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Why You Need a Hanging Travel Toiletries Case

Now, I will devote an entire blog post to my toiletries case. And I will not feel bad about it at all. My little bag may be grubby and worn, but it is one of my travel essentials.

A well-packed and well-stocked toiletries case can make or break your trip. Have you ever tried to sightsee after you've forgotten your toothbrush, face wash, or razor? It's not a pretty sight. 

Several years ago, my mom and dad got me this little toiletries case as a present. It was filled with travel-sized bottles, a folding hairdryer and plenty of Band-aids (because I'm forever bumping into things!). It was a great present, but at the time, I had no clue how much that small black case was going to help me in my travels.

Before we go any further, let's get one thing straight: I hate unpacking. So, rather than pack and unpack the toiletries case, I always keep it stocked and ready to go. That way, when I get a hair about me and want to head out for a quick weekend trip, I just throw my glasses into the inner pouch and head on out. 

Other than my glasses (which I have to have since I have HORRIBLE eye sight), I keep duplicates of everything I use in my beauty and cleaning regimen in that little case: extra contacts, extra face wash, extra toothbrush, extra toothpaste, extra night cream. You name it, I have a smaller version in that case. 

Granted, if I had a simpler routine (like my husband), I'd throw my toothbrush and toothpaste in a plastic bag and go on my way. But for those of us who need a little more to make ourselves presentable, a constantly-stocked toiletries case is the way to go. 

Do you want to make a toiletries case like this for your travels? Pick up one at your local Target or Walmart (they're usually near the make-up bags instead of the travel stuff), or order one from Amazon.com or eBags.com. Mine is similar to this one, this one, or this one

When looking for a case, keep an eye out for the following: 
  • A durable exterior. Skip the satin or cotton finishes since they'll rip quicker. 
  • A wipeable interior. It's not super glamorous, but a plastic coated interior will make those make-up and shampoo spills much easier to clean up. 
  • An exterior handle. This will allow you to haul it around with ease, and you can loop it over your rolling case when heading into your hotel room. 
  • Lots of smaller pockets. These will help you organize your toiletry essentials and see what you have with ease. 
  • A hook (metal is preferable). You can hang up your organizer on a shower rod or towel rack. This will free up counter space and make it easier for you to pack up when it's time to go!
After you find the perfect case, it's time to pack it! Remember to get travel-sized versions when possible in order to maximize your space. If you travel a lot or want to carry your special shampoo that doesn't come in a small size, invest in some plastic refillable travel bottles. A small, collapsible hair dryer that will fit in the larger pockets is also a great idea if you're going somewhere without a hairdryer.

My battered little bag and I have been together for about ten years now--it's been a long and happy relationship so far!

How do you organize your toiletries and makeup when you travel? Do you have a dedicated space for them?

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