What’s in My Travel Toiletry Bag?

Packing your toiletry bag can be a tricky task. I used to always forget something. I’d pack toothpaste but forget my toothbrush. Or I’d forget to pack my razor when I was planning on wearing a dress. Now, I just keep my toiletry bag packed and replace or top off the items when I get back from the trip. Doing this ensures that I always have everything I need, and when my next trip comes up, I can just throw my toiletry bag in my suitcase. Here’s what I keep in my travel toiletry bag.

Toiletry Bag

Liquids, Creams, Gels:


These all start out in a quart size zip lock bag for the airport. Then they get reorganized into my toiletry bag for the rest of the trip. Also, I put all liquids in small containers (less than 3oz). I don’t usually buy new travel toiletries, I just reuse old the bottles.

  • Face Wash – If my liquids bag is full, sometimes I’ll bring face wipes instead because they don’t have to go in the quart size bag.
  • Face Lotion
  • Shampoo/conditioner – I generally hate hotel shampoo/conditioner, so I bring my own. Plus, hotels don’t typically provide shampoo or conditioner.
  • Body Wash – Again, hostels don’t usually provide this, and the ones in hotels generally dry out my skin.
  • Body Lotion – Even if I use the one in the hotel, I like to keep a small bottle in my purse for dry hands.
  • Contact Solution – This one is an exception to the rule. I buy new contact solution every time. Don’t refill an old bottle. It could have bacteria in it!
  • Toothpaste
  • Eye Drops – Especially important if you accidentally fall asleep on a plane or bus in your contacts. I don’t suggest wearing contacts on long flights, but that is for another story.
  • Hand Sanitizer – Washing your hands with soap and hot water is always the best choice, but sometimes you don’t have that luxury. 
  • Sunscreen – Optional depending on location and weather.


Non-liquid Toiletries:

Non liquids

  • Travel Brush
  • Comb
  • Hair Ties
  • Face Scrubber – I find it very important to use the same skin care routine as I do at home. So, since I use this every morning at home, I also bring it along on trips.
  • Deodorant – I don’t know about you, but I used to pack deodorant in my liquids bag. Guess what? TSA only required the gel kind to be in the bag. 
  • Toothbrush- I use a travel toothbrush that flips inside itself so the head doesn’t touch anything. 
  • Floss – Not pictured
  • Razor – Travel razors are pretty handy. Mine came in a little case to protect it.
  • Contact Case
  • Excedrin – I like excedrin because it has caffeine in it, but bring whatever meds you personally like. 
  • Cold & Flu Medicine – Planes, hostels, hotels… they are all full of germs. You never know when they are going to strike.
  • Cough Drops – Not pictured – I need to buy some more!
  • Bandaids – These usually end up on my feet for blisters, so I like to have an assortment of sizes. 
  • Tissues – Yes, hotels have tissues. But, have you ever caught a cold on a trip and had to use hotel tissues and toilet paper? It’s terrible.



I don’t usually wear a lot of makeup but I especially don’t during vacation. I’m on vacation to see the sites and explore, not waste time in the hotel room getting ready. Also, I have sensitive skin, so even a small change in tap water can cause noticeable changes in my skin. So, I like to stick to my normal skin care routine and wear less makeup when traveling

  • BB Cream*
  • Chap Stick
  • Mascara* – If I could only chose 1 makeup item to use, this would be it. 
  • Long Lasting Lip Color* –  I don’t know about you, but I hate constantly reapplying lip stick. I put this on once, and I’m done for the day.
  • Bare Minerals Warmth – I use this as blush, and I often use it as eye shadow too. 
  • Eye Liner – If I’m looking really tired, which I usually am during trips, I find eye liner helps me look more awake and brightens my eyes. It’s also my “one extra” if I actually need to dress up for dinner or something.
  • Eye Shadow – This one is optional for me since I typically use nothing or blush. But I sometimes bring it along for those dress up nights. 
  • Makeup Brushes

*I throw these into the liquids bag too just to be safe.