• Published on Aug 13, 2018
  • Are travel-sized toiletries and cosmetics a scam? Let's look at prices and how they compare to larger bottles. Also, we cover what you can do to save your money and avoid buying over-priced toiletries.
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Comments • 125

  • Aanchal Baranwal
    Aanchal Baranwal 8 months ago

    Most of the products I use only come in full sizes so I just have to decant them anyway!

  • MasterOf4Elements
    MasterOf4Elements 10 months ago

    If I traveled often I would probably invest in the silicone bottles, but I rarely travel by plane.

  • Nicole Waring
    Nicole Waring 10 months ago

    I am Australian so as you know everything is exy. I cheated picked up the travel size on sale and have been refilling them for about 4 years now :) Hair spray is the only travel size i buy

  • Angelica Pickles
    Angelica Pickles Year ago

    I usually fly to 4-6 different cities on a single trip. I take my own product in smaller refillable containers for the first leg. Then if I run out, and the Airbnb I’m staying at doesn’t have product, I’ll buy full size product, use it while I’m in said city, and refill my smaller bottles before I fly again. I’ll leave what’s left of the big bottles behind in the Airbnb for the next guest. If I’m going to spend $1.50 on either a large or small bottle, I might as well get more product to share with others. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • vbhg mbnjhj
    vbhg mbnjhj Year ago

    Also, those mini toiletries are heavy because the bottles are bulky. Refillable bottles from Daiso are much lighter.

  • Melissa Clemens
    Melissa Clemens Year ago

    Omgggg the borrowers!!! 😍

  • Zari Michele
    Zari Michele Year ago

    I go to a dollar store and buy the little empty containers and fill them up from the bigger mama containers.. or I just buy toiletries once I arrive and avoid it all together

  • Away To Anywhere
    Away To Anywhere Year ago

    I haven’t read all the comments here, but I save some of the miniature shampoo I have collected in hotels over the past years.
    Then I refill them with cheap/favorite/on sale shampoo, when needed. Some miniature bottles are better than others. I think the oldest bottle is around 6 years. The writing on the front is all worn out, but I did pick it up in Milan at one point...

  • Allison Acosta
    Allison Acosta Year ago

    My takeaway is that hair care products are much cheaper in the UK than the US...

  • The Book Panda
    The Book Panda Year ago

    something that's always confused me though- how do you refill your bottles while you're traveling? You can't exactly buy a full bottle and use it to refill if you're flying carry-on only.

  • Erin H
    Erin H Year ago

    I'm so guilty of buying these, but I don't really travel enough to notice the price difference! I won't anymore, I'm pretty frugal and I'll decant from now on! Thanks for this video. But it makes sense, people are paying for the packaging only when they buy that size.

  • 26Bluegb
    26Bluegb Year ago

    I couldn't bring myself to buy for jobs (plus silicone interacts badly with some stuff),so I bought a couple of travel sized band sanitizers, used them, cleaned them, and refilled with my leave in conditioner. They fit in the quart sized bag really well, since they don't come to a point.

  • Pauline Beal
    Pauline Beal Year ago

    I love using go tubes and their knock offs competitors. It saves me so much. I sometimes buy the tiny tooth paste unless I'm staying with someone who will provide it. But i now bring the big tubes.

  • Bucket List Retreats

    I say buy when you get there! XO Kelly

  • Zie Jackson
    Zie Jackson Year ago

    I don't bring anything I buy in country

  • Tash Saunders
    Tash Saunders Year ago

    Haha 😂 I know it’s mad how so many people don’t realise it. My backpack is only hand luggage size so I usually buy the 75p full-size shampoo and conditioner e.c.t once through security

  • 2 Geeks and a Backpack

    And that's why I always travel with solid soaps, shampoos, tooth tabs(solid toothpaste tabs and mouthwash) etc. Almost everything that is available in liquid is available in solid form!! Or hey, you can get the toothpaste at your destination!! I hate worrying about liquid allowances so I just avoid it!!

  • Suzanne Standish
    Suzanne Standish Year ago

    ive always fallen for the travel size why i dont know i wont from now on thank you for the info

  • The Tao of David
    The Tao of David Year ago

    I've never used these in my entire life (after 18 years being a manager at Tesco and seeing people buy them daily). I just use normal toiletries and chuck em in my check in luggage. I only take a small Vaseline in my carry on (which has been in my possession for the entire 2 years of my current travels LOL (SURVIVOR!). For long flights I just deal with it and generally just feel like hell with dry skin. A few months ago going from Phuket to Beijing to Mexico City I just took a small toothpaste from 7/11 to freshen up. Crazy how expensive these are!

  • Moonsugar Stardust

    what is your favorite brand of squeezy bottle?

  • Jinny Suh
    Jinny Suh Year ago

    I have acne prone skin so I am conscious of skincare products that goes on my face. I am just sceptical if the empty reusable travel containers are sterile? If they are not what will be the best way to sterilise them?

  • Rebecca Lockley
    Rebecca Lockley Year ago

    I do a combination to be honest. And I use a lot of samples, too.
    We also often buy things at our destination in the larger sizes even if we'll be abandoning them due to it being cheaper.

  • Bria Nicole
    Bria Nicole Year ago

    😬um yeah the thing with the toothpaste makes me feel silly, I have always picked up the little bottle of toothpaste.

  • Bria Nicole
    Bria Nicole Year ago +1

    This actually gave me something to think about for my next trip.

  • Dexter Hiscock
    Dexter Hiscock Year ago

    Hi Aly I'm looking to buy a go pro for travelling which one would you recommend

  • Travelwithchris
    Travelwithchris Year ago

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I love it! I've been on the road 2 years now and I do the same thing! You've inspired me to start vlogging! Keep it up!

  • jbaby007
    jbaby007 Year ago

    I'm literally flying out next month and saw the same bullshit at my local grocery store lol! I'll just buy some empty bottles to pour stuff in.

  • Lessilu
    Lessilu Year ago

    Also, steal travel sized toiletries from any hotel room you stay in and reuse them when going on a short trip ;)

  • Travel With Mansoureh

    I Usually buy the empty small bottles and fill them at home.

  • Ritankar Sasmal
    Ritankar Sasmal Year ago +1

    I always wonder how is it that we are not allowed on flight with certain cosmetic products n stuff of particular sizes but if we buy from duty free stores then then we are allowed? Is it a business strategy or something?...dont fragrances though it's always better to buy bigger bottles for sure...

    • PsychoTraveller
      PsychoTraveller  Year ago +1

      It's because past security all the liquids are regulated and controlled.

  • Rikki Gould
    Rikki Gould Year ago +1

    Seriously, this video should be a public service announcement! It’s a SCAM!! I have been guilty of buying travel minis in the past, but NEVER AGAIN!! X

  • Awais AHMED
    Awais AHMED Year ago

    Time flies ... wow 5 years. Congrats.

  • WTDI-Whats To Do In Your City?

    We were just talking about this! Sharing this with everyone! Lol

    Y IN THE WORLD Year ago

    zomg you got a dog!

  • livingdivanized
    livingdivanized Year ago +2

    I've done and do both. Which way I go seems to depend on the trip (no rhyme or reason) and my mood/frame of mind. I've also bought the travel size of a product and refilled those and I've tossed the almost done full size toothpaste or whatever in to my suitcase. The travel sizes of products are convenience and it's that convenience of not having to get travel size bottles, decant and label that you're paying the premium for. I like to use the products that I use at home when I travel and since most of them don't come in travel sizes I tend to decant. However, having said that I will say that I have yet to find travel size containers that I like and I've had both cheap and expensive ones. For me the benefit other than the convenience of buying the travel size version of a product is that you tend to get a smaller version of the container you have in your bathroom which is nice.

  • ahundredmillionstars

    Omg, this is so true, I check out the travel size aisle and it's ridiculous amount to pay for something that in three squirts is then empty! You're so right and I also find it unfair how here in UK we get average to small sized toiletries where as travelling in different countries the bottles etc are always bigger! When I was in a Aussie supermarket I thought why don't we get the choice to buy larger items too here in England. Do you find that too where you travel to, that the toiletries are larger?

  • Pocket Trailblazer
    Pocket Trailblazer Year ago +9

    About bloody time someone pointed this out- not only are the prices insane but it’s just more plastic waste! Miniatures are a total gimmick and as a girl with long hair - unless I’m going away for just 2 days, what use is 100ml of shampoo anyway! I just pack normal size! Lol 😂 Awesome little hack video Aly! 👍

  • Hez_am_i
    Hez_am_i Year ago

    Hi puppy!

  • misswhiskeykittie

    Can we just talk about how fab your nails look?!

  • Alain Pfaeffli
    Alain Pfaeffli Year ago

    Good i live 5 mins from germany where even the small ones are cheap. Well, compared to here( Switzerland) everything is cheaper. Most hotels have those anyway. If you ask the room service lady politely, they usually give you some for free. :)

  • K Walts
    K Walts Year ago

    I think you need Crunch in your videos more often 😉😉😉😜💚

  • Joachim Christensen

    I've done a pretty smart "hack" .... buying a 25ml sized deodorant, when it's empty I just buy a 50ml sized one, open it up and fill up the 25ml deodorant, so I save some space... but I travel super minimalistic and I travel with a 22L backpack :)

  • Charles Smith
    Charles Smith Year ago

    love the borrowers. lol

  • 601salsa
    601salsa Year ago

    totally changed to coconut bar shampoo and soap about two years ago from one of your videos, best decision i ever made. the only expensive travel item i need to buy for holidays is 50+ sunblock

  • kateemma22
    kateemma22 Year ago +3

    A video all first time travellers need. I learned this lesson the hard way! Damn you tiny portable bottles of cuteness!

