The 14 Best Toiletry Bags for Travel to Prevent Messy Suitcase Spills…in Style

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Whether you are packing for a getaway weekend with just a carry-on or a two-week vacation that utilizes your whole luggage set, taking along one of the best toiletry bags is key to a successful trip. You need something that’s going to keep all your cosmetics sorted and separated from your soaps and shower supplies. Whether it’s a hanging organizer, a status splurge or a waterproof travel kit, we’ve sorted through all the top travel luggage brands and come up with recommendations for you.

The Best Toiletry Bags for Travel at a Glance

Best Overall

1. Calpak Clear Cosmetics Case


  • Why We Love It: Roomy size, dual transparent pouches

Cast off the yoke of the too-small toiletries bag with this clear case that lets you see everything in one place, in clear vinyl with sturdy bindings, trim and zippers in mauve, stone, caramel and black (there's also a limited-edition lavender one). And collapsible handles mean this bag takes up no more than its 11.5-inch by 9-inch footprint.

Best on a Budget

2. WDLHQC Hanging Toiletry Bag


  • Why We Love It: Four drop-down pockets, multiple colorways

A sturdy PVC fabrication and a stainless-steel hanging hook make this affordably priced toiletries bag seem much more expensive than it really is. Available in multiple striped hues plus a solid basic black, this bag fits so many items in its two waterproof and two mesh pockets. We appreciate the opaque external covering (discreet) and the at-a-glance visibility when the bag is unfolded.

Best Splurge

3. Gucci Ophedia Toiletry Bag


  • Why We Love It: Separate drawstring AirPod pouch, luxe leather trim

Chicly covered in the signature Tory Burch monogram print, trimmed in leather and shining with brass-finish hardware, this pouch elevates your entire trip. But this is more than just a pretty face: Three exterior slit pockets and an interior zipper pocket hold a lot in this 8-by-11-inch bag. The jacquard quilting outside and microsuede lining aren't impervious to major dousing, but both wipe clean in case there's a minor spill.

Best Multi-Purpose Toiletry Bag

4. Sweaty Betty Washbag

Sweaty Betty

  • Why We Love It: 100 percent recycled nylon, doubles as a clutch

The all-nylon construction of this pick reminds us of a sturdy gym tote. The happy combination of these two elements is this 9-inch by 5-inch little bag that's got a front zip pocket and an internal zip pocket. If you don't have too much to pack and just need to carry your own self-care items, this is a great multi-use option.

Best for Hanging

5. Away Hanging Toiletry Bag


  • Why We Love It: Detachable pouch for liquids, Internal mesh division

This online luggage brand, beloved by hipsters and animal lovers, is known for its colorfully rendered and performance-oriented pieces. Case in point: This hanging toiletry bag is a manageable 9.6-inch by 6.6-inch size that holds enough for a week away. The nylon body has a spill-proof interior coating for the mesh-pocketed areas that can hold your makeup and dry goods. A separate detachable plastic pouch keeps your mini-shampoo and other liquids safe from oozing onto all your other cosmetics or luggage. And the black, blue, green and petal pink colors are so up-to-the-minute cool (as well as perfect for coordinating with your Away suitcase).

Most Waterproof

7. Caraa Travel Kit


  • Why We Love It: Waterproof inside and out, comes with two matching shoes/clothes drawstring bags

This minimal, multi-pocketed bag gets points for looking groovy while providing all the storage space and waterproof security a frequent flyer loves. The brand's signature vegan leather—really, a high-quality vegan Italian leather—will show surprisingly little wear and tear after use and looks great on-the-go.

Best Design

8. Nikshel Travel Toiletry Bag


  • Why We Love It: Transparent middle section for standing bottles, multiple pockets

This unique style gets more than 3,200 5-star reviews on Amazon for its roominess (12-inches by-9 inches) and multiple compartments, including the large double-zipped chamber for standing bottles at the center that means you can tote along your full-size shampoo if you're planning to put this in your checked baggage. Each side has a flap that's specially kitted out to hold something unique, from makeup brushes, lipsticks, liquid makeup bottles and eye shadow palettes. The transparent PVC throughout the interior wipes clean easily, and the exterior comes in a choice of five colors (black, dusty pink, pastel pink, Aegean blue and mauve).

