The cheapest supermarkets to buy holiday toiletries and what are the rules for taking them on a plane


Wilko and Asda have been crowned the cheapest retailers to buy your travel toiletries from this summer, where Brits can pick up 8 miniatures for under £10.

If you only have hand luggage to take with you on your vacation, it may mean that you need to be quite frugal with the toiletries you pack, especially when they are liquid. That means many of us will take a trip to the local supermarket to raid the holiday section for all our essentials, but it might be worth a little shopping if you want the most bang for your buck.

Consumer credit experts at Petits-prê conducted research on the prices of essential travel toiletries such as toothpaste and shampoo at seven major retailers, where the items can be purchased online and in-store. The retailers were then ranked from one to seven in terms of value for money, with one being ranked the cheapest and seven being the most expensive.

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The items included in the holiday miniature costs were:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Deodorant
  • Solar cream

























Wilko and Asda are the cheapest places for jet-setters to buy travel toiletries, both costing £9 for eight items. At Asda the products are slightly larger, while at Wilko you can get more bang for your buck with an additional free item available through their 3 for 2 offer.

However, Boots is ranked as the most expensive retailer, where your holiday miniatures will set you back over £14.

At Manchester Airport the rules for liquids are as follows: “If less than 100ml and in a clear resealable plastic bag, passengers are permitted to take liquids, gels and pastes through security separately of their hand luggage.

“It’s best to prepare your liquid bag – no larger than 20cm x 20cm and not exceeding one liter – prior to arrival at Manchester Airport. They are however available if you forget to bring your own, although there is a limit of one liquid bag per passenger. The bag should be one litre, about half the size of a standard A4 sheet of paper, and it should be sealable.”

What is a liquid?

  • Water and other beverages, soups, syrups

  • Pasta, including toothpaste

  • Creams, lotions and oils, including moisturizers

  • Perfumes

  • Makeup, including mascara

  • Sprays, including suntan lotion

  • Inhalers

  • Gels, including hair and shower gels

  • Contents of pressurized containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants

  • Liquid-solid mixtures

  • Any other item of similar consistency

Lipsticks, lip balms and stick deodorants are not classified as liquids.

Always check in any liquid over 100ml and if you are unsure if an item will be allowed through, please always check it in with your checked baggage. Liquids in containers larger than 100ml generally cannot pass security even if the container is only half full. There are exceptions.”

Commenting on the conclusions, Petits-prêts.comDan Whittaker, personal finance expert, said: “With Britons set to resume their holidays abroad this summer, we’ve crunched the numbers to find out which retailer is the cheapest to buy your travel toiletries. .”

“We all know how expensive it can be if you accidentally exceed the baggage weight limit. To avoid any unexpected surprises, be sure to pack miniature toiletries and shop where you can get the best deal.”


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