If you think packing a woman’s travel toiletry bag is just getting items out of the bathroom sink and into the suitcase, this blog post is definitely for you. There’s so much more to prepping a toiletry bag for travel than just grabbing your toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner and putting them in a ziplock bag. A big no, no.
Have your pen and paper ready because we’re giving you full access to our toiletries and hygiene kit packing list, plus, you’ll find out the best travel toiletry bag for women!
What a Woman Wants for Her Toiletry Bag
Every woman wants a cute toiletry bag that can keep all her essentials neatly organized and last long for all her travels. But what else should a woman consider in her toiletry bag?
✔️ Waterproof - Unless you want your shampoo or other liquids to leak and make a mess in your suitcase or on your bathroom counter, a waterproof toiletry bag is something that you definitely want to consider. You can always opt for bar soaps and shampoos, however, there might not be a ‘bar’ or a solid alternative for your other liquids. So, water-resistant toiletry bags all the way!
✔️ Has a handle / hook - A toiletry bag that can handle all your travel essentials would be even better if it comes with a handle! It’s easier to carry, especially when unpacking from your suitcase to the bathroom counter, cabinet, or wherever you’d like to put it. Always check the handle for durability, especially if you’re planning to fill your toiletry bag to the brim.
✔️ Easy access - You want a toiletry bag that lets you find what you need right away whenever you need it. The answer is a clear toiletry bag. . Yes, that’s right. No need to dig around for you toothbrush or floss whenever you need them.
✔️ TSA-approved - If you're a frequent flyer, you should know by now that the TSA requires each person to carry a limited amount of liquids in their carry on. All your 3 oz. liquids (including makeup items like mascara, foundation, etc. and skin care products) need to fit in 1 quart size bag. Having a TSA Approved toiletry bag will surely make your airport security experience a breeze.
Different Types of Travel Toiletry Bags for Women
“To each their own (toiletry bag)...” From hanging toiletries to clear ones, there’s a perfect match for every lady out there. Choose not only what best represents you as a traveler but also one that can keep your toiletries light and organized.
1. Hanging Toiletry Bag - If you like your essentials hanging rather than laying flat on a surface, a toiletry bag with a hanging hook will definitely float your boat. This will make it easier for you to hang them on towel racks, shower rods, and even on doorknobs.
2. Expandable Toiletry Bag - From its name alone, expect that a large toiletry bag for women will be able to contain all your travel essentials with its expandable capacity. Toiletry bags of this kind usually have multiple separated pockets and compartments, like a house with many rooms, that lets you store as many products as you want. However, this type of toiletry bag needs to be packed in checked luggage.
3. Purse Toiletry Bag - This type of bag is like a purse for your toiletries. The handle is on the side instead of the usual top and is smaller and more compact than other types. And yet despite being so, it provides adequate space to store all your essential travel-sized items.
4. Compact Travel Toiletry Bag - A compact travel toiletry bag allows you to customize and pack more while saving space. These toiletry bags usually have detachable pouches and mesh pocket designs that will let you organize your essentials right where you want them to be.
5. Clear Toiletry Bag - This type of toiletry bag lets you pass through airport security easily, especially if it's a quart-sized clear bag with 3 ounce liquids in it. Since it's made of clear plastic material, you will be able to find your toiletries right away whenever needed. This type of toiletry bag is usually easier to clean compared to mesh or fabric ones. You just simply wipe it with a towel or tissue, and voila! Good as new.
Travel Toiletry Bag Checklist for Women
Whether it’s a month-long trip abroad or an overnight stay at a friend’s house, all travelers need their trusted toiletry bag with them. And we’ve customized this list for women on-the-go. Here’s what you should pack in your toiletries pouch.
✔️ Shampoo and Conditioner - Optional if you’re staying at a hotel. Pack what you usually use at home if you’re staying in an Airbnb or a hostel.
