Bring This, Not That: Perfumes and Colognes

October 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Personal hygiene aside, traveling can be a smelly affair. The taxi smells, the airport smells, the restaurant smells, the airplane smells, and all of that can make you smell. Not the best way to make a good impression or to feel your best while you’re away from home.

Sometimes you need a little perfume or cologne to cover up the travel odors. But what’s the best way to travel with your favorite fragrance?

There are several options. You can pack your full-size bottles in your checked bags. Several Travelpro models have a wet pocket specifically designed with this in mind. If there’s a spill, you haven’t gotten it all over your clothes and shoes.

You can also purchase a smaller size that meets the TSA’s 3.4 ounce requirement, and put it in your 3-1-1 bag.

This week's Bring This Not That. Scent bottles with perfume finger sprayers.

Scent bottles with perfume finger sprayers. Samples of women’s perfumes at the Fragonard perfume factory in Èze, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ask for some complimentary samples when you purchase cologne or perfume at a department store. One traveler we know even created a special compact roll-on version of her favorite cologne out of a roll-on dispenser purchased just for this purpose. It was smaller than 3.4 ounces, and it was enough to last several trips.

Duty-free purchases are allowed in your carry-on, regardless of the size, but unless you check your baggage on the return flight, you’ll run into the same dilemma you had before you left home. So if you want to buy fancy airport perfume, do it on your return trip.

You might also consider choosing a less expensive option that you designate just for travel. Many retailers offer scented body sprays in travel sizes that could serve this purpose.

How do you travel with your favorite scents? Do you have a Bring This Not That topic you’d like us to cover? Let us hear from you in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.

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