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Have you ever looked at your space-hogging stash of toiletries and wondered how the heck some women can pack for two weeks in a carry-on bag?
In this post, I’m sharing a list of my favorite travel toiletries that make it easy to pack like an expert! They will help you save a TON of space in your toiletry bag and make your trip so much easier.
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If I’m being completely honest, I used to run to Target the day before a vacation. I would come home with a bag full of travel size bottles and tubes. Then I would stuff my toiletry bag until it was wayyy too full. Once I arrived at our destination I would discover that my shampoo had leaked everywhere. Again.
At some point, I recognized that there had to be a better way. The truth is, most of us don’t realize the sheer volume of toiletries we use until we actually have to put them into one tiny bag. As a dedicated over-researcher, I put together a new toiletry kit for myself that has completely changed the way I pack.
Liquid shampoo and conditioner have no business being packed in a suitcase, let alone a carry-on. They take up a ton of space and always seem to leak, leaving you with a messy zip-top bag full of pricey hair products.
But we all know that using the right shampoo and conditioner for our hair is super important, and hotel toiletries are seriously hit or miss. After all, no one wants to look like a frizzy disaster in vacation photos. And that’s why Ethique Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars should be the first item on your travel toiletry list.
Tip: Buy Ethique’s budget-friendly Hair Sampler Pack. It includes 5 heart shaped mini-bars at an amazing price. You get to try Ethique’s three most popular shampoos and both conditioners, and these sampler size bars are the perfect size for travel!
Bumble and Bumble’s Pret-A-Powder Dry Shampoo is every traveling mom’s secret weapon. It’s a powder, not a spray, so it won’t leak or take up room in your quart-sized liquids bag! Plus it’s not just a dry shampoo – it’s also a style extender and volumizer all in one.
Tip: This is the perfect fix for airplane hair after you get off a long haul flight or red-eye! Just squeeze some right onto your scalp or into your hands, and then run your hands through your hair to distribute the powder. It will soak up the oil and give you instant volume!
Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth Tooth Powder is perfect for travel, but I love it so much that I use it in my everyday life too. Since it’s a powder and not a paste, it’s another great way to avoid the hassle of packing liquids. Plus it’s wayyy better for your teeth than regular old toothpaste!
Tip: Primal Life Organics Toothpowder comes in great, kid-friendly flavors like Sweet Bubblegum, Cool Orange, and Sweet Spearmint.
Let’s face it – hair brushes take up way more than their fair share of space in a toiletry bag! The Spornette Carry On Wooden Handle Hairbrush is the space-saving answer. Despite its tiny size (only 3.5”!) this travel hairbrush can still tame and detangle curly and wavy hair. The bristles are stiff enough to get through my thick, wavy hair, but still flexible enough to avoid breakage.
Tip: Spornette is a family owned business that’s been making professional quality hair brushes since the 1950’s, so the Carry On’s super inexpensive price makes it a great deal.
The genius and adorable Gillette Venus Snap is the best travel razor to add to your travel toiletries list. The tiny handle and mini case mean more free space in your toiletry bag, obviously. But because the Venus Snap Travel Razor uses the same great blade refills as every other Gillette Venus razor, it works just as well as the full-size versions and you can use the blade refills you already have.
Tip: Skip the shaving cream – your Ethique Shampoo Bar will do double duty as a shave bar!
At this point, you might be wondering if I pack any liquids at all. The truth is the only liquid I travel with is a travel size skincare kit from Paula’s Choice.
My current skincare regimen completely changed my skin for the better, so it’s no surprise that I’m not willing to cut corners while I’m traveling. Not to mention changes in climate can really wreak havoc on my skin if I don’t take care of it!
Paula’s Choice was founded by Paula Begoun after she began researching skincare ingredients and realized that many products she was using were actually making her skin worse! Paula’s Choice has since become a trusted source for reasonably priced skincare that actually works.
If you do decide to pack other liquids in your toiletry bag, LiquiSnugs guaranteed leak-proof bottles are the best travel bottles for toiletries. They are so much better than the standard toiletry bottles you’ll find at Target or Walmart!
The wide mouth makes them easy to fill and the dripless valve means nothing will come out unless you squeeze the silicone bottle. LiquiSnugs even come with little labels, so you never mix up what’s inside!
The NeatPack Compact Hanging Toiletry Bag is nearly identical to a super popular toiletry bag we own that costs twice as much. We bought the NeatPack two years ago and it has held up just as well as the more expensive bag (despite getting more use!).
I love this toiletry bag for a few important reasons. First, the sturdy hook means you can hang it on a hook or towel bar in your hotel bathroom, which helps keep everything off the counter and organized. Second, the side pockets zip up (not down), so it’s easy to get something out without everything falling out. Third, the clear, plastic, no-leak pocket is perfect for things like a razor or a travel soap case.
Hint: If you need a little more space, NeatPack makes a larger, medium toiletry bag and both are available in several different colors.
What is your biggest packing challenge? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know! As always, I would love to hear your questions, comments, or about your most recent vacation.