  • Amy Proctor
    Amy Proctor Year ago

    I was so distracted by your gorgeous nails... love the black!
    I agree it's a marketing scam but what people have to decide is if they need that much product (shampoo/conditioner+body wash+toothpaste+hairspray) and if they want to carry it onto a plane, and if the extra weight is worth it.
    I went to NZ for a month last year and brought all the full-sized items because I knew I'd use that much. Some things I bought in NZ because the weight was too much. Most of this stuff you should put in cargo and not take as carry on.
    Now I had to lug two heavy suitcases around but they got lighter as time went by because I used the things I brought. It was a PAIN, but I ended up losing weight from the workout of lugging it through airports and into hotels!
    At the end of the day, I'm a believer in traveling light (I've learned the hard way) and I leave behind that 4th heavy coat or 3rd pair of hiking shoes the weight from bringing full shampoo is offset. So it all works out.

  • ShaniceThroughTheLens

    Oh and I also recently discovered about the toothpaste just before I went to Barcelona! I was going to buy a mini one because I thought the big ones were too big and was like how the hell do you decant those?! Then realised that the toothpaste we always buy is small enough so job done!

  • ShaniceThroughTheLens

    I came to this conclusion before I went to Belfast haha! I was going to buy the mini travel bottles because I agree they are so cute BUT then I noticed it was going to cost us much less to buy the empty plastic bottles and fill them with our shower gel that we already had in our bathroom! So that's what we did.

  • Ana Rijo
    Ana Rijo Year ago

    If I saw it I'd probably tell them.

  • Ashleigh Hogan
    Ashleigh Hogan Year ago

    normally decant but often suggest to people getting miniatures for things like birthdays and Christmas as I always forgot till like the morning before so always handy to have in! Also happy five years!

    • Rebecca Lockley
      Rebecca Lockley Year ago

      Ashleigh Hogan my family does Christmas stockings with mini toiletries. Sets you up for travel in the new year!

  • Panashe Gadaga
    Panashe Gadaga Year ago

    I’m so glad you uploaded this, because I’m traveling this weekend and I wasn’t sure what to buy

  • Sophie Williams
    Sophie Williams Year ago

    I'm going to new zealand in 10 weeks!

  • emeraldsroses
    emeraldsroses Year ago

    Happy travelversary lustrum on the 19th. That's a milestone.
    I used to be guilty of buying the travel size toiletries, but with the exception of toothpaste I now decant into smaller containers and only what I'll use. I use either small bottles or contact lens cases for my liquids. Toothpaste I'll get travel size only because my 75ml won't fit into my 1L bag. Don't ask what I pack in there 😳

  • Janelle Jordan
    Janelle Jordan Year ago +1

    You are so right. In my recent trip with Ryan Air (first time btw) i bought alot of travel size products thinking nothing of it only to be faced with having to fit everything in 1 plastic bag....and there was only so much travel size that can fit in their ziplock bag.....Lets just say....some things were thrown away only to be bought again in duty why!!!??? But yes good tip. Will definitely note next time

  • Hey Lauryn
    Hey Lauryn Year ago

    I agree, it can be a rip off. Though one nice thing about travel size is that you're able to try some products and not waste as much of you don't like for whatever reason. I'm cool paying a little bit more sometimes for then convience of not being as wasteful with a product.

    • Bradley B
      Bradley B Year ago

      Hey Lauryn you’re wasting less of the product, but when people buy the smaller versions it actually creates more waste from the packaging.

  • Youtuber 2018
    Youtuber 2018 Year ago

    You will reap what you sow cause youtube say so

  • Andrea Haley
    Andrea Haley Year ago

    I always just take the hotel freebies and refill them.

  • Alyssa Arroyo
    Alyssa Arroyo Year ago +1

    The only things I've ever purchased travel size was bug spray for when I went to Costa Rica, aloe vera so I would have a container to use without it messing up any other container, and if I want yo try something but don't want to commit to a bigger bottle. It really is ridiculous how much those cost even in the USA.

  • TeedottJay
    TeedottJay Year ago

    Thanks for the informative video :) I feel like to make this better you should have bought all the products people usually take on a holiday (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste etc.) and done a side by side comparison of how much it costs in total to buy the travel versions, versus buying the empty containers to decant into and working out the cost of the amount of product to fill them, to show how much money this actually equates to, if that makes sense. Still enjoyed this though!

  • Deborah Conkle
    Deborah Conkle Year ago +6

    Convince my dear. I sometimes buy the travel size,use,and save the containers to refill with my full size products 😊

    • Angelica Pickles
      Angelica Pickles Year ago

      Sometimes I buy smaller bottles because I like the size and shape of them. Sometimes bottles can be big and bulky for what I need them for. But if I find a slim bottle thats rectangular and not too big for what I need it for, I’ll buy it so I can have the bottle to refill the next time.

    • Deborah Conkle
      Deborah Conkle Year ago

      Lore, to be honest I’m sure it was another word,but to save my life I don’t remember what! For instance just now when I put your name in it came up “Lord”. Gotta love spell correct,huh?

    • Lore
      Lore Year ago

      convince me that you meant to start your sentence with the word "convince"