Toiletry Bag on the Closet Shelf: A Packing List

Personal care army

Personal care army (Photo credit: A30_Tsitika)

I love to pack.  Most people I know hate it. Not me. I find it to be a challenging 3-D puzzle. Packing the toiletry bag though was always a different story. Remembering every kind of medication or grooming tool that I could possibly need was maddening.  So I solved the toiletry bag packing problem by never unpacking it!  I use the items in it strictly for traveling and I replace them as needed at the end of each trip. The fully packed bag lives on my closet shelf and the next time I’m ready to take off somewhere all I have to do is grab it and go.

I bought my toiletry bag years ago and have been using the same one ever since. It was designed by an airline stewardess and is loaded with compartments which hold lots of stuff, even full sized bottles, and yet it zips up to be smallish bag that fits nicely into the corner of my suitcase. I can’t find it for sale anymore but I’ve included pictures here of one that is very similar. This one is also available in lots of colors at Amazon. (I’m tempted to buy it myself!).  I like having the separate compartments because that way if something spills the mess is confined to its own space.

Baggallini Complete Cosmetic Bagg

Baggallini Complete Cosmetic Bagg

Baggallini Complete Cosmetic Bagg

Baggallini Complete Cosmetic Bagg

I carry A LOT of different items in my toiletry bag. I carry almost exclusively trial sizes or individual items taken from larger packages. For example, I don’t pack the entire box of Alka Seltzer; I pack two individually wrapped packets. If a trial sized bottle of shampoo or sunscreen won’t be large enough for the number of days I’ll be traveling, I toss in another trial sized bottle. Or two. I can get a lot of different items into my bag that way and they take up little space. As I use them up, I toss them away. Many of the items packed in my bag are rarely used. But if I need something, I want to have at least the minimum amount to get me through a night until I can find a drug store the next morning. There’s nothing worse than being in a hotel at 2 a.m. with an upset stomach and not having a remedy.

Toiletry Bag Packing List:

  • Ziploc bags – 3 or 4 in various sizes
  • Lysol wipes – trial size
  • Hair barrettes and scrunchies
  • Make up – small powder foundation, mascara and a lipstick
  • Safety pins – a few in various sizes but especially (2) large ones which are great for pinning hotel curtains closed when the outside lighting is too bright or when the people in the cruise cabin next door leave their balcony light on all night
  • Q tips – trial size
  • Lotion – trial size
  • Anti perspirant
  • Hair spray – trial size
  • Mouthwash – trial size
  • Razor – his and hers
  • Shaving cream – trial size
  • Nail polish
  • (1) Nail polish remover – individually wrapped felt pads
  • nail clippers
  • Lip balm
  • Ear plugs
  • (4) Insect repellent – individually wrapped towelettes; I keep 4 in the bag all the time but add more if I’ll be traveling to or hiking in a buggy area
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste – trial size
  • Dental floss – trial size
  • Shampoo – trial size
  • Conditioner – trial size
  • Facial cleaning clothes
  • Travel sewing kit
  • Hollywood tape –  two sided tape that will fix all sorts of clothing issues
  • Comb
  • (6) Imodium tablets
  • (4) Cold eeze lozengers
  • (3) Dayquil gel caps
  • (2) Alka Seltzer packets
  • (4) Benedryl capsules
  • Aspirin – trial size
  • Excedrin – trial size
  • Ibuprofen – trial size
  • Tylenol PM
  • Cortisone cream
  • Blistex
  • Neosporin
  • Bandaids – 2 or 3 average size and 2 large ones
  • Blister kit – you can get this at a sporting goods store
  • Tweezers
  • (3) Sunscreen – trial size

There are lots of other things you’ll need and want to pack. Those items that aren’t related to grooming or health can be found on my next packing list of all those “Extras.”

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