Buyers Guide: The best toiletry bags for travel

The toiletry kit is one of the most important pieces of travel gear that you will ever buy. It needs to be durable, well-designed and portable/packable. Unfortunately a lot of toiletry bags utterly fail in at least one of these areas. Some are durable but way to big to pack. Some are packable but can’t really fit everything you need. You get the point. So we went and put together our list of the best toiletry bags for travel.

We picked our favorite 10 toiletry kits based on the above criteria. We have a bit of a bias towards flatter, hanging style toiletry kits like the Eagle Creek Specter On-Board toiletry kit. But there are a few great more run-of-the mill classic designs from Fjallraven and Herschel that are super durable and well-designed.

Our overall recommendation: Best toiletry bag

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter On Board Toiletry Organizer

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Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter on Board, Ebony

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We wanted to give one definitive recommendation for most people looking for a travel toiletry kit. And since we are all about light travel we wanted something that would fit well in people’s carry-on luggage. We landed on the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter On Board Toiletry Organizer. This thing is basically everything you want in a travel toiletry kit, and it doesn’t break the bank.


This is its real advantage over every other bag we have seen. Eagle Creek has taken their years of thoughtful bag design and applied it to toiletries. At 10″ x 7″ x 3″ it’s not gigantic, but when you open it up you’ll see that it basically has a spot for everything. It has 2 large zipped pockets for whatever you might want to store in there. Particularly smaller items work well in these pockets so they don’t float around in your bag. Then they have 7 different slip pockets for everything from deoderant to shampoo and conditioner bottles. There are a couple that perfectly fit your toothbrush and toothpaste as well. The whole thing can be suspended by a large plastic hook on the top. You’re going to want this when you’re in a grungy hostel and don’t want your stuff resting on the ground in the shower…


The whole thing uses high quality polyester and silnylon ripstop material. The ripstop fabric is specially made to resist tearing. We can attest to the strength of these materials. They are amazing. And because it is using silnylon, the weight of this is only 5.6 ounces!

Not sure how to pack your carry on bag? Well we put together a guide on how to pack in just 10 steps here.

Our recommendation explained

A great looking and well-designed toiletry bag that will roll with the punches anywhere you take it. It both has enough room for the necessities, but does not allow you to overpack it. Overall, this is our favorite toiletry bag for most travelers.


  • Durable ripstop nylon construction
  • Awesome design with enough pockets for everything to have its spot
  • Lightweight and relatively compact for those of you traveling carry-on only


  • Will need a 311 TSA see-through bag for going through security

Our top ten travel toiletry bag picks

If the Eagle Creek Specter isn’t for you, we also identified 9 other awesome toiletry bags. Each of which are: (1) durable, (2) well laid out, and (3) relatively compact for packing. Check them out below:

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Last updated on November 27, 2020 6:19 am

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