Over the past 4 years living out of a suitcase, we’ve learned a few things about packing – mostly the hard way. Of all the junk in our bags, there are a few items in our travel toiletry bag that we always have packed. Everyone’s travel toiletry bag has the usual items shampoo, toothpaste – but these things you might not think of, but should be in your bag. As added bonus, our below list of 5 must have things in your travel toiletry bag are all carry on luggage friendly.
5 Must Have Items In A Travel Toiletry Bag
A thermometer could be a life-saving item in your toiletry bag. Our first two years of traveling we didn’t have one but after a scary bout of food poisoning, there is now always one in our bag. Hannah was crazy sick with a fever that wouldn’t break, we didn’t know how high it was because we didn’t have a thermometer. We were even contemplating going to the hospital in Malawi which is not a place you wanna go to the hospital). Thankfully she got better without going to the hospital in Malawi. We bought a thermometer the next day and have had one in our toiletry bag ever since.
2. TUNG Brush
We recently discovered the TUNG brush and can’t imagine it not in our bag. A regular toothbrush doesn’t do the job when it comes to cleaning your tongue and your tongue is home to 90% of bad breath germs. Makes me nervous to think if I had bad breath before TUNG brush…
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3. Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin)
We always have a tube of triple antibiotic ointment in our bag. Whenever you get an open scratch/wound it’s best to put some on under the band-aid. If you’re traveling and can’t find brand name Neosporin ask for a triple antibiotic ointment. We have used ours up multiple times in our 4 years of traveling and have never had a problem finding it. Without proper care, cuts take much longer to heal and leave you open to infections and make it easier to get sick while traveling.
Dramamine is often used for motion sickness but it also knocks you out pretty good. Hannah suffers from motion sickness easily and always have a bottle with me windy mountain road trips or boat trips. I always take a pill an hour before a ferry ride just to be on the safe side especially to our favorite island Koh Lipe which has a rather rough journey. If we have a long travel day and all I want to do is sleep I’ll take a Dramamine as it always puts me to sleep even the non-drowsy.
5. Baby wipes
Baby wipes have a TON of uses. We opt for the antibacterial baby wipes and most often use them to wipe our hands. If you’re traveling outside of developed countries you’ll be surprised how little public bathrooms have toilet paper, always bring a baby wipe with you. We first started traveling with baby wipes on our first African safari in 2014. While in Africa we used them often to freshen up while between campground with showers. Even if you’re not on a safari they are great for making you feel a little cleaner during a long travel day or quickly cleaning up a spill on clothing while traveling.
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