By Paul Shrater
June 1, 2007

Lately, companies big and small have expanded their travel-sized offerings.  The new TSA regulations have put a spotlight on the world of travel-sizes and people are getting curious.  

Dial has reported a 28% increase in sales of their travel sized deodorants and antiperspirants.  Pharmacy travel size aisles seem to be getting bigger, and more crowded.  And, new products are hitting the market every week.   

There are thousands of travel-sized items out there, probably many of which you never knew existed, and some of which are brand new.  Here, I’ll be informing you about the latest and greatest in the world of travel sizes:

Q: What is the TSA's 3-1-1 rule?

A: If you've been at an airport lately, you've seen the smiling TSA agents raking in the look from uninformed passengers dumping out their contraband on the table. The rule is simple: liquids and gels must be in containers 3oz or less; they must be in one clear quart-sized zippered pouch; and only one pouch per person.

1. Lysol® To Go 1oz Disinfectant Spray

Many would consider this the mother-lode of travel sizes.  Germ-conscious travelers have long been searching for an item to foot the bill, and the folks at Lysol responded with the 2007 release of a travel size of their popular product.

2. Bausch & Lomb ReNu MultiPlus® Solution

A few years ago all of the major brands of contact lens solution decided to discontinue their travel sizes.  The moment the TSA regulations went into effect, this was the top item people were scrambling to find, but could not.  Bausch & Lomb was the first major brand to respond, re-issuing their 2oz travel size.

3. Snap! Unique Snap Open Packets

This has to be one of the most innovative packaging designs in the world of travel sizes.  The people at Snap! have patented a hard plastic card, with a packet enclosure on the back of it, that when snapped, produces the product right into the palm of your hand.  Their single-use packets include such varieties as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand sanitizer, and sunscreen.  Not only are they convenient, these are real conversation pieces.

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Paul Shrater is the Co-Founder of Minimus.biz, the world leader in all things travel-sized and individual-sized.  All of the featured products, and more, are available at the Minimus website.