We Tested the Best Travel Toiletry Bags—These Are the Top 10 to Buy

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Best Travel Toiletry Bags

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TripSavvy's Picks

Sea to Summit's Travelling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag wowed our testers with its overall versatility and function. If you're looking for a budget option, the WANDF Toiletry Bag checks all the boxes and comes at a very affordable cost.

After you've organized your suitcase or weekender, the next and possibly biggest challenge is to pack your toiletry bag. While this might seem an afterthought, it's a pretty important step, especially if you don't want to arrive at your destination and realize you forgot to pack your sunscreen, or open your bag to spilled body wash. Whether you're more of a minimalist or carry your entire 10-step routine with you, there's something for everyone. 

We tested 27 toiletry bags, rating them for capacity, design, portability, and value. Based on our results, here are the best travel toiletry bags.

Best Overall

Sea to Summit Travelling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag

5
Sea to Summit Hanging Toiletry Bag

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Capacity
    5/5
  • Design
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Great design with many pockets for organization

  • Super-lightweight and durable material

  • Hanging hook

  • Other unique features like a mirror

What We Don't Like
  • Nothing yet

Sea to Summit's Travelling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag impressed our testers, earning top marks in all tested attributes. The Australian outdoor gear brand has been on a mission to build the lightest, most durable gear for more than three decades. Our testers loved how much space this lightweight toiletry bag has, and its numerous pockets. "This is a great hanging bag, because you can store different-size products inside without feeling like you're weighing the bag down," one tester noted.

The Travelling Light Bag, which weighs less than 5 ounces, is constructed with CORDURA nylon. That material helps keep the weight down and offers stretch, allowing room for all of the toiletries. Our testers liked convenient features, like a carrying handle and hanging hook. "There are tons of pockets, a mirror, hooks to hang the bag, and other unique features that are perfect for every trip," a tester concluded.

Price at time of publish: $47

Size: 10 x 9 x 4 inches | Weight: 4.7 ounces | Material: CORDURA nylon

Sea to Summit Travelling Light Toiletry Bag

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Best Budget

WANDF Toiletry Bag

4.5
WANDF Toiletry Bag

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Capacity
    5/5
  • Design
    4/5
  • Portability
    4/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Excellent capacity

  • Very lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Not very compact

The first thing to know about WANDF's Toiletry Bag is that it has a ton of capacity, so much so that our testers joked that it could double as an overnight bag. Jests aside, this was a very liked bag because of how much it holds and how little it weighs (just 3.6 ounces). "This is a great buy for someone who wants to bring a lot of skincare or other products along with normal toiletries," one tester said.

The bag's water-resistant nylon is thin but durable. It has three pockets for good organization and a handle for easier transportation. Our testers did say that it might be hard to fit in a smaller bag, especially if you take advantage of the size and pack it to max capacity. If you're looking for a larger-capacity toiletry bag or simply a budget bag, this was our testers' top pick.

Price at time of publish: $14

Size: 9.5 x 5.9 x 4.7 inches | Weight: 3.6 ounces | Material: Water-resistant nylon

Wandf Toiletry Bag

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Best Value

Bagsmart Toiletry Bag

5
Bagsmart Toiletry Bag

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Capacity
    5/5
  • Design
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Very spacious

  • Zippered mesh pockets are helpful

  • Structured enough to keep organized but flexible enough to pack in a weekender

What We Don't Like
  • Customer reviews complain about the color

This classic-looking leather toiletry bag impressed our testers with its durable materials, organization potential, and smart features like a waterproof pocket. The large-capacity toiletry bag features water-resistant polyurethane leather, double zippers in the main compartment, and mesh holders to keep items like toothbrushes in place.

"The material is classic, zippers are easy to zip, and the compartment with the waterproof coating is very handy and will be easy to clean," one tester noted. "It's structured enough to keep organized but still flexible enough to fit easily in a weekender bag." Our testers said they'd pay more for this than the list price of $20. "It's a great price for something that feels durable and will last for a long time," one tester concluded.

