How Not To Pack Your Liquids!

Friday, 17 June 2016


A #SarahStory special coming right up... So just under a fortnight ago I was packing away for our holiday to Croatia. I was feeling pretty smug with my hand luggage only set up; thoughtful outfit choices that I could interchange to create different outfits, all my favourite beauty products meticulously chosen for their under 100ml-ness.


I have a clear zip up make up bag which I packed all my products into, they fit perfectly. I did think to myself 'hmm.. this is a little larger than those sandwich bags they give you' so I tweeted for support...


Our joint consensus seemed to be that as long as everything was below the 100ml allowance (coming to less than a litre altogether) and the bag was clear I'd be fine. I'd be palming off the smaller bag to my boyfriend to include in his sandwich bag as he had deodorant and moisturiser and that was it, so I went to the airport feeling confident. 

Then as we got to security and they were handing out their tiny little sandwich bags I felt a sudden panic.. my stuff was no way going to all fit in there, so I asked the man handing out the little sandwich bags if my bag would be alright. He said 'just as long as everything is under 100ml' so I was like great fab let's go!

Cue the horror that then unfolded. 


I places my belongings in the box, as instructed, Bill on the other side, went through the scanner, I about to follow when...

'Excuse me, is this yours?' said the lady holding up my enormous bag of liquids

'You need to put it in on of these' she said, holding up the tiny sandwich bag. 

Then there I was holding up the queue trying to stuff everything into their teeny teeny tiny bloody bag not wanting to sacrifice anything I was like BILL HELP CAN I PUT SOME IN YOURS, he'd already gone through successfully. 

As I was holding up the queue she said we'd organise it on the other side, so I went through the scanner then to the back 'you're in trouble' table. The lady had been nice about it telling me we'd sort it out, a lady in front of me at the 'you're in trouble' table seemed to be having the same problem, she sacrificed a couple of products but the bag was beyond full, it didn't close so I thought oh phew, they'll be pretty nice and lenient about it. 

WRONG


Unfortunately, I wasn't handed the nice lenient lady, I was handed to an older gentleman who wouldn't possibly understand the plight of a girl and her expensive beauty products.

Meanwhile, Bill had taken his deodorant and moisturiser out of his sandwich bag into his main bag so I might be able to get away without having to throw anything away. 

That was where it all went wrong. I said 'oooh I'll just put some in his, it's practically empty' 'NO, that was FULL before... where are your liquids' so Bill returned his deodorant and moisturiser to the tiny bag, it still wasn't full though but the man wasn't convinced that was all. He went into Bills bag and found a hair wax, it was measured in g not ml and it had already gone through the machine fine but the man was adamant this also had to be included in Bills bag, which of course meant I would not be able to get any of my products in there.

So then I had to painfully sacrifice my favourite and some newly purchased especially products and choose which I could stand to loose. Amongst the martyrs were my deodorant (meh), a hand sanitiser (meh), Tony and Guy Sea Salt Spray (newly purchased), Barry M Nail Polish (I couldn't throw the Essie one..), Caudalie Beauty Elixir (sob), a decanted moisturiser and nail polish remover (wouldn't be needing that as I wouldn't be changing the colour of my nails..). 

In summary:

1. Don't pack too much - make sure it fits in their tiny 20x20cm bags (there's little depth either

2. Don't try and outsmart the security staff

3. Don't take things for the sake of it you can live without

4. Beauty obsessives should always have hold luggage (courtesy of Nina in the comments)


Have you ever had any unfortunate incidents going through security at the airport? I'd love to hear them in the comments below (mostly to know I'm not alone haha)


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16 comments

  1. Oh no, sounds like a total nightmare. I think only the liquids you really need is always a good way to go, but it's difficult if you're hand luggage only. Maybe the moral of the story is beauty obsessives like ourselves must always have hold luggage. Thanks for finding this out so we don't have to - you've taken one for the team!

    Nina - www.wordsbynina.com

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    1. It did dampen my mood for a minute I won't lie haha, my boyfriend and I had such a bitch sesh about the 'jobsworth'. All was fine after a large 'spoons breakfast though hahah.
      Also yes, the absolute moral of the story, so much so I've added it to the summary!

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  2. Omg no way!!! I'd be gutted!!! I normally give some of mine to my boyfriend to carry and most of the time the bag doesn't shut. I always take a bottle of micellar water which is 125ml as well! Guess I've just been lucky so far, but definitely going to be more careful in the future.

    Hannah xx
    www.hannahemilylane.com

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    1. I almost did give him some more beforehand, but because the man has said it would be fine I was like meh ok and carried on none the wiser, NEVER MIND. Someone has to have these experiences so no one else has to eh? Hahahawaaah

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  3. oh my goodness that is so terrible!!! I'm so sorry :( I definitely try and bring as few liquids as possible but it can be so hard.

    Lee - leethrifts.com

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    1. Yeah I did go a bit OTT, but at the same time I think we were a bit unfortunate with our security companion, haha! Never mind though, eh?

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  4. Oh that's heart breaking that you had to let go off some of the new purchases but thanks for the tips. Carrying liquids sounds so stressful! :D x

    Jadirah Sarmad at Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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    1. Glad you feel my pain, it can be a little stressful. Some of them weren't full though, I rescued the more expensive ones haha.

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  5. Oh nooo, I learnt this the hard way too, I lost a whole brand new tub of coconut oil, boo!
    Now I literally take minimal items and I keep my airport liquid bag so I can make sure they all fit in.
    I feel your loss! xx

    www.sparkleberryblog.com

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    1. Nooo way! Surely that's a solid? (at room temp anyway).
      Yes lesson definitely learnt! Essential liquids only then I'll get everything else at the airport in future!

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  6. Thus had me in stitches (not to laugh at your misfortune obvs) but this is exactly the type of thing that would happen to me on holiday! Pray next time you get the nice man who just lets you through with all your belongings! xx

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    1. Haha I'm glad you saw the funny side, I had intended it to be an amusing rendition of the story. Nightmare, haha yes fingers crossed next time we get someone in a good mood

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  7. Argh, I'd be devastated to have to get rid of products, especially new ones! I always have a huge panic at the airport about my liquids and live in fear that they'll confiscate them from me as I'm going through so I totally feel your pain!

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

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    1. It was OTT it's my own silly fault, but devastating none the less haha. Just make sure you take the bear minimum - just the essentials and their under 100ml and fit in a tiny sandwich bag and you'll be fiiiiine.

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  8. You are allowed to use a clear plastic case, as long as it doesn't measure more than 20cm x 20cm. I have invested in a carry-on approved one and had no problems since.

    This is the one I bought: http://www.floandjoe.co.uk/flight-001-clear-toiletry-bag-tsa-carry-on-approved/

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    1. Ah thank you!! Yeah I've taken a smaller plastic case before and been fine, I was silly to think I'd get away with it!

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