The best reusable airport liquid bags to pack in your hand luggage

Plastic consumption is a major issue for the environment – so why are we still using brand new single-use airport liquid bags every time we fly?

Back in 2020, before the pandemic when we could still travel, it was revealed 13 million of the clear plastic bags were used each year at London City and London Stansted airports alone.

‘This government is determined to cut single use plastic and the use of eco-friendly plastic bags at airports would be a welcome step in the right direction,’ said a spokesperson for the Department of Transport. ‘We would encourage airlines and airports to do their bit.’

There are, of course, restrictions on how you can take your liquids through airport security, but picking a reusable case that you can travel with time and time again isn’t one of them. Some airports are in the process of introducing biodegradable, compostable bags, but the system’s still not quite there yet.

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What size should airport liquid bags be?

Current advice on the gov.uk website states that you must use containers that hold no more than 100ml for your products, and that these containers ‘must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm‘.

So as long as your reusable option meets these requirements, there’s no reason why you can’t buy once, use forever, and cut down your plastic usage at the airport in the process.

With this in mind, here are some of our favourite durable, easy-to-clean options on the high street.

Space NK

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Travel Bag, £26, Space NK

Dimensions: 18cm x 15cm x 4.5 cm

This Space NK bag is small but mighty, with enough depth to fit bulkier jars and tubs too. We love this champagne colourway (well, if you can’t be fancy on holiday, when can you?) but it also comes in black, blush, hot pink and aqua.

Muji

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Tpu Clear Pouch, £3.95, Muji

Dimensions: 19.5 x 16 cm

Like basically everything else it stocks, Muji’s cases are minimalist and practical, but somehow still feel stylish. While you’re in store, check out its extensive range of other travel accessories, including all of the mini bottles, pumps and pots you could ever need for efficient decanting.

Skinny Dip

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Skinny Dip Dazzle Travel Make up Bag, £14, Superdrug

Dimensions: 18.5cm x 16cm x 5cm

Superdrug says this generous bag is airport approved, which means no unexpected hold-ups at security. It looks pretty jazzy, obviously, but it’s also durable, and the panels are easy to wipe-clean.

Horizn Studio

Liquids Bag, £35, Horizn Studios

Dimensions: 19.5cm x 13cm x 6cm

However, basic isn’t always a bad thing – if you prefer your case sleek and simple, Horizn’s TSA-approved PVC bags come in neutral tones like olive green, night blue and quartz grey. Thanks to the handy slim edgings, you can see everything that’s inside at first glance.

Boots

Clear Cosmetics Bag, £5, Boots

If you want something cheap, cheerful and classic, you could do a lot worse than Boots’ airport liquid bags. The store doesn’t list the dimensions of the case on its site, but reviewers say they’ve not faced any problems on their flights. They also have a £4 option available here.

Anya Hindmarch

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Inflight Cosmetics Case, £225, Anya Hindmarch

Dimensions: 12cm x 22.5cm x 9cm

For when nothing less than ultimate luxury will do, Anya Hindmarch’s reusable travel bag is any high-flyer’s dream come true, from the two zip compartments to perspex window to avoid hold-ups at security, and of course, the ‘Touch down’ slogan embossed onto the buttery silver leather.

White Company

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Travel Cosmetics Case, £35, The White Company

Dimensions: 6cm x W20cm x D12cm

This sleek, clear case with pale grey edging has double-ended zips and is perfect for storing your cosmetics and skincare in your hand luggage next time you take a flight.

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