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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Packing A Travel Toiletries Bag

travel toiletries

Between cottage weekends and one longer vacation, this summer has been a true test of my last minute packing abilities. 

I love living simply, and I definitely try to abide by the "less is more" motto wherever possible. That being said, I'm not ready to loose the title of being that girl who always has everything, since it's totally worth it when you're travelling. 

All of the essentials that I have packed away into this little travel bag are stored in there until they run out. Whenever something is running low, I'll replace it regardless of when my next overnight trip will take place. Doing this ensures that I'll never have to worry about packing my toiletries bag, and things won't be forgotten at the last minute.

packing checklist

• Body Wash - The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit
• Toothpaste - Marvis Whitening Mint (7-pack available at Holt Renfrew for $35!)
• Dental Floss - Reach Total Care Easy Sliding with Micro-Groove Technology (the best ever.)
• Deodorant - Nivea
• Face Wash - Purity by Philosophy or Olay 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths, which remove makeup too
• Balm - Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream or Nivea Cream - lip balm, cuticle moisturizer, hand cream, etc.
• Shampoo & Conditioner - Pantene
• Makeup Remover - MAC Cleanse Off Oil 
• Face Moisturizer - Clarins Hydra Quench
• Daily Sunscreen - Tarte Tarteguard SPF 30 - provides a nice base for wearing under makeup
• Toner/Treatment - Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid <3
• Hair Styling Product - Batiste Dry Shampoo
• Nighttime Moisturizer - Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil
• Q-Tips
• Contact Lenses
• Feminine Hygiene - Tampax/Always

• Spare safety pin on the bag zipper
• Band-Aids
• Moisturizing Mist - Jurlique Rosewater Toner
• Cleansing Brush - Sephora silicone pad
• Nail Clips
• Tweezers - Tweezerman travel size
• Perfume - sample size
• Cotton pads - for toner
• Face mask sample, or nose strip
• Self-Tanner - Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tan Lotion
• Treatment - AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel - it's lie an amped-up face wash
• Tooth Picks - GUM Soft-Picks
• Nail File
• Sewing Kit
• Hair clips, bobby pins, hair elastics
• Pre-threaded flossers, which are easiest for travelling

If it's the cottage, I'll throw in a small bug spray. If it's over one week, I'll consider some nail polish and my favourite travel nail polish remover pads from e.l.f. Otherwise, this is pretty much it!

To see all the products in action, watch my video here:

What are your travel essentials?



  1. Love this list, but it would have to be pared down for flying on an airplane! :(

    1. Hi there! oh not at all, the liquids can definitely fit into a litre bag! :) I've done it many times. Have a great trip and thanks so much for reading xx

  2. Thanks so much,very helpful for my trip

  3. I loved that you have all in sample size, is difficult to find those in Mexico ��. I just save the little bottle from hotels and pour my liquids and creams on them to just carry small amounts of product.

  4. I see tarte spf in the pictures, but I don't see it on the list...
    What exact product is it?

  5. Hi Gabrielle, great catch! That's the Tarte Guard Sunscreen :) a nice lightweight daily SPF. I'll have to add it to the list. x

  6. Hi there! Thank you so much for this list and video! It is perfect, just what I need. I travel often, mostly 2-4 night weekend trips. I am looking to minimize my travel case to a smaller size and something like your bag that I can just keep packed and with my suite case so I can avoid repacking and unpacking it for every trip. I am curious, what bag are you using or can you give us the measurements? It would be a great help!
    Thanks again!

    1. Thanks for the comment Emily, I'm so glad that the post is coming in handy for you. The bag I'm using was a Sephora VIB gift with purchase from a few years ago. It's a really nice shape since the boxy interior allows for a lot of small bottles to fit in nice and easy. LxWxH, it is 7x3x4 inches - with some generous give. The sides and top can puff up and out depending on what I have in there.

      Take care, xx

  7. I always have my travel essentials packed to go, too. I include a few binder clips in the travel bag, they're more reliable than safety pins if you need to hang something up, like socks or underwear you needed to rinse out in the sink, and they're super-useful for keeping blackout curtains closed.

    1. What a fantastic idea!! I'll have to throw some of those in my bag next time. thanks so much for reading, xx


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