Packing the Perfect Traveler’s Hygiene Kit

Posted on Sep 14 2015 - 7:29pm by Kate Flannery

No matter how thorough we are while packing for vacation, once we reach our dream destination, something’s always missing. Unfortunately, that something is usually a part of our hygiene kit. 4 out of 5 times it’s the toothbrush. It makes sense, right? While we are deciding on the number of shirts we won’t even get to wear, and the books we won’t ever open, something as insignificant as a toothbrush has to slip out of our minds. Don’t worry, though. As annoying as it is, this is a small problem that can instantly be solved with the help of a permanently pre-packed hygiene kit.

Or at least a packing list for creating one on the go.

Packing the Perfect Traveler's Hygiene Kit

Oral Hygiene

  1. Toothbrush. Let’s start with what we already mentioned. The toothbrush is a no-brainer, but did you know that you could save on space by getting one in a tiny size? Even in a foldable version?There is almost too many different sorts with different functions, and all of them only serve to clean your teeth! Still, a regular brush with a safety cap will serve most people just fine.
  2. Toothpaste. Buy a compact traveler’s tube; you won’t use it for too long. Alternatively, you can always be a little ahead of your time and buy toothpaste sachets or toothpaste tablets.

3.  Floss. Although its primary purpose is to keep your mouth clean, we are sure you will find at least a dozen other functions for this handy item. Using it as a string in a pinch to sew up holes and a temporary luggage lock are the first things to come to mind.

Hair and Body Wash

  1. Shampoo and Conditioner. Or better said – don’t bring both. Shampoo and conditioner bottles are large and crammy even when they are travel-sized, which is why 2-in-1 shampoo-conditioners were invented. Take advantage, and wrap your hair in a mask when you get back home if you really have to.
  2. Facial Skin Care. If you have problematic skin, then you will need to bring your facial regime with you wherever you go, in order not to ruin the results you’ve achieved before the trip. But as you are most likely changing climates, some alteration in your daily routine could be just fine. You will need something light and airy, and cleverly packaged to fit in your kit. Modern organic skin care products are the best in the market to cover the quirky packaging needs of constant travelers, and they feel better on the face. Look there before you hit the supermarket.Body wash. Soap or body wash, you know what suits you better. Traveling is dirty work, and dirty work calls for a healthy scrub. Once again, organic soaps are often better as they are more obviously infused with ingredients that soothe the skin, prevent inflammations, moisturize… whatever you may need. Shower gels are easier to pack than soap bars, so keep that in mind.


Shaving Kit

  1. Razor. Important for both ladies and gentlemen. Disposable razors are always a good enough option for traveling, so keep your fancy Braun back home. Ladies, of course, can take care of all shaving problems ahead by simply waxing before the trip, if the trip is a shorter one.
  2. Shaving cream. What’s a razor without a proper shaving cream? And if you’re sensitive, a mild aftershave lotion? This counts especially if you are going to a warm or wet climate, because sweat/water can be very uncomfortable upon freshly mis-shaven skin.


  1. Nail clippers. Don’t leave your house without them. Stainless steel ones are great for humid climates.
  2. Hairbrush. You can’t rely on the place you will be staying to have a brush. Bring one with you, especially if you’re an active traveler who does a lot of things in high winds. #tangled
  3. Lip balm. Cracked lips are not only unattractive, they are painful, too. Boy or girl, traveling without lip balm is fool’s work.

So, these are a few things we consider essential for any travel hygiene kit. Of course, your personal habits will maybe demand some additions to this list. Still, use this as a basis for your preparations and a quick check before you hit the road, just to be sure that you will have your toothbrush when you need it the most.

Kate Flannery

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Kate is an adventuring globetrotter, and a part-time sailboat crew-member. She likes authentic food, blogging, contemplating the eldritch, and playing with her two dogs.