The Monthly Delivery That”™s Perfect for Frequent Fliers

by Janis on June 7, 2012

Do you fly regularly?

Prefer to carry on your bag?

Whether you fly weekly or only once in a while, getting through airport security can be a pain.

Especially when it comes to having a ready-supply of TSA-approved sizes of your favorite toiletries,makeup or grooming products?

The TSA 3-Ounce Rule

The official rules for liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-ons, directly from The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website:

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.


In the crunch of security lines, we find the rules are not always consistently applied; yet nothing is worse than having to hand over your favorite shaving lotion or bottle of makeup because it’s 3.5 ounces or bigger.

A Monthly Delivery of Trial Size Samples

About six months ago I joined Birchbox and signed up to get monthly deliveries of trial-sized samples of high-end makeup and grooming products.

For $10 per month, including shipping, I receive a box with trial sizes of products, most of which are the travel friendly size of 3.4 ounces or less.

I look forward to the bright pink box arrival each month.


Inside is a smaller box.


There is a card explaining all of the contents.  If I fall in love with a sample, I can order the regular size from Birchbox. 


Everything is nicely wrapped in tissue – making me feel like I’m receiving a special present.


What a great idea: a new box of high-quality products in sample sizes perfect for traveling within TSA rules.


All that was missing was a box of men’s grooming products for Mr. Jones.  But now there is a new Men’s box from Birchbox.  Interestingly, it costs $20 per month, double the price of the women’s monthly box.


This is not an affiliate or sponsored post.  I’m just sharing a travel discovery.


What’s your strategy for traveling with liquids and gels?

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