There is nothing more annoying than packing for a trip. Although the thought of going away to a tropical island, sandy desert, or winter wonderland sounds incredible. Usually packing is way less fun. Honestly, I’m either working or getting other matters in hand until the very last minute that I leave for my getaway. Not to mention having to make other arrangements for your house, animals and children. So who has time to pack, let alone get their toilettes in order, especially if your trip is last minute.
I always kind of had a travel kit, but never fully committed to it, until now. I really think this is the way to go even if you only travel a few times a year. Not only is it convenient but I usually end up forgetting at least one item or not having enough room for bigger toiletry items. Have I convinced you to make one yet? Plus it’s a great gift idea.
I found a great example of a travel kit on Redbook Magazine, but unfortunately I can’t find the article online. The great thing about creating your own travel kit is making it personal to you. You can add what your essentials would be for a weekend getaway or an extended stay. Check out my kit below and create your own!
The first item I purchased for my bag was the bag itself. I bought this one from Ulta but there are other great opinions out there as well. I suggest opting for a clear bag though, since it’s easy to see what you have quickly.
Inside the bag:
I purchased most of my items on Pharmapacks but I did get some of my travel size items from CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Target and the dollar store. All my items are 3oz or under, perfect for TSA and to put in your carryon bag! When picking out items, stick to products that you are familiar with. Your trip is not a time to try out a new products. Below I broke the items into categories to make it easier. I added a lot of items, but you can add or subtract as many as you’d like.
Shampoo & Conditioner:
I picked out an OGX shampoo & conditioner simply because I like the companies products and I thought they were a little bigger than other shampoos but would still fit in my bag.
I knew I had to get a good dry shampoo & hairspray for my travel kit, both are a must in my opinion. When I’m on vacation the last thing I want to do is take the time to wash my hair multiply time. I ordered Psssssst Instant Dry Shampoo but there are plenty of other great dry shampoo travel sizes out there like Dove, Batiste, and Not Your Mothers. For my hairspray I decided on a TRESemme hairspray because I’m either curling my hair for dinner or lightly scrunching it for the beach and I know this hairspray will hold it all day.
I always need a hair tie or my hair ties always breaks, so I decided to pack some in my travel kit. Throwing in 5 hair ties won’t take up any room, plus you know you’ll need one when you decide to take a dip in the pool. I picked out these Scunci hair hair ties since they have a no damage elastic, are a perfect width and are cheap. I also added some bobby pins to my kit. This is another small item that you will need at some point. Think fancy dinners.
I never want to rely on a hotel to have decent soaps and body products. I got this shower gel for FREE from Bath & Body Works. I always get free coupons from them and I always cash them in. No purchase necessary. This time I got a French Lavender & Honey scent and it smells amazing. I also packed in my travel kit a shaving cream (for some reason I could only find men’s travel sizes) and a mini razor (although I think you can easily fit a regular size razor). I also added in a small deodorant, as well. I like the smell of this one, it’s very fresh and clean.
French Lavender & Honey Body Wash; 3oz, $5. Barbasol Orginal Shaving Cream; 2.25oz, $1.23. Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace Cosmo Pink; 1 count, $8.49. Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant; .50oz, $1.01.
Naturally you’re going to pack a toothbrush & toothpaste. I like to have a separate toothbrush for traveling because usually I forget to pack a toothpaste period. I picked up this cute toothbrush at the dollar store. I think it might be a kids one but it works all the same. If you want to get an adult toothbrush make sure to get a mini one because it might not fit in your kit. I also recommend getting a toothbrush cover. They are super cheap and make your toothbrush more sanitary. For toothpaste I really like the Crest 3D White so I picked up one of these in a travel size for my kit. I know mouthwash and floss might seem like an extra but I feel like sometimes you just need it or maybe you are obsessive with your teeth like I am. I bought a large pack of floss sticks and just tossed some into the bottoms and picked out the same mouthwash I have at home in a travel size.
I love a good face wash. I picked out CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser since I know it won’t be harsh on my face, especially if I get a sunburn. I also wanted a good moisturizer for my face since certain city waters can dry out your face. For moisturizer Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion is a product I know and love. I can use this on my face or body for any dry patches I may have. I also made sure to get a travel size makeup remover. I’ve been using Neutrogena makeup remover for years and I will never be able to use anything else.
Lip Hydration & Sunscreen:
I feel like these items go together nicely. Especially if you are going somewhere where you’ll be out in the sun. There are a lot of lip products out there, although you can choose something light like a chapstick, I prefer something more heavy. I like Aquaphor healing product to really moisturize my lips or Glossier Balm Dotcom which does the same but is less oily. Both of these products can be used anywhere on your body that you have dry skin. I also always suggest using a sunscreen, especially if you are as pale as I am. I bring a big sunscreen spray since I use a lot of it but it’s nice to have a travel size one, as well. This Coppertone one is perfect since it’s waterproof too. I try to get nothing less than a 50 SPF.
I think it’s very important to have any over the counter medicine you would use at home in your travel kit. I adde anything I might need such as Pepto, Advil, Benadryl and Bandaids. Pretty much anything that would be a big pain to run out for but you still might need. Luckily, all of these came in a travel size, except for the Benadryl which I had to brake up from a larger pack. I also keep one or two tampons in there just incase.
These are all extras but I really wanted to incorporate them, since I feel like I’ll need them while on vaca. Tide sticks are a lifesaver and should travel with you everywhere. I also added a perfume and hand lotion. Both of these products you can get as a free sample from Sephora. All you have to do is ask them for a free sample. (Unfortunately, the Elizabeth & James hand cream is no longer sold separately, but rather in a set.)
I do have to say that travel size items are expensive, but once you get the initial product, you can always refill the bottle when you’re running low. The convenience of having a travel kit is worth it. Now make your own kit and see how great & easy it makes packing for your next vacation