I’m sitting inside the Huntsville airport right now, waiting to hop a plain to Cincinnati. Where I’ll then hop another plane to Chicago. I’ll come back tomorrow, so I was faced with the option of not checking any baggage. I can pack for one night in a carry-on EASY. Right? No problem.
Except that I don’t travel often and don’t know exactly some of the protocols. I knew there were rules about carrying on liquids and I had hair products to pack. I looked online to check the information and let me just make one thing clear: The amount of conditioner I’d be limited to in a carry-on? Is the exact amount I would use on ONE STRAND OF HAIR. Do you know how much conditioner I use? A LOT MORE THAN 3 OUNCES.
That was dilemma number 1. But number 2 was this: What Is Mousse? While it is in the can – it is a liquid. But when you squirt it out, it is a…foam? What is a foam? And if the airline still classified it as a liquid…how would I get it to the proper size container? Once mousse comes out of the container, IT MUST BE USED. Seriously…how does one deal with the big MOUSSE question when carrying on luggage? And why is there not a huge sign about THAT when you walk in the airport? Plenty of information about nailclippers, lotions, medicines but NOTHING about mousse. MOUSSE IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN MEDICATION.
Jeez. You’d think I was the only one still stuck in the 80s and using mousse.
I’d assume mousse would count as an “aerosol” and could be transported in a clear quart-sized bag. But my mousse – if it is in fact an aerosol – would not FIT in that size of bag. My mousse only costs $1.29, what’s the point in making travel sizes? BAH. My hair complicates my life AGAIN. Like that time I lost my pen in it. Or the time it got stuck in a round brush. THIS HAIR IS MORE TROUBLE THAN IT IS WORTH.
So – I checked a bag. I didn’t want to waste my few hours in Chicago hunting down conditioner and mousse. I brought my little backpack to the check luggage counter and dealt with the question of, “Are you sure? It’s small enough to carry on,” by saying, “Yes. I’m sure. Until modern science can find a way for me to transfer my mousse to a smaller container while still allowing it to maintain the mousse-y quality, I’ll have to check my luggage.”
I have no idea why she looked at me weird after that.