Admittedly, this information may be more granular than even the most intense travel geek has interest but here are the details of my toiletries.
I use 3 small bags to organize my toiletries.
1. Sea to Summit Small See Pouch for liquids
2. A slim mesh bag for contacts.
3. A small Tumi zippered pouch for everything else.
I put my liquids into several Humangear 1.25 oz GoToobs. These are very functional and extremely well designed. I have used them for over a year and have never had a leak so I am not sure why I have read reports to the contrary. I love excellent design (I carry Tom Bihn!) and the Gotoobs are a perfect example. I generally carry 3 - Toothpaste, Shaving Cream (Burts Bees), and Hair Conditioner. Hotels almost always have soap and shampoo (which I also use to wash clothes) and I typically buy sunscreen if needed. However, the Sea to Summit bag has plenty of room for 1 or 2 more Gotoobs if I should feel the need.This pouch goes in the very top of my pack, Synapse 25, so I can easily pull it out at security.
I wear AccuView daily wear contacts and I like to keep them in a separate pouch. I have a very slim mesh bag that I received on an airplane once, which works perfectly. This goes in the bottom pocket of my S25.
Tumi Zippered Pouch
This is another bag I received on an international flight. It is a small nylon bag that holds all of my other gear. This goes in the main pocket of my pack.
3 Small Humangear GoTubbs – One for deodorant, one for hair product, and one for Ibuprofen (the only medicine I carry). As I mentioned before, I use Primal Pit Paste for deodorant. It is completely natural (it could probably be eaten it in a pinch!) and works great with only a small amount needed. These typically go in my Tumi pouch which I never remove at security. They never cause a problem.
Merkur Travel Razor – this is a safety razor that breaks down to be packed into a small leather pouch. I like this razor for two reasons, it packs small and I can carry a bunch of blades in a very small space. The same number of blades from a regular razor would take up significantly more space.
Fuchs Travel Toothbrush – this toothbrush packs inside the handle to conserve space and protect the bristles like many similar brands. However, I like this brand the best because it is cleverly designed to keep the bristles off of the counter no matter in which position it is laid down while open.
Spry Dental Floss with Xylitol – this is my favorite floss. I like the taste, freshness, and the dental health benefits of the Xylitol.
I also carry a small travel mirror for contacts, nail clippers, and a small bottle opener.
In total, this makes for a pretty small and organized travel toiletries set-up. I refill everything as soon as I return home and keep them packed and ready. I never use my travel gear for regular at home use. That way I do not ever have to worry whether or not I have things ready to go. With this idea plus my travel gear list, I can literally pack for a month plus trip in 10 minutes!
I am looking forward to trying the tooth powder and shaving oil suggested by Mike and Martel (in the Round the World thread). With these I hope to be able to consolidate things further.
Felices viajes, amigos!
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