Price at time of publish: $20

Size: 10.25 x 6.25 x 5 inches | Weight: 0.62 pounds | Material: Polyurethane leather

Bagsmart Toiletry Bag

TripSavvy / Tamara Staples

Best Hanging

Bagsmart Toiletry Bag with Hanging Hook

4.8
BAGSMART Toiletry Bag with Hanging Hook

BAGSMART

Our Ratings
  • Capacity
    5/5
  • Design
    4/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Sturdy design

  • Folds down to a very slim profile, making it easy to pack

  • Mesh pockets help with visibility

What We Don't Like
  • Material is not the easiest to clean

Once you arrive at your hotel or vacation rental, finding a place to stash your toiletry bag can be tricky, especially if counter space is limited. Luckily, this bag's hook frees up limited or nonexistent space. This is a great way to keep items visible but still out of your way as you get dressed. The interior mesh pockets also help with visibility. There's even a smaller, removable compartment you can hang up.

"This bag fit all of the toiletries and still had room to spare, but only for travel-sized products," one tester said about the bag's capacity. "The design of this hanging bag was pleasantly sturdy." Our testers also liked the spacious organizational components and how the bag folds, which gives it a slim briefcase look. They also loved how that slim size fits easily into a weekender bag.

Price at time of publish: $30

Size: 12.6 x 9.1 x 4.3 inches | Weight: 15.8 ounces | Material: Polyester

Bagsmart Hanging Toiletry Bag

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Best Splurge

Away Large Toiletry Bag

4.8
Away Large Toiletry Bag

Away

Our Ratings
  • Capacity
    5/5
  • Design
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Made of recycled materials

  • Roomy interior

What We Don't Like
  • Limited colors

For fans of the iconic suitcase brand, the toiletry bag is another worthy addition to your Away collection. Like many of Away's bags, this thoughtfully designed bag keeps your toiletries organized and separated. The clamshell opening displays items perfectly, which you'll have no problem viewing through the mesh and clear interior pockets. The nylon material is easy to clean, should you ever have a spill. Bonus: The bag can even be monogrammed on the front or back.

Thanks to some unique features, our testers loved how roomy this bag was. "I packed mostly large items, such as makeup brushes, foundation, and a compact mirror, and there was still tons of room to insert more," one tester reported. "There are different types of pockets inside the bag—one for makeup brushes, one clear pocket for makeup products, and others for whatever you'd like to put in."

The bag helped with organization, and our testers liked the top handle. "The fact that it can fit so many items and still not take up so much space says a lot about the bag. It can also carry a lot of weight," a tester noted. Our testers weren't the biggest fans of the nylon material but noted that it is water-resistant. And while they that said bags with similar features could be found at a lower cost, they would still recommend the bag. "I'd love to purchase it if it wasn't so pricey for a toiletry bag, but if you need organization and travel often, then this bag is a must," a tester concluded.

Price at time of publish: $75

Size: 10.2 x 3.7 x 5.9 inches | Weight: 8.8 ounces | Material: Nylon

Away Large Toiletry Bag

TripSavvy / Tamara Staples

Best Organization

Peak Design Wash Pouch

4.8
Peak Design Wash Pouch

REI

Our Ratings
  • Capacity
    5/5
  • Design
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Plenty of room for all toiletries

  • Should be very durable, thanks to 200D nylon

  • Packs down small for easy packing into other bags

  • Contains recycled materials

What We Don't Like
  • A bit on the pricey side

The first key to good organization is having plenty of room for all toiletries. Peak Design's Wash Pouch has just that, as our testers noted that they had plenty of room to fit all of their toiletries and then some. "I'd be able to put my skincare products in here along with several travel-sized toiletry bottles," one tester said, noting that they loved the product's design. It also opens wide for easy packing and accessibility. "There were plenty of pockets and even a shallow zipper pocket to hold a toothbrush," a tester reported, also praising how it sits open upright on the counter on its own. Bonus: Despite the large size and roominess, it still packs down to a small size.

