If you’re a frequent flyer, no doubt you’re all too familiar with the headache of carrying toiletries – like shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste – in your hand luggage. Items not conforming to strict airline regulations are ruthlessly confiscated and tossed, leaving you to purchase replacements when you reach your destination. Now, a US online retailer is punting a business idea which resolves the annoying challenge of finding your favourite products in the correct travel sizes…

What is 3Floz.com

3Floz is a niche online retailer which sells personal care and beauty products in TSA-approved travel sizes; that is 3 fluid ounces or less.

What makes 3Floz.com such a hot business idea?

In the aftermath of the 911 terror attacks, airport security around the world was stepped up; including regulations concerning what passengers could carry on board an aircraft. The US Transport Security Administration (TSA) has strict prescriptions, most notably a rule that containers of liquids, gels and aerosols to be carried through security checkpoints be 3 fluid ounces (100ml) or less, and sealed in a quart-sized, zip-top, clear plastic bag.

3 Floz is dedicated to finding the best personal care and beauty brands in the requisite sizes. 3Floz.com has conveniently arranged items into product and brand categories, and provides detailed product descriptions, ingredient lists and usage instructions. Just pop the products you’re after into your carry-on bag (shopping basket), pay up and check out. 3Floz.com ships your products directly to your door, whether that’s your home or your hotel, with free shipping for order over $50.

We’re not the only ones who think 3Floz.com is a fabulous business idea – 3Floz made the Internet Retailer Hot 100 List for 2011.

For more inspiration…

Check out these providers of travel size cosmetics:

  • Traveltoiletrykits.com – why search around at different stores, when you can get every item you need right here
  • Alltravelsizes.com – Winner of the Inc. Magazine 2011 Business Travel 50 – Best Store for TSA-friendly Products
  • Boots Online – Airline approved toiletries from the UK health and beauty store.
Image courtesy of 3Floz.com