Packing light isn't always easy, but if you know where to go to stock up on your favorite products in miniature size, it makes it a whole heck of a lot easier. Today I want to tell you about my five favorite places to purchase travel-size products to stuff your 3-1-1 bag with that will save you space, money and keep you looking and feeling your best and also help keep the hunger monster at bay with healthy snacks and add-ons to meals you might prepare yourself. On these sites you can find everything from salon quality shampoo and conditioner to mini bottles of Tabasco to eye masks for sleeping on the plane.
Minimus.biz – Have I talked about Minimus before? Sure. Doesn’t it bear repeating? Absolutely! The sheer variety of items on the Minimus site is what makes it number one on my list. You can find beauty items (shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, lotion), health products (aspirin, eye drops, toothpaste, antacids, antibacterial wipes), travel comfort stuff (eye masks, neck pillows) and food packets (salad dressing, ketchup, single-serve cereal). There’s almost nothing that you can’t buy on Minimus, and after you’ve loaded up your cart with awesome mini things – I mean, who doesn’t take BBQ sauce packets on all their vacations? – you can take advantage of their free shipping on orders of $25 or more. I have almost never seen a minimum order that low for no shipping fees. That makes them double cool in my book!
3floz.com – I’m excited about the discovery of this site (by me, I know other people must have known about it before now), because even though Minimus has pretty much everything, 3floz has everything for the beauty product maven. Get your favorite big brands in small bottles. Everything is small enough to fit in your 3-1-1 bag and you never have to compromise your products for “similar” goods in travel size or decant from your home containers into smaller ones. Find everything from Ole Henricksen and Jack Black to SuperGoop and Fekkai all with a healthy dose of humor. You can even purchase organic brands like Yes to Carrots. Want a variety of products? Then perhaps you’ll want to take advantage of the kits put together by the lovely ladies of the site that contain all the things you need for a beach trip, your gym bag, to make your hair beautiful and so much more.
Sephora – Yes, they mostly carry makeup, but isn’t that something you would love to get in travel sizes? Of course it is! Get all your favorite beauty products from your favorite brands in one place for travel and everyday, then get 3 free samples to see if you might want to try a new product and become a Beauty Insider for FREE, get one point for each dollar you spend and then trade them in for deluxe sample sizes! Want to know what’s even better? You can use Ebates and also get cash back on all your purchases. If you’re lucky, they will give you another promo code for a deluxe sample. You can literally get more free stuff in your package than things you paid for. Love it!
TravelSmith – Not only can you get all your travel clothing and accessories at Travelsmith, but they carry pretty much all the hair care appliances you could need on a trip. Mini set of hot rollers, folding hair dryer, mini curling iron and mini flat iron. All of these are items that I’ve seen people take with them on vacation in full-size that take up valuable room in a travel bag. When you’re trying to pack light, it’s imperative to take items that are packable and will allow you to pack other necessities, like underwear and tops. TS gives you the option to purchase these products and your clothing for any trip you take.
AreYouGame? – I’m not all about health and beauty. Sometimes I’m about fun! Actually, usually I’m about fun. AreYouGame is a site for those that love to play games and pass the time on their travel commutes and at their destinations. You can purchase all the travel games you ever wanted on AYG and keep yourself entertained your whole trip. What’s great about travel games besides passing the time quickly on the plane or train? You can also use them at your destination when waiting for things or in your hotel room to keep from being sucked into watching the TV in your downtime. That’s a great way to amuse your children, too, and avoid the dreaded words “I’m bored!”
So, now that you know where to get all your awesome travel size products, get ready to pack the rest of your bag. Do you need help? Check out my post on how to create a grab and go carry-on bag. Need suggestions on how to adapt and pare down your beauty routine? Check out my post on Make-up load lighteners. Do you have other go-to retailers when loading up your travel bag? Which ones do you shop? Comment here or join in the discussion in the Savvy Living Community.
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