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Travelling Toiletries

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5 star hotel or bush camping

A weekend away or a couple of months travelling

No matter how I travel, there are some fundamental toiletries that I take with me. It varies a little but generally this is what finds its way into my bag each time.

  • Small tube of toothpaste, toothbrush and floss.
  • Small containers or shampoo and conditioner but if staying in hotels I use their shampoo.
  • Hairbrush and black hair ties, which I often wrap around the neck of the brush so I don’t lose them.
  • Small bar of soap in a container but if staying in hotels, I use their soap.
  • Deodorant – roll on by Mitchum.
  • Body spray instead of perfume.

  • Moisturiser which has an SPF rating. My favourite is Arbonne.
  • Panty liners are handy if you can’t change your knickers every day. I don’t need tampons and pads anymore but don’t forget to put them on your own list.
  • Cotton tips – they weigh nothing and it’s nice to clean your ears after swimming in the sea. I factor in one every second day.
  • Ear plugs (essential).
  • Razor (with spare blades) if going away for more than a week.
  • Sunscreen, I usually take small tubes rather than one large one.
  • Insect repellant, I prefer a pump pack than a roll on or lotion.
  • Nail file, tweezers and nail scissors which have other uses apart from what they were designed for.
  • Hand wipes in pack of say, 20. I never use hand sanitiser because I don’t believe it works.
  • Lipstick – I don’t wear any makeup apart from my Revlon Colorstay Overtime.
  • Medications – I’ve also written a post on Travelling First Aid Kit which you can read here
  • Condoms – if you think you might need them, take them.

I try to take this cute little vintage ‘beauty case’ because the outside is firm so nothing gets crushed as it bounces through planes, trains and automobiles. Plus I can see everything easily when I open it. If I’m going backpacking, I put everything into a lightweight hanging bag such as this one from Kathmandu.

Now it’s your turn. What do you take away and how do you carry it. Leave a comment below.


  • OMG you have so nailed this. Except the condoms – I’m gay. I also like to take some Paw Paw Creme for my forever cracking lips. What are your thoughts on skincare?


    • Great question Sammie, I’m a pretty basic person when it comes to skincare. I have a moisturiser that is SPF 15+ but otherwise, fresh water is fine. If it was a long extended trip I might take other products. But I like to keep it as simple as possible. And as light.


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