Okay so a couple of years ago I shared how a couple of Professional Organizers took one look at my massive toiletry bag and ran screaming from the hotel room we were staying in. Okay okay maybe I’m exaggerating slightly but I do believe I did scare them a little with it :)
As soon as I got home I immediately went out and bought a brand new much smaller bag and got it all organized up. It was compact and easy to use and has served me well for the last couple of years.
Here is the inside of it. I liked to travel with the liquids in a baggie in case of leaks. The material inside didn’t feel waterproof to me.
Lately though, on my last couple of trips, I’ve noticed that this particular toiletry bag was beginning to annoy me. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it either until one day I realized it wasn’t this toiletry bag at all that was annoying me, it was instead the SECOND one I had to cart around for my makeup. You see my new lovely smaller toiletry bag didn’t have room to house my makeup so I had to bring along a second smaller toiletry bag with me wherever I went.
Now I know many people travel with multiple toiletry bags. What’s the big deal right? Well here is just another example of the “organizing junkie” in me coming out.
I couldn’t handle not having everything CONSOLIDATED into one bag.
There I said it and yep, I know it’s weird. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having more than one toiletry bag AT ALL. In fact they pack better ultimately because you can squish two smaller items into two different smaller spaces into your suitcase.
But it annoyed me, I’m not going to lie. I like to keep all things similar together. Don’t even get me started about what it does to me when I find two bottles of the exact same condiment open in my fridge. Oh no they didn’t! My family loves to mess with me!
So I set out to rectify this problem. I wanted a toiletry bag that was big enough for both my toiletries and my makeup without being over the top ridiculously huge like my old old one was. Plus it had to have multiple compartments and handles. Got to have handles.
Are you following any of this?
I was so happy to find this lovely bag at my local drug store (Rexall for you Canadians wondering) and got it all set up.
Here is my new bag.
This new bag is 7″ tall by 10″ wide whereas the old one was 6″ tall by 8″ wide. Not a crazy huge difference.
I love that I can unzip one side or the other without opening it all the way. Snaps hold the two sides together.
I like the clear plastic interior. Easier to wash in case of leaks. In this picture below you can see the compartment at the bottom for my makeup.
All labeled and ready to go :)
It fit everything perfectly AND I think it’s still a nice respectable size. I won’t close the book on going back to my old ways if needed but for now we’ll see how this works out for me.
The moral of this story is you have to organize for what works for YOU even if it seems different or odd. Release that organizing junkie within you just waiting to come out! :)
So tell me, do you travel with one toiletry bag or multiple ones?
Updated to add: here is a picture of the tag for those who were wanting more information about it: