Monday, December 31, 2007

Carry-on Cosmetic Solution: Travelon Travel Sheets

The number of solutions out there to deal with carry-on luggage restrictions for airlines is getting better all the time and I've got a few in the hopper to review in the coming month. (Already done, the 3-1-1 Travel Bag.) Lots of points for originality though with these travel sheets from Travelon. Liquid? We don't need no stinkin' liquid!

These are little sheets that come out of a dispenser and then when you add water, they lather up to fill a cosmetic need of your choice. Do your sink laundry. Shave. Shampoo your hair. All without worrying about how many ounces your bottles hold because there aren't any ounces of anything.

Yeah, it sounds a little wacky, but they work surprisingly well. The shampoo takes a little forethought since your fingers need to be dry when you take out the sheets---otherwise you could ruin the whole pack. Add water and lather up though and it works like regular shampoo. The shaving cream worked even better, giving me a better shave than I get from conventional shaving cream and definitely better than what I get from the dollar store travel razor I've used before.

I wish these sink laundry sheets had been around when I was a long-term backpacker. Besides the airline advantages, these are a lot easier and lighter to carry around than packets of powdered detergent or a bottle of liquid. You get 50 sheets in a pack for around $7.

In summary, they're compact, light, relatively cheap, and a breeze to take through airports. Apart from the initial wierdness factor, there is little to fault with these travel sheets. Go get some at your favorite gear or luggage store or at Amazon. For more info, see the Travelon site.


Michael said...

This is fantastic. I have a preference not to bring white powder through airports. And after several attempts to buy laundry soap in a foreign country and ending up with fabric softener each time this could come in handy!

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