The 6 Best Hanging Travel Organizers of 2023

Bagsmart’s The Space Saver Toiletry Bag is our top pick.

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The 6 Best Hanging Travel Organizers of 2022

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Staying organized is a surefire way to reduce time spent rummaging, and any related stress, on your next trip. While organizers such as packing cubes and toiletry bags are great tools for keeping your items in line, a hanging organizer provides even more space-saving relief in keeping your floors and countertops clear.

But not all hanging organizers are created equal. It’s important to consider what products are in your stash (makeup, bath products, jewelry, etc.) as well as how much luggage real estate is available for storing your organizer. The number and size of pockets and the fabric come into play as well.

We’ve done the work for you and researched the very best hanging organizers for a variety of needs. Our favorite is The Space Saver Toiletry Bag by Bagsmart because it’s well-suited for several different things including toiletries, makeup, and jewelry — and it has plenty of room for all the above. But if you’re looking to load up on a particular category, read on. We’ve selected the very best hanging organizers for any circumstance, from makeup brushes to clothing.

These are the best hanging organizers.

Best Overall

Bagsmart Toiletry Bag with Hanging Hook

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BAGSMART Toiletry Bag with Hanging Hook

BAGSMART

Why We Love It: It’s generously sized, affordable, and has lots of pockets.

What to Consider: If luggage real estate is limited, you may want to pick the smaller size.

If you’re packing a little bit of everything, this oversized hanging travel bag is key. Bath and body products, cosmetics, accessories, and more fit easily into four separate clear zip compartments. The two inner main pockets have elastic straps in different widths and heights so it’s easy to store all your bottles upright and prevent spills (although if a cap does come loose, the water-resistant polyester can keep the damage contained), and the lower main compartment even has top and bottom zippers to make product removal seamless from any angle. The top and bottom zip compartments are flat, so they’re best suited for smaller items that you don’t want to move around as much, such as cosmetics, brushes, or jewelry. There’s even a bonus open pocket in the back for easy access items.

Another selling point: affordability. This well-padded, sturdy sack is an excellent value for the low price point. It comes in six solid colors and three multicolor pattern designs, as well as a large and medium version so you can pick the size most suited to your needs.

Price at time of publish: $32 for large, $30 for medium

Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.1 x 4.3 inches (rolled) and 12.6 x 33.5 inches (open) for large; 11 x 7.4 x 3 inches (rolled) and 11 x 30 inches (open) for medium | Number of Pockets: 5 | Material: Water-resistant polyester

Best Small Capacity

L.L. Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag, Small

L.L. Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag, Small

L.L. Bean

Why We Love It: Small but mighty, this bag will withstand all your adventures.

What to Consider: If you’re an over-packer, you might find it hard to cram in your belongings.

L.L.Bean’s no-fuss, water-resistant toiletry bag has room for all the essentials. Two upper zip pockets are perfect travel-sized bottles, while the deep main compartment with multiple mesh pockets can hold larger, odd-shaped products. There are also external side-zip storage compartments offering easy access to additional items, and a removable shower caddy, which will come in handy for toting around shampoos and body washes.

What sets this bag apart, though, is its ruggedness. It was tested by L.L.Bean to withstand extreme temperatures, down to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and the handle is said to withstand breaking force of 300 pounds. The abrasion-resistant fabric (polyester for the print designs and nylon packcloth for the solids) can handle 150 sandpaper scrapes, so you can count on it for the long haul.

Price at time of publish: $30 for small

Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.25 x 3 inches | Number of Pockets: Not listed | Material: Water- and abrasion-resistant polyester (prints) and nylon packcloth (solids)

Best Large Capacity

Vera Bradley Zip Hanging Organizer Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley Zip Hanging Organizer

Vera Bradley

Why We Love It: A quilted outer and floral inner make it more aesthetically pleasing than your average toiletry bag.

What to Consider: The large compartments aren’t ideal for organizing tiny items.

Bath products tend to spill, drip, and splash, which makes this bag’s water-repellent, performance-twill fabric perfect for housing all your toiletries. The interior has four PVC-lined zip pockets, a mesh pocket, and two slip pockets, all divided among three main compartments. The deep pockets can fit both travel-size and full-size products. But what really makes this option stand out is its style: the quilted outer and floral inner are almost too pretty to pack away.

Price at time of publish: $90

Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.5 x 4.0 inches with 1.25 inch handle drop | Number of Pockets: 4 | Material: Water-repellent performance twill

Best for Makeup

Bosidu Striped Toiletry Bag

Bosidu Striped Toiletry Bag

Amazon

Why We Love It: A whole pocket is dedicated to brush organization.

What to Consider: The catchall lower compartment can get messy.

