It's no secret that travel-size bottles are must-haves for your carry-on bag. But did you know that they’re also a great way to save money, reduce waste, and travel light?
From space-saving benefits to eco-friendly design, here are six reasons to say "bye-bye" to your bulky liquid containers and "hello" to travel bottles for toiletries.
6 Reasons to Pack Reusable Travel-Size Bottles On Your Next Trip
1) Travel bottles for toiletries take up less space
Disposable plastic bottles take up unnecessary space in any travel bag, but they're especially inconvenient when you're trying to pack light for a short trip. On the other hand, a 3 oz travel bottle is compact enough to be stored easily, yet spacious enough to contain all the product you need for short-term travel — whether it's shampoo, facial cleanser, or sunscreen.
2) Travel-size bottles save you money
If you're traveling on a budget, the last thing you want is to spend extra cash on ready-made toiletries at your destination. Instead, save money by picking up reusable travel bottles and filling them with your larger containers of shower gel, conditioner, and so on. This will ensure that you're getting the exact product you want at a price that's right for your budget.
3) Reusable bottles are eco-friendly
See those blue bins at the curb? Not everything you toss in them gets recycled. In fact, out of three million tons of plastic, the U.S. has an average recycling rate of only 9%. This is why it's so important for travelers to reduce their carbon footprints by reusing travel bottles for toiletries. Not only will this cut down on the number of plastics being sent to the landfill. It may also lessen the demand for plastic bottles being manufactured and shipped from overseas.
4) 3 oz travel bottles are TSA-approved
When following the 3-1-1 liquids rule, 3 oz travel bottles are ideal. They're approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), so you can take them in your carry-on bag without worrying that they'll be confiscated. And since you'll have all your travel bottles for toiletries with you on the plane, there's no need to worry about buying last-minute items at the airport.
5) Travel-size bottles are great for showers
Travel bottles are great for carrying shampoo and conditioner everywhere, but few places are more convenient than the shower. Just add a few pumps of product to your hand and wash as usual — no need to buy huge bottles that take up unnecessary space. Also, travel bottles for toiletries are the perfect solution for limited storage space in the shower. Just line them up in your niche or recess, or arrange them in your shower caddy, and enjoy the convenience of having product on hand at all times.
6) 3 oz travel bottles are perfect for shared spaces
Many hotel bathrooms have limited space, which is why traveling with reusable, 3 oz bottles can ensure that you have enough room for your grooming essentials and that nobody has to fight over who gets more counter space. It's also a good idea to travel with smaller bottles if you're sharing your room with other people. Doing so can keep your travel bottles out of sight yet within easy reach.
The Bottom Line on Travel Bottles for Toiletries
Travel-size bottles are the perfect combination of convenience and function. They're small enough to take up little space when stored and spacious enough to hold the right amount of product. Plus, they're eco-friendly, TSA-approved, and can save you money on baggage fees. There's no reason not to pack them on your next trip ...
Gravel's Travel Bottles for Liquids
... But fitting travel-size bottles into a quart-sized bag can be a bit like a game of Tetris, especially when you're trying to fit bottles of different shapes and sizes.
At Gravel, we believe that packing toiletries should be hassle-free and, dare we say, highly satisfying? What it shouldn't be is another puzzle you have to solve before traveling.
That's why we designed a pair of 3 oz travel bottles so "yin and yang" that you'll wonder how you ever got along without them. Besides being durable, hygienic, and affordable, these bad boys fit together like a glove, making other perfect pairs like PB&J, mac and cheese, and milk and cookies give them a standing ovation.
You'll love our 3 oz travel bottles for their space-saving form and leak-proof function. Take it from Caitlin, our Gravel Travel team member, whose clothes were smothered in her favorite shampoo before she discovered our nifty silicone travel bottles.
For more travel tips and tricks, check out the Gravel Travels blog, and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.