Price at time of publish: $85

Size: 10.6 x 6 x 4.4 inches | Weight: 8.7 ounces | Material: Weatherproof 200-denier nylon; nylon and polyester silicone/PC and TPU coated fabrics/woven nylon webbing/EVA foam/Hypalon

Best Weekender

Lululemon Patch Logo Travel Kit

4.9
Lululemon Patch Logo Travel Kit

Lululemon

Our Ratings
  • Capacity
    4.5/5
  • Design
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Simple and streamlined construction

  • Nylon helps with cleaning smudges and spills

  • Holds enough for an extended weekend trip while fitting easily into a smaller weekender bag

What We Don't Like
  • Not a ton of pockets on the inside for organization

Lululemon's Patch Logo Travel Kit is our pick for a bag that will hold enough toiletries for an extended weekend and easily fit into a weekender bag. Our testers were able to fit all of the toiletries inside with room to spare. And while a bonus clear pouch inside holds additional items, our testers weren't sure about its functionality, since filling it would take up a lot of space in the bag.

This bag comes with loads of compartments on the inside. The nylon construction helps with cleaning spills and smudges, and a few elastic straps help hold items in place. "I never expect anything from Lululemon to be cheap, but the price tag isn't off-putting to me, since nice toiletry bags are sometimes around that range," one tester concluded. "I would be comfortable paying full price for this, because it's durable and portable, and I can tell it would last me a long time."

Price at time of publish: $48

Size: 9.3 x 3.1 x 6.3 inches | Weight: 4 ounces | Material: Polyester, nylon

Lululemon Patch Logo Travel Kit

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Best for Extended Trips

Dare to Roam Steward Dopp Kit

4.8
Dare to Roam Steward Dopp Kit

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Capacity
    5/5
  • Design
    5/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Roomy, thanks to expandable areas, side clips, and adjustable webbing straps

  • Good design

  • Antimicrobial and water-resistant materials

What We Don't Like
  • Takes up a bit of space in luggage

There's much to like about the Dare to Roam Steward Dopp Kit. It features responsibly sourced materials and ethically made construction. It has antimicrobial and water-resistant materials—features we'd like to see in many more toiletry bags, considering the amount of liquid and moisture that often comes with items stored in these underrated luggage carriers.

What our testers loved most about this particular toiletry bag was the amount of space available, making it ideal for extended trips. The main compartment has a ton of room and a two-way zipper entry, and it also features side clips and adjustable webbing straps, making the bag expandable on both sides. Our testers had no problem fitting all of their toiletries into the bag and then some. "This bag is designed really well and is built to really hold up," a tester reported. "The handles and lightweight feel of the bag make it perfectly portable."

While this bag did take up a lot of space when packed in another bag, it's best used for extended trips on which travelers are likely to use larger luggage anyway.

Price at time of publish: $48

Size: 4.5 x 8.7 x 4.7 inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Polyester, nylon 

Dare to Roam Steward Dopp Kit

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Best for Camping

Matador FlatPak Zipper Toiletry Case

4.5
Matador FlatPak Zippered Toiletry Bag

REI

Our Ratings
  • Capacity
    4/5
  • Design
    4/5
  • Portability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Incredibly lightweight

  • Waterproof

  • One large pocket

What We Don't Like
  • Might be too simplistic for some

Toiletry bags aren't only handy for traveling. They're also helpful when backpacking and camping. For that usage, we love Matador's FlatPak Toiletry Case. The FlatPak checks off three key boxes when looking for a camping- or backpacking-focused toiletry bag. It's super lightweight (1.1 ounces), it's fully waterproof, and it has one main compartment for easy access to all items. Simply put: It's a no-frills yet incredibly practical bag.

Our testers were impressed with the bag's capacity—it fits all toiletries without getting overly bulky. They also loved its durability, waterproof material, and how the bottom of the bag expands. "For someone who goes on lots of camping or rugged outdoor trips, this bag is a great value," one tester concluded.

Price at time of publish: $30

Size: 9.5 x 6.75 x 3.5 inches | Weight: 1.1 ounces | Material: 30-denier CORDURA nylon

Matador FlatPak

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Best Eco-Friendly

Cotopaxi Nido Accessory Bag

4.5
Cotopaxi Nido Accessory Bag

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Capacity
    5/5
  • Design
    4/5
  • Portability
    4.5/5
  • Value
    4.5/5
What We Like
  • 100 percent recycled materials

  • Good organization with three different pockets

What We Don't Like
  • Could be a bit larger for extended trips

Cotopaxi's marketing slogan is "Gear for Good." This dopp kit, which features 100 percent recycled materials, definitely falls into that category, but besides being a responsibly created toiletry bag, it's simply a good toiletry bag. The bag has three compartments to separate different items, fits a reasonable amount of toiletries, and has a convenient side carry handle. Another huge piece for planet friendliness is the longevity and durability of a product. We love that this toiletry bag is constructed to last many years and maybe decades.

