Are you trying to minimize the amount of liquids you pack in your carry-on? Do you tend to use the little bottles of hotel shampoo, but periodically find yourself staying at a budget motel that only provides bars of soap? One alternative is Travelon’s Shampoo Sheets.
If you’re familiar with dissolving soap sheets, these Shampoo Sheets will be a very familiar concept for you.
Soap sheets are basically wafer-thin sheets of soap. I don’t think they’re shaved soap so much a dried film of soapy liquid. Most of them dissolve as soon as you get some water on them, and they’ve been around for quite some time.
Travelon’s Shampoo Sheets
These Shampoo Sheets come in little plastic containers about the size of a roll of dental floss. Opening the flip-top reveals sheets of translucent film that, when put in contact with water, turn into a lather.
The biggest advantage to these Shampoo Sheets are that they are neither liquid nor gel; they contain no water whatsoever. So you can put it somewhere else in your bag and free up the space in your transparent toiletry bag for bottles of other items.
You get 50 sheets per pack of Shampoo Sheets, but the instructions say to use between 1 and 6 sheets per shampoo. I currently have shoulder-length hair, and 1 sheet is wholly inadequate for even much of a lather. I think 1 sheet might work if you have a buzz cut. I tried three sheets at once and it was still a pretty lackluster lather. I would not recommend these as your primary shampoo, but as a back-up or when space is a premium, they should work fine.
Travelon also sells other types of sheets:
- Hand Soap Sheets
- Conditioner Sheets
- Shaving Sheets
- Body Wash Sheets
- Laundry Soap Sheets
Of these, I also tried the Conditioner Sheets—stay away from these! Because they are not soapy, they do not lather nor dissolve easily. The Conditioner Sheets remind me of the dried conditioner scum that collects around the mouth of a dispenser pump; and if you’re familiar with those, you know that those are very hard to rinse out. I wound up trying 4 sheets at once. They were difficult to dissolve, and I wound up with clumps in my hair that I couldn’t rinse out. I found little clumps stuck in my hair after I got out of the shower!
For the others, I don’t know if they’re partiuclarly helpful since the Laundry Soap Sheets will probably require quite a few to get any lather, and regular soap should work just as well instead of all of the specialized soap sheets.
Retail seems to be about $5.00, but you can purchase one here from PackingLight.com for $2.95 (despite its name it is not affiliated with Travelite).