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Good things come in small packages


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Whether you are planning a trip over to the Algarve for the summer or are putting the finishing touches to a journey back to your home country, restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take on a plane in your hand luggage mean that you have to be product savvy for travelling.

You may be lucky enough to have booked a case to go into the hold, but for those of us who want to keep luggage to a minimum or want to keep costs down by travelling light, then there is no need to do without just because of the restrictions.

Firstly, we need to be clear about what you are actually allowed. You are able to travel with liquids in your hand luggage as long as you adhere to the following rules.

Most importantly, all liquids need to be stored in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag no bigger than 20cms by 20cms; these are available to buy from airports but can be bought before hand to save time and money.

Everything needs to go into this very stylish new makeup bag (don’t worry, I’m sure even Victoria Beckham has to trade in her Louis Vuitton bag for the crinkle of a re-sealable sandwich bag!) and if it can’t fit in then it will be unceremoniously dumped at the airport as you go through customs.

Introductory kits such as the Liz Earle Essentials Try-Me-Kit are a good way to travel light. <i data-lazy-src=

When you have your bag then you are allowed up to 1,000ml of liquid which can be held in individual containers up to 100ml each.

These do not have to be new bottles but they do all have to be able to fit “comfortably” inside the bag according to the regulations.

So, how do you manage to cram all the beauty products that you need into this tiny bag, because let’s face it, you need the same amount of products for a day as you do for a month usually.

The best way around this problem is to think small and take advantage of all the travel-sized items on the market.

Your everyday makeup items do not really need to be bought in miniature.

Make your own miniatures with The Body Shop reusable travel kit from €7. <i data-lazy-src=

However, you need to remember that liquids such as eyeliners and mascaras will need to go into the bag and I generally pop any other makeup items into the bag too, just to be on the safe side.

The real issue of restrictions affects hair and body products as they are the ones that come in the big bottles and there is no way that they are going to let you get away with that 900ml bargain bottle of TREsemmé!

Caudalíe have come up with a new travel kit for 2011 that covers all the bases when it comes to keeping fresh and clean while away.

Their kit contains makeup remover, moisturiser, shower gel, body lotion and shampoo all in dinky bottles 30ml or less each keeping you well within the restrictions.

There are of course many different brands that offer a miniature option, however they are often not branded as travel kits and are instead are marketed as “introductory” sets.

Some of the best introductory kits on the market include the classic Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System which has the miniature versions of the best selling liquid soap, clarifying lotion and the iconic Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion which s available from selected stockists priced from €25.

Liz Earle also has the aptly named Essentials Try-Me-Kit with four of the top selling cleansing, toning and moisturising products available in a swanky blue bag(which will have to remain at home)  in bottles and tubes all 50ml or under, priced from €27.

Finally, for those who would rather take a Do-It-Yourself approach to travelling light, then The Body Shop have created their own reusable, functional toiletry bag that ticks all the boxes.

The clear bag contains three 80ml empty bottles, two, 25ml empty jars and a spatula to help you decant your favourite lotions and potions into the containers without any unnecessary mess.

All that is left now is to hop on that plane and enjoy your holiday to the full, or if like me you like to keep it even more minimal then the extra space in your plastic bag can always be used to put in miniature bottles of port…