The Essentials

  • Hair Cleanser and Conditioner: In other words, you need a shampoo and conditioner of sorts for your hair. If too many liquids make you worry, look into a solid shampoo bar. Dry shampoo might also be a good addition that can help you cut back on the amount of liquid shampoo you bring. Remember to take only what you need to conserve space and weight.
  • Body Wash: We recommend going with a bar soap, like Dove, to clean that travel grime off from time to time — and to cut back on liquids. If space is a worry, try hacking a standard sized bar in half instead of paying more for those special travel size bars in the shops.
  • Facial Moisturizer: Every lady needs a facial moisturizer of some kind. For extra bonus points, get one with SPF built-in since you will more than likely be spending more time in the sun on your travels. Try to go with a moisturizer that you can use both day and night.Guest-Bathroom-Basket 
  • Face Wash / Cleanser: Bring along your favorite facial wash or acne cleanser. With new diets, changes in sleep patterns and more public transportation use, breakouts are sure to happen when you travel. Keep them at a minimum by keeping your face clean. Depending on your skin type, a facial wipe might be a good option. (Brooke calls these her “bath in a bag” since they can be used in a pinch to wipe down your body if you don’t have time to shower before your next activity.)
  • Toothbrush: This is a no-brainer! If you want to go minimal, go for a brush that is travel sized, or one that folds in half.
  • Toothpaste: Just like the brush, paste keeps you fresh and clean. Go with travel size tubes, or try something different like toothpaste sachets or toothpaste tablets.
  • Floss: Floss is a must-pack. Not only is it vital to your oral health, but it can also function as a string in a pinch to sew up holes and tie bits and bobs together.
  • Razor: If you can handle going a few days without shaving, perhaps waiting to buy a disposable razor until you arrive is an option. Or, get a good wax before leaving home and ditch the razor if you can.
  • Deodorant: Go for the solid kind to cut back on your liquids. If you want something that lasts several months, the crystal deodorants will do the trick.
  • Q-tips and Cotton Pads: For cleaning your ears and removing makeup or dirt. Just put a handful in a zip lock bag before putting in your toiletries kit.

The Extras

  • Hair Items: Leave-in conditioners, hair oils, hair sprays and dry shampoos.
  • Skin Items: Body lotions, cuticle creams, and body sprays.