In today’s product review, I’m going to review the Travelon travel toiletry sheets.
The product consists of an assortment of dry travel toiletries in small plastic containers. Each container holds 50 sheets. Travelon has 6 different sheets; Hand soap, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream and body wash.
Since the sheets are dry, you can carry them on board without worrying about the TSA. To activate a sheet, you simply wet it, and rub a little.
I put the sheets through the only test possible; by actually using them.
Hand soap – the container recommends using 1-2 sheets, but I found that one sheet is more than enough for a decent lather. The sheet dissolves in a matter of seconds and has a pleasant, but fairly neutral smell. It certainly doesn’t smell as bad as the cheap generic soap in most public bathrooms. After a good scrubbing, my hands did feel noticeably softer than before washing.
Laundry Soap – the only way to test this, is on something stained. Thankfully with a young child in the house it isn’t too hard to find something filthy. The package recommends 1-4 sheets depending on the number of items.
In a sink filled with water I added 2 sheets and after about a minute of rubbing, the shirt appeared clean. It’s hard to tell whether the water did most of the cleaning, or the sheets. There is very little foaming from the sheets, but once I had let the shirt air dry, it did smell like it had been freshly laundered. The laundry soap sheets are fairly sticky, so you need to be careful to only remove the number of sheets you need, it’s pretty easy to grab 6 or 7 by mistake. The sticky sheets also took much longer to dissolve, with little pieces of green gel sticking to the sink, so you really do need to rub the sheet quite a bit to dissolve it.
Shampoo/conditioner – In the name of science, I even tried these sheets. The package recommends 1-6 sheets of shampoo and 1-4 sheets of conditioner. If you have a head full of hair, you’ll be leaning towards the maximum number. The sheets didn’t foam up as much as regular shampoo, but it did leave my hair feeling cleaner. Like with the laundry soap, you need to rub hard to dissolve the sheet, and I highly recommend keeping the soap out of your hair till it has all dissolved.
Shaving cream – The package recommends 1-4 sheets, but I found that 3 is about the bare minimum for a decent shave. It lathers up lightly and smells like most generic shaving cream products.
Body wash – The package recommends 1-8 sheets which clearly depends on how dirty you are. Of all the sheets I tested, I’d say that this one smells the nicest, but it’s also the stickiest. Once the sheet gets wet you really need to rub hard to dissolve it completely or you’ll be covered in green gunk.
Each Travel toiletry sheet package contains 50 sheets and costs $5.95 (MSRP). The packages weigh .6 ounces, for a total of just 3.2 ounces for all 6. Being able to carry 6 different toiletry products at just 3.2 ounces is fantastic for light travelers. The sheets are certainly not a product I’d use to replace “real” toiletries, but they are perfectly usable for those occasions where you don’t have access to anything else, or just need a quick cleaning or a shave on the plane.
Because the sheets are sensitive to water, I’d highly recommend carrying them in a sealed bag or other watertight container, once they get wet, you have to use them right away and I doubt water directly in the package would do them much good.
In conclusion, I’m pretty impressed with most of the sheets. They clearly get “the job” done without adding too much weight to your luggage. At $5.95 each, they are not too expensive, especially considering you get up to 50 uses out of each package. I highly recommend them for anyone who has ever arrived at their destination feeling in desperate need of a shave or quick wash. A bottle of water and a couple of sheets are all you need to feel fresh again.