Packing Tips – Toiletry Bag

As a general rule I now have two toiletry bags with me.

However, they are slightly different depending on how I’m travelling.

Full Luggage – going into the hold

Main Toiletry Bag = Large (ish) bag, I have (pics below) my ‘Hong Kong Phooey’ one.

Emergency Bag = Quart-size Zip Lock Bag

In this case, I have my main toiletry bag, which stores basically everything, and that’s going into the large suitcase and into the hold.

Because your main suitcase may not reach your destination (been there, done that), that’s where the second bag comes in.

This is my ’emergency’ toiletries, and it’s coming into the cabin with me in my hand luggage.


  • Travel Toothbrush – small, foldable, compact.
  • Travel Toothpaste – small enough for at least 2 uses

It doesn’t need to have much else – hotels include shampoo, conditioner, shower wash.

However, I often add other things in as it’s seen as a liquids bag:

  • Lip Balm
  • Spare Contacts
  • Moisture Spray for my eyes

Hand Luggage Only

In this case, you want two bags – liquids and non-liquids.

Liquids Bag = Clear Quart-size Zip Lock Bag

Non-Liquids = Medium Black Zipped Bag

Remember you have to take out the liquids bag for scanning at the airport, and it needs to follow the 3-1-1 rule

  • 3.4 oz or 100ml containers (and liquids)
  • 1 Quart size clear bag, that needs to be fully closed/zipped

It makes sense to have two bags, so that you can make the best use of the space.

A liquid is defined as anything that can be poured, spread, or moves around.

To make the it easier if I’m flying, my liquids bag goes in my personal item – so that it’s quick to access, and put back afterwards.

The second bag – non-liquids then has everything else, and can be put wherever there’s space in your cabin bag.


OK, I’ve covered the bags that I use, now to talk about the items.

I don’t often wear make-up, so this isn’t an issue for me. On the odd occasion that I take something, its from Benefit (my fav cosmetics brand) as they have great mini versions of a lot of their products. (I’ve found them at Boots and the airport.)

The rest of the items are anything that you want or need.

One tip that I read, was to start at the top of your body, and work downwards, thinking of everything that you use.

For example:


Cleaning – Shampoo, Conditioner, Masks

Styling – Gel, Mousse, Straightening, Curling, Spray

Accessories – Clips, Bands, Pins

Devices – Hair Dryer, Straightener, Curling, Tongs


Cleaning – Soap, Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser

Cleaning Items – Face Cloth, Cotton Pads

Teeth – Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Toothpick, Mouth Wash

Makeup – Foundation, Eyes, Lips, Cheeks, Concealer


Cleaning – Soap, Shower Gel, Bubble Bath

Looking After – Moisturiser, Scrub, Suntan Lotion

Razor/Shaver – Face, Body, Disposable, Reusable, Blades, Shaving Cream

My toiletry list:


  • Travel toothpaste
  • Day moisturiser – Clarins
  • Night moisturiser – Clarins
  • 2 in 1 cleanser/toner decanted into small travel bottle, currently using Micellar Water (small bottle)
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Hand Cream
  • ActiMist (Dry Eyes Spray)
  • Perfume Spray (Travel)


  • Venus mini shaver and case
  • Talc
  • Toothbrush with cover – Sonic Chic
  • Hairbrush – small
  • Cotton pads
  • Cotton buds – travel pack
  • Lip Balm
  • Hair clips and bands
  • Solid Deodorant
  • Nail File


I’ve been lucky over the years and have collected toiletry items for travel.

In one picture you can see L’oreal Shampoo and Conditioner – they are individual sachets, that are great for travel, unfortunately I haven’t seen them in a while.

I’m going to be trying a shampoo bar (one year), which of course is a solid and comes in a tin.

To be honest, I’m pretty lazy.

While it’s more expensive, I like buying travel products (though that might be because I like mini things).

You can think about buying your normal products, and putting them into smaller containers – bear in mind that you need to be confident that that it’s not going to leak.

Tip – Get smaller bags, so that you can put liquids into them, and into your normal bag. Just in case…

Permanently Packed

As I’ve got items specifically for travel – I leave the toiletries permanently in the relevant bags.

When I’m packing, I double-check the contents, and refill anything that needs it, but I don’t completely empty the bags when I come home.

Next post – Clothes

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