Packing cosmetics can be tricky, as it requires accommodating items in various shapes and sizes, from delicate makeup brushes to fragile powder compacts to large eyeshadow palettes. The key is making sure everything is safely secured and padded, like this Bosidu hanging bag allows. Four interior main compartments keep items in place, while a detachable zipper pocket provides easy access. Of the two zip side pockets, one is dedicated to brushes with elastic band holders to keep them secure, while the other side pocket can accommodate larger items like a hairbrush or an electric toothbrush. Though the toiletry bag is best suited for cosmetics, the waterproof canvas can easily stand up to spills and splashes, so you can use it as a shower bag as well.

Price at time of publish: $26

Dimensions: 10.24 x 9.45 x 5.12 inches (zipped) and 18.89 x 21.65 inches (unzipped) | Number of Pockets: 7 | Material: Waterproof canvas

Best for Jewelry

Mark & Graham Hanging Travel Jewelry Organizer

Mark & Graham Hanging Travel Jewelry Organizer

Mark & Graham

Why We Love It: It’s compact and pretty.

What to Consider: The vegan leather isn’t as sturdy as other options on this list.

Available in four vegan leather hues including blush and robin’s egg blue, this foldable hanging jewelry case is almost as stunning as the baubles you’ll store inside. It keeps your trinkets organized by category with dedicated straps for stud earrings and rings, and two small zip pockets with gussets for items like bracelets or dangling earrings. Necklaces, which are notorious for tangling, can stay separate within six designated loops. There’s also a larger nylon zipper pocket and two additional mesh zipper pockets. The best part: For an additional $12.50, you can have it monogrammed.

Price at time of publish: $129

Dimensions: 12 x 9.5 inches (open) | Number of Pockets: 5 | Material: Vegan leather with linen lining

Best for Clothes and Shoes

Surblue Hanging Closet Storage Bag XL

Surblue Hanging Closet Storage Bag XL

Amazon

Why We Love It: A fully organized shelving system is stowed directly in your luggage for effortless unpacking.

What to Consider: Make sure to factor in your suitcase size before purchasing.

If you’ve never used a hanging closet storage bag, you’ll love how easy it is to organize and unpack your belongings at your travel destination. Clothing, shoes, towels, and more are slipped into the waterproof mesh shelves, then compressed, buckled, and stowed away in your suitcase until you arrive at your destination. Hang the organizer — the XL size on this one has three large shelves and a lower zip compartment — in a closet or bathroom for easy access to all your necessities. Just remember to measure your suitcase carefully to make sure the contraption will fit when full before purchasing.

Price at time of publish: $28 for extra-large

Dimensions: 17.71 x 11.81 x 20 inches (unzipped) and 17.71 x 11.81 x 20 inches (zipped) for extra-large | Number of Pockets: 3 shelves and 1 zip pocket | Material: Water-resistant oxford cloth and mesh

Tips for Buying Hanging Organizers

Decide what you want to organize

When selecting an organizer, the most important question is what, followed closely by how many. For toiletries or shower items, you’ll want to prioritize a water-resistant or waterproof material, both to keep liquids contained inside and to keep external liquids out. If cosmetics are your focus, try a bag that offers lots of padding and straps or pockets to secure fragile items such as powder compacts and palettes. Makeup brushes, which can easily get squashed and ruined in a bag, are best stowed in a dedicated pocket with elastic band dividers. For jewelry, look for small, secure pockets to keep little baubles safe and a necklace organizer to keep your chains from tangling. Padding is important here as well, so your valuables don’t get bent out of shape (literally).

It’s also important to consider the number of items you’ll want to store. If you’re packing toiletries for the whole family, consider a larger organizer with plenty room for full-size products. Or, if you’re planning to pack the organizer in a carry-on, a smaller case with room for a few 3-ounce bottles will likely suffice.

Consider suitcase size

With any organizer — but especially with a closet hanging organizer — it’s paramount to measure your suitcase against the organizer, keeping in mind the organizer may be bulkier once it’s packed versus empty. Remember, it’s not just important that your packed organizer fits inside your suitcase, but it should leave enough space for your other desired belongings as well. Another suggestion: If it’s your first time packing a particular organizer in your suitcase, try a mock pack ahead of your trip to make sure everything fits as desired. That’ll spare you a last-minute panic if things don’t go according to plan.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What can I put in a hanging organizer?

    The short answer: Anything! While most hanging organizers are designed with a specific filler in mind (such as cosmetics, toiletries, clothing and shoes, or jewelry), you can really use them to suit your unique needs. For example, a hanging toiletry organizer could be a perfect way to compartmentalize your first aid items and medications. A hanging jewelry organizer with lots of little pockets can easily double as a trove for small hair accessories such as bobby pins and clips.

  • How do I pack a hanging organizer?

    Consider the various sizes of the items you’re packing. Start by putting larger or odd-shaped items where they fit best and pack the smaller and more nimble containers in the remaining spaces. If possible, put items in a similar category together for easier access. For example: Put all your cosmetics in one pocket and all your bath items in another. Any items that may get wet (such as shower products) should be housed in waterproof pockets.

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