Top Makeup Bags & Cosmetic Cases for Travel

best travel makeup bag

What's the best travel makeup bag? Choices in color, shapes and sizes abound. The best ones feature dedicated areas for different products and a protective case.  

If you bring cosmetics, haircare, and skincare supplies on your journeys and you've been relegating makeup and grooming supplies to a plastic bag, it's time to upgrade to a nicer travel case to hold your personal items.

When packing for your next travel getaway, consider organizing your cosmetics and makeup in one of these good-looking holders.

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    This sleek, black hanging cosmetics kit is designed for both men and women to use.  Measuring 11" x 7.5" x 3", it has plenty of room to hold creams, lotions, shampoo, conditioner and styling products. (Just remember that if you plan to carry it on rather than pack with checked baggage, you're limited to three 3.4 ounce containers of liquid.) 

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    Prefer using a stand-up cosmetics bag when you travel? This 11.5 x 5 x 5.5 fabric bag in the shape of a classic train case can be machine washed and dried. Users say that it holds a lot and they like that they can see everything they've packed in it at a glance. It's also available in black and boudoir pink.

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    Vera Bradley designs soft bags and luggage for women in a variety of pretty prints. Thanks to the quilted fabric, their light weight is ideal for travel. This makeup and cosmetics case is lined, with multiple dividers and a zippered lid. The design has changed from oval (pictured) to rectangular, which is easier to pack. Also note that Vera Bradley prints change, so if you see a design you like, buy it now.

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    When the same company that makes Swiss Army knives starts making kits to tote your makeup, cosmetics, and toiletries, it's worth a second look. This sporty hanging bag — voted "Best of the Best" by customers — is large enough to hold full-size bottles, a boon for those traveling for a length of time and need to use a particular shampoo or other hair product often.
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    Large as a tote bag (14" x 11" x 5.5") — it even has a shoulder strap — this lightweight makeup and cosmetics organizer is very versatile. You can easily convert it to an open hanging cosmetic bag that provides access to full-size personal care items within. It conveniently features many see-through pockets, compartments, and elastic loops. B
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    The boxy shape of this cosmetics and makeup case evokes long train rides, yet this compact (8" x 6" x 6") leather bag will easily fit under an airplane seat or inside larger bags. Having its contents within reach ensures your makeup looks great when you arrive. Updated features include a waterproof case and a zip-around bottom compartment for brushes or other makeup paraphernalia. Available in black.

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    This neat cosmetics case may be more useful for those who travel with hair products than makeup or cosmetics that need to be tightly organized. The interior of this bag contains six elastic pockets to hold items you don't want mingling.
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    Like a miniature portable vanity table, this elegant quilted black mini makeup kit (does it remind you of a Chanel case?) is one that you can fill with your personally selected brushes and colors for cosmetic touchups on the go.