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Have you ever arrived at your destination only to realize that you forgot deodorant and a brush? This complete list of travel toiletries essentials is everything you will possibly need!
Gathering toiletries together for a trip can sometimes feel like an endless task. It’s no wonder when you break down how many little travel toiletries essentials there are!
Keeping a well organized and always-ready bag packed with your travel toiletries essentials speeds up the packing process considerably. Whether you are a minimalist packer or someone who brings everything with you wherever you go, this travel toiletries essentials list is for you!
This complete list of travel toiletries essentials covers all of the possible things you may want to bring on your travels. Grab travel sized versions of your favorites and get packing!
This post is all about travel toiletries essentials.
Travel Toiletries Essentials
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Travel Toiletries Essentials: The Basics
Before jumping to the travel toiletries packing list or gathering all of your favorite products, there are a few things worth mentioning first.
Whether you are flying carry on only or have an entire car to fill, keeping your product sizes small saves a ton of space and makes your toiletry collection more manageable. If you do a lot of traveling, it may be worth trying a service like Ipsy, where you receive travel sized products monthly. I have found many new favorites through this!
Another recommendation is to purchase travel sized products or create your own by filling travel containers with your favorites. Personally, I do a combination of both.
Ever have your face wash leak all over your toiletry bag? It’s a frothy mess! Not all travel containers are created equal. I’ve tried all sorts of these packable and refillable bottles, vials and packages from Amazon, Target, TjMaxx, the Dollar Store… when using containers for solids like medication, go for the inexpensive ones as long as they stay closed. But for liquids, just buy the name brand containers that everyone is trying to mimic.
The GoToob refillable silicone travel bottles by Humangear are the only non-leaking and non-cracking travel containers that I have found. The knockoff versions leaked and dried out my products over time. Other styles leaked also and cracked as I’ve tried getting product out. It’s better to buy 1 quality product than several others that will disappoint and need replacing.
Travel Toiletries Bag
I can’t even tell you how many different styles of toiletry bags I have tried over the years. Sound familiar? Finding one bag that can hold everything, including makeup, can be a challenge. I am currently using the Béis Hanging Cosmetic Case and loving it! It holds everything except my curling iron/straightener combo. A round brush does fit in it too, but I choose not to pack it in there.
Whatever travel toiletry bag(s) you use, consider if it is important that it hangs, holds everything, has a removable section, is TSA friendly, etc. You want something that is easy to use while traveling, especially if you are staying in more than one location.
Travel Toiletries Essentials: Hair
Hair products to pack:
- shampoo & conditioner
- shine serum/conditioning cream
- body builder/texturizer
- dry shampoo
Hotel shampoo and conditioner is rarely as kind to your hair as what you regularly use. Bring your own if your hair tends to be dry, frizzy, high maintenance or color treated. Same reasons to remember a shine serum or leave in conditioning treatment.
Often forgotten are the styling products used to give your hair body, texture or enhanced curls. Keep a travel sized container of dry shampoo to extend the time between your hair washes. Be sure this is one you have tried before and that it actually works! Same thing for hairspray. Best bet is a travel sized version of your favorite.
Hair tools to pack:
- comb, brush, round brush
- hair dryer (if prefer your own)*
- curling iron/wand
- hot rollers/velcro rollers
If you are one of the people who can’t travel without your Dyson hair dryer, pack it. But first make sure that it is *compatible with your destination’s electrical situation. Hotel hair dryers are really hit and miss, so it’s a personal judgment call if your hair dryer is worth the space it consumes.
Packing all of the hair tools will limit the space you have for other travel necessities (like shoes!). I highly recommend the L’ange Hair Duo Airflow Styler. It works as a curling iron and straightener, plus it has a slimmer profile than a curling iron. I’ve had mine for over two years, and I absolutely love it!
Hair accessories to pack:
- claw clips
- hair ties/scrunchies
- bobby pins
- shower cap/hair wrap
When limited on packing space, choose hair accessories that can be mixed and matched with several outfits and that you know you will wear. A headband of some kind is needed to pull your hair back while washing your face, and a shower cap or hair wrap will preserve your hair while showering and/or sleeping.
Travel Toiletry Essentials: Body
Travel toiletry essentials for your body and heading out:
- body wash
- sunscreen (don’t forget your face!)
- self tanner (if you use it)
Bringing sample sized perfumes is the easiest and most efficient way to pack perfume. I’ve tried the little refillable canisters and it was a leaky mess! It can be fun to try a different scent for each destination that reminds you of that trip. Decant your favorite lotions or self tanner into travel containers if you can’t find mini versions of them.
Toiletry essentials for body maintenance while traveling:
- razor & shaving cream
- nail clippers
- feminine products
Bring feminine products, even if you are not anticipating the need for them. It’s always better to have something on you just in case, than to find yourself in a situation where it’s urgent. Unless you have electrolysized your entire body, bring tweezers. And if you have ever woken up in the night with a toenail catching on a sheet or a pedicure falling off, you already know to have nail clippers handy.
A travel sized razor can help save space, as will skipping the shaving cream for soap. Whatever you do, don’t forget to cover the blade so you don’t accidentally cut your fingers when reaching into your toiletry bag. And as any woman already knows, always carry panty liners.
Travel Toiletries Essentials: Face
Facial travel toiletry essentials:
- face wash
- face moisturizer
- eye cream
- face serum
- makeup remover
- cotton pads
Many department store cosmetic brands have travel sized face wash, face moisturizer and eye cream. Sometimes they are even free as a gift with purchase. I only use one brand of facial care since my skin is so sensitive. This is where having really great, quality travel containers come in handy. If your skin doesn’t care what you use, then you are lucky enough to find travel facial care at any big box store.
Makeup remover should definitely not be overlooked when it comes to travel toiletry essentials. Stubborn mascara and eye liner needs its own treatment. Simple makeup wipes will do, or bring a liquid with cotton pads to wipe the eye makeup off.
Travel Toiletries Essentials: Oral Care
Travel toiletry essentials for oral care:
- toothbrush & cover
These are all of the things you have probably already thought of, but it’s good to have them written down somewhere. Don’t forget a toothbrush cover that is breathable just in case you have to repack your toothbrush before it has time to fully dry.
Travel Toiletries Essentials: Makeup
The best advice, if you do a lot of traveling, is to keep a second set of makeup always packed. This may not be possible, especially if you wear pricier makeup, but it is incredibly helpful for getting out the door and not forgetting anything.
Pack travel sized versions of your products whenever possible. It’s also a good idea to use products that can double up, such as the Ilia Beauty Multi-Stick that can be used as a blush and a lip color. Blush compacts that contain a cheek color, a contouring shade and a highlighter can save space, too.
Using travel sized brushes can aid in reducing the amount of packing space your makeup takes up, and may also enable you to use a smaller cosmetic bag. Cosmetics can quickly overtake your toiletry packing space, so everything helps!
You may not need all of the travel toiletries essentials on this list, or maybe each trip will yield a different combination of products. Hopefully, you are more than prepared with your toiletry essentials for your next adventure!
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