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Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Toiletry Bag – BestbackpackLab

When I went off on my first long trip, I was totally disorganised. I threw everything into one big backpack and didn't think about it at all. 

I quickly regretted that when I found I spend hours searching through my stuff to find one specific thing I needed. I ended up completely unpacking and repacking my whole bag on a nightly basis.

I should have carefully organized the contents of my bag or, as I soon learned that one thing that would be a huge help would be a toiletry bag. 

How to Choose Best Toiletry Bags

A toiletry bag is multi-purpose. FIrstly, it lets you keep all your toiletries safe in one place so you don't have to hunt around in your suitcase for them. It can revolutionise your organisation. 

Secondly, toiletry bags are normally waterproof so if any of your lotions and potions happen to spill then they won't end up all over your clothes. Win-win!

With a well-designed toiletry bag as part of your travel kit, long term travel is made far easier. 

Luckily for those who are fashion conscious, you can find all kinds of stylish toiletry bags on the market.

However, you do need to make sure the product you go for isn't all style over substance. There are a few features you need to be looking out for when choosing the best toiletry bag. Let’s explore them.

Things to Look for When Buying a Toiletry Bag 


This is always an important consideration when you're flying, especially if you're only taking hand luggage.

Some toiletry bags come with a reusable clear bag that you can use to put your liquids and pastes in when going through security. 


The size of bag you need will depend on the length of your trip. Small toiletry bags are great for weekends away, but won't be suitable for a week-long holiday or a long-term trip.

A bag that's too small for your purposes will be frustrating, and a bag that's too large will take up too much space, which you will also find annoying. 

A lot of this, however, will vary from person to person. Some people use very few toiletries, whereas some will want to take five different types of moisturiser with them. Be realistic about your needs! 


You don’t want your dopp kit itself to be heavy even when empty, as although it will keep your things organised the extra weight will be a burden. heavier that instead of helping you will add to your burden.

Your liquids will be heavy enough in themselves so there's no sense weighing yourself down even more.

Go for lightweight materials. You can even get toiletry bags made from parachute-like “Ultra-Sil” material. Bags with mesh pockets are often nicely lightweight. 


There are different styles of toiletry bags to choose from. Some just have one main compartment, but ones will several compartments that you can roll up into a bundle are popular too. These are great for anyone who has lots of small toiletries to store rather than large bottles. 

As well as the style of the bag, you might also be concerned about whether or not the bag is fashionable. There are some super smart toiletry bags on the market these days so you're sure to find something that will suit you. 


For extending the life of your toiletry bag, waterproofing is a must. This has two functions, keeping your bag dry on the inside when you're in the bathroom, and keeping any spillages inside the bag and away from the contents of the rest of your suitcase.

Make sure that the bottom of your bag is sturdy as well as water-resistant. Bags that have an antibacterial liner are helpful. 

Extra Features

Consider a handle so that you can easily carry your bag to and from the bathroom. A clip or hook is also great as it allows you to hang the bag up in the bathroom to keep it dry or on a bunkbed. 

Another priority is to make sure that the bag you choose is washable. At some point your toiletries will probably leak and the bag will get dirty with daily use. If you can pop the bag in the washing machine it will make your life far easier. 


A good toiletry bag will become your best friend when you're on the road, whether it's a long trip or just a weekend getaway. 

Make sure you consider your purchase carefully, considering the features we've mentioned above, and it will last you a long time. 

Always put practicality first, but don't sacrifice style either. Happy travels! 

  • Updated October 30, 2021