Most Rugged

8. Herschel Chapter Toiletry Kit


  • Why We Love It: Simple design, durable polyester exterior

Like the sturdy tote bags and backpacks that Vancouver-based manufacturer Herschel is known for, this toiletry kit is the distillation of performance-oriented, gender-neutral design. Available in tons of colorways, this toiletry kit has a waterproof zipper with a little peddled leather tab, a high-density polyester exterior and nylon inside, plus a little mesh sleeve for storage. It's less is more, travel toothpaste-and-soap edition, and we can see this hanging from a carabiner on a backpack as readily as on the counter of an Ace Hotel.

Most Transparent

9. Mark & Graham Clear Toiletry Bag

Mark & Graham

  • Why We Love It: Free monogramming, vegan leather trim

This happy little monogram bag is so cute, we love the idea of getting both large (10-inches by 7-inches) and small size (8-inches by 3.25-inches) to have one at the ready for trips both long and short. Its transparent, wipe-clean polyurethane is trimmed with your choice of six shades of vegan leather (black, navy, sky blue, poppy, camel and neon yellow) and you'll have your choice of fifteen monogram colors.

Most Accessories

10. Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag

Dagne Dover

  • Why We Love It: Soft neoprene body, Extra organizing bags included

PureWow readers (and staffers) are obsessed with the Dagne Dover stand-up travel case; so it's no surprise that we'd urge you to expand your DD collection now that we've discovered this neoprene toiletry case. It comes with separate pouches for your toothbrush and small items. The inside also has plastic loops to hold lip balm, razors and travel fragrance, leaving lots of room at the center to fit in your TSA-approved liquids. The zip-top keeps everything from spilling out onto your non-toiletry items, and the neoprene fabrication is lightweight and easily rinsed by hand. Coming in five core shades (navy, moss green, heather grey, black and dune), this kit is periodically offered in limited edition neon shades, as well.

Best Size

11. Olanmark Zippered Toiletry Bag


  • Why We Love It: Guarantees easy TSA check, convenient handle

If you've run afoul of TSA agents who are sticklers about container're safe now. This heavy-duty see-though PVC pouch is the same size as a 32-ounce Ziploc bag, but it's not going to fall apart or get worn-looking upon repeated uses. And there's an outside pocket, durable zipper and handle, so you'll be able to quickly grab this inflight for a trip to the restroom before landing.

Most Organized

12. Stephanie Johnson Martha Toiletry Bag

Stephanie Johnson

  • Why We Love It: Removable mini-cases, convenient handles

If you're the kind of person who absolutely needs to be organized, this toiletry case is for you. Four removable transparent plastic pouches fit perfectly and snugly inside this clamshell-opening case. Made of durable woven polyurethane, it honestly looks like leather, and the endless way it can be arranged means you'll never have hairbrush bristles hanging out of your carry-on again.

Best Leather

13. Clare V. Toiletry Case

Clare V.

  • Why We Love It: Handy size, snazzy blue interior

This Los Angeles-based accessories designer has reimagined the classic black Dopp kit as a sophisticated little case that holds all the essentials you'd need for a weekend (or to have in your tote bag for a work-to-dinner date makeover). The shiny genuine leather exterior looks more gorge the more you use it, and the bright blue ripstop nylon interior wipes clean in a snap.

Best Gift

14. Large Toiletry Bag

  • Why We Love It: Makeup brush straps, leather-like

Not only is this leather-like zippered bag attractive, it's got a unique two-tier design that allows you to separate out your things as you wish. It comes in four colors, and we adore the cute little saying across the front, which reads "Life is a journey. The simpler the happier." Needless to say, this one makes for a great gift.

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Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and she hasn't met a lifestyle vertical she doesn't like. During more than a decade in digital media, she has continued to build on her knowledge of all things travel, from the best suitcases to the perfect black trousers to wear in-flight. Since moving to Los Angeles, she's branched out to focus on home and wellness categories, showing a special interest in all things fitness, like searching for the perfect pair of leggings. And in the new world of WFH everything, she's become a quick study in the best electronics and home office set-ups for us all.

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Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...