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TSA-Friendly Toiletry Bags and Travel-Sized Toiletries for All Your Jet-Setting Needs

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Leatherology, Sephora
March 28, 2023

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Whether you’re traveling for a vacation, headed to a work conference, or going to a friend’s wedding, you’ll want to ensure that your necessities are safely stowed and organized in a TSA-approved toiletry bag. No one likes to see their stuff pulled out at security because it doesn’t meet the guidelines. We’ve found the best bags and dopp kits, skincare minis, and travel toiletry containers so prepping for your trip will be a breeze. Wheels up.

Dagne Dover

A toiletry bag that’s easy to keep clean…

We love everything from this brand, but this travel bag takes the cake. It’s made of soft, flexible neoprene, so even if your serums are in glass bottles, the extra cushioning will prevent them from breaking. If there’s any spillage, the material is water-resistant and can be cleaned easily. It comes in small and large sizes, and includes two pouches for extra storage. Prepare to have this thing forever, it’s that durable. ($65, Dagne Dover)

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A set of clear bags if you’re a constant carry-on user…

These bags strictly follow TSA guidelines, so your liquids are sure to make it through security quickly. The clear plastic is thick and waterproof, the zipper is durable, and the edges are reinforced. You can also use them to store a wet swimsuit, so they’re useful to have on beach getaways. ($9.99+/2 pack, Amazon)

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A toiletry bag with multiple interior pockets…

From the makers of one of our favorite carry-on suitcases, this bag has two main compartments for all your necessities, much like a carry-on itself. We love that it has an exterior zipper pocket as well for storing quick-reach items like disinfecting wipes. It’s water-resistant, comes in four colors, and is available in a larger size for longer trips. ($55, Away)

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A 2-in-1 carrier that’s a cosmetics case and makeup bag combined…

We’ve heard whispers about how great Shay Mitchell’s travel brand is (“Pretty Little Liars” fans, stand up), and this bag is no exception. The top portion has a clear window that makes it great for storing all your makeup essentials, while the bottom keeps your skincare bottles separate in case of spills. It also has a built-in mirror. How handy. ($48, Béis)

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A dopp kit that you or your partner will love…

From the well-known travel brand, we gifted this bag to our partner as an upgrade from their plastic bag situation, but ended up stealing it back for ourselves (oops). It has several interior zippered pockets, loops for brushes, and a convenient hook for hanging. We love that it lays flat, so it’s easy to find what you need right away. ($195, Nordstrom)

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A leather dopp kit with water-resistant nylon lining that makes a great anniversary gift...

Speaking of perfect gifts for your partner, this one is available in two leather options: signature or premium (made from Italian and German leather). The double zipper forms two separate compartments, and the handle makes it easy to grab as you head out the door. Add their initials (or yours) for a personal touch. ($115+, Leatherology)

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A set of clear pouches that pack flat…

Made of water-resistant and clear plastic, these pouches will help you breeze through security, take up little to no space in your purse, and can fit inside a larger toiletry bag if necessary. The bottom folds out so the pouches can stand up on a counter, then folds back in when you’re ready to stow and go. They come in black and blue. ($45, Away)

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A bag made out of recycled plastic bottles…

If you want something sustainable, look no further. This bag feels lightweight and water-resistant like traditional nylon, but is actually made from plastic bottles. We love how tall it is and how wide the mouth opens when fully unzipped. Plus, you can add a monogram to make it your own. ($35, Paravel)

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A mini skincare set to keep up with your routine while not at home…

Real ones know consistency is key when caring for your skin. Fly with this set and you’ll have everything you need for flawless skin once you’ve landed. It has six minis, including one of the best cleansing oils we’ve ever tried, an essence that made us believe in essences, and a moisturizer for dewiness. Yes, please. ($68, Sephora)

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An 11-pack of travel-sized containers and squeeze bottles…

From the makers of the heatless curlers we’ve tested ourselves, this set has everything (and we mean everything) you could possibly need to bring all of your must-have cosmetics with you. The containers are made with BPA-free, nontoxic plastic and are dishwasher-safe. The set includes a funnel, spatula, and pipette for easy transferring. ($14, Kitsch)

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A set of silicone squeeze bottles for liquids…

Fill these bottles with face wash, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, then pack them neatly in their TSA-approved carrying case. The soft silicone means you can get every last drop out, while the wide mouth makes them easy to fill. Plus, the double-walled top will prevent spills. ($10.99+, Amazon)

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A colorful pouch you’ll never lose sight of in your bag…

From the very literal messaging to the glitter font to the Crayola-bright colorways, what’s not to love? If you’re a true skincare devotee, stash it in your carry-on bag with a sheet mask, face mist, and lip balm so you can do your routine during your flight. Psst…this one makes a great gift, too. ($163, Revolve)

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A set that replenishes your skin after a flight…

The Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask is specially designed to revive your dull, dry skin after hours in stale cabin air. The set includes a full size bottle, plus a travel-size cleanser and exfoliator to get you glowing again once you arrive at your destination. It also comes with a cute pouch to store them in. ($59, Revolve)

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A sustainable pouch with a fold-down top…

Just unzip and roll down the sides of the bag to reveal five interior side pockets that make it easy to stay organized. You’ll be able to keep serums and other liquids upright (phew). It’s made of recycled polyester, has an outer zip pocket, and comes in four colors. While you’re checking out, you might as well grab a fresh pair of pants to wear on your getaway. We won’t tell. ($35, Everlane)

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