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How to Pack Toiletries List – Your Minimal Makeup Guide

Have you ever lost anything while traveling overseas? I lost my toiletry bag while we were in Turkey. I got overwhelmed by the security lines, and in the moment of chaos, I forgot to stuff all my personal items back in my backpack (Seriously, hope they come up with a global TSA pre-check one day).

I was, however, relieved that I always keep my travel toiletry or makeup bag minimal, so I don’t have to replace as much. Everyone I know is always asking me how I pack everything into a small 17″ carry-on and backpack, and I’ve been meaning to do a series of packing tips and guides. Since I’m shopping for replacements now, I thought it was the perfect time to put this makeup list together.

People are always asking how I'm able to travel so light. Yes, pack minimal, but here's a few tricks I use, and the answer on how to pack toiletries! // localadventurer.comPin



Do you love having lots of eyeshadow options? Lipsticks? I can go lighter on the makeup, but I don’t want to compromise skincare. I know we Koreans love our 10-step skincare routine, but when traveling, there’s still no way I’m bringing that many products. I try to find a good compromise between bringing less makeup to make more room for my skincare and cutting out a few steps (bye for now: oil cleanser, exfoliator, essence, and serums).


  • TSA 3-1-1 Clear Quart Size Bag – I’ve tried a dozen different toiletry bags, some prettier than others, but I always come back to using this inexpensive one from Lewis N Clark. It’s simple, isn’t bulky, and fits into my Tumi Hanging Travel Bag.
  • Hanging Toiletry Organizer – My Tumi Voyageur Travel Kit was a splurge for me, but our million-miler friend always travels with it, and I’ve been eyeing it for a while. I love how much I can stuff all my non-liquids, bras and underwear, jewelry, and clear quart-size bag in there.


How to Pack Toiletries: A Minimal Makeup Guide // localadventurer.comPin
How to Pack Toiletries: A Minimal Makeup Guide // localadventurer.comPin

Then all of this goes into my carry-on personal item, whether it’s a purse or backpack. Lately, I’ve been traveling with this:

Cotopaxi Travel Pack (How to Pack Light) // localadventurer.comPin

What do you have in your travel makeup or toiletry bag? Do you have any favorite makeup products you like to use?



Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They move to a new city every year and currently live in Portland, Oregon.

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