Practical Packing Part 2 – The Bathroom Bag

As I mentioned last week, I am reposting my Practical Packing Series to help you get organized for your summer trips and vacations. If you did not read Practical Packing Part 1, read that first, and then come back.

Ok, so you are now up to speed and we are ready to talk about packing your bathroom bag. I bought this from Target years ago and I really love it. It has enough room for everything you need, is easy to carry, and came with two matching cases, one for jewelry, the other for make-up. Once you zip it close, you can see it has a handle.


There are three compartment. My essentials are shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, razor, hand/body lotion, hair ties, lint brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, Q-tips, and a plastic bag (which I use for anything that may be wet on the day I am packing to leave.)


I always pack travel size everything for the bathroom. But, I only stock up on travel size items when I am NOT going away. This is because I try to avoid unnecessary extra expenses when I am about to take a trip. You already need to fill your gas tank, pay for lodging, and you will be eating out more; so an extra $30-$50 trip to CVS that week isn’t the greatest timing. Save that money and do something fun with your family on your trip! When you aren’t going away, peruse the travel-size aisle and stock up on any items you use that are on sale for $1 or less. My daughter received a rubber-duckie and bath toys in this plastic pouch. I saved it because I knew it would be a perfect place to collect all my travel size items. This lives in our linen closet. When it’s time to start packing, I shop in my linen closet, not a drugstore.

may-9926Next week … Practical Packing Part 3 will be all about your purse!

Leave a comment and let me know about your packing rituals.  Bathroom items you must bring?  Something you always feel compelled to pack, but then never use? Thanks for stopping by and reading.

3 thoughts on “Practical Packing Part 2 – The Bathroom Bag

  1. Maria says:

    I need a post on how to pack for a long trip. I am having major anxiety about the upcoming trip to Philly. Lainie and I went through her summer drawer: t-shirts, tank tops, shorts and skorts, her PJ drawer, her bathing suit drawer, and her closet. We made a huge bag for donation, a big box for her best friend Katie and a a box for her friend Maeve. Now that we have what fits her folded in matching sets we are ready to do a bit of shopping and then pack for her but I am a totally different story. I feel like I have to pack everything I own! Help!

      • Maria says:

        I’m staying for 2 months! I will be spending half the time at my sister in law’s in Springfield and the other half at my mom’s. I will be working at Jim Moylan’s 3 mornings a week. I will be having play dates and dinners and attending parties. And I’m already exhausted!!!

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