When preparing to travel, a necessary evil is collecting toiletries for the trip. How much do you bring? Do you bring the whole container or a smaller bottle? Travel containers can be so expensive, but why take up valuable space in your luggage if you don’t need a large quantity of a product?
A neat trick I learned from a client is to check out the art supply store for small containers. Plastic containers intended for paint are very inexpensive and often have secure lids, making them a great alternative to traditional travel containers. Consider placing a few pumps of facial moisturizer in a paint cup rather than bringing the entire bottle. Alternatively, small pills can be stored easily, and earrings can also travel safely.
I know that when I spend significant money on containers I feel an obligation to clean them and reuse. While this is a good rule in general, sometimes it is not practical. Using inexpensive containers allows you to chuck them when you get home, or even on the last day of your trip if you so desire (less to bring home and unpack!).
The next time you find yourself in need of small containers, consider the art supply store. You may even find something that is a better size for your product.