How To Prevent Your Products From Leaking On An Airplane

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Updated 12/14/14. 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’s what I have found works well 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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  1. […] the clothes on your back. Zip-lock bags for shampoos, soaps and liquid bottles are very helpful in preventing leaks while in an airplane. You can also save space by taking your pills out of their bottles and into these plastic […]

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  2. 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 !

    Posted By: Patricia Manley  | 

    • 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

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 


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