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What To Put In A Toiletry Bag? – For Men & Women

Which shampoo and conditioner brand do you like to use the most? Do you know if it comes in smaller bottles that may be used for travel? If not, it’s time to look for a brand that does offer those features. Some travelers find that simply bringing along deodorant, a toothbrush, and toothpaste is sufficient to keep them feeling clean and refreshed while on the road. But for some people, especially women (oops), it goes without saying that they should bring along more than the bare necessities.

Regarding packing your well-packed toiletry bag for a trip, here is a rundown of the things you need.

The Ultimate Toiletry Guide

This is the comprehensive list of packing toiletries that we packed. In addition, we have provided you with some of our most beloved products—in convenient travel sizes—that we frequently bring along in our separate toiletry bag. The following product recommendations have been vetted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and will easily fit inside our Extra Small Packing Cube. Of course, you can adjust it to fit your needs and tastes as you see fit!

If you don’t like using the complimentary shampoo and conditioner that hotels provide, be sure to bring along your favorite brand of shampoo and conditioner—only bring a carry-on with you on your trip. Try out this shampoo bar manufactured by Ethique.

We adore how it leaves the hair smelling fresh and clean without making it feel weighed down. Before your journey, you should cut the shampoo bar into little cubes. It helps you save money over the long term!

1. Body Wash / Soap

If you’re going to be flying, pack a small bottle of liquid soap and body wash. You may not be able to use them during the flight, but they’ll come in handy when you arrive at your destination.

2. Face Wash

Washes and Cleansers for the Face

3. Facial Moisturizer

If you already have a go-to facial moisturizer at home, you can move it into cream jars that can be refilled. You can also purchase the product in a smaller size as part of the travel kit shown below.

Pro Tip: A helpful piece of advice is to invest in a travel-size kit that includes miniature versions of shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and day cream. These sets are designed specifically for portability.

4. Travel Size / Foldable Toothbrush

Something small like a toothbrush that folds up, or you may even carry a portable electric toothbrush; both options would fit nicely inside our transparent packing cube approved by the TSA. You might also carry a portable electric toothbrush with you if you want to.

5. Travel-Sized Toothpaste

Toothpaste and a toothbrush are crucial for your travel toiletries.

6. Tablets for Mouthwash

We are big fans of the Listerine Chewable Tablets for Mouthwash. That means you won’t need to bring as many liquids with you when you pack your toiletry pouch.

7. Floss

It’s incredibly practical and has a thickness similar to a credit card! So, if you want to carry as many as you need, buy as many.

8. Deodorant

If you want to reduce the liquid you must take, choose a deodorant that comes in a stick form. This all-natural jasmine deodorant is hypoallergenic and effective; if you want an option that does not include aluminum, try it out. Our Creative Director Tali is a firm believer in it!

9. Razor

Both single-use and electric razors of any kind are permitted in carry-on luggage. If you believe you might want or need a refresher while you’re away, pack one or two for your trip.

10. Lotion

Choose a bottle with a pump that can be refilled for your preferred lotion. A little version of it that is suitable for travel is also available for purchase.

11. Sunscreen

Sunscreen Stick Neutrogena makes a sunscreen stick that is great for people who want to minimize the number of liquids they bring along with them when they travel. Portable sunscreen is just as effective as a lotion or sprays forms of the product!

12. Detangler Wet Brush

If you want to get rid of knots, carry a detangler brush that can be used on any hair.

13. Pads and Tampons

When packing your mini toiletry bag, include some feminine hygiene products like pads or tampons to prepare you for any unexpected situations (wink wink).

14. Cotton Buds

Since you prefer to keep things interesting, you should get a pack of cotton swabs, rounds, and balls rather than just one type.

15. Hair Serum

Are you planning a trip to the beach? Keep your mane under control by bringing a bottle of anti-frizz hair serum.

16. Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is handy for hiking or on extended road trips, where taking a shower isn’t always an option. But, it is a considerable liquid toiletry. 

17. Hairspray

Hairspray is an absolute must if you want your hair to appear especially good for important occasions like weddings and proms. However, check to see that it is less than three ounces in capacity.

18. Nail Clippers

Always have nail clippers on hand because you can’t predict when you’ll need them. In addition, you are free to bring these sized items with you on the airplane.

19. Rollerball Perfume

You can either buy the small travel version of your favorite perfume or transfer the contents of your full-size bottle into a travel-size atomizer.

20. Hand Sanitizer

To ensure that your hands are sparkling clean, bring a bottle of hand sanitizer in a travel size to keep in your toiletries bag (or in your carry-on purse).

21. Tweezers

Pack a little pair that fits in the cube and looks adorable!

22. Deodorant Wipes

Deodorant Wipes are a terrific way to re-energize yourself in the middle of the day, and they’re also a great alternative to the standard deodorant sticks. Put a handful of these packs of deodorant wipes in your quality toiletry bag, and you’ll be ready to go at any moment.

23. Contact Lenses and Solution

The TSA requires that you comply with its Liquids Rule when transporting contact lens solution (if it is packed in your carry-on). You can also bring everyday contact lenses, so you won’t need to carry any solution. You won’t have to worry about bringing extended-wear lenses (consult your eye doctor).

24. Hair Ties, Scrunchies, and Bobby Pins

Always Pack Extras in Case Yours Disappear! (Girl Problems. But Seriously, Where Do They Go!?)


No matter where you’re going or how long you’ll be gone, these items should be on your packing list. Depending on the climate of your destination, you might need to adjust what products you bring. For example, if it’s a hot and humid country, pack light lotions instead of heavy creams. If you have questions about what toiletries to pack for your next trip, leave us a comment below!


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