Price at time of publish: $45

Size: 9 x 6 x 5 inches | Weight: 6.5 ounces | Material: Recycled 840D nylon with TPU coating, recycled 630D nylon 

Toiletry Bag Testing

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Other Products We Tested

Overall, we tested 27 toiletry bags. Other tested bags not included above include L.L. Bean's Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag, State Bags' Benson Toiletry Kit, Mossio Hanging Toiletry Bag, Thule Subterra Toiletry Bag, Tumi Response Travel Kit, Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag, Everlane ReNew Catch All Case, Caraa Sport Nimbus Cosmetic Case, Urban Outfitters Tooletries Koby Dopp Kit, BAGGU Dopp Kit, PACKISM Clear Toiletry Bag, Calpack Clear Cosmetics Case, Truffle Clarity Jetset Case, BEIS Cosmetic Case, Kusshi Signature Makeup Bag, Calpack Hue Toiletry Bag, and the Herschel Chapter Travel Kit.

Toiletry Bag Testing

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Product Selection

To determine the products to include in this test, we researched the top-rated products on the market from multiple retailers, considered popular and traveler-loved brands, and relied on the knowledge of our travel editors and their experience with a variety of toiletry bags. We also aimed to include a variety of sizes and price points, as well as versatility in the purpose of the bags.

Matador FlatPak Testing

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How We Tested

We tested all 27 toiletry bags in our New York City Lab space. Bags were rated on a five-point scale and evaluated for the attributes of capacity, design, portability, and overall value. We averaged scores across all those attributes to give an overall score to each bag. Testers packed each with the types and quantities of toiletries that would last for a long weekend trip. Once the toiletry bags were packed, our testers took notes on how full the bags were and any unique organizational or structural features. Lastly, they placed the toiletry bags in weekender bags and carried them around to get a sense of how heavy the toiletry bags felt and how easily they could be packed into other pieces of luggage.

Toiletry Bag Testing

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What to Look for in a Toiletry Bag

Pockets

Whether you want something you can quickly toss products into or a hyper-organized toiletry bag with ample pocket space is up to you, but it’s important to think about how organized you usually are. Our advice? Look at how your purse or backpack is organized (i.e., is it a massive tote you throw everything into, or is everything organized in its own little pocket or bag?) to figure out how you naturally travel.

TSA Requirements

If you're carrying your luggage on a flight with you, be sure your items meet TSA requirements—one quart-sized bag of containers holding liquids in quantities of no more than 3.4 ounces. However, rather than putting all of your products into a flimsy plastic bag, you can opt to throw your liquids in a reusable zippered bag instead.

Hanging Capability

Sometimes, the hotel you're staying at won't have enough counter space for a toiletry bag, especially if you're traveling with others. If you want to ensure that things don’t get too cluttered, consider a bag hanging from the towel hooks on the back of the bathroom door. Bonus: You can use it to free up space at home, too.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do you clean toiletry bags?

    Many toiletry bags are pretty easy to clean. Simply wipe down the interior, as many are made of nylon and water-resistant material. Toiletry bags that are made of faux or genuine leather or polyester can be spot-cleaned.

  • Do carry-on toiletry bags have to be clear?

    If you plan to fly and take your liquids onboard with you, make sure to follow the TSA requirements, which allow one quart-sized bag of containers up to 3.4 ounces each. While it's not required to have a clear toiletry bag, if your bag is pulled for further inspection, it might speed up that process with the security agent, as they will be able to see what you've packed.

Why Trust TripSavvy

To recommend the best toiletry bags out there, we tested 27 items across various brands and price points in our New York City Lab space, scoring each on its capacity, durability, portability, and value.

The author of this article, Nathan Allen, is TripSavvy's outdoor gear editor. He regularly takes toiletry bags on flights, road trips, and backpacking and camping trips. His go-to toiletry bag is the Cotopaxi Nido for its functionality, size, durability, and planet-friendliness.

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