✔️ Body Wash / Soap - Also optional if the hotel provides it. Pack what you usually use at home if you’re staying in an Airbnb or a hostel.
✔️ Deodorant - Pack a deodorant stick rather than a liquid one (the less liquids, the better).
✔️ Foldable / Travel Size Toothbrush - Always have a spare toothbrush that you only specifically use for travel. Don’t bring the one you use at home.
✔️ Toothpaste - Ask your dentist for travel-sized toothpaste. You can get so many from different brands (usually for free).
✔️ Lip Balm - Make sure it has SPF 30 if it's going to be very sunny where you’re going.
✔️ Clear Nail Polish - Or get a mani pedi before your trip so you’re carrying one less liquid.
✔️ Aloe Vera Gel - For those extra sunny days or razor burn from shaving.
✔️ Floss - Don’t skip flossing! Floss like a boss.
✔️ Eye Drops - If you get dry eyes or allergies while traveling, nothing eye drops can’t fix.
✔️ Disposable Razor - Make sure to pack them with the protective case.
✔️ Special Lady Products - Tampons, pads, pantyliners, birth control, and other personal feminine hygiene products that you might need.
✔️ Hand & Body Lotion - Keep your skin smelling and feeling fresh all day long.
✔️ Cotton Buds - Organize in a small circular pouch like this one.
✔️ Tweezers - To keep your eyebrows on fleek, if you’re into plucking them.
✔️ Face Wash - Collect sample size ones from shops you usually visit. Keep the sample bottles even when you run out so you can easily refill and use it for your next trip.
✔️ Makeup Remover - Get the travel size version of what you have at home. Just refill and use it like your other liquids.
✔️ Sunscreen - Just a travel size one or you can switch to solid sunscreen instead.
✔️ Face Wipes - Great way to freshen up when you’re on the go or if you can’t shower.
✔️ Toner / Misting Spray - Must have to use after washing your face to help perk up your skin after a long day of traveling.
✔️ Moisturizer - Gotta keep your skin healthy and moisturized.
✅ Hair Products
✔️ Dry Shampoo - A traveler's best friend especially if you have oily hair. Also great for in-between showers or when you're on a long haul flight and you want to keep your hair fresh, just a spray or two will keep your mane at bay.
✔️ Volumizing Powder - Gives your hair that extra oomph for special date nights.
✔️ Hair Serum - For a little bit of shine and less tangles.
✔️ Hair Ties / Scrunchies / Bobby Pins - Great for styling your hair or for keeping your hair in place when it gets too windy.
✔️ Hairspray - Must have if you want your hair to be Instagram-ready all the time.
✔️ Defrizz / Detangler Spray - Makes brushing and combing your hair easier after the shower.
✔️ Detangler Wet Brush - For detangling your hair without breaking or tearing your hair out.
✔️ Anti Wrinkle Spray (for clothes) - Transforming your wrinkled garments is just one spray away. This is something that you will need especially if you have important events to attend to.
✔️ Mouthwash Tablets - Pop in your mouth like candy to keep your breath clean and fresh when brushing your teeth is not an option.
✔️ Nail Clippers - Keep those nails clean!
✔️ Rollerball Perfume - Won’t take up too much space in your toiletry bag. You can easily slip it in your jean pockets for smelling good on-the-go.
✔️ Deodorant Wipes - For all your outdoor trips and activities, just wipe away and smell great all day long.
✔️ Contact Lens + Solution - Bring an extra pair and make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your face.
✔️ Oil Blotting Sheets - For those who get oily faces throughout the day.
Hygiene Kit Packing List (Covid Friendly)
Aside from having a full-pledged toiletry bag in your carry-on suitcase or checked luggage, a hygiene kit is one you must carry in your personal bag at all times. The pandemic has affected the travel industry greatly and health must be your first priority as a traveler.
