How to Trim Your Toiletries Kit

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Is it normal to be jealous of a toiletries kit? I once felt pangs of dopp-kit envy when I caught a glimpse of a fellow traveler's perfectly organized toiletries bag, filled with little labeled bottles and just the right amounts of everything. As a consequence, I endeavored to unearth the secrets of a lighter, leaner toiletries kit. The following is what I found. Here are eight tips that will help you achieve a perfectly packed, trimmed-down set of products, with everything you need—and nothing you don't.


Get an Organizer

Step one to paring down your products: Invest in a good-quality toiletries bag. The more organized your toiletries kit, the more careful you'll be about what goes in there. Opt for a bag with lots of compartments (clear or mesh pockets are ideal for seeing where everything is stashed) and a loop with which you can hang the bag in your hotel bathroom or closet. Some decent ones include REI's Sea to Summit bag and this mesh, foldable hanging toiletries kit from Magellan's.

Of course, these bags won't cut it with the TSA, so make sure you put your carry-on liquids inside a clear, quart-sized baggie. Once you're through the security line, slip your zip-top bag into one of the pockets in your organizer and you'll be set.

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