Travel Essentials Series

Travel Essentials Volume II: Travel Size Toiletry Bottles

Packing liquids is a hassle when you travel by air, especially  to a backpacker. So if you are planning to bring along your bottles of Victoria’s Secret perfumes, you are going to have to consider checking your luggage, baby. But if you’re like me who is allergic to checking a luggage, carefully packing liquids in travel size toiletry bottles is extremely important.

This is where the 3-1-1 rule comes in.  This means  3.4 Oz (100 ml) bottle or less – 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag – 1 bag per passenger.

I pack light and I only bring the most essential stuff whenever I travel. I’m not  a meticulous person in terms of beauty regimen, so the liquids that I bring are pretty much minimal. I only bring a moisturizer,  contact lens solution, and lotion. Most of the time, I buy shampoos, soap, and toothpaste when I arrive at my destination.

Here are some of my favorite types of travel sized toiletry bottles that you can buy in Lazada or any Watsons store.

Squeezable Cream Tube Containers


This type of containers are best for lotions, shampoos, and other liquids with a thicker consistency. It’s lightweight and easy to carry.

Plastic Travel Eye Dropper


This is super important to people like me who uses contact lenses. I don’t wear contact lenses all the time, but I always bring one when I travel in case something happens to my eyeglasses. 😀

Plastic Atomizer Bottles


You can buy these bottles in sets with choices of lids, spray and squirt. The spray bottles are best for perfumes or disinfectants.

Cosmetic Face Cream Bottle Container


I usually store my moisturizer, sunblock, or loose powder in this type of container when I am traveling.

You can also recycle and use those cute plastic shampoo bottles you find at hotels. They just throw them anyway, so why not use it to your advantage, right? Sometimes, I even store my moisturizer or sunblock in my old contact lenses containers to save more space.

Travel size toiletry bottles are very affordable, and most of the time, you can buy them in sets in any drugstores in your area. I recently bought new ones and I only got all of them for 199 pesos! They are also reusable, so you get to save a lot of money in the long run.

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Travel Essentials is a blog series in this blog. This features my favorite travel accessories and products that I think are essential for traveling.
  • These are awesome tips! I did not know that 3-1-1 rule for liquids. I don’t usually repack my liquids because basically I don’t know that it can be transferred to toiletry bottles. haha! Thanks for this!

  • I have the spray bottles! We just have to remember to label them especially if they’re all clear liquids. HAHA. When I use the regular bottles, I bring scotch tape so I can tape the lids and make sure they won’t spill in my bag. It’s very convenient to bring carry-on luggage only and sometimes we tend to overpack. Recycling small bottles from hotels is a great way to save! I even brought the hotel toothbrush to brush my muddy shoes. LOL

  • We often buy the biggest items of a product because they are cheapest in the long run but when we do travel, we buy the smallest sizes for refilling. I love those cream tubes for shampoos though; we always buy sachet but it’s not very environment-friendly, right?

  • Channel Imperial

    Travel bottles are very handy but I am not a fan of bringing small containers. Hahahaha! I find it “samok” when transferring lotion to another container. I can’t transfer my perfume without wasting it so I’d rather keep it in the original container. It’s just my style. Hahahaa!

  • Ariel Samangka

    A backpacker like me, I don’t take anything except for an important stuff. I normally buy my toiletry when I arrived at my destination. I find it hassle for me to carry a lot of liquid stuff as my personal hygiene. I’m okay with simply an alcohol with me.

  • Jullian Robin Sibi

    Nice travel tip! I always make sure to bring light toiletries and if possible, bring the small versions of what I currently use at home. 🙂

  • Kriswanders

    I always do this whenever I travel. I always want to bring a little of everything from my “kikay stuff” so I always end up buying these small containers over a pharmacy because I always end up losing the containers after the travel. hehe!

  • I love small travel items especially toiletries. They are very handy at work too!

  • Interesting containers for those people who need this. I’ll inform my mom sometime. 🙂

  • JD

    I guess this is what they mean about travelling light and bringing what you need. When I did my first climb to Sirao Peak, my bag was full of stuff I never even got to use. hahaha

  • If you have light backpacks during travel.. it makes you wanna put more.. Any drugstores? You can buy that bottle?

    • laaganngabata

      you can actually buy this in any Watsons store 🙂

  • Ramzy Magbitang

    Agh! I always end up stressing about where to put my liquid toiletries during travels! I’ve never realized I could just save the little containers from the hotels for future use! Or better yet, just buy a bunch for myself! Hahaha!

  • Wandering Soul Scamper

    great tips! It’s true that bringing liquids as a backpacker is a challenge especially traveling by air. This is really useful to travelers.

  • Rady James Bagnol

    YOU GOT ME AT THE VICTORIA SECRET PART! haha We once had a family gathering in Davao. My mom bought her brand new and newly opened Victoria Secret perfume with her and forgot to place it on our check-in luggage. The security asked her to leave her perfume but my dad told her to drain the perfume in the bathroom because my dad knew they’re going to use it. So para ‘tabla ang laban’ she told my mom to drain it. AND MY MOM CRIED THE ENTIRE TRIP! haha she was saddened by the fact that it was just newly opened and she has to drain it all. We had to make a stop over at a VS shop in Davao to buy her a new one so she would feel better. haha

    These are good tips John. I am using those kinds of containers too whenever I travel. =)

    • Marica Pidor

      Hahah. Ka-cute.

  • Marica Pidor

    Great tips! This is what I exactly do when traveling!

  • Kung hoarder pa lang jud ko, daghan na tingae kog ingon ana! Kay ganahan jud kog mga containers! Gamit sad gyud during travels bitaw! Hahah. Thanks for the tips! 🙂


    I rarely bring any one of these items. I normally just get some clothes then go. Thank you for showing me the right way of doing things. You are the expert on these stuff. 😉

  • John

    I usually get all of my toiletries ahead of time from — makes it easy to get everything from one place and then just throw it in my bag and go.