Best Leak Proof Travel Bottles
Between TSA rules, and the possibility of leakage ruining your clothing, traveling with liquids can be a hassle. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Reusable bottles are a lifesaver–and environmentally friendly! With a couple smart purchases, you’ll be breezing through TSA lines, and arriving leak free.
Here’s the best travel bottles –leak proof and unbreakable– updated for 2021.
Quick Comparison Chart
Updated to include even more silicone leak proof travel size bottles!:
|Bottle||Material||Meets TSA 3.4oz rule for carry-ons||Leak Proof|
Ammax Hanging Bottles
Standi Travel Bottle Variety Pack
Penguin Travel Bottles
V-Top Travel Cosmetic Containers
Juvitus Travel Jars
|BPA Free Plastic||Yes||Yes|
1. Humangear Gotoob
When it comes to keeping your liquids secure, don’t waste your time with plastic containers. Silicone makes the best travel bottles: they’re unbreakable — and when designed well, are leak proof.
Humangear makes the original high quality silicone travel size bottle.
Their 3 pack of bottles won’t leak, are easy to squeeze and refill, and are newly redesigned to be even more leak proof. The new design features their LoopLock, which locks the bottles to prevent leaks, and serves as a handy hook as well.
With the exception of the plastic caps, which should be hand-washed, Humangear’s silicone bottles are dishwasher safe in the top rack, and won’t hold onto odors–or apparently tastes. The Amazon reviews for these bottles include a traveler who washed out the remaining shampoo and filled their bottle up with liquor for a long flight! I haven’t tried that trick yet, but have been traveling with these for half a year now, and love them even more than the previous iteration.
(note that Humangear offers these new versions of their bottles, with a wider mouth and a handy loop, but you’ll find both the older and these new versions on Amazon. We prefer the newer version, and they’re fairly easy to identify by the more squared-off shape and wider mouth. The new version 3.4oz bottles are linked above, and you can find the medium 2.5oz here, and the mini 1.7 oz here)
2. Ammax Silicone Hanging Travel Bottles
Another awesome silicone option, Ammax’s travel bottles feature handy loops at the top for hanging. Use the included carabiners to hang from a backpack, or hang the bottle from a shower hook.
At 2oz, they’re on the small size, so they a solid pick for traveling light. And as with the other silicone travel bottles, they’re leak proof, easy to squeeze, refill, and clean, all the features that will make your travels a little easier.
3. Standi Travel Bottle Variety Pack
Standi’s travel bottle variety pack offer the best of both worlds, colorful, cute, and and functional!
The set includes a good variety of silicone travel bottles: 2- 2.7oz bottles, 2- 2oz bottle, 2- 1.2oz bottles, along with plastic cream jars and a clear cosmetic bag for carrying. They’re awesome for teens and adults alike.
4. Koru Penguin Travel Bottles
Literally the Cutest
Pack the kiddo’s toiletries in Koru’s penguin travel bottles –or keep them for yourself, we won’t judge!
The set includes 4- 3oz bottles. They’re silicone and leak-proof, and just unbelievably adorable.
5. Humangear Gotubb
Our Favorite Jars
For travel with thicker liquids like lotion and hair gel, consider using Humangear’s Gotubbs. They come in .4oz and 2oz sizes, so you don’t have to bring along more than what you really need. Packing the smallest size possible really does make a difference in being able to go carry on only–and helps me combat my overpacking urges!
Gotubbs are also great for packing small items like vitamins, jewelry, or anything else you don’t want to lose track of.
They don’t have as tight of a seal as bottles, so we don’t necessarily recommend packing thinner liquids in these–however, we’ve never had an issue with them leaking.
6. V-TOP Travel Silicone Cosmetic Containers
Great for Small Items
V-Top’s travel containers are similar to the Gotubb, only made of silicone, so they’re unbreakable.
However, because they’re silicone and more squeezable, we only recommend these for very thick liquids that won’t leak out of the jar if it’s squeezed in transit. They’re also ideal for pills and other small items.
