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Toiletry / Washbag Buyer’s Guide

Traveling can be a thrilling experience, but it also comes with its share of challenges, one of which is packing. The art of packing efficiently and effectively can take years to master, but one essential item that should never be overlooked is a travel wash-bag. 

In my previous business life I spent a large proportion of my time travelling abroad and I have to say that a good wash-bag is a lifesaver. This is especially true if you are staying in different locations every night, transporting wet items can be a messy affair! In this article, we’ll be reviewing various sizes and price points of travel wash-bags. Hopefully giving you enough information so you can choose the best one for your needs.

What to Consider

Size and Capacity

The size and capacity of a wash-bag should one of your first thoughts. It should be able to fit all your essential toiletries without taking up too much space in your luggage. A small or medium-sized wash-bag is usually sufficient for most people. However, if you’re going on an extended trip or have additional needs, you may want to consider a larger wash-bag. Personally, I would advise erring on the side of having more space. 


The material of a wash-bag can impact its durability, weight, and water-resistance. Look for a bag made of durable materials such as nylon or polyester, which can withstand wear and tear. A water-resistant material like PVC can also be beneficial as it protects your belongings from any spills or moisture. Let’s be honest, the material will have a greater impact on aesthetics so its down to what you like the look of.


A good wash-bag should have enough pockets, compartments, and elastic loops to keep all your toiletries organised. Look for bags with transparent compartments, so you can easily locate what you need without rummaging through the entire bag. Additionally, a separate compartment for wet items like your toothbrush or razor can prevent other items from getting wet. For me, this last point is key! It was a total revelation when I got my first dual compartment wash-bag. When I was looking for a design for the Pure Shave Leather washbag this was a deal breaker.


Travel wash-bags come in various price points, from budget-friendly to luxury options. Your budget will depend on how often you travel and the type of traveler you are – The adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is worth noting when buying a toiletry bag. However, investing in a high-quality wash-bag can save you money in the long run, as you won’t have to replace it as often.

Vegan-Friendly Option

For those who follow a vegan lifestyle, finding a travel wash-bag that fits their values can be challenging. Look for bags made from synthetic materials like nylon, polyester, or cork, which are animal-friendly and still durable.

 Pure Shave London Waxed Leather Wash-Bag £55.00

Handcrafted from beautiful waxed saddle leather, sometimes known as Crazy Horse Leather, this leather washbag is a must for any discerning traveller. With a luxurious texture, the application of wax over leather creates a rustic look that ages beautifully, picking up scratches and scuffs over time that add character and a vintage feel.

The Pure Shave leather washbag features two large compartments, both of which are lined with waterproof material. The larger and main compartment has space to contain anything you might need for business or pleasure, and the handy lower compartment is ideal for storing razors, scissors, sharp or wet items.

Compartment 1 25 x 14x 9.5cm and compartment 2 is 25 x 14 x 5 cm 

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Superdry Classic Wash Bag

This is a stylish and functional option. Priced at £24.99, this wash bag is made from a durable polyester fabric and measures 25 x 14 x 12cm. It features a main compartment and a small exterior pocket, and comes in a range of colours and designs.


This is a trendy and affordable option. Priced at £15, this wash bag is made from a durable polyester fabric and measures 24 x 17 x 9cm. It features a main compartment and a small interior pocket for organization, and comes in a stylish black and white print.

Samsonite Spark SNG Toilet Kit

Samsonite Spark is a high-quality and durable option. Priced at £69, this wash bag is made from a water-resistant polyester material and measures 30 x 21 x 10cm. It features a spacious main compartment and multiple interior pockets for organization, and comes in a classic black design.

In conclusion

a good travel wash-bag is an essential item for any traveler. By considering factors such as size, material, organization, and price, you can find the perfect wash-bag for your needs. One thing I would say from my travels is that you do get what you pay for so it it worth stretching your budget as far as you can.

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Want inspiration for your next holiday? Read Pack Your Luxury Staycation Essentials.

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