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Level up your toiletry bag with these 4 essentials

Having a well-stocked toiletry bag is essential if you are traveling or staying anywhere overnight. You always want to be prepared because there is nothing worse than opening your overnight bag and realizing you forgot a key item. While a hotel may be able to offer a few essentials like a toothbrush and shampoo, if you’re not staying in a hotel, you’re out of luck.

A toiletry bag should all of the must-haves, along with items you may not need every time you travel, but should have included just in case. Worried if you’ve missed something? We’ve got you covered with our list of items we believe every toiletry kit needs, no matter how long or far you’re traveling.

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Back to basics

First, let’s get the basics out of the way. Make sure you pack everything needed for a shower, including travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, toothpaste, floss, toothbrush, hair gel, deodorant, and hairspray. You can usually find these items in the travel section of your favorite health and beauty store.

If you’re traveling via bus, train, or car, you’re a little less limited in what you can pack, though obviously saving space in your suitcase is paramount. If you’re flying, don’t forget to brush up on the latest TSA travel regulations when it comes to what you can keep in your luggage to ensure your carefully-selected toiletries pass through security without a hitch.

Multipurpose items

Because you don’t always have a ton of room in a travel kit, you want to pack it with items that can be used for more than one purpose. Vaseline, for instance, is great for chapped lips and can also be used as an eye makeup remover. Dry shampoo is essential if you don’t have the time to wash your hair. Shampoo can double as shaving cream in a pinch. Baby powder can double as deodorant (and dry shampoo), so don’t fret if you forgot an item as long as you packed your imagination.

Little luxuries

If you have room to spare in your toiletry bag, there are a few mini items you may want to squeeze in to make you feel more at home. Tiny perfume bottles will not only make you smell great, but will make you feel pampered even on hectic days. And if you struggle to sleep away from home, pack earplugs, an eye mask, and an essential oil bottle to dab on your pillow. While these aren’t essentials, they can make your trip much more pleasant.

When it comes to travel, a little preparation goes a long way in ensuring you don’t forget any essential items. The size of your toiletry bag really depends on how much room you have in your suitcase or duffle bag, so if you have the room, it opens up the number of items you can bring. Regardless of space, the above items should keep you covered for a trip away. Safe travels!

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