What’s In My Travel Toiletry Bag?



The Details:

Bobbi Brown Empties Set

I spend a fair amount of time on the road (and in the sky). As “fair” can be a subjective term, suffice it to say that I always have a suitcase to be packed, or to be unpacked (just to be packed yet again).

I always look forward to planning my outfits for a trip. I enjoy laying each item out, folding each item, and perfectly packing my suitcase, playing a game of Tetris with the various pieces (yes, I am a child of the ‘80s).

With that said, I usually dread packing my toiletry items. I debate if I should pack to carry-on, or pack to check my bag. Nine times out of 10, I pack to carry-on. Thus, my toiletries must meet the TSA-enforced 3.4 oz./100 mL liquid rule, to fit within a 1-quart clear bag, to fit within a 9 inch x 14 inch x 22 inch carry-on suitcase. Countless trips have kicked off with the discovery of my toiletry bag, filled with moisturizer (and thus, an empty container), much to my dismay.


So, as my husband and I took a travel hiatus during the month of September, I took the time to re-think my travel toiletry and cosmetic game. I stuck with my mantra that organization is one part function, one part personality, and all parts style. So, first things first, I needed my toiletries to be functional. What are my “I can’t live without you” liquid items (including aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes) when I am on the road? Furthermore on function (and this is where I have gone so wrong, historically), what quantities of these items do I need? I purchased a variety of glass containers (yes, glass, as glass containers are not affected by the pressure change), ranging in size from 0.25 oz. to 3.4 oz., as I have learned that I rarely use what is packed in it’s entirety.

Bonus, not only are these containers functional, they also check off my final two organizational requirements: personality and style. The containers are crisp, clean, and pack beautifully; no embarrassment here when my bag is chosen for a random search!

My travel beauty must haves:

Shop my travel beauty must haves here!

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