I’ve receieved many requests lately to give an updated look at my toiletry cases and their contents. I posted a video on OLJ showing all of these things (you can find the video at the bottom of this post if you missed it), but I thought I would give a look at just the cases and a few other toiletry organization tools I use when packing. Each photo is linked to the website where you can find what is pictured in case you’d like to pick up some of these for yourself.
I pack not only my own toiletries, but my husband’s as well. I like using this Eagle Creek Pack-It® Quicktrip case for him. It is made of the same high quality, lightweight nylon material as the other items in the Pack-It® line, including my favorite Pack-It® cubes. It’s the perfect size to house all of Don’s toiletry needs for any given trip. There are two exterior pockets, which I use to separate his hair comb and razor from the main compartment contents The case fits nicely in all of our luggage. It is simple yet effective.
I require several more toiletry items, being the girly girl that I am and someone with a generally more elaborate personal hygiene routine. I travel with what makes me feel the most comfortable, which is not necessarily the same for everyone (as you can tell by the disparity between my husband’s toiletry needs and my own). I like to keep most of my toiletry items in their cases upon arrival to our destination, because I have so many small containers and items. It helps to keep the hotel bathroom neat and uncluttered.
I love my Kate Spade Large Natalie case. It is sturdy, water resistant on both the inside and the outside, and can hold quite a few products while still fitting nicely on most hotel bathroom counters. It also comes with a smaller size matching case that fits inside of it. This case is quite pricey ($148) usually. I was lucky to find mine on clearance last winter.
I have quite a few skincare products that I travel with, which I prefer to keep together in a separate case. I’ve been using the Purse Size Terry Bag from Glitzy Glam for the past few years for this very purpose with great results. It’s the perfect size to house my travel-size skincare (mostly Origins products, if you’re curious!). The inside is lined in a water resistant plastic, which is easy to wipe down and contains any leaks. It has a handy slip pocket where I secure my travel makeup wipes. I usually park this case right next to my Kate Spade Natalie on the hotel bathroom counter when we travel.
I like to have the travel-size versions of my toiletry staples whenever they’re available for purchase. After I use something up, I will simply refill the bottle from my full sizer version. There are some products I use which are not available in travel size versions. I have a nice selection of travel bottles I’ve purchased from The Container Store over the years that do the trick nicely. They are easy to rinse out and reuse over and over again.
The Container Store has a nice selection of other kinds of travel toiletry organizational items, including these toothbrush covers.
I really like Vera Bradley cosmetic cases for my additional toiletry needs. They comes in three sizes, are lightly padded thanks to the quilted design, and are lined in a water resistant plastic. I use the medium size for the items I bring on a trip specifically for the shower. I usually unpack these items, leave them in the shower, and store the empty case in my luggage until it’s time to go home. I also use two of the small cases on any given trip. One holds my Clarisonic Mia face brush & power cord perfectly. I keep my bedtime necessities, such as cuticle cream, hand & foot moisturizer, and lip balm in the other.
Recently I started packing my hair accessories in a separate case. I like using the Essentials Cosmetic from Vera Bradley for this. It has three compartments to easily separate my different hair accessories. It’s super lightweight thanks to Vera Bradley’s beautiful quilted fabric, and folds pretty flat, which makes it super easy to pack and tuck into an out of the way corner of the hotel bathroom. I usually only bring this case on longer trips.
Another case that I occasionally travel with is the Mini Hanging Organizer from Vera Bradley. I like to paint my own nails and usually travel with polish. This case fits all of my self manicure needs perfectly for on the go! I love the clear, plastic compartments to house all of my different nail care items. The larger pouch at the bottom can hold quite a few nail polish bottles. I usually put each polish bottle in a small size zip top bag (I’ve purchased these at Michael’s in the past) as an additional precaution from possible leaks during travel. I have had a top coat leak in the case before and it still looks good as new!
* Sadly, it looks like Vera Bradley is discontinuing the Mini Organizer, as I could only find it in one pattern in the sale section and it is sold out online. I recommend calling your local Vera Bradley boutique to see if they have any in stock if you’re interested. *
The last of my many toiletry cases is the Cosmetic Clutch from The Container Store. I only travel with this one when we’re going to be spending some time by the pool or beach. I have a duplicate of this case for my beach bag at home. It is the perfect size to hold several bottles of sunscreen, leave-in conditioner, a brush & comb, as well as my other pool/beachside must haves. I like how sturdy it is, that it’s water resistant, and clear for easy identification of its contents.
As you can see, I prefer to have a place (or case!) for everything even when I travel. You need to sort out what your personal travel needs are and what packing methods work for you. I’d love to know what your favorite toiletry cases are if you care to share!
* I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.*