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3 OZ or less...with a carry on?

My wife is in a panic, cannot find Mousse for her hair and saline for her contacts in containers 3OZ or less, to keep within TSA rules! We want to "pack light" and carry on, not check through. Where do you find less than 3oz sizes of things like hair mousse or saline?

Posted by
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People have reported being able to find 3oz bottles or smaller for real cheap at Wal-Mart. The Container Store sells 1oz and 2oz bottles of all types for not too much money. She could put her saline into an empty bottle like that. As for mousse, I don't know if I recall ever seeing 3oz travel sizes of mousse, but really, can't she live without mousse for a little while and take spray or gel instead? :) It's certainly not worth checking a bag if the only thing holding her back is hair mousse.

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I always take the minimum amount of cosmetics/bathroom supplies to get started with and once I'm where I'm going I just pop into a store and buy whatever else I need. Almost every brand you can get here is also available at stores in Europe. I get a kick out of shopping like the locals anyway, gathering picnic lunches, trying out my "please" and "thank yous", etc. with the store clerks... I buy a size that I think I'll use during my travels. With other family members/friends along, you can share supplies, which makes it very economical. I also hoard soaps and shampoos from hotels and use them up as I go.

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501 posts

Many of the beauty supply stores sell travel sized containers of many products now. Also, Target usually has a large travel sized section... Here in CA they have different hair items, including mousse as well as small bottles of saline solution. You can always just use an empty bottle. I have purchased mousse and hairspray in major European cities as well as the small ones...

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17 posts

Thanks for all the advice. I am sure that she will go on without mousse. In general I was just wanting some sourcing for some of the LESS common products that we use that fit the TSA I do. Thank you. Bill

Posted by
24 posts

You can find appropriate sized Frizze-Ease (I believe that is the name) mousse in the travel size toiletries aisle in WalMart. I have carried that with me for years and never had a problem. It fits in the quart sized zip lock bag and lasts a long time.

Posted by
2445 posts

Is there an Ulta Cosmetics near you?

They sell a Matrix Mousse in a 3 oz size that I have been using. If you don't have Ulta try going to an upscale salon. My old one in Nashville always had "sample" size sale items of high priced hair products.

Also, saline is expempt from the 3 oz idiot rule.


" To ensure the health and welfare of certain air travelers, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3 ounces of the following liquids, gels and aerosols are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of your itinerary (all exceptions must be presented to the security officer in front of the checkpoint):

Baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is traveling;
All prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including KY jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes;"

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74 posts

Target has a huge selection of travel sized stuff. They had several brands of mousse. You can get a 2oz sample bottle of contact solution at the optometrist where you buy the contacts. They're very used to this now. If that's not an option, I did buy a sealed 4oz bottle, took it out of the carton but still sealed and put in my baggie. The TSA let it through.

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Especially when traveling with carry on luggage only, like for a weekend trip or so, I don't bother buying those overpriced small size bottles anymore. You can buy toothpaste, hair mousse, shampoo, lotions etc etc. in pretty much every country of the world. And it's usually even the same brand as at home (e.g. colgate, pantene, nivea etc.). In case you're looking for something specific check the manufacturer's website of the country of destination to find out what it's called there. For instance, Aquafresh is called Dr. Best in many European countries but other than that the products are pretty much equal.