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Shares 10 Traveler Types Revealed by Their Approach to Liquids, Aerosols and Gels

/ -- BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/03/16 -- We've all been there. Standing in the airport security line, rifling through our carry-on in search of our plastic baggie full of liquids and gels. By now you think we'd be used to it, but there are always a few folks who forget to pack one, some who overpack and others who completely flout the rules, hoping no one notices.

Like it or not, our packing strategies say a lot about how we approach travel and life in general. The experts at, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have peered into these plastic windows into travelers' personalities and come up with their Liquids, aerosols and gels, oh my!: What does your carry-on baggie say about you?

See if you find yourself, or anyone you know, in any of the following types:

  • The "No space wasted" - It's probably safe to say, you've always been pretty good at Tetris. When packing is complete, there's not an inch of space to be found, with every item strategically placed to make sure you are getting the most out of your standard quart-size bag. In fact, your liquids bag is a lot like a clown car, and hopefully you don't need something from the bottom before you reach your destination because once packed there's a real chance you will never be able to reassemble it again. You're one to always play by the rules, but if there is any wiggle room, you'll find it. While your packing skills are expert level, and you may receive some friendly teasing for your bulging bag, you're also a great travel companion -- always prepared, efficient and knowledgeable with all your bases covered. They may have toothpaste where you're going, but it may not be the cool mint, whitening, tartar control for sensitive teeth that you prefer. And when your travel buddy needs a dollop of hand cream to ease the effects of dry plane air, you'll get the last laugh.

  • The "Oops, I did it again" - It's not that you're absentminded -- you're just a free spirit. And, really, who has time to pack a suitcase AND a baggie of liquids? While rushing to reach security, it dawns on you that you may have some liquids that need to be separated from the rest of your belongings. That nip of alcohol? Down it. That half bottle of leave-in conditioner? It's called "leave-in" for a reason and you hear airplane air is a bit dehydrating to the locks anyway. You take a mental note of how you WILL remember to bring a bag next time. Then immediately remember you forgot to DVR "Scandal." You probably aren't much of a planner and consider it a win if you roll up to the gate before they have to call your name over the loudspeaker for final boarding. Those nice people in line behind you don't mind watching you chug 16.9 ounces of bottled water before unbuckling the straps of your gladiator sandals and rifling through your bag for that can of hairspray you think you packed. (Maybe these airtiquette tips will help?)

  • The "If you can't beat them, join them" - You go with the flow in life -- and in travel. Never one to check a bag, you pack a small carry-on without any second thoughts or packing regret. You probably don't even understand what all the fuss is about when your friends complain about having to ditch a few pairs of shoes to get their bag to zip. Truthfully, you'd probably be okay with no baggie at all, but since that travel-size toothpaste is still lingering around from your last trip, you may as well bring it along for the ride. And you don't want to feel left out when everyone is reaching for their 3-1-1-compliant baggie at security. Some would say it's an odd time to experience FOMO, but what can you say? You like to feel included. And your friends wouldn't have it any other way. Travel buddies of the "No space wasted" variety are known to approach you with stray items that don't fit in their own liquids bags. "Do you mind holding these eye drops?" You prefer to just let things happen rather than stress about over planning. You're a firm believer that in life, things always have a way of working out.

  • The "Blame it on the alcohol" - This bag is VERY important to you, but not for toiletry purposes. Bathroom items are totally replaceable. But they might not have that special raspberry-infused vodka where you're headed. You're a "No space wasted" tried and true, except your essentials are less shampoo and eye cream and more Jack Daniels and Jose Cuervo. Everyone's bag is their own prerogative -- there's no shame in your alcohol game. Owning this bag might mean you like to party, or it might mean you're a forward thinker who can't be trusted alone with a mini bar. (Those mini bar nips are expensive, OK?) Hey, when it comes to your trip, you're here for a good time, not a long time. But truthfully, isn't having fun what traveling (and life) is all about?

  • The "You fancy, huh?" - Just because you have to carry your liquids separately doesn't mean it can't be done in style. While you abide by the quart-size rule, you prefer to invest in a specialty bag over the standard flimsy variety. Maybe it even bears your name or initials -- although no one would ever confuse your bag with that of anyone else. You believe what you wear and what you carry is an extension of yourself, and your carry-on liquids bag is no different. You cringe at travelers in old sweatpants and flip flops -- you have your Pashmina and cute/comfortable flats laid out the night before your trip, ready to strut their way through airport security like you're walking a different kind of runway. (And you'd never be caught dead without special airport security socks...bare-feet-to-floor contact? No, thank you.) Putting your best self into the world is important to you, and there's nothing wrong with that. blog post on Liquids, aerosols and gels, oh my!: What does your carry-on baggie say about you? Are you the type who squishes all their products into one bag until it barely zips, or do you just forget the rules altogether? Whether you're a 'No space wasted,' a 'Free sample guru,' or somewhere in between, your liquids bag is a little snapshot of who you are. So, what does yours say about you?

You might also recognize the "Must have missed the memo," the "Yeah, no need," the "Free sample guru," the "Not quite sure what a liquid is" and the "Wait, it's only one bag?" types. These round out's list of travelers in Liquids, aerosols and gels, oh my!: What does your carry-on baggie say about you? See all the details at

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