Vegan travel toiletries for the carry-on backpacker

Are you a vegan traveller and not sure what toiletries you can take in your carry on? When I travel, I ONLY take a carry on backpack and never check in baggage. I have places to be and people to see! Haha. So that means needing to carry all my toiletries in one bag and conforming to the liquid rules!

HOT TIP – find items that aren’t classified as liquids so you can use your liquid limit for things you need!

For international travel from Australia, the liquid rules for your carry on baggage are….

– Passengers are only able to take liquids, aerosols and gels in containers up to 100ml or 100g in size in carry-on baggage.

– Containers larger than 100ml or 100g, even if only partially-filled, containing liquids, aerosols or gels will not be allowed through the security screening point. For example, a 200 gram toothpaste tube that is half-full will not be permitted.

Containers must fit into one transparent and re-sealable plastic bag like a snap-lock sandwich bag.

– The four sides of the bag’s sealed area must add up to no more than 80 centimetres (e.g. 20×20 cm or 15×25 cm).

– You must be carrying less than 1 litre of liquids in your transparent bag.

– This includes bottled water and drinks, so do not take any FULL bottles of water through security. Keep it empty and fill it near your gate AFTER security.


1. Soap Bars

Lush sell soap bars that they can cut into 100gram sections. They also sell metal containers you can put your soap bar into!

2. Shampoo and Conditioner

Lush also sell solid bars of Shampoo and Conditioner that you can put into their metal containers too.

3. Toothpaste (and toothy tabs)

Vegans have quite a few options for this actually. You can choose the small WhiteGlo (24gram) Travel toothpaste from Chemist Warehouse.

Or there are 3 Red Seal Toothpastes that are 100grams exactly. Baking Soda, Lemon SLS Free and Smokers.





Or you can buy the Lush Toothytabs and then they aren’t classed as liquid.


4. Hair Product

If you’re like me, and your hair goes into a big ball of frizz if you don’t put product in it, here’s what you can use. For this product, it’s a liquid one so I put it into a see through 100ml travel container as you can see below. It’s available at Coles in Australia and is called Organic Care Hard Gel.


5. Deodorant

This can be one of your liquid ones. I use Roll on Norsca but there is Natio too. Readily available in Coles and Woolworths.

6. Sunscreen

Buying sunscreen overseas can be very expensive so I always bring one with me if I’m going somewhere sunny. The Ego Sunsense Roll-on is perfect and available at all chemists.





7. Lip Balm

I mostly travel to hot humid countries so I don’t wear makeup or many cosmetics but everyone needs a lip balm! Hurraw is available at health food stores.



8. Hand Sanitiser

The team at Thank You make a perfect 50ml vegan hand sanitiser.







I really hope this helps! If you’re looking for unique travel items to pack in your carry on, I’ve got a great list HERE with many things you may not realise are important!

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