How to Prevent Your Products from Leaking on an Airplane

For those who travel, you have most likely experienced your beauty products exploding inside your luggage, getting all over your clothes and other packed items. It’s the last thing that anyone wants to deal with when they arrive at their destination. Since I travel frequently, both domestically and internationally, and of course never leave home without my array of skin and beauty care products, here are my tips for a leak-proof trip.

Tip #1: Assess what you’ll need.

There are many things to consider before you travel, including: How long are you traveling for? Where are you headed? What will the hotel provide? What is the climate like? Read: What Skin Care Products Should I Take When I Travel?

Tip #2: Determine what will be packed versus carried on…

For carry on, the TSA does not allow bottles with liquid larger than 3.4 ounces. They only allow all that will fit in one quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag. Of course, if you’re carrying on, then you need to think smart about what the essentials are, since you’ll be limited as to what you can take. Refer to Tip #1 above.

Read: How Dry Is the Air on an Airplane? I Investigate

Tip #3: Let out the air.

Extra air trapped in bottles from products that have been opened previously can cause plastic containers to explode when air pressure changes due to elevation. Open the cap, squeeze out almost all the excess air, and quickly replace the cap.

Read: Choose Aisle Over Window Seats When Flying in an Airplane

Tip #4: Cover bottle openings with plastic wrap.

For extra insurance before you replace the cap, place plastic wrap over the opening of each bottle, and then screw the cap back on. This gives an extra layer of protection in the event a cap comes loose during travel.

Read: Why You Must Use Sunscreen When in an Airplane

Tip #5: Put each product in its own zip-top bag.

Even with all these tips, it is still possible that products can leak, so the best tip of all is to put each bottle in its own individual zip-top bag, that way if it does leak, at least you can be sure it won’t get all over your belongings. Read: The Perfect Travel Toiletry Bag

Read: Treat Your Skin To a Hydrating Mask Post-Flight

So there you have it, my tips for ensuring a leak-proof trip, allowing you to arrive at your destination with all your beauty products intact. Note: If there is a lot of pressure on the airplane, such as a particularly bumpy flight or your ears getting plugged, then this certainly may impact your products. Once in a while, I will still have a product leak despite taking all the preventative measures.

Read: How Dry is the Air on an Airplane? Renée Rouleau Investigates!

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  1. Hello again Renee ! Hope you holidays are just wonderful ! I would love to try some of your products especailly the cool down gel mask for after a peel, my client swill love this ! But as with everything I use on my clients I try them first on myself. What I would like to know is do you have a discount or wholesale program for us Esthetician’s ? I hope so I am dying to try your products. Maybe even put together a post peel kit(and others !) for us gals in the trade evn, would be a great idea !

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Hello Patricia,
      Unfortunately we don’t offer a professional discount as we don’t have our products sold elsewhere. I so appreciate your interest in my line, truly! -Renee

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