Travel toiletries

In order to simplify one aspect of my life recently, I decided to duplicate some items.

I know!

That was a hard sentence for an aspiring minimalist to write!

2018-06-24 MakeupIn my travel case, I have decided to keep a permanent stock of toiletries and make-up, in mini versions. I have already downsized these considerably and don’t have too many anyway.

However, after each trip, I would unpack everything but never use them again, because they were so handy for travel, so I kept them separate.

So instead of the constant packing and re-packing, I just leave them in the case. I find this very convenient as:

  • I won’t forget to pack something
  • It saves time and effort
  • It saves space in my bathroom

2018-06-24 SkincareI keep all other essentials in the travel case too – passport, packing cubes, chargers …. and it makes packing so much quicker as I don’t have to keep going over the same ground, time and again.


It also helps to address an area of anxiety for me, which hopefully is groundless. I live in the UK and my family is in Ireland. I always have this idea at the back of my mind that if I ever did need to rush back home to Ireland, I could grab my case, know that many essentials are already there and years of capsule packing and knowing what to bring would enable me to be out of the house in minutes.  I feel reassured by this, like a safety blanket!

So, when I return from a trip, I do a quick check that I’m not running too low on any item and if I am, I sort it out a.s.a.p. That means I start the next trip fully prepared.

For me, minimalism helps me sort my priorities. It’s not an exercise in restriction or constraint. It’s something that helps me focus on what’s important. And sometimes duplication is a benefit, not a drawback.

Have a great week 😊

  9 comments for “Travel toiletries

  1. June 27, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    An interesting point Lorraine about duplication sometimes being a good thing! I couldn’t agree more. Fingers crossed that there aren’t any emergencies that call you back to Ireland in a hurry, but it really must be nice for you to know that you can basically drop everything and dash without having to expend too much time or energy on getting a bag together. I have a similar duplicates situation when it comes to leaving things at work. I work on the other side of the city and the commute is about an hour each way, so each day it feels like I have so much to take with me. I’ve tried to reduce the weight of my backpack (and, perhaps even more importantly, the mental energy required to pack said backpack every day) by leaving duplicates of various useful things on my desk or in my drawers at work. It’s working out really well!

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    • June 28, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Hi Lisa, so glad to know I’m not the only one! I’m usually not a fan of duplicates but in both our cases, I feel we are not duplicating in the true sense of the word. Rather, we have a carefully curated set of items that we need for a particular reason, that are both required and used. That seems to be a million miles away from multiple items that have just grown over time. It would make no sense to lug a heavy backpack across the city just to feel good about only having one of a particular item! As we know, minimalism is about freedom and intentionality, not about the number of items we may have. So lovely ‘talking’ to you – you’ve been able to come up for air again!! Lxxx ❤

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      • June 28, 2018 at 11:02 am

        Absolutely likewise – I always love our little chats!! xxx

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  2. June 25, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    A weird reversal of this post is that on a recent holiday I brought back with me every mini toiletry from the hotel I could find. 6 weeks later have I only just finished them! The waste not want not words from my Dad run deep oh so deep lol xx

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    • June 25, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      😀 How funny! But it shows just how long those little mini bottles actually last for! And it’s great you got so much use out of them! Lxx


  3. June 25, 2018 at 1:44 am

    I do this too. I also have a complete set of toiletries in the guest bathroom because so many mornings I have to leave early and don’t want to bother Mr. LBD. You are so right, this takes the pressure off of packing which I dread!

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    • June 25, 2018 at 9:11 am

      Hi Laurel, yes anything that reduces the stress of packing or the dread of forgetting something important can only be good! I like the idea of using the guest bathroom as a back-up! Lxx


  4. June 24, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    That is a good idea. I often find I have forgotten something I need when I pack for work trips.

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    • June 25, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Hi Cathy, I think the stress of packing can sometimes make you overlook the most obvious items! It feels good to be a little prepared – removes some, if not all, of the stress! Lxx


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