6 Ways to Organize and Travel Lighter

The following is a guest post by Alyson of World of Wanderlust.

Whether you’re going away for a weekend or travelling the world, it’s always good to know how to travel light and what toiletry bag essentials should be in your suitcase.

You can pack as much as you want in your toiletry bag, but it all comes down to what you actually use. For most people, there are only a handful of products that they need on a daily basis and then there are those few items that they don’t like to be without.

If you’re looking for tips on how to travel lighter, here are 6 ways you can organize your toiletry bag and hit the road with less weight:

1. Make-up Wipes

It doesn’t matter if you do wear make-up or not, make-up wipes are a great way of cleaning your face at the end of the day without having to carry around bottles of face wash and toner. It’s also nice to be able to use them when you don’t have access to water (such as on an overnight bus or train) and also when there isn’t any soap in the bathroom.


When you’re traveling, having a toiletry bag that is organized and contains only the essentials can save you a lot of hassle. Knowing exactly where everything is in your bag helps you to be more efficient because you don’t have to dig through it every time you need something.

Here are 6 tips for organizing and traveling lighter with your toiletry bag:

Last week we brought you 5 Ways to Compress Your Clothes for Travel. This week, we’re focusing on what goes inside your toiletry bag — and how to pack it like a pro.

1. Make a checklist

First things first: Make a list of what you need for your trip. Here’s the basic one we use: shampoo and conditioner, body wash, face wash and moisturizer, toothbrush and toothpaste, contact lenses and solution, deodorant, sunscreen. Add anything else you may need — contact solution, shaving cream and razor, hair dryer or straightener — and make sure you have them ready to go before your trip. Sometimes it’s good to do a trial run at home so you can make sure you haven’t forgotten anything before you get to the airport!

2. Go small

Once you know what you need to take with you, find travel-size versions of each product (or empty out larger bottles into smaller ones). If you wear prescription medications or contact lenses, look online for travel-sized containers that meet TSA guidelines; otherwise, ask your doctor if they can order some or find them at the pharmacy. The less space these items take up in your toiletry bag, the more room there is for

My inspiration for writing this blog came from a simple realization: I pack too much in my toiletry bag. I just do, and I always have.

I think that’s a common problem—and definitely one I could see myself solving if it were easier to see inside my toiletry bag. So I decided to attack the problem head-on by emptying out my bag and seeing how much space was truly being used in there.

It was almost comical.

So my goal became to stop traveling with so much stuff (that I never use) and to find a way to organize everything better.

Here are the steps I took:

1. Supplies to leave out of your toiletry bag:

If you have a bathroom in your room, you won’t need to pack all of these things. You can leave out your toothbrush, shampoo, and even your soap. If you are planning on staying for less than a week, you should be able to skip packing your hair dryer too.

2. Don’t pack what the hotel supplies:

This one is probably the most obvious, but still a good reminder. The last thing you want to do is waste valuable space in your bag with supplies that the hotel already offers. This includes soap, shampoo, lotion and conditioner.

3. Choose 3-in-1 products:

Skip bringing shampoo, conditioner and body soap when you can just bring one product that does all three! Look for products like this one from Garnier Fructis that will save you some space as well as some money (because they’re often cheaper than buying three separate products).

4. Make sure your bags are leak proof:

No matter how careful you are, accidents happen! Invest in leak proof bags like these from Ziploc that will keep any spills from staining your clothes or ruining other items in your suitcase.


Toiletry Bag Organization

I have a simple toiletry bag that I use for all of my trips. It’s not too big, so it’s easy to fit in my backpack or duffel bag. My toiletry bag consists of only the essentials and is ready to go at all times. In this blog I will discuss how I pack my toiletry bag, so that you can become more organized on your next trip!

First Things First: Clean Out Your Toiletry Bag

The first step is to take everything out of your toiletry bag and clean it out. This process goes for any item you own. Cleaning items out regularly ensures that you do not hold onto items that you no longer need, and that your items will last longer.

Take an inventory of the items in your toiletry bag and make sure all items are there. If you’re missing something, replace it immediately so that you are prepared for whatever may come your way on a trip. Replace any expired products in your toiletry bag as well.

1. Select your toiletry bag wisely

Before you start packing, consider the size of the toiletry bag that is going to suit your needs. I like to bring a small toiletry bag that can fit inside a backpack or be attached to the outside of my carry-on suitcase. A toiletry bag with the following attributes is ideal:

Waterproof or water-resistant material

Multiple compartments

Hanging hook (optional)

2. Organize your toiletries by category

First, decide what you will actually need on your trip and make a list before you pack anything, then organize these items into categories: Skincare, Oral Care, Body Care, Hair Care, First Aid, etc. This will help you keep track of what you need to buy in case you don’t have it and also allow you to cut down on items that aren’t necessary for your journey. Remember: Less is more!

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