The Best Toiletry Bags, According to Travel Editors
We’ve likely all been there: the dreaded moment when you realize your face wash, shampoo, favorite serum, nail polish, etc. has fully exploded in your suitcase, leaving permanent damage on clothing and valuables. It’s the absolute worst. We’re here to tell you: there is a solution to this terrible problem.
While it may be small in stature, the humble toiletry bag is perhaps one of the most essential pieces of gear a traveler needs. For many, toiletries are arguably some of our most valuable (maybe even most expensive) and oft-used possessions, so it makes perfect sense that they need a safe home — wherein they won’t explode — while we’re off adventuring ‘round the world.
Whether you’re in search of a bag that has more pockets than you can count, a slim and sleek little number, or a clear makeup bag the TSA will like as much as you will, we’ve got you and your grooming routine completely covered.
Best Hanging Toiletry Bag: L.L.Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag
With more than 1,000 glowing reviews, this popular hanging toiletry kit is all about function and compartments. Crafted from water-resistant nylon pack cloth, the bag’s fabric, according to the company, can withstand up to 150 sandpaper scrapes — so this bag is going to last. The hook can hold up to 25 pounds of hanging weight (so a lot of cosmetics) and the interior is mesh, zip-close, and plastic pocket heaven.
Best Small Toiletry Bag: Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag
Aside from its looks — which are simple yet design-forward — this toiletry kit packs a serious punch in the functionality department. Available at Nordstrom in three classic colors, the sturdy, easy-to-clean neoprene bag has a removable air mesh top-zip pouch, two-way top-zip closure, and interior pockets of varying sizes for all of your weekend-away essentials.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $55
Best Large Toiletry Bag: Briggs & Riley Baseline Deluxe Hanging Toiletry Kit
Deluxe is no exaggeration when it comes to this hanging kit from Briggs & Riley — you’ll certainly get your money's worth. Made from durable ballistic nylon with a water-resistant lining, space is the name of the game with this bag, as it features two large, mesh main compartments and a handful of smaller interior pockets for little items.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $105
Best Clear Toiletry Bag: Lermende TSA-approved Clear Toiletry Bag
Affordable, functional, and TSA-approved, this Amazon favorite can really do no wrong. Made from clear, strong PVC material, this set comes with two waterproof bags that measure in at 7.7" x 5.9" x 2.5". We suggest buying a few, just so you have some extras laying around for those long-haul trips.
To buy: amazon.com, $12
Best Monogram Toiletry Bag: Cuyana Set
Made from elegant pebbled leather and available in eleven bold colors, this toiletry bag set from Cuyana features a larger bag for cosmetics and essentials, and a smaller bag for extra sundries or jewelry. Both bags in the set can come with beautiful gold leaf or blind embossed monogramming. You can even get symbols like delicate stars, hearts, and clovers in addition to up to eight traditional characters.
To buy: cuyana.com, $110
Best Waterproof Toiletry Bag: Patagonia Black Hole Cube
When it comes to adventure travel, it’s always best to trust one of the leading brands, like Patagonia. Whether you’re heading off on an outdoor adventure or just want to be extra sure that no leakage occurs during your travels, you can’t go wrong with Patagonia’s Black Hole Cube, which comes in three sizes, and is totally resistant to water and rips thanks to TPU-film laminate, a water-resistant finish, and polyester ripstop material.
To buy: ebags.com, $29
Best Lightweight Toiletry Bag: Tumi Voyageur Nylon Cosmetics Case
Despite being called a cosmetics case, this kit can hold a lot more than makeup. While maintaining a lightweight and packable quality, the bag opens fully, making organization much easier. There’s a compact yet spacious main compartment and a handful of smaller pockets for bits and bobs. Perfect for everyday use or long weekends, this Tumi case is a classic that will last a long time.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $175
Best Men’s Toiletry Bag: Herschel Men’s Chapter Travel Kit
Herschel has been lauded time and again for its ability to produce durable, long-lasting, and attractive travel gear that doesn’t skimp on functionality. With a spacious, waterproof zip-close main compartment, an internal mesh storage sleeve, and that signature striped fabric liner, this bag will hold all of his essentials in style.
To buy: amazon.com, $25
Best Roll-up Toiletry Bag: Tanto Hanging Toiletry Bag
The best thing about this roll-up bag — aside from the fact that it’s a roll-up? It’s a real bargain. At under $15, this kit is made from scratch-resistant and waterproof material, it hangs, and features four mesh compartments so you can really pack in the maximum amount of toiletries.
To buy: amazon.com, $13
Best Women’s Toiletry Bag: Lavievert Toiletry Bag
In spite of its slim appearance, this toiletry bag boasts an major amount of space while maintaining packability. You’ll find a huge main compartment with three fold-out smaller compartments, two of which are perfect for things like makeup brushes, mascara, eyeliner, etc., and one of which has a plastic zip pocket perfect for items that tend to threaten a leak. There’s a reinforced hanging hook, and easy-carry handle, and it comes in three colors. This bag isn’t messing around. The best part? It’s under $20.
To buy: amazon.com, $17
Best Leather Toiletry Bag: Truffle Clarity Jetset Case
If you’re on the hunt for a leather toiletry bag, undoubtedly you want it to be just as elegant as it is functional. This little kit from Truffle certainly checks both of those boxes (hello, Saffiano leather trim). Plus, it has a clear plastic center, so it’s totally TSA-approved, and you can easily spot exactly what you need when you’re in transit.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $88
Best Pre-stocked Toiletry Bag: Aesop Montreal Kit
Packed in a sturdy, microfiber case, this kit comes with eight travel essentials from Aesop, including shampoo and conditioner, body cleanser, body balm, balancing toner, facial cream, a hydrating masque, and lip cream — all made from fresh, revitalizing (and deliciously scented) ingredients.
To buy: fwrd.com, $75
Best Designer Toiletry Bag: Tumi Richmond Travel Kit
When it comes to designer travel pieces, we leave it to the masters: the Tumi Richmond Travel Kit is not only a luxury piece, but a brand bestseller, featuring an anti-bacterial lining, high-polish chrome accents, magnetic zippers, a leather grab handle, and just enough pockets to packet your essentials into one perfectly sleek kit.
To buy: tumi.com, $179
Best Toiletry Bag on Amazon: Boacay Premium Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag
This bag is features galore: it hangs, has 16 vertical, leakproof pockets and two large zip pockets, easy-glide metal zippers, and a large mesh section. Made of eco-friendly materials, this bag — which has over 100 reviews on Amazon, and a full five stars — is all-around failproof.
To buy: amazon.com, $22
Best Vegan Toiletry Bag: Friday By JW PEI, The Makeup Bag
For those who are looking to purchase an cruelty-free toiletry bag that doesn’t sacrifice style or function for vegan production, JW PEI’s makeup bag is the perfect little weekend getaway toiletry kit. Available in seven colors, this vegan leather bag is small enough to pack easily into a carry-on or weekender, but big enough to hold the essentials, plus a little more. And, honestly, it could double as a clutch.
To buy: fridaybyjwpei.com, $48