The strategy to ensure the perfect travel toiletries can be difficult. Carrying too many 3 oz. bottles is not convenient. Running out or being dependent upon hotel (or possibly Airbnbs) to have adequate offerings can be hit or miss. Buying abroad can be fun, but I always ended up leaving products behind. Finally, I found the best option to solve the shampoo and conditioner dilemma.
Shampoo bars are amazing. The organic ones that I have vetted are non-drying and last around 50 shampoos. They pack easily in a soap case.
Best of all, they are better for the environment. No more single use plastics and tossing bottles everywhere you visit.
Whether you use these for travel or for home use, they will really simplify your life.
My favorite scents are coconut and orange. Here are a few of my favs...
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Referred to as Secondary Security Screening Selection (SSSS), it means that you will be delayed in that trek to the bathroom, book store and your other pre-boarding rituals.
My first screening took 60 minutes. It can take as little as 15-30 minutes.You will be pulled out of general TSA screening. A supervisor will be called. You will wait. Most likely, there will be three TSA agents involved. It will feel awkward, but don't panic. Sometimes these screenings are random, so cooperate and know it is to help keep us all safe while flying.
You will get a full body pat down. Every item with you will be searched, thoroughly. Items will be swabbed. Once you are free to go, keep that stamped boarding pass. I repeat, do no lose this piece of paper! If you cannot produce it at the gate, you will be required to repeat this process. At the gate, you may be searched again or asked additional questions.
Side note - My checked luggage (which I rarely bring) was also pulled and searched. I found a nice note in my suitcase later telling me that it had been searched.
If you do not see the SSSS on your next trip, lucky you! The Scarlet Letter of Travel may have passed you by.
If you continue to receive the SSSS on future flights (as I did), the reasons are likely that you booked a last minute flight, purchased a one way ticket, have an unlucky name, or had erratic travel patterns. I guess not everyone appreciates the nomad wanderer. It is possible that you have been placed on a travel watch list.
What to do? Visit https://www.dhs.gov/dhs-trip and apply for a redress number. Homeland Security will respond via letter within 50 days. If you receive a redress number, include it each time that you book a flight. In most cases, that will prevent at least one four letter word from ruining your day.