Security Administration rules. Find the right travel sizes whether you've planned ahead or are left high and dry without a tiny can of hairspray.

Drugstores and Grocery Stores

  • Most drugstores and grocery outlets stock a suitable selection of the obvious travel-size essentials, including toothbrushes that tuck into a travel case, varieties of toothpaste, mini shampoos and conditioners, body wash and more. You can purchase plastic travel containers to hold a bar of soap or enough medicine for a trip, or save even more money by purchasing little travel bottles and pouring in your shampoo and body wash. Travel essentials here don't stop at the travel-size aisle, though, as you can grab facial cloths that scrap the need to carry bottles of makeup remover and cleanser, or dry shampoo for quick hair touch-ups. Grab snack packs of crackers, dried fruit, instant soup mix and other munchies to add sustenance to your travel stash. Pick up quart-size zip-top plastic baggies; the TSA requires all of your carry-on liquids and pastes to be packed into one of these clear bags and separated from the rest of your luggage for screening.

Specialty Retailers

  • If you've got a favorite haircare brand or are looking for miniature sizes of cologne or lip gloss, check directly on the brands' websites or at retail outlets for a selection of travel sizes. Shop at specialty retailers that offer travel sizes of their signature brands, such as beauty retailers, salon supply stores, skincare specialists or bath-product retailers. Stash away those deluxe samples and smaller sizes of moisturizers, mascara and more that come in the gift-with-purchase bags at beauty counters.

Online Travel Depots

  • For one-stop shopping akin to wandering into a superstore stuffed with every imaginable travel size, shop specialty websites dedicated to the minutiae of the TSA's 3.4-ounce carry-on rule. Minimus.biz offers teeny sizes of everything from sunscreen to laundry detergent and ketchup. 3FLOZ has a vast selection of TSA-approved sizes, including prestige beauty brands, and lets you shop by general destination. AllTravelSizes.com spans a range of emergency products to clothing care and beyond, including prepackaged kits and organic products.

Hotels, Airports and Convenience Stores

  • If Murphy's Law is hovering over your packing effort, you're bound to forget something while shoving the essentials into a suitcase. Hotel and airport shops know this and conveniently stock those little tubes of toothpaste, mini containers of ibuprofen or compact cans of shaving cream. Avoid making all of your travel-size purchases at these shops, though, as you can expect your desperation to be met by marked-up prices. And check with your hotel's concierge or front desk first, as the hotel usually stashes free toothbrushes, razors, deodorant and more for forgetful guests.

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