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15 Packing Tips That Will Forever Change Your Toiletry Bag

02/01/2015 08:00 am ET | Updated Feb 01, 2015

We're always in for a good packing hack, whether it's the lazy way to stockpile shampoo or the brilliant carry-on bag that feels like you're carrying nothing at all.

One of the biggest packing headaches we face is, well, the stuff for our face (and hair, and nails...). Toiletries and bathroom essentials can take up tons of space in your suitcase, not to mention get you in trouble with TSA if they're too big in your carry-on. But with these mind-blowing packing hacks, we have a feeling that won't be happening much longer.

Fill straws with skincare products

Store a DIY manicure in a glasses case

Use a clip to protect your razor blade

Pack your soap and wash cloth together by making this simple case

Dry toothpaste into dots that you can just pop in your mouth and go!

Never buy a travel-sized tooth paste bottle again -- just refill!

Or fill an old eyedropper with toothpaste

Use leftover contact cases to store liquid makeup like foundation

Make your own towel/toiletry carrying case. Then simply hang it wherever you go.

...or better yet, use a lanyard string.

Put a cotton ball or pad in your powdered makeup to keep it from breaking

Decorate empty medicine bottles to use as a cotton swab container

Prevent your shampoo and conditioner from spilling by using plastic wrap


Or if you don't have plastic wrap use masking tape

Use an empty Tic Tac case to store hair pins

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