7. Juvitus PET Plastic Travel Jars
If you have lotions you’d like to bring along, but are afraid silicone will leak, Juvitus Travel Jars are a great option. They’re made out of BPA-Free plastic, and include spatulas for dispensing your product without contaminating it with your fingers.
For extra leakage protection, grab some saran wrap, and use this clever travel hack.
Travel Bottle FAQs
While this can vary according to your specific needs, our overall favorite is Humangear’s GoToob. They’re durable, high quality travel bottles with leak-proof caps, and the soft silicone is virtually unbreakable no matter how much abuse your luggage is subjected to.
There are many reasons to use a travel bottle, including:
-TSA size rules for liquids. Travel bottles ensure that you stay within those limitations.
-Travel bottles save room. Even if you’re checking a bag and don’t need to worry about TSA size rules, travel size bottles ensure you don’t pack more than you need– and have plenty of room left for souvenirs!
-Good travel bottles won’t leak. While you normal shampoo bottle probably isn’t designed to be leak-proof, good travel bottles are! All it takes is one leaky bottle to ruin your clothing, so we think travel bottles are a great investment.
The TSA says: “You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item.”
Medications and food for infants and children are excluded from these limitations.
They’re sticklers about these rules (I’ve had them harass me about lip balm that I didn’t think to remove from my purse and put in the quart size bag!).
It’s important to understand that the 3.4 oz rule means that if you try to carry on a 6oz container that’s half full, it’s still against the rules.
Many items that you wouldn’t think of as liquids still fall under this rule. This can include items like lipgloss and toothpaste.
And if you have more 3.4 oz containers than will fit in ONE quart size bag, you’re similarly out of luck. Take a look at your liquid cosmetics and toiletries, and you’ll see how easy it is to fill up a quart size bag, even with travel sizes. Every bit of space counts! We recommend taking travel sizes when possible, and have a great roundup of travel size makeup to help you pack light.
The full TSA rules are available here.
There’s no limit to liquids if you’re checking a bag, so you only need to be concerned about what’s in your carry-on.
If you get to the TSA line, and are told that you have too many liquids, or your bottles are too large, you’ll be give a couple options:
-The first is for TSA to take the offending items and throw them away. As long as your liquids weren’t something dangerous, you should be free to continue on your way– minus your favorite shampoo or sunscreen.
-The second option is to leave the line, go back to the airline counter, and check your bag. At $25+ to check a bag, this isn’t always worth it, but you may want to consider checking your carry-on if your large liquids are expensive or can’t be found at your destination.
-Finally, some airports have post offices or UPS branches. You may be able to leave the security line to mail your liquids back home, or to your final destination. You can then return to security with your carry-on, minus the offending liquids.
While we don’t recommend trying to sneak through liquids that exceed the rules, there are some things you can do to maximize your packing while still following the rules:
One option is to take advantage of your travel companion’s liquid allowance. If your husband or boyfriend doesn’t need to travel with many liquids, you can transfer some of your items to his quart size baggie.
Alternately, you can arrange to share certain items with your traveling companion, cutting down on the liquids you need to bring.
You should also think about avoiding liquids when there’s a solid version available. Sub powder foundation for liquid, lipstick for lip gloss, and even think about trying out a solid shampoo bar!
You might be concerned about using travel size bottles because you’re wondering if the small sizes will last for an entire trip. This really depends on how long you’ll be gone.
When it comes to things like shampoo and body lotion, a 3.4 oz bottle should be plenty for a one week trip, and you’ll need much less of items like face wash and face lotion.
Longer trips often call for a checked bag, and in that case, there’s nothing wrong with packing larger sizes of items you know you’ll use more of. Just leave room for souvenirs!
Beyond using leak proof travel bottles, it’s always a good idea to keep your liquids in a separate pouch or compartment of your toiletry bag.The same quart size bag that you need to use for liquids in your carry-on, can help to contain any leaks, so long as you’re using a quality bag with a good seal.