✔️ Hand Sanitizer - With what's going on in the world today, you would never want to leave your house without a bottle of hand sanitizer. It keeps your hands free from many bacteria and harmful germs. The TSA is currently allowing every passenger to carry 1 hand sanitizer up to 12 ounces in their carry-on bags. Read more about that here.
✔️ Anti-Bacterial Wipes - An all-around travel essential that you must have in your hygiene kit. Remember to wipe door handles and other surfaces that you’ll be in contact with. Put them in reusable pouches so you can just refill whenever you run out.
✔️ Alcohol - Best kept in a travel-sized spray bottle so you can easily disinfect items that need to be cleaned. I
✔️ Tissues - Essentials to keep your skin free from oil, dirt, and dust when traveling. The greatest thing about this travel essential is that it’s available anywhere in the world. So if you happen to run out while traveling, you can easily refill and replace it in your hygiene kit.
✔️ Disposable Gloves - If you're extra particular about things you touch and wiping just won't cut it, pack a few disposable gloves with you to keep your mind at ease. Whether you're shopping for your travel needs or sanitizing the things in your hotel room, a pair of latex gloves will keep your hands safe from germs and bacterias lurking about. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water after using the gloves.
✔️ Disposable Face Mask - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone to wear masks especially when in public. And since you're traveling, make sure to bring extra disposable masks just in case you meet someone who needs one.
✔️ Travel-Size Soap - Having your own mini bar or liquid soap with you everywhere guarantees you can wash your hands even when you’re on the go. Hand sanitizers and isopropyl alcohol tend to make your hands sticky if you don’t wash with water first.
✔️ Digital Thermometer - To monitor and check your temperature if ever you feel a little under the weather. Some establishments will not allow customers to enter their buildings if their temperature is above the normal temp. A digital thermometer allows you to take your temp quickly and accurately.
EzPacking’s TSA Approved Toiletry Bag
They say good things come in small packages. But we say great things come in extra small cubes! The best travel toiletry bag for women is one that you can easily pack in your carry on and personal bag so you can have it with you wherever you go. Presenting, EzPacking’s TSA approved toiletry bag! Here’s why you’ll love this cutie patootie cube for your toiletries:
✓ Perfect for carry-on luggage. Best for women who love to travel light! This toiletry bag is just under quart size. It's so small and light, it won't take up too much space in your carry-on bag.
✓ TSA approved. Who wouldn't want to pass through security in the most convenient way possible? Well, this is the key! Just fill your clear toiletry bag with your 3-1-1 liquids and you're good to go.
✓ Can fit 8 to 10 3.4 oz (100ml) bottles for liquids. This tiny little thang holds more than you will expect and still helps you pack lighter for your trip!
✓ Easy to clean and wash. Just simply wipe the dirt or stain with a damp, warm washcloth and voila, your clear toiletry bag is good as new!
✓ Come in lovely feminine colors. Every woman should find something they like here! We have these clear extra small cubes in rose, pink, burgundy, lilac, and turquoise colors. Our cubes are made IG-ready, just like you!
✓ Splash-proof! Although not exactly waterproof, our baby cube is definitely splash-proof! Made from water-resistant Cordura and vinyl, liquid splashes won't be able to penetrate the cube, keeping your essentials safe and dry. In the same way, if a liquid spills inside the cube, it won't leak and stain your items outside.
✓ Better than flimsy ziplock bags. Ziplock bags who? Extra small cubes are the perfect match for you! It's more durable, neat, and organized compared to those plastic bags.
Pro Tip: Have a separate toiletry bag strictly for traveling only. This way, you won’t have to pack again and again every time you go on a trip. Just simply refill and replace items that have run out and keep your travel toiletry bag in an easy-access place where you can easily grab and go for your next journey.
Now that you know the must-have items inside the best women's toiletry bag, you can take on the world without worrying about your hygiene. Just personalize according to the length of your trip and you’ll be A-Okay!
Wondering which travel products to bring for your next trip? Check out our Travel Essentials for Women (2020) post. You’re welcome!