What to Include in Your Toiletries List for Travel

When packing for your trip one of the things you really cannot leave behind is the toiletries bag.  Even if you are backpacking you still need a basic list of toiletries for travel.  Nobody will want to be near you: if you smell bad, have bad breath and your hair is all greasy 🙂

You may think packing toiletry kit for travel is easy.  But there are so many little things in your toiletry cabinet that you use daily without even thinking about during your grooming routine.  As I said yes there are so many items in your bathroom cabinet.  But do you need them all when you travel and do you need to travel with such large bottles?

Let’s work out what toiletries are essential for your trip, what you can do without, how you can pack less in your toiletry bag and what must you include in a travel toiletry packing list?

In the Article on What to Pack in Your Toiletries Travel Kit You Will Learn

* How much toiletry products to pack in your toiletries bag
* What essential items to put on your toiletries list
* What extra luxury items you may like to add to your toiletry checklist
* Travel packing tips to pack a lighter toiletry kit and taking toiletries in carry-on luggage
A travel toiletries list for holidays. Use this holiday toiletry packing checklist to pack your toiletry bag when you next vacation. These travel tips and hacks will help you be prepared for your next trip.

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Packing Toiletries for Travel

A few weeks before you travel, start looking at your toiletries list for your trip (you will find a full toiletry list further down and the opportunity to download a PDF copy).  Identify any items that you need to purchase.  Next, consider the length of time you will be on vacation, this will help determine the size of the toiletry product that you need to buy.

For example, when I travel for just a couple of days I tend to take what is just in the bathroom and create my own travel size versions of larger products such as shampoo and conditioner.  To do this I use empty travel containers*.

However, if I am travelling for longer I will buy a new tube of toothpaste, new shampoo and conditioner.  Yes, there are shops at my travel destination and I could easily purchase more toiletry items if need be.  But I don’t want to be thinking about this whilst on holiday.

As toiletry products are used in the bathroom they always get damp.  I recommend when you create your travel toiletries kit you pack all these items into a waterproof bag.  You could just use a plastic shopping bag, however, I would suggest you splurge and purchase a stronger bag with compartments especially design for carrying toiletries, like these toiletry bags*.  This will ensure the remainder of your travel luggage will stay dry when you repack and you will be able to easily locate which toiletry item require at the time.

Essential Toiletries to Pack for a Trip

No matter your travel style, holiday preference, whether you’re male or female, even if you are travelling with the kids you cannot do forget to include these on your list of toiletries.  Some of these toiletry products can be shared eg. the toothpaste.  Others you will need to buy specifically for each person eg. the toothbrush.  Basically, think about what you do at home and plan to do the same on your trip.

So pack into your toiletry bag:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower gel (you may not need to pack this if your accommodation provides some  this is one of my handy hints on how to pack light)
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Hair ties
  • Shaver & shaving lotion
  • Sanitary items (for women)

Grab a printable Toiletry Packing List HERE

More Items to Add to Your Travel Toiletries CheckList

These items aren’t absolutely necessary, they are more personal preference add-ons.  Packing these toiletry items may depend on the style of travel and activities you have planned for your vacation.

You may like to add these into your toiletries bag:

  • Facial cleanser, toner and moisturiser
  • Body lotion
  • Make-up
  • Perfume or aftershave
  • Tweezers
  • Nailfile
  • Scissors

This toiletries packing list is included in the Ultimate Travel Packing List

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Top Trip Tips: Packing Toiletries for Travel

  • If you are travelling with young kids don’t forget to add in their child-friendly versions of these toiletry items.
  • When buying new toiletry products consider how much you will use during the course of your holiday and try to buy the size/amount to match.
  • Only pack one toiletry product for any item you can share.  This will save space and help you to pack lighter.
  • Stay healthy and only use bottled drinking water when brushing your teeth overseas.
  • A hanging toiletry bag* is great for use in communal showers – saves everything from getting wet.
  • If packing toiletries (including aerosol deodorants) in your hand luggage ensure each bottle is no larger than 100ml/3.4oz and placed all together in a clear zip lock bag.
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12 Responses to “What to Include in Your Toiletries List for Travel

  • Good list! A couple of things we’ve recently tried are shampoo and conditioner sheets, and toothpaste tablets. They save a bit on room, and are dry, so they don’t have to come out of your bag at security. The sheets are different than dry shampoo, though: once wet, they dissolve into shampoo/conditioner. Good idea, but you have to use a few to get enough shampoo/conditioner to do the job. The toothpaste tablets are great though! Chew on them a bit and then brush as normal. Biggest drawback is that they’re kind of hard to find unless you have a travel store nearby, or shop on Amazon. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • I hadn’t heard of these, I had seen laundry washing sheets through. It’s good to know they work Rob and Ann – even if they do take a little getting use to.

  • My toiletries bag is always very big but I do think you’ve covered the necessities. One thing I would add is sunblock! They sell those in little bottles too, I think. I’m currently carrying a tiny 35g one with SPF130 (SPF50 is fine though!).

    • Totally agree on the sunblock Michelle. I have it in my Medical packing list (coming soon). But I think I may add it to this list as well as it is so important.

  • Great list. I have a few of those soft silicone bottles and really like them. My beloved toiletries bag is getting worn out, but I can’t find a replacement that exactly fits all my requirements. My daughter prefers kid toothpaste, but it’s so difficult to find in the travel size. I mentioned that to my dentist, and she luckily gave me a few for free.

    • That was kind of your dentist Michele. Yes here in Aus you can only get kids toothpaste in one size. Fortunately, it is smaller than the large adult versions.

  • Nothing missing fro your list of essential toiletries, Sally. Sometimes, depending on the kind of hotel where I’m going, I may not take shampoo and conditioner for my husband (he doesn’t care too much what kind of shampoo he uses). Body lotion is essential however when you have a very dry skin. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Hi Anda, I totally agree about not packing the shampoo and conditioner if the hotels supply some toiletries. I often don’t pack soap or shower gel if they are supplied by the hotel.

  • I usually always manage with travel size containers and keep them in the plastic bag to make it easier to go through security. The one toiletry that really makes my life easier is dry shampoo, I always bring that along.

    • I haven’t tried the dry shampoo Anisa. Great to hear that it works. Do you have to then use it every day and how long can you keep going before you really need to wash your hair?

  • I always pack all my toiletries in a plastic baggie! Best tip I could ever recommend! #TheWeeklyPostcard!

    • The zip lock bags are great for stopping those spillages through your luggage. Thanks for the tip Lolo 🙂

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