When travelling, I tend to find that the alcoholic spirits I like either aren't available, or are charged at some ridiculous markup that makes them unaffordable.

For a long trip, my usual solution is to pick up a bottle of something suitable from Duty Free on my way out, and pack what's left carefully in my suitcase for the return journey.

For a short trip, that approach presents two problems. Firstly, I wouldn't put much of a dent in a whole bottle, so I'd gradually accumulate 3/4 full bottles at home! Secondly, I often do short trips with hand luggage only, so I don't have a checked suitcase to put the bottle into.

I briefly tried finding "miniatures" (5cl bottles), and then later refilling, but generally the cap stops sealing properly after a few refils. Since these aren't that cheap to start with, to only get a few trips before they begin leaking means they're not a long term option.

Does anyone know of any good resealable / refillable containers, which can be taken through airport security, aren't too bulky, and are suitable for holding something like 5-20cl of alcoholic spirits (40%-ish)?


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100 ml bottles are easy to come by, and food safe at that. Nalgene, for example, makes strong and well-sealing screw top bottles in a variety of sizes. The problem might be the lack of a label - make sure it reads 100 ml somewhere on it. (Or better still, 91.)

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    Food, maybe will be allowed. Liquids in such containers may not be allowed at some security checks. It would look suspicious since it is obvious that it is manually refilled. Sep 4, 2013 at 17:45
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    I disagree. I have never once had anyone even consider checking whether what is in my (less than 100 m) bottle is factory-original or not. I use bottles like that for shampoo and no-one opens, smells, or investigates - ever. Sep 4, 2013 at 18:08
  • Ok nice to know, I had a problem before with food in non-factory container. So I thought it might be a problem. Anyway TSA guys are not predictable and rules change so fast, one day it is not allowed the second day it is, and vice versa. Sep 4, 2013 at 18:11
  • Same here. All my shampoo, soap, conditioner, handcream are in such bottle. I buy them @ Muji
    – uncovery
    Sep 4, 2013 at 23:22

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