What to Keep in Your Travel Hygiene Kit

When it comes to building a travel hygiene kit, what you include is personal. While you can purchase prepacked kits, you likely have different preferences for shampoos, conditioners, oral hygiene, shaving items, and deodorants. So, whether you're creating a kit for the first time or making sure you have everything you need before you head out on vacation, here's what to include in your toiletry bag.

Woman packing her hygiene supplies for a trip

Why You Should Pack a Hygiene Kit

Having your tried-and-true travel hygiene products on hand can be a lifesaver if unexpected issues develop. While you might like to pick up products at your destination, you may not be able to find the items you prefer. And if your flight is canceled, your train is delayed, or your road trip takes longer than anticipated, having an easy-to-access travel bag can allow you to freshen up whenever you'd like.

For instance, keeping Tom's of Maine Travel Natural Toothpaste in your carry-on bag means you can freshen your breath during a layover in the airport, even when your larger tube is checked and out of reach.

Products to Include in Your Hygiene Kit

Not everyone carries the same products in their toiletry bags. While it may take a trip or two and some trial and error to find the right travel hygiene kit for you, chances are it will include at least some of these items:

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, and floss
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant or antiperspirant
  • Moisturizer and lip balm
  • Small first aid kit
  • Feminine products
  • Shaving essentials
  • Dry shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Disposable wipes for on-the-go freshening up
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Insect repellent

Choose Products Based on Your Transportation

When building your travel kit, keep in mind how you're traveling. If you're flying, for example, a half-used, six-ounce bottle of your favorite shampoo won't make it through security at the airport; the container itself needs to be within TSA limits. And while it's possible to fly with travel-sized liquids, you can forgo liquid limits altogether by choosing solid options. For example, you could opt for a shampoo bar rather than a liquid shampoo, Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant rather than an aerosol option, and Tom's of Maine Natural Beauty Bar instead of body wash.

If you're traveling by car, train, or bus, you may not have as many restrictions on what you can bring. But travel-sized and solid items can be easier to pack.

Travel with Confidence

Driving through various states or embarking on a long plane ride can be draining, but freshening up with a stocked travel kit can make the journey more enjoyable. You can feel confident you have what you need to be ready for anything that pops up, whether it's an impromptu weekend trip or a long-awaited excursion. And if you're traveling with kids, you can even use your travel kits to teach children about personal hygiene while away from home.

Mother and daughter packing for a trip

Interested in packing solid hygiene products instead of liquid ones for less mess, waste, and travel restrictions? Learn how to make your own shampoo bar.

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Why It's Good

Traveling is fun and exciting, but it can also come with unexpected delays. Prepare for any surprises by keeping your essential toiletries within reach.