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I recently spent 4 days in Tulum, Mexico with friends and can you believe I’ve been at home so long, I forgot how to pack? Although it was a bit of a struggle to get back into the swing of things since we haven’t been traveling, one thing that I didn’t forget was to pack my travel toiletry bag essentials. I’m pretty picky about the toiletries available in hotels and Airbnbs, so I make it convenient for myself by packing my own products in my travel toiletry bag. If you’re not sure what to put in a toiletry bag or just want to know what are some of my travel toiletry bag essentials, today I’m sharing a list of toiletries that can be added to any toiletry bag checklist.
What Toiletries Can I take on a plane?
According to the TSA, airline passengers can bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes through the checkpoint in a carry on bag. These items must be placed in containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less. There are however exemptions for items like prescription medications, baby formula, breast milk, and juice if you’re traveling with an infant or child.
What is the 3-1-1 liquids rule?
Passengers must place the items in a small bag and separate them from their carry-on luggage. A benefit of having TSA precheck in the US is not having to remove the items from your carry-on. The 3-1-1 Liquids rule is as follows:
3 – Liquids are packed in a container of 3 oz (100 ml) or smaller
1 – Items are placed in a 1 qt size plastic bag
1 – There is a limit of 1 bag per traveler
Items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters should be in your checked baggage.
Travel Toiletry Kit Essentials
Now that you know the rules of what size liquids you can and can’t bring, here are my travel toiletry kit essentials that you can add to your toiletry bag checklist.
I received this cute floral toiletry bag from Pixi beauty filled with their Rose Infused Skintreats about two years ago and have taken it on every trip since. I love that the bag includes multiple compartments for adding other travel beauty items that I need like hair products, skincare, and makeup and the hook is convenient for hanging in the bathroom while getting ready. If there are any issues going through screening, it zips open conveniently and the compartments are clear for you to see everything. This saves a lot of time when looking for items getting ready. You can also look for a cute, affordable toiletry bag for women on Amazon.
Now more than ever, hand sanitizer is a must when traveling anywhere. I have a refillable bottle at home and keep a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer in my travel toiletry bag, travel backpack, and a backup in my tote or fanny pack when I’m going out each day. You can never have too much.
Makeup Remover Wipes
These makeup remover wipes are one of my favorites and remove heavy eye makeup and matte lipsticks very well. The best part is they can be purchased at any drugstore or beauty supply store at an affordable price. I usually use them as the first step of my travel skincare routine before heading to bed.
In previous years, I was used to traveling every 2-3 months, and looking at the toothbrush in my toiletry bag was always a great reminder to replace it. I usually brought along the standard size toothbrush, but for this trip, I purchased a 12-pack of foldable toothbrushes. I’m also big on dental hygiene so I also make sure to have toothpaste and floss available.
As someone with sensitive skin, I like to pack my own body wash to avoid potentially breaking out. I love Dove products and picked up this body wash in my local Target for under $2. Since Dove is my go-to brand, I like to save the bottles and transfer them from a full-sized bottle to this portable one.
A few years ago I started using this aluminum-free deodorant. Most deodorants are already in packages under 3.4 oz so I don’t bother purchasing a travel-sized option.
I already apply a facial moisturizer with SPF in my morning skincare routine, but since this was an international trip to a warmer climate, I made sure to pack sunscreen for the rest of my body. This sunscreen has been my favorite since purchasing it for my trip to Trinidad back in 2019. It is fragrance-free, affordable, and doesn’t leave an ashy white cast on my skin after application.
I use this lotion to keep my body moisturized at night. It is enriched with coconut and monoi oils which are great for hydrating and smoothing out the skin.
Since I wore a lot of shorts, bathing suits, and sleeveless tops, I brought along a disposable razor to get rid of unwanted body hair. This comes in handy when showering in the morning or evening.
There are occasions when I purchase the items travel-sized, but a great travel tip is to save money by transferring liquid contents from your full-sized bottles into a TSA-approved case or bottle. This isn’t an end-all/be-all list of toiletry items, but depending on your trip, you can add or remove some of these toiletry essentials on your packing list.