For most travelers, the single heaviest item in the luggage is the toiletries bag. Containing heavy bottles and personal bathroom items, an unwisely packed toiletries bag can really weigh you down (literally). Not only will you have to carry it all with you on your trip, but you might also have to pay for overweight luggage fees that could have been avoided if you’d left a few unnecessary items at home.
Everyone’s ideal toiletries bag will look a little different based on personal needs, but we’ve compiled a rough guide below. Check out what you should leave out of your toiletries bag, and what you should consider bringing!
10 Leave Out: Shampoo & Conditioner
Yes, shampoo and conditioner are necessities when you travel. But that doesn’t mean you have to pack your own! If you’re staying at a hotel, it is more than likely that there will be shampoo and conditioner provided for you. Why lug along bottles of your own and waste luggage space when the products will already be provided?
Obviously, if you’re staying in accommodation where these things won’t be provided, then you’ll have to bring them. Alternatively, you could buy them when you arrive at your destination to avoid weighing down your luggage.
9 Bring: Moisturizer
Something that you will need on your travels is moisturizer. Depending on where you’re going, your skin may become extremely dry during our trip, which can lead to itchiness and irritation. If your hotel will be providing body lotion, it might not be necessary to bring it, though, so it’s always a good idea to ring in advance and ask!
Moisturizer is something that is good to have in your carry-on because it will be handy during the actual flight. Whether you need a touch of luxury through creature comforts or need to save your skin from the air in the cabin, try to pack a moisturizer where you can always get it.
8 Leave Out: Face Mask
If we had all the space in the world when traveling, we would probably bring our entire bathrooms. But very few of us have staff to carry our heavy bags for us, and very few of us have unlimited funds to pay for overweight baggage fees. So we have to cut down on some cosmetic products that aren’t essential. Face masks are one of them.
Yes, face masks feel divine on your skin. Yes, when you return home, you can treat yourself to a whole week of face masks if you want. But as far as packing your toiletries goes, this just isn’t crucial.
7 Bring: Baby Wipes & Deoderant
Deodorant is a crucial product that you’ll want to bring with you when you’re traveling. This one is also good to bring on the plane with you (as long as it’s roll-on) because you’ll probably want to freshen up while you’re in transit—especially if it’s a long flight!
Baby wipes are less popular, but this is something you should definitely pack in your toiletries. To avoid getting sick, you may want to wipe down certain areas that you come into contact with on your travels. Baby wipes are also good for cleaning your hands, cleaning up messes, and a bunch of other stuff too!
6 Leave Out: Electric Toothbrush
Of course, a toothbrush is necessary to bring with you, unless you want to lose all your teeth by the time you finish your vacation! But again, this is something that a hotel or even an airline may provide. It might be worth ringing and seeing if you’ll be given a toothbrush.
Most people will bring their own toothbrush when traveling, and that won’t take up much space unless it’s a bulky electric toothbrush. Even if you swear by your electric toothbrush, this is unnecessary luggage space that is lost. There’s also the charger and cord, don’t forget! Just stick with a regular toothbrush for your trip.
5 Bring: Regular Toothpaste & Floss
As we said, it’s not a good idea to neglect your dental health while you’re away. If you’re like most people, you might even indulge more while you’re on vacation, so cleaning your teeth properly will be all the more important to guard against excess sugar. It’s not necessary to cart along an electric toothbrush, but you should make sure you’ve got other essential dental items like floss and toothpaste.
The good thing about these items is that they’re light and don’t take up too much space. It’s a good idea to wrap up your toothpaste in a plastic bag in case it opens and makes a mess!
4 Leave Out: Styling Products
Instagram influencers and travel bloggers always seem to look their best when they’re traveling. But for most people, looking like a supermodel isn’t practical when you’re jet-setting around the world. Most people don’t have the luggage space to bring along all the beauty products that they have at home.
It’s up to you which beauty products you consider to be more important than others. A lot of people tend to bring along hair styling products, which can come in really heavy bottles and take up way too much room. Think of the overweight fines, people!
3 Bring: Dry Shampoo
One hair-care product that is worth bringing, in our opinion, is dry shampoo. Especially if you’re prone to oily hair, having to wash your hair frequently can take up a lot of vacation time. The situation gets even worse if you’re doing activities on your trip that will make you sweat more and thus make your hair oilier. So dry shampoo is a must!
The good thing about dry shampoo is that you can get it in travel-size cans that don’t weigh a lot and don’t take up too much room.
2 Leave Out: Fake Tan
If fake tan is something that you don't normally wear, you might want to consider leaving it out of your toiletries bag. The biggest reason for this, aside from the fact that it takes up room when it’s not strictly a necessity, is that a leak in your luggage would be a disaster.
When shampoo leaks, it’s annoying. When toothpaste squirts everywhere, it’s a pain. But when fake tan gets on all your belongings at the start of your trip, it really, really sucks. We speak from experience! Tan before you leave!
1 Bring: Sunscreen
This depends on where you’re going, but if you’re traveling to a destination that’s hot, or where you expect to get a lot of sun, you should always bring sunscreen. Looking after your skin is really important! Even if there doesn’t appear to be a lot of sun out or it’s not really hot, you can still get burnt.
The sun in some countries is much stronger than you might be used to at home. Always do your research and, when you can, always apply sunscreen to protect your skin.