How to Pack Your Toiletries for Travel Like a Pro

How to Pack Your Toiletries for Travel Like a Pro

How To Pack Your Toiletry Bag Like A Pro

If you’ve ever had your carry-on bag riffled through by an officer while passing through airport security, then you understand the importance of following TSA regulations. Size matters – especially when you’re packing toiletries. There are so many liquid limitations and requirements that go beyond just remembering your toothbrush or contact lens case. Don’t risk getting your favorite products confiscated at security. Avoid a packing faux pas with these tips on how to pack toiletries for air travel like a pro

Choosing The Size Of Your Toiletry Bag

When flying with a checked bag, you don’t have to worry about the size of your toiletry items or the bag they’re stored inside. Packing toiletries for carry-on luggage, on the other hand, has different rules. Many airports require liquids, gels, creams, pastes, and aerosol cans to be visible in a clear, quart-sized bag.

Sure, a plastic sandwich bag will work in a pinch. But an average sandwich bag is smaller than one quart, meaning you won’t have as much space for your liquids. Those thin plastic baggies also run the risk of ripping. Instead, opt for a durable toiletry bag that can hold items of all sizes and shapes without tearing.

Travelpro® toiletry bags are built strong to last with features that add convenience. The Essentials™ Split Case toiletry bag, for example, is designed with a built-in hanger to help avoid cluttering the bathroom countertop at your destination. Alternatively, both the Platinum® Elite and Crew™ Versapack™ collections offer carry-on luggage that comes with removable, TSA-compliant toiletry bags.

The 3-1-1 Liquids Rule

TSA regulations for carry-on luggage can be confusing for first-time fliers and seasoned travelers alike. If you can remember the 3-1-1 liquids rule, you’ll never forget how to pack toiletries. 

  • 3 - Put liquids in 3.4-ounce containers (or smaller)
  • 1 - Place containers inside one clear, quart-size toiletry bag
  • 1 - Pack only one of these toiletry bags in your carry-on luggage 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Overhauling the contents of your toiletry bag is also an opportunity for you to make more sustainable choices. Instead of buying single-use, travel-size shampoos, conditioners, and lotions, purchase reusable travel-size containers. Then, fill and refill them with the products you use at home.

When disposing of plastic bottles, razors, or toothbrushes, recycle them using a program like TerraCycle, or check with local recycling centers.

Organize Your Essentials

Don’t settle for a toiletries bag that only has one compartment for storing all of your makeup, skincare, and body care products. Rather, find an option with plenty of pockets that will help you organize your products so they are a breeze to find at all times. Your toiletry bag should also be water-resistant. The Travelpro® Essentials™ MaxAccess Cubes™ Deluxe Hanging Toiletry Organizer has two water-proof cubes that are also removable, making them easy to clean.

travelpro essentials deluxe hanging toiletry bag


Carrying on can be super convenient when you pack right. Discover even more Travelpro® packing essentials that are designed to make the most of your limited carry-on spa.

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