When it comes to trips and getaways, toiletry bags may be our most important item, second only to our iPhone charger (and maybe a portable crib if we have an adventurous baby on board). We’re lost without our toiletry bag. After all, they hold all the necessities: everything from our makeup and face wash to our medication and vitamins. And there’s all sorts of styles out there, depending on your needs. There’s hanging toiletry bags, TSA-approved travel toiletry bags, clear plastic cases, foldable toiletry bags — the list goes on!
And trust us, you don’t want to risk it and just cram all of your products into a plastic ziplock baggie, toss it in your suitcase, and hope for the best. Anyone who’s experienced a shampoo leak all over their clothes knows it’s the worst. After this past year, a spill in your luggage should be the last of your worries when we finally get a chance to go on that postponed family vacation (where your drink and beach umbrella are should be the first). So whether you’re traveling or just need a toiletry bag for your bathroom counter or vanity table, we’ve pulled together the best toiletry bag options out there.
Best Toiletry Bags for Women
If you prefer a clear toiletry bag so you can see everything easily, opt for this large cosmetic case from Calpak. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s also the (insert expensive car) of toiletry bags. Its smart design and durable (yet chic) material make it stand out against the rest. Also, check out the travel brand’s chic suitcases while you’re there.
This travel toiletry bag has a near-perfect average rating on Amazon, and it comes in a pretty lemon print. Customers love that it’s shake-proof and spill-proof, making it hard for bottles to budget. Plus, its square shape fits nicely into luggage.
If you want a case with customizable compartments, this gorgeous marble print toiletry bag comes with adjustable dividers so you can switch them out easily. Made with oxford fabric, it’s durable yet lightweight, waterproof, shockproof, and spill-proof.
Toiletry cases made from hard plastic instead of nylon are excellent, because they’re extra durable. This one is designed similarly to a professional makeup artist’s tool kit.
Even if you can’t go on an actual vacation, you can always go on a mental vacation. This extra-cute bag from Band.do comes loaded with pockets on the inside and outside. It’s made from a nylon material (both interior and exterior), and has a mesh pocket for convenience and accessibility. Plus, it’s honestly just dang cute.
Best Travel Toiletry Bags
Making sure all your toiletries meet TSA requirements can be stressful, but this 5-pack of “TSA approved” carry-on travel bags makes it easy. We love that the bags are clear so that we know exactly where all our carefully organized products (lol, yeah right) are. This 5-pack may only be $13, but the material is sturdy and the bags are built to last.
If you’re always getting frustrated digging through your toiletry bag, this drawstring cosmetic bag lays flat so you can easily find that tiny pair of tweezers instead of them getting lost at the bottom. Plus, it’s water-repellent and washable.
You’ll get a lot of bang for your buck with this Victoria’s Secret travel case that comes with 3 pink striped toiletry bags stacked inside a larger clear toiletry case — like a Russian doll. For those who are picky about where their products go, we totally recommend this gem.
Best Hanging Toiletry Bags
Hanging toiletry bags are great, because they save precious countertop space and make it easy to access all your products. This one comes in 16 different colors and prints (soft pink pictured here), is made of a water-resistant material, and folds back up to be a bag when you want it to be.
This ultra-affordable (under $10!) toiletry bag comes in 32 different colors, patterns and sizes if flamingos aren’t your thing. Made with soft fabric that’s waterproof, it has several smartly designed compartments for all your products so they’re easy to store and find.
This hooked toiletry bag has a “cooler shape,” making it perfect for taller, full-sized products like shampoo or hairspray. Featuring 12 mesh pockets, it can hold plenty of bottles. It’s also water-resistant and super light weight.
If your closet is full of animal prints and you want something under $20, go for this pink cheetah print toiletry bag. Made of durable, water-resistant polyester, you don’t have to worry about accidental spills. With multiple compartments that makes it so you can separate your lotions from your toothpaste, this roomy toiletry bag is pretty ideal. Plus, it comes with a hook so you can easily hang it in the bathroom for convenience (if you want).
This striped hanging bag from The Container Store is simple, sturdy and no-fuss. While it does spread out, you can easily fold it together so that it fits in your suitcase. We love that the pockets are clear, so you can easily reach for the product you need.
Extra Large Toiletry Bags
As a parent, you naturally have to carry your kids’ things too. Trust us — this bag can take it all. It can handle multiple full size bottles (double the travel size!), it hangs for easy access, and is super durable. One reviewer raved about the bag and said, “Ellis James Designs’ Hanging Toiletry Bag is a complete game changer in terms of staying organized when you’re constantly on the go. I never really put much thought into what brand organizer I purchased until I tried out Ellis James’s tall makeup organizer first. The size, durability, and versatility of that bag opened my eyes to what I was missing out on and the attention to detail that this brand puts into their products cannot be beat!”
For those of us super into makeup and skincare (or those *free* hotel samples), a larger travel toiletry bag is a must. This one from Vera Bradley is pretty perfect. It has tons of space, compartments, and pockets for everything you need on a weekend or weeks-long trip. It even has seven makeup brush holders! “The only cosmetic bag to own,” said one reviewer. “Love the quality and capacity of this bag. Can fit so much in it. I love all the different compartments. Especially the ones to hold your jewelry. You also have the choice of different patterns and color.”
Extra large, but extra easy to carry! This toiletry bag from Lands’ End will hold everything you need for your big trips. It comes in three different colors and can be monogramed too! One reviewer said, “Used it for the first time and SO impressed! I’m fairly high maintenance and bring a good amount of toiletries, and these hold everything, including makeup and brushes, and keeps everything together so I don’t sprawl and make a mess of the bathroom counter at the hotels. My husband loves that he can keep these packed and ready to go! Buying for my family for the holidays!”
If you’re camping or going on a more rustic trip, this travel toiletry bag from L.L.Bean is extra roomy, water-resistant and perfect for outdoorsy adventures.
Best Toiletry Bags for Men
emissary bags are known for their amazing quality and cool style — just ask the reviewers raving about it. With a 4.7 rating and over 4,000 Amazon reviewers, customers are loving the canvas tote with leather accent. “Great Quality Great Price!” said one reviewer. “I love the combo of the canvas and leather and the zippers are high-quality…It has a hidden zippered pocket inside as well. As you can see by my picture it holds quite a bit…there is even a full-size mouthwash under the other stuff!”
This water resistant toiletry bag includes two additional bags inside, comes in three sizes (small, large, and extra large), and comes in seven colors! The remove mesh pouches inside are great for razors, wires, or anything else you need to keep separate from liquids. One reviewers explained, “I love how spacious this bag is inside. I use it for my makeup and have plenty of room for everything. The way it is structured, it doesn’t take up a lot of space, which is great – it’s just roomy inside. Love the fabric. Super durable and also pretty! I went with the large because I really wanted the two inside mesh bags for brushes and other pieces – definitely worth it. Keeps my products super organized. LOVE this bag!”
This travel kit from Caraa holds a lot more than it looks. It’s simple, durable, and perfect for a guy with travel essentials. One loyal Caraa customer said, “I got the brown and black for me and my husband and they are perfect for traveling. The opposing zippers and compartments are super helpful because this enables you to keep products upright if needed. Both compartments seem to hold anything and everything. It’s light and also waterproof. This is like my 10th Caraa product and I love them all.”