The Best Toiletries Packing List & Tips for Mess-Free, Space-Saving Packing

The Best Toiletries Packing List & Tips for Mess-Free, Space-Saving Packing
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Packing toiletries is usually left to the last minute, meaning it’s often one of the packing categories where we can easily forget to grab something before we head out the door and on our adventure. A thorough toiletries packing list is one of the most important packing lists you’ll need when preparing for a trip!

Toiletries can be anything from body soap to makeup to tweezers. It can be a struggle balancing the toiletries you must bring and not taking up too much valuable space in your suitcase!

This toiletry packing list covers a bunch of travel essentials for women, so you’re not left looking for that one thing you forgot to pack. Plus, I’m sharing my favorite packing tips and accessories to make organizing so many tiny, liquid items a streamlined, easy task!

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Make your life easier by downloading the printable travel toiletries checklist version of this post! Simply check off your toiletry packing to-dos so you don’t miss a thing.


Travel Tips for Packing Toiletries

Stick to travel size toiletries

Even if you will be traveling for an extended period of time, the extra weight in your suitcase is not worth adding on. You risk paying expensive baggage fees when you could be using the space more effectively in your suitcase.

Pack enough of your essential toiletries to get you through at least a few days to a week of travel and make plans to visit a local grocery store or pharmacy to buy full-size bottles if necessary.

Utilize baggies that can be zipped tight and layer with towels

Save the plastic grocery bag to wrap around your shoes, but not your toiletry products. There can be tiny holes you don’t see and if one of your bottles decides to pop, you’ll have a complete mess left in your suitcase.

Opt for zip-tight toiletry bags and wrap them in a light towel just in case you have a messy emergency.

Fill up reusable bottles

One way to save money and be a sustainable traveler is to purchase inexpensive, reusable toiletry bottles. You can portion your shampoo, body wash, and any other liquids for your upcoming trip and keep reusing them for future travels.

Don’t fill your bottles to the very top to avoid leakage!

Keep toiletries in your carry-on accessible to take out for security

You can take liquid toiletries in your carry-on bag as long as they are the TSA approved amount of less than 3.4 fl oz and they are kept in a plastic bag.

Keep this bag near the top of your packed carry-on so you can easily reach it when going through security.

Only pack what you need

Travel with multi-use products and check with your accommodation beforehand if they have items like soap, shampoo, and conditioner to avoid adding extra weight and risk of spill to your suitcase!

More tips are sprinkled throughout this toiletries list, plus my top picks for toiletry accessories to make packing those tiny items an organizational breeze!


Toiletries Packing List

Travel toiletries

Having a toiletries list for packing is essential – they are one of the easiest categories where we forget to pack something.

Not everyone’s toiletry needs for a trip will be the same, so use this packing list as a universal tool and customize it where possible to your trip needs.

In addition to this list, I always recommend checking out the app PackPoint that can curate packing lists specific to your destination.

To be even more helpful, I’ll be linking specific items where I have a useful and worthy recommendation of a product that I myself use on every trip!

Body & Hygiene

  • Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair Mask
  • Body Lotion
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Eye Drops
  • Contacts
  • Medicine

Pro Tip: Always pack prescriptions with you in your carry-on!

Skin & Grooming

  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Toner
  • Face Wash
  • Razor
  • Shaving Cream/Gel
  • Men’s Shaver
  • Wax Strips
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Mini Scissors

Hair

  • Turbie Twist Hair Drying Towel I can’t live without this product – both when I travel and in daily life!
  • Curling Iron
  • Straightener
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Hair Ties/Scrunchies
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hair Gel
  • Hairspray
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Other Styling Products

Pro Tip: Always make sure you have a universal outlet adapter for your hair appliances. Also, check your destination’s power voltage in advance. For example, US hair appliances have a higher voltage than outlet plugs in Italy, meaning plugging in your curling iron could knock out the power of your room!

Makeup

  • Powder
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Bronzer/Contour
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Eyebrow Pencil/Gel
  • Eyeshadow
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Lip Liner
  • Lipgloss
  • Lipstick
  • Lip Balm
  • Setting Spray
  • Primer
  • Makeup Removal

Pro Tip: Leave messy makeup products behind. Loose powders and eyeshadow pigments, for example, are going to leave you with a mess to clean up and will only frustrate you in the end while you travel. The name of the game when traveling with makeup is convenience – not necessarily beauty!

Toiletries Accessories

Feminine Hygiene

  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Liners
  • Carrying Pouch

Nice-To-Haves & Destination Specific Items

  • Bug Spray
  • Bug Bite Anti-Itch
  • Aloe/After-Sun
  • First Aid Kit
    • Band-Aids
    • Ibuprofen
    • Neosporin

Best Toiletry Bags & Dopp Kits

A toiletries packing list is only as effective as what you pack your toiletries in. Here are my top recommendations for various toiletry packing solutions.

Most of these items are available on Amazon, making them affordable and able to be quickly delivered if you’re packing last minute!

Best Makeup Travel Organizer

I can’t live without this Vera Bradley travel bag set!

I have one makeup travel set that I have used over and over again for years and will continue to use until the fabric literally falls apart! The Vera Bradley 4 Piece Cosmetic Organizer Bag Set is a dream for traveling with makeup products.

The product has already lasted me years with its well-built quality, plus the inside of the bags have a plastic lining that makes them easy to clean and continue to reuse.

You can use them in all types of ways, even if makeup isn’t what you’re traveling with. They are a key part of keeping my packing organized and streamlined!

Best Men’s Dopp Kit

One of my go-to travel-related gifts for men is a classic, sleek dopp kit. It gives them a place to organize their things, rather than casually chucking them in their suitcase, and provides a small element of pampering they love, whether they admit it or not.

The Elviros Dopp Kit is my men’s toiletry bag of choice for being budget-friendly, a classic leather design, and for having tons of organizational pockets.

Best Women’s Dopp Kit

One of my favorite brands for women’s travel accessories is Bagsmart because there products are cute, affordable, and of durable quality.

This includes their women’s toiletry bag, which is a catch-all organizer for your toiletry products. You can use it for all or your products including makeup, however, I believe it works best for body, skincare, and hygiene products, as you can stand it up and have all of your bottle within easy reach and it has a waterproof pocket to keep wet items from touching your dry items.

If you’re looking for a larger option, I recommend the hanging organizer.


Final Thoughts

Toiletry packing can be a boring and tedious process, but a cute packing checklist and some beautiful, useful accessories can make it one of your favorite parts of trip planning!

If you’re in need of more packing tips, check out how to pack a duffel bag like a pro.

I hope you find this thorough toiletries list helpful as you start packing for your next adventure!

What’s your favorite toiletry packing tip on this list?

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XOXO

Michela

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Michela is a travel writer and photographer living in northern Italy. She is passionate about helping people make the most of their travels by sharing advice gained from her personal experiences, off-the-beaten-path destinations and time-saving quick itineraries. Browse her top articles or have her help you plan your itinerary